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July 1st, 2010
09:22 AM ET

LeBron James Sweepstakes begins

Let the bidding begin. Representatives from several NBA teams will converge on Ohio over the next few days, as they try to win over LeBron James, the most sought-after free agent in basketball history. James has been with the Cleveland Cavaliers for all seven years of his career, but that could change in the next few days. The notable front-running teams are the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and New Jersey Nets. The Knicks and Nets are expected to meet with James today and they are bringing out the big guns. Hip-hop star and part owner of the Nets Jay-Z will be part of the Nets’ recruiting team. Just where the two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player might land has already sparked feverish speculation.

The burning question on everyone’s mind: What is Lebron James going to do? Will he stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers? Or will he end up elsewhere? Let us know your thoughts. We’ll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am — 1pm ET.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Tony Harris
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Lyndsi

    Let's hope he doesn't leave Ohio. Cleveland's economy is based on Lebron James at this point.

    July 1, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  2. Sumit Dalwadi

    I would LOVE for LeBron to come to Houston but I have to agree it is unlikely. He will likely go with Nets due to Jay Z, but then again I've read he makes up his mind on his own and doesn't let others influence him .... but its JAY-Z!!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  3. Paul Mahoney

    It's his choice: Extra millions or a ring (in Miami). His choice will be truly revealing. The ring will be expensive, but how many million $ does he need?

    July 1, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  4. Sharon Schneider

    As someone who now calls Chicago home but who grew up in Ohio (and actually saw Lebron James play during his high school years) I'm terribly torn. I would love to watch him in Chicago but feel like he has a connection to Cleveland that would be sad to break just for the chance at a championship.

    Of course, if he goes to New York, he'll be dead to me.

    July 1, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  5. Team Get LeBron to NY

    NEW YORK! I'm beggin!!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  6. nestor ordonez

    If LeBron wants to win he'll realize he needs to be surrounded with all-star talent. Whatever team he chooses will have already made another big signing before he makes his mind up. The most logical team would be the Chicago Bulls due to having the best core available out of the 6 teams in contention for LeBron.

    July 1, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  7. noel r. bearheart

    Really, the only concern,is Miami!(In this man's humble opinion) I am a Lakers fan, and a wade\james line up would be a challenge! (Lakers would still win,but it would be a challenge)long live the king, kobe bryant!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  8. Scott Stodden

    Lebron James started his career as a Cleveland Cavalier and that is where he should remain, wouldn't it be disloyal to go to another team?Wherever he goes to I hope he plays better for that team than he did for Cleveland, Im from Illinois so Im rooting for him to come to Chicago that's just my opinion!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    July 1, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  9. Ron

    NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  10. Mook J

    Lebron has to go to Chicago at this point. Chicago has peices in place and cap space for 2 max contract players. With what they have, If he chooses another team he would have to take a pay cut or just be content with loosing to the Bulls and whoever they pick up. Too bad for Cleveland. Id love to see him stay.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  11. Kaori

    My resources say Miami

    July 1, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  12. Butch from Southgate

    Chicago wants him more then anyone. I wish he would land here in Detroit but...The safe bet is New York. I'm afraid Cleveland is SOL ...Thank God my Pistons play Cleveland way too many times 🙂 Go New York !!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  13. Mary

    He truly is the king of Cleveland and Cleveland has the most die hard sports fans in the country, hands down. The city will be heartbroken if he leaves.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  14. David

    How anyone would be given so much power and money for throwing a ball through a hoop is beyond me. The ego maniacs we create as a society proves how disfunctional and ignorant we are as a society, when we have people that save live and do much more good for society and are not rewarded as well as some idiot trowing a ball through a hoop or hitting a ball with a stick.

    July 1, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  15. Pete from Ohio

    Hey Tony. The Ball? You bounce it! ha ha!

    July 1, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  16. Ryland

    How about LeBron and Wade in Cleveland together? Better supporting cast, better bench, new coach. Or maybe Phil Jackson. That would be the REAL dream team.

    July 1, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  17. Haiti (Miami)

    i really would love for Lebron to come to Miami along with D. Wade ,Miami would be the best team ever,he would get a chance also to win a ring , Lebron Miami loves you and wants you Baby . lets get Lebron and keep Dwane for a way better season for the Heat.

    July 1, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  18. Arycka

    Don't laugh but I think he needs to come to North Carolina. Michael Jordan is here, forget CH-icago, and come to the other CH-arlotte, NC.
    Just wishing!

    July 1, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  19. Marina

    As a longtime Atlanta resident, I wish I could ask him to consider the Atlanta Hawks but our franchise is regretably one of the worst in the country; so I hope that he considers Miami as he has indicated a need to join a franchise that could help him win a championship ring vs. settling for a not so great team for a multi-million dollar paycheck.

    July 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  20. Jan

    I'm a teacher. I think that this kid will end up as the hero of millions of people who will put all of their energy into being the next multi millionaire jock instead of their math and English.He will end up a rich old man who can't write a cohesive paragraph. With thousands of people struggling to survive on the coast, what does it say of America but that our priorities are those of ancient Rome, and you know what happened to them.

    July 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  21. Everett Eddy

    leBron should and will add himself to a core of already superstars, one that isn't dependent on him for most of the scoring, where a balance is achieved. He and LA's Kobe B. Big city bucks and the area's stardom are a best fit.

    July 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  22. mo

    Lebron dont stay in Cleavland there is a reason they call it the mistake by the lake, go to NY. You will own the best city in the world with the superstar of your choice at your side. Imagine this team Lebron, Bosh, thats 2 max free agents plus you can add a joe johnson type player. Sign a couple minimum wage players and u can have a ring. Next year when carmelo becomes a free agent the knicks will be the only team able to sign him. So imagine Carmelo, Bosh, LeBron, and maybe a Joe Johnson type thats what i call domination.

    July 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  23. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    It's too bad that only athletes and movie stars can demand this kind of money.

    July 2, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  24. Tom

    John, I agree. It doesn't matter who he signs with, how much money he makes, once his playing days are over with, he will end up broke like the majority of pro athletes. Latest example: Scottie Pippen.
    It's pathetic. This man blew over $120M dollars since 2004. I couldn't even fathom this kind of money.

    July 2, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  25. Ryder

    I have a Le Bron James Rookie of the month Eastern Conference Jersey, # 1 of 23 and is signed by Le Bron. Know of anyone who is interested?? Date on jersey is April 2004.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  26. Ann

    It's too bad that no matter what CNN as most all news reporters are going to emphasize the negative even if there are some positive signs maybe news is part of the problem for always preaching doom and gloom. Maybe that is part of the problem. Can't we try emphasizing the positive no matter how small. That might help people a little. Why can't we try it. My husband was out of work for over a year and now is employed. There is a come back even though it may be slow. Can you imagine if we had not gotten the help from Pres. Obama what would of happened. I am thankful things are slowly getting better.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  27. Tom

    In the lasr month I have called Andersen Windows customer service and was connected to a person in India(that i could barely understand.
    I called Direct TV and also go someone in India. In Tennessee there used to be shoe plants and apparel plant in nearly all small towns that helped farmers make. Those small farmers are all but gone.
    The small towns in Tennessee are dirt poor. We have been told that these jobs are beneath us. Who decided this?

    July 2, 2010 at 11:52 am |