June 1st, 2010
02:26 PM ET

LeBron: Cleveland has "edge" when he's free agent

[Updated 7:45 p.m.] Read the full story on Lebron giving Cleveland the "edge" on CNN.com

[Posted 2:26 p.m.]Two-time MVP basketball superstar LeBron James is on the cusp of free agency. In an interview scheduled to air Friday with CNN's Larry King, James said his current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, has the best chance of keeping him.

King: Do you lean at all toward the place you know the best? I mean do they have an edge going in ...

JAMES: Oh, absolutely.

KING: ... your home team?

JAMES: Absolutely. Because, you know, this city, these fans, I mean, have given me a lot in these seven years. And, you know, for me, it's comfortable. So I've got a lot of memories here. And - and so it does have an edge.

James has not talked to the media since the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.

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  1. Dirk

    Jeter's got an Edge, baby!

    June 1, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • g


      June 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bo

      Yeah, but he never drives it...I guess he's trying to keep the 'new car smell'.

      June 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirk

      Por que el tiene un Edge!

      June 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |

      Black Mumba!

      June 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ben

    Let's see the New York Media report this

    June 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Reed

      I'm from NE Ohio. I said 3 years ago Lebron wont leave Cleveland. There is no question that ESPN and the NY media
      is driving this. They have been pushing this for a long time. Lebron is a homeboy-he loves Cleveland/Akron..his buddies and friends are here. Think about it--why would he have his MVP presentations at Akron SVSM and U. Of Akron? He's a good guy....the media over analyzes everything.

      June 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zach

    He's staying....

    June 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Al in Akron baby

    I told all of you LeBron will be in Cleveland when all said and done. Home team, close to a championship, and would make a better story when they win. Ohio baby. New York .chi town, New Jersey find your own golden child he's ours.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason RG

      I would agree with everything you said EXCEPT – close to a championship. Try again.

      June 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dj

      the only thing good in cleveland in the last 20 years. without him this city dies.

      June 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hudson

      Oh happy day! Best news in weeks!!

      June 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Bond

      Only time Cleveland will be close to a championship is by watching the Lakers v. Celtics on there big screen tvs...

      June 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Jason...you're right! As long as Kobe is still playin' Labaron is just his biaatch! He might be able to claim a crown...in his thirties. By then...he won't get all the calls though. John Wall will!

      June 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob S

      RE: Only time Cleveland will be close to a championship is by watching the Lakers v. Celtics on there big screen tvs...

      Are they in the finals? No wonder I wasn't planning on watching it, there are no good teams in the finals this year.

      RE: Jason...you're right! As long as Kobe is still playin' Labaron is just his biaatch!

      Why is Kobe still playin'? He should be playin' somebody's biaatch in prison! Damn RAPIST!!

      June 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    Of course Cleveland has an edge. They can offer more $$$ than any other team.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeGCNY

      If Chicago puts up the money, he's gone, but if they only match, or offer marginally more, he stays. Chicago certainly has more money availible. Noah, Deng, and Rose are still under contract and not a huge strain on their purse strings... yet.

      June 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      @MikeGCNY: Just wanted to clarify what Dave was talking about for you. Cleveland can offer more money to Lebron than any other team because of the rules of free agency. It's designed to encourage players to stay. There isn't a question that every team interested in Lebron will offer the max THEIR team can offer, but clevelands max is higher than all the rest.

      June 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Every offer will be a max offer to Lebron, every city will offer the max number of years for max dollars but no one can legally offer him as much as Cleveland under NBA rules. The rules are made to give players an incentive to stay, also a portion of his salary will not count against the salary cap giving the Cavs more flexibility than any other team would have by signing him.

      June 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |

    half lebron/half rose in Chicago next year!


    June 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scarlet

    lol @ the above piece. KING: JAMES: KING: JAMES: sounds like he's talking to himself.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gubbamintool

      I noticed that too! He's likely doing a lot of talking to himself these days. I think he'll be in wine & gold when all is said and done, but who could blame a 25 yo multimillionaire if he wanted to be in the capitol of the world? I'm from NE Ohio myself, but lived in NYC for 10 yrs. Forget basketball for a minute...I consider the Akron/Cleveland area home, but if I'm him NYC is a MUCH more exciting place to live...

      June 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Darryn

    Baah,,, this is just a business ploy to get more money out of Chicago.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Can you know what you are talking about before wasting post space... there is a salary cap in basketball, Chicago and every other team after him will off the max they can

      June 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      He can't get "more money" out of anyone. The NBA's salary system is structured and has a ceiling; where ever he goes he will earn the same pay check – the NBA's maximum allowed contract. The only team who he is able to get more money from would be Cleveland, since the league has a clause which allows teams to retain their star players by being able to offer them a longer, more lucrative contract.

      June 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Have you ever heard of a salary cap? Do you know how the NBA salary structure works?

      June 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Syphon Filter

    So the million dollar question is, which team will Lebron James choose. One thing for sure, Lebron is going to pick the one with the deepest pockets because if you and I were in that position we would also be doing the same thing. And that is getting the most dollars, it's human nature. But here is what I don't understand, There are millions of American kids starving everyday, or lack a good education, or there are miillions of people getting infected with the HIV virus, but yet, it seems like we really don't care about those things that touches our lives. And why is that? Is it because we want to get away from the daily stresses of our jobs, home and life. Is it because we are human and it is the one frailty that we cannot escape? Think about those less fortunate than you, and say a little prayer or just think of what you would do to help your fellow man.....yes, you decide, and don't worry about where Lebron James will end up because at the end of all of this, we all know he will be alright..............Peace be with you, always 🙂

    June 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Hopefully you didn't get oil all over your keyboard having taken a break saving the world to write your nonsense. Millions/billions are spent on movies, tv shows, american idol, music cds, tours every day... dont belittle the situation and a person's ability to exploit his gift of playing basketball at a high level because losers would rather drop out of high school to have 15 babies they can't afford.

      June 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Neil

    Lebron is outathere... LeBron.. Wade & Bosh in Knick uniforms next year

    June 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • pete

      dream on. no one wants to play for dolan's knicks. they'll be lucky to get joe johnson, no more.

      June 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      They would be guaranteed to lose. Bosh is not physical enough and they won't have a center.

      June 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      awesome, the knicks and their ugly uniforms and name get to buy a champioship! good one new york. just like the yankess, just buy them.

      June 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ryan

    Please shut Obuma up and say you are not interested in going to Chicago.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Al in Akron baby

    @syphon filter this is sports we know there are other things in the world to worry about. So i guess we should focus on the worlds problems and have no fun at all. No movies, baseball, football, dinner dates, you get the point. Live a little bro.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Syphon Fillter Disgrace

    You obviously didn't get the point of this article.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ro

    As and ex Ohioian – fine city Cleveland is! If LeBron knows whats good for him he will stay – fans will love the dude even more. He will actually think he's a king.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jamie

    Exclusive: LeBron’s Teammate Sleeping with His Mom

    June 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
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