Another reason for him to take a few days before committing is to negotiate with one or more fellow free agents and decide whether they can work out a complicated deal to play together. Will James go to Chicago or Miami to play with
James is the No. 1 free agent and he holds the most power, but he doesn't control everything. The attraction of Cleveland, Chicago, Miami, New Jersey, New York and the Clippers depends in part on the quality of players who will join him there. At the moment no one can say for sure how the market will shake out.
Just as the top high school basketball and football recruits are often forced to postpone their decisions until the last moment of NCAA signing day, so too may James be forced to put his decision on hold as the market around him continues to take shape.
James is expected to make his decision by Thursday, which is the first day free agents can sign new contracts. The source has been told that James could decide as early as Tuesday or Wednesday. But Monday now looks like an unreasonable target date to resolve his future.
Perhaps Wade will shock the market and declare he is signing with the Bulls. But that would mean Heat president
That's exactly what is happening as the players share information with each other and dictate the terms of their employment. In previous years players viewed each other as competitors for the best offers, and of course that still happens. But this year they are working together and pooling their resources as never before, and for the first time they appear to have better information than the clubs. Another example of this involves free agents Johnson and
While other players are making visits and giving interviews, James has proceeded on a sober and highly private course of meetings with the six franchises he chose as finalists. James has said over the last year that he'll join the team that gives him the best opportunity to win, and his behind-the-scenes recruitment this week is another example of that approach. He doesn't need to seek out attention, because he knows it will come to him. The off-court monies will come to him too, so long as he goes to a organization that helps him win championships.