Stop me if you've heard this one before…
A mega-star free agent meets with another mega-star free agent and maybe a couple other big names and they plot the entire course of a league's future. Sounds a lot like something that a lot of people say just happened…. only it didn't.
Two of Dwyane Wade's representatives on Tuesday disputed an ESPN
report that Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh held a mini-summit in
Miami this past weekend to discuss their plans for free agency, which
Wade's representatives said the report was
untrue, and that Wade spent the weekend in Chicago. Bosh spent the
weekend in Miami and told The Miami Herald that the Heat is in “top
contention'' to sign him.
It’s clear why advisor William Wesley has been so relentless courting
suitors with conditions and circumstances with which they can secure LeBron James:
For basketball’s biggest dealmaker, there’s little personal benefit to
James re-signing with the Cleveland
Cavaliers. To team executives in the chase and those familiar with
the dynamics of James’ inner circle, World Wide Wes’ agenda is clear:
Get LeBron out of Cleveland and push himself into a prominent place of
To be considered the architect of the sport’s grandest transaction,
World Wide Wes needs James out of the clutches of the Cavaliers.
“If LeBron leaves, Wes is going to get carte blanche wherever he signs,”
one source told Yahoo! Sports. “He’s going to have the run of the
place, and he doesn’t have that in Cleveland. He has access there, but
Maverick Carter is the guy with the keys there. …[Carter’s] much more
influential, and would always be in Cleveland.”
This is why I've said "Worldwide Wes" blows it this summer. He's making a power-grab by latching onto the most coveted free agent (seemingly) in NBA history. Either he won't get it… and his actual influence will be doubted… or he WILL get it and his ego will fly into over-drive, starting a downward spiral.
July 1 is still more than 24 hours away… and I'm already sick of the rumors. I'd love to see journalists take a step back and maybe confirm something before reporting it. How hard is it to figure out if everyone was in town or not for this supposed meeting?
As for our coach: No decision still from Doc, and Vinny Del Negro is on the "short list" to replace him. We can only hope Vinny gets the Clippers job. Seriously… what has he done to get this much interest? What am I missing?