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The King has left the building... Or has he? Lebron James has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Miami Heat. But, why? People are already speculating and having flashbacks to "The Decision." The memes are already taking off on IG, Twitter, and FB showing Lebron getting out of town or "these pros ain't loyal."
Well, opting out of a contract doesn't automatically mean that you're leaving. It can mean quite a few things and we'll speculate on them tonight:
Was this done to resign for less money so that Miami can afford to bring in other players (maybe Melo or Love)?
Was this done to get another maximum allowed contract to pad his bank account?
Was it to get leverage over the team to facilitate which players he wants them to pursue at the threat of leaving?
Is he actually just skipping town to go back to Cleveland or maybe to NY or LA?
These things and more as Zone Coverage returns to the Talk 2 Q Radio Show!
"No experts. Just opinions."
Show No. 358
Scheduled for 90-120 mins
Lots of responses to my sourced story on there being a 90 percent chance that LeBron James signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Boggles my mind that people are shocked, given that LeBron is an unrestricted free agent.
But people are shocked.
That's what makes July the best month in the NBA.
Get a grip (sorry to steal your line, Pat Riley) by repeating to yourself this phrase: "LeBron James is an unrestricted free agent."
Here is more on LeBron-to-Cavs possibility, in interview with Spence Checketts and Gordon Monson in Salt Lake City on 1280-The Zone.
LeBron James met in person with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the weekend.
On Sunday night, the infamous Dan Gilbert rant from 2010 disappeared from the Cavs Web site.
This morning, I reported that James' inner circle -- from his wife to his business manager to his best friends -- are unanimous in their belief that James should return to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent.
Pat Riley and the Miami Heat will get another chance to sell James on their vision and their plans for the next few years, and that meeting will happen in Las Vegas after James arrives there Monday.
By Wednesday, when James' camp opens, this story should take several more twists and turns.
For a reading on where things stood as of Monday morning, I went on the Jeff Blair Show in Toronto and discussed the latest developments.
Only one Web site, my Web site, is reporting that LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. There is some skepticism out there, which is only natural.
When the mainstream media is not reporting something as fact, people have their doubts. And I am OK with that.
But I am standing behind my story, which I did this morning on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland on the Kiley & Booms show.
This interview got a little testy, which also is OK for me. I have thick skin.
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We have just witnessed one of the most lopsided NBA Finals wins by the San Antonio Spurs in the modern era of the NBA. Outside of missing 4 FTS in game 2, the Big Three of the Miami Heat probably should have been sweep. The smallest margin of victory for the Spurs in this series was 15 points. D. Wade was outplayed by not only Tony Parker, but the back up Patty Mills. And Chris Bosh was a total non-factor.
Lets be clear here. The San Antonio Spurs and their dominance should be the story. This franchise is the model of consistency. 17 straight years in the playoffs. 5 Championships during that time. Developed Tim Duncan, who is unquestionably the best power forward to ever play the game. Yet, what will be the real story going forward? What do Lebron James and the Miami Heat do next? Will the big three (I'm ready to stop calling them that), all opt-in? Will an aging D. Wade be willing to take less money at the end of his career to rebuild the team? Has Bosh had enough of the criticism that comes with South Beach? Has Lebron had enough of being a total workhorse? At what about that atrocious bench play?
We're going to produce a special show today as we review the NBA Finals. We'll talk about the future of the Heat, the league and break down the dominance of the Spurs.
Its our host Miguel Lloyd, with Keith Reed and you! Jump off social media and jump in the conversation!
Some very smart journalists and sports talk radio hosts have been downright dismissive of the possibility of LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. What part of "unrestricted free agent" did they not get?
The LeBron story is front and center today because of the possibility that he might return to the Cavs.
A plugged in source told me he believes that chances of Decision II being known as Redemption Night are about 75 percent. Naturally, this has folks in Miami in disbelief and denial, and folks in Cleveland in a different stage of disbelief. They are so snakebitten in Cleveland, they don't want to believe it could happen because of the chance that they'll end up being let down. They are fatalistic in Cleveland, in case you hadn't heard.
But the fact remains that a James/Cavs reunion is quite possible, as I discussed in this interview with Joe Llull, Anthony Lima and Dustin Fox on 92.3-The Fan in Cleveland.
We are in the midst of one of the most historic NBA free agency summers ever.
- On tonight's show, we will discuss Lebron James' upcoming decision on whether he will return to Miami or head back home to Clevleland.
- Lebron James and his agent Rich Paul met with Pat Riley today in Las Vegas
- Cavaliers are doing all they can to lure Lebron to town. Today they cleared $24 million in cap room by completing a three-team trade with the Celtics and Nets.
- The Cavs are also reportedly pursuing Ray Allen and Mike Miller
- Could the Cavs trade away Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love? Should they?
- We will discuss which team is the better fit for Lebron, Miami or Cleveland?
- Carmelo Anthony has reportedly decided to resign with the Knicks, barring a "last minute change of heart."
- Phil Jackson can turn things around in New York if Melo returns? Could they soon be championship contenders?
- We will interview former NFL player Jovan Haye
- We will close the show discussing the Argentina victory over Netherlands today, as they will meet Germany in the World Cup Final.
- PJ Hariston was charged with assault and battery after punching a high school kid in the face. Getting off on the wrong foot?