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The Nets Will be First in Line for LeBron

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.