Links to the Present: Getting LeBron? Updated Edition

July 7th, 2014 by David Wood

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Last night Twitter almost exploded, as the rumor factory was working overtime talking about the Cavs and LeBron James.  The stories started on Twitter and stayed there for the most part.  Joe Lull, a Cleveland radio guy, started it off.

Update:

Who knows what to believe about all of the Tweets last night.  Jason Lloyd is calling out the talk about Big Z going to Miami.  If no one was one the flight from the Cavs organization, what does that say about all of the subsequent Tweets about LeBron favoring Cleveland?

 

So naturally, people assumed Dan Gilbert was headed down to Miami.  Gilbert denied this, and it seems he wasn’t on the plane.  Big Z, however, was on the plane and headed down to Miami to likely talk LeBron into coming back to Cleveland.

The story remained strong because big names kept commenting and supporting the idea that the Cavs might have their King return.

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Throughout this Tweeting, Cleveland fans and NBA fans added their 140 characters into the mix too.  A seemingly large majority of outsiders wondered what Cleveland fans would do about their LeBron jerseys.

This morning Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein wrote a piece for ESPN forwarding the idea that LeBron may be coming back to Cleveland.  The Cavs have met with James’ agent and are hoping for a face-to-face meeting with James this week.

Sources say that the Cavs’ pitch made to Paul last week — which they also hope to make this week to James in their own face-to-face meeting — revolves around Kyrie Irving and the other young prospects they have, in addition to the numerous options Cleveland possesses to add to the roster over the next year.

The Cavs also believe they have made the greatest move yet this summer, convincing Irving to sign a five-year maximum contract extension in the first few hours of free agency. With No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins under control for the next five seasons as well, the Cavs are pitching youth and roster stability to James, who played on one of the oldest teams in the league last season.

The team may have to move some contracts to get the right amount of money available for James.  As mentioned above, Jarrett Jack is probably going to be moved to help the money situation.  Furthermore, Dion Waiters is a pretty hot commodity according to ESPN Insider, so moving him may be a possibility too if it gets a team to take Jack.

The team is leaving no doors unopened in their quest for the King.  The “Letter” that answered “The Decision” has been removed from the Cavs’ website.  The next step is probably going to be hiring one of those brand management companies to bury any Google search results for “Cavs Letter.”

Brendan Bowers stated on Twitter yesterday, during the rumor fest, he was talking with Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony about LeBron James.  He came through with a great article about this for Stepien Rules this morning.

“I strongly believe that had Cleveland done more to keep him the itrieddvd2-1first time then he could’ve stayed,” Krayzie said. “It always felt like they should have brought more players to Cleveland to play around him. If help is what he wanted, then they should have went out and got him help. I strongly feel like that. So I was disappointed when he left but I was never upset.

Krayzie is a lot more sophisticated than most Cavs fans.  However, I still picture him probably burning any LeBron Jerseys he owned when LeBron left.

Craig Lyndall of Waiting For Next Year has a short thought piece up about LeBron possibly returning that details the feelings many fans have had, since he left.  Jacob Rosen, also of Waiting For Next Year, has a good summary of Twitter last night:

So what was the result of the Bloody Sunday on Twitter? Nothing really. Everything happened and nothing happened all at the same time. We know very little of what could happen within the next few days. Sure, a Cavs-affiliated plane was in South Florida last night. indexSure, Chris Broussard and others have “hunches.” Sure, LeBron plans to meet face-to-face soon with Miami. But that’s not actual concrete information that changes the probabilities or expectations of this madness. We don’t know yet.

And, that thought brings me to what I’ve been thinking for a couple of hours now.  What if people named their sources when Tweeting instead of just saying “sources?” Reporters could use the hashtag, “sourceincluded,” and Twitter would get even crazier than it gets now.  Of course, if there was nothing to report, there would probably be no Tweets, which might be a bad thing.

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