The Nets, represented by Mikhail Prokhorov, Jay-Z, Avery Johnson and the soon-to-be-retired Rod Thorn, will be the first team to meet with LeBron James on July 1st in Cleveland. James has decided not to tour the cities of the teams he might sign with, but rather stay home and have team representatives come to him. James will entertain the Knicks as well on Thursday.
Fred Kerber: "Sources insist the Nets have some elaborate recruiting pitches aimed at James, centering around Prokhorov's 'global' vision."
Adrian Wojnarowski writes that the Chicago Bulls are the favorites to land James, that the Miami Heat and Nets "are making a strong push too," and that the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are long shots. An NBA player tells Newsday's Alan Hahn that James likes the idea of joining the Nets.
- Jay-Z expected to be among first to visit LeBron - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo!
- Sources: Nets to meet James first - Chris Broussard & Marc Stein - ESPN
Nets to get first crack at LeBron - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- No LeBron James Tour is good news for Chicago Bulls - Nick Friedell - ESPN Chicago
Bulls' free agent prospects appear great - K.C. Johnson - Chicago Tribune
- Knicks are still on LeBron menu - Frank Isola - New York Daily News
- Source: Knicks will make pitch to LeBron on July 1 - Frank Isola - New York Daily News
- Teams Succeed at N.B.A. Draft by Shedding Players - Jonathan Abrams - New York Times
- NBA's free agent blitz, including LeBron James, will radically alter regional, national TV landscape - Bob Raissman - New York Daily News
LeBron loves NY, but favors Nets? - Alan Hahn - The Knicks Fix
- James isn't planning a free-agency tour, says business manager - Jodie Valade - Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Your morning LeBron Watch - 6 teams, neutral site - Doug Thonus - Chicago Sun-Times