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LeBron James isn't here for teams' elaborate recruiting pitches

LeBron James continues to take his sweet time when it comes to making a decision on his free agency choice.


Brittany King


Sorry, folks, LeBron James still hasn't made a decision on whether or not to exercise his $35.6 million player option or jump into the free agency pool but he has until Friday. 

 

One thing is for certain, James isn't interested in seeing teams shell out big recruiting plans for him especially those oversized billboard pitches. Sources close to the situation tell ESPN that "he has no intention of hearing elaborate pitch meetings from teams."

I think every decision is different. My decision to leave Cleveland to go to Miami and then go back is different from Kevin Durant leaving OKC [home of the Oklahoma City Thunder] and going to the Warriors. It's different from Shaq leaving Orlando and going to the [Los Angeles] Lakers. It's different from Michael retiring, coming back, retiring, coming back, and then going to the [Washington] Wizards. So I think every decision is different, and how much you have invested in that player, I guess, or how much you feel for that player is how you're going to react. So everyone is different.

James is no stranger to elaborate courtships. Back when he was a free agent in 2010, The Knicks, Heat, Bulls, Nets, Cavs, and Clippers flew their respected delegations in to make presentations to him. James went on to announce he was joining the Heat in a televised special. 

 

In 2014, James only met with the Heat and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in person and went on to reveal his decision via a letter in Sports Illustrated. 

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