The biggest deal of free agency this upcoming summer in the NBA is not Carmelo Anthony even though the media in New York will have you think that. It is Lebron James and he has been very quiet on the matter. He can opt out of his contract this summer, along with Chris Bosh & Dwyane Wade, but the focus of course is on Bron. Fans around the league have their own opinions about what he might do, including for some reason that he will return to Cleveland, but his teammates seem to think otherwise.


Via Bleacher Report:

I’ll be surprised if he goes anywhere else, because there simply aren’t that many enticing options in major markets, at least until some franchises (Clippers) clean up their acts and others (Knicks) clean up their caps.

Mostly, though, I’ll be surprised because some of those closest to him will be surprised. That includes his teammates, those with whom he’s spent most of his time for the past eight months, those with whom he tends to communicate most freely. They haven’t wanted to touch this topic on the record, at least not honestly and completely, but some have privately pooh-poohed—even eye-rolled—the “leaving” chatter for months. They continued to do so even after Cleveland won the lottery on Tuesday.

No, James won’t talk about his future to the prying press, from Miami, New York or otherwise, and that’s been for the best so far.

But I wouldn’t surprised if he’s given hints to one, or some, of those who seem so sure.