For a few die-hards, it was a chance to deliver a message to
James, who can become a free agent next summer. The Cavaliers offered
James a contract extension this summer, but the 24-year-old has not yet
signed it, saying he wants to keep his options open for the future, a
stance that has some Cleveland fans worried he'll go to another team.
"Don't leave us, man," one fan said as James scrawled his name.
"I ain't leaving," James said, smiling.
I wonder what it's like to be LeBron James and have to deal with that type of pressure everytime he appears anywhere. Clearly, he's not signing the extension now, so he actually may go. Clearly, he's not going to worry about whether this fan feels like LeBron was being dishonest to him.
If he had made up his mind he wouldn't tell a fan at Borders, he'd call a press conference or at least leak it through some ESPN flunkie for a real story. At least that's how I read it.
I do think LeBron most likely ends up in Cleveland. There's probably a 60% chance in my mind that he stays there with the remaining 40% being spread among 5-6 other teams. Still, I'll take a 10% chance to swipe LeBron anyday.