As the speculation over LeBron James’ possible future home continues to swirl and different reporters handicap the race for his services, the most interesting report of all surfaced Wednesday night.
David Aldridge of NBA.com is reporting that James has all the information he needs and will no longer take meetings with teams. The report has since been confirmed by Sam Amick, Marc Spears and Chris Broussard, so it seems solid.
Most experts believe James is down to returning to the Miami Heat and going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He met with Pat Riley on Wednesday and then shut things down. That would tend to make you believe he was heading back to Miami.
The fact is, James never met with new Cavs coach David Blatt or the team’s new general manager David Griffin. That has to be considered significant.
Where do I think James ends up? I’ve been told by several sources over the last two days that his return to Cleveland was virtually a done deal. Now all but one of those sources has backed off of that stance to varying degrees. The point: no one really knows what the 29-year-old four-time MVP is going to do because he probably doesn’t even know what he’s going to do.
What I do know is that after James makes a decision that should quickly be followed by Carmelo Anthony making a decision. If James leaves the Heat, it also looks like Chris Bosh will jump ship as well, inking a max deal with the Houston Rockets. And after that the free agent frenzy should get ridiculous.
I expect James to know where he’s going before the weekend.