As many drool over their smart phones, tablets, laptops and television remotes as they wait to for LeBron James to make his decision, shouldn’t the unknown outcome be obvious? Given the NBA Free Agency market has been an absolute whirlwind this summer and every report must be taken with a grain a salt. Personally, I think that James’ decision is right there in front of our eyes.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are making move after move to prepare, in what they believe to be the King’s homecoming, but it is all a waste. If James was truly going to return to Cleveland, wouldn’t he have met face-to-face with Dan Gilbert, David Blatt or any of the other components of the executive forefront, instead of just sending his agent there to hear the gibber-jabber? It seems too obvious to me that James is not signing with the Cavs because, as far as everyone knows, he didn’t even bother meeting with them.
There is one team that James sat down with; one team that he didn’t send his agent to do the bidding: the Miami Heat. Yes, James does owe some courtesy to Pat Riley and the Heat organization, but it is hard to believe he is leaving if he never sat face-to-face with any other franchise. To make such a big decision, to sign over the next four years or so of his life to a team that only his agent met with does not seem fathomable.
The anxiety, stress and insanity of free agency is about to reach its apex. In some ways, this is almost worse than James’ television special in 2010, but the outcome should be the same. James and his talents will remain in South Beach with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to follow.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.