LeBron James Free Agency Update: Jay-Z's Pitch; Decision By Monday?
The LeBron Countdown clock reads "00:00:00".
Shockingly, nothing has happened in the first 11 hours that The King has been a free agent.
At least we're beyond the clock now. Pitches and decisions will be made in the next few days.
Here's the latest from LeBron Land, including a new coach in Cleveland, details on the pitches and word that James wants this over as quickly as we do.
Report: Scott to Coach Cavs
Just as the countdown to free agency was winding down, news broke Wednesday night that Byron Scott is reportedly set to become the new head coach of the Cavaliers.
Scott has had two previous head coaching gigs, both of them very successful.
He led the Nets to NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003 and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2008 after leading the Hornets to 56 wins.
Brian Shaw was seen as the front-runner before Scott slipped into the No. 1 spot.
The move is a good sign for Cavs fans. Scott meets the criteria that LeBron James reportedly set with the team.
He's a former player that has previous head coaching experience. Moreover, he's been highly successful in both roles.
The move will reportedly be announced by the team today.
Knicks, Nets on the Agenda Today
Contrary to other free agents, it appears James will have a fairly relaxed schedule Thursday.
There were no midnight meetings with teams.
ESPN reports that the Nets will be first to meet with James at 11 a.m. Thursday in Akron, Ohio.
That will be followed by the New York Knicks at 1 p.m., according to ESPN.
The Heat and Clippers will reportedly make their pitch Friday, followed by the Bulls and Cavs Saturday.
Bulls Headed To Akron Saturday
Multiple reports claim that Chicago Bulls management is headed to Akron for a Saturday meeting.
Owner Jerry Reinsdorf will reportedly be part of the group making their pitch to James.
The pitch for James is apparently focused on how he can continue a legacy of legends and legendary performances in the Windy City.
Details on the Nets' Pitch
As expected, multiple reports say that new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will focus his part of the pitch to LeBron on how he can help James build his worldwide brand even further.
Jay-Z will reportedly offer James his own clothing line, plus a new fragrance, according to the New York Post.
Knicks Focus On A New Dynasty
There are many insiders who believe that the Knicks' reported pitch is not going to fly with The King.
The team will apparently focus on James being able to forge a new dynasty for both himself and the team.
There's no denying that when you win in New York, it means more than winning in anywhere else.
Most pundits feel that the Knicks' lack of any supporting pieces take them out of the running almost immediately.
Dallas Mayor Makes His Pitch
ESPNDallas.com asked Dallas mayor Tom Leppert to make his best pitch to LeBron James.
Here's what Leppert came up with:
"10. No snow blowers needed!!!!
9. You can move in next door to Dirk in North Dallas. It's just a 12-minute drive to the American Airlines Center.
8. The Mavericks have the best plane.
7. Great airports at both DFW International and Love Field. Central location makes getting around the country quick and easy!
6. On off nights, you can hit the opera at the stunning new Winspear Opera House.
5. Make calls in the Central Time Zone. Much easier to manage your affairs.
4. Hit the links at Dallas National Golf Club in February. Just five minutes from the American Airlines Center.
3. Keep more of your money. Unlike New York City, which has a 12.62 percent income tax rate (State: 8.97 percent + City: 3.65 percent), Texas has no personal income tax. At your current salary of $15,779,912, a move to Dallas saves you $2 million over New York.
2. Cowboys Stadium: You can sit with Roger Staubach for the Super Bowl.
And the No. 1 reason to move to Dallas ...
1. The Mayor will personally greet you with Texas BBQ, Tex-Mex and Sweet Tea on the day you move in!"
Bosh and Others Not Waiting
The pieces that could surround James in other cities are apparently not waiting for him to make a decision.
Chris Bosh tweeted Thursday morning that he had already met with Houston, Toronto, Miami and Chicago.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey and his contingent reportedly gave the big man a personalized iPad with video presentations from Yao Ming, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Elvin Hayes.
Meanwhile in Atlanta, the Hawks have reportedly offered Joe Johnson a six-year, $119 million deal—the max contract that will be about $30 million more than any other team can offer.
The King Won't Let This Linger
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that James has told suitors that he has no intentions of dragging out the decision process.
"James has let teams know that he doesn't want to drag out this process and wants to make a decision by Monday," John Jackson wrote.