Teams lining up to court the King

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:51 AM ET

The well-informed and well-connected hoops chroniclers at Yahoo! Sports were the first to report that the New Jersey Nets will be the first to visit with LeBron James on Thursday.

What meaning, if any, can be gleaned is open to discussion, which is basically whatís been going on for the last few months leading into free agency.

Every single angle linking James with any team with the money to lure him has been mentioned and exaggerated.

James wants to expand his marketing appeal, which means heís going to New York.

He has so much respect for rapper Jay-Z, a close friend of the King who holds a minority share in the Nets, that James is heading to New Jersey.

James is changing his familiar jersey No. 23 to No. 6 in honour of Michael Jordan and his six championship rings so people are saying James is bound for Chicago.

Hollywood is so big and so tempting to go toe to toe with Kobe Bryant that the Clippers remain an option.

Miami is loaded with opportunities, James would be foolish not to play alongside Dwyane Wade and perhaps Chris Bosh, three players who were Olympic teammates and who each came into the NBA together seven years ago.

Then there are those who believe James has unfinished business in Cleveland, where he led the Cavs to an NBA finals appearance but no title.

James is from nearby Akron, Ohio.

What is known is that six teams have been granted an audience with the King and only one will get their hands on him.

Also known is that Bosh will visit New York and plans to visit with officials from the Heat and Bulls.

Wade is the most likely big-name free agent to re-sign, but Flash will visit with teams such as the Knicks and Bulls and surprisingly Dallas, which has no cap space.


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