“I’ve been in touch with numerous sources and contacts throughout the NBA, and there seems to be a consensus that James will sign with an NBA team, of which there are 30,” said ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “I can’t say which of the 30 teams he may be leaning towards, but I’m confident it will be one of them.”
If the reports are to be believed, it seems all but a certainty that James will not sign with any international teams or semi-pro teams within the United States.
“He will sign with an NBA team,” said Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “However, this does not necessarily mean he will not sign with an international team, despite other reports. I can report there is an NBA team in Toronto, which is in the nation of Canada.”
At this time, James is said to be deciding from among the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.
“It will be one of those teams, that’s all we really know,” said Broussard. “The rest would be baseless speculation simply to fill airtime. That’s a fool’s game. We’re journalists.”
As such, ESPN has announced it will not cover James’ free agency until he announces which of the 30 teams he will play for.
“There is no actual news until then,” said Vince Doria, ESPN’s director of news. “This isn’t a hard choice.”
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