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article imageLeBron meets with Chicago and Cleveland

By Michael Bearak     Jul 3, 2010 in Sports
LeBron James has been meeting with possible future suitors with the possibility of leaving Cleveland for new pastures in a new city.
Saturday LeBron James met with his current employer, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the management group of the team he knocked out of the playoffs, the Chicago Bulls. The routine has been the same, James has insisted on possible future employers to come to him, to meet with him in Cleveland at his business offices where he has met with six different teams.
The Cavaliers met with James for about 90 minutes Saturday morning where they presented their case for LeBron staying in Cleveland. They brought in a video based off of the "Family Guy" a favorite television show of James that included inside jokes about the Cavs and the locker room.
A person with inside knowledge of the interview this morning told the Associated Press that, "It went very well. It was very easy, very relaxed. There were moments of emotion and moments of laughter."
Fans lined the streets outside the IMG building where James keeps his office holding up signs that read "Home, it is more than a person" in an effort to show their outpouring of love for James.
A Bulls entourage of owner Jerry Reinsdorf, general manager Gar Forman, vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and new coach Tom Thibodeau came dressed in casual apparel, but didn't bring any movies, posters or anything else, just themselves. According to ESPN the group crossed the street at an intersection on their way to the meeting and it looked something like the "Beatles at Abbey Road. "
The Bulls might have the best chance of landing James if it boils down to money as they will have $30 million within the salary cap to play with. The Bulls reportedly played on the coat tails of Michael Jordan, the windy city and a number of rising stars like Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. They spent three hours with James just a day after they met with Dwayne Wade a second time.
John Paxon summarized their meeting to The Plain Dealer saying, "It was good."
James is expected to take the weekend to think things over and consider his options. It is expected, even though nothing has been said yet, that LeBron will make his announcement next week.
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