Most enticing offer so far isn’t riches

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This is pretty self-explanatory. (US Presswire)

Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers are, with reason, still on edge about their chances to retain LeBron. But after their meeting Saturday, the team is a little more confident, primarily because they proved they showed The King that it knows him like no other team does.

In the week leading up to free agency, many thought Chicago and Miami were the top contenders in the LeBron Sweepstakes, but according to Yahoo! SportsAdrian Wojnarowski, league officials have since changed their tune.

“My gut tells me Cleveland,” an executive told Wojnarowski on Sunday. “From what I hear now, it his decision alone. No outside influences.”

Among those “outside influences” is NBA powerbroker William “Worldwide” Wesley, who has been kept out of the negotiation process, thereby putting the power in the hands of LeBron’s Akron-based camp. Writes Wojnarowski:

Cleveland executives are still on edge, but privately feeling far more confident now than they did weeks ago. As much as anything, William Wesley has been muscled out of the process in the past week or so, with teams insisting that communication to James goes directly through his business manager Maverick Carter. So unnerved over World Wide Wes’ ubiquitous presence in the process, Carter had to go public to undermine Wesley’s credibility and proclaim his own power.

The wresting back of power into James’ Akron-based camp goes a long way to securing the Cavs’ chances for re-signing James. This could preserve James’ future with the Cavaliers, because those surrounding him will eagerly validate his decision to take more money, stay home and keep them all relevant in his career and life.

The King’s Court has also launched a personal website to serve as the place to find out first the news on his decision, which is expected once his LeBron James Skills Camp ends Wednesday night. Despite all the promises of riches and adoration other clubs have offered LeBron, it seems the one that can offer him his home leads the race. [Yahoo! Sports]

By Nicki Jhabvala, NBA editor for SI.com
  • Published On Jul 05, 2010
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