LeBron James' pal claims Knicks are favorites
BY FRANK ISOLA
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Thursday, November 27th 2008, 7:40 PM
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LeBron James' future will be debated and analyzed for the next 20 months. There are already whispers that the Knicks are the early leaders to land the potential free-agent-to-be in 2010.
One person who may have intimate knowledge about LeBron's next move is William Wesley, a close friend and adviser to the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star. Wesley is regarded as a powerful insider among the NBA's top players and executives, with connections to everyone from Michael Jordan to James.
When asked during Wednesday's Knicks-Pistons game at Auburn Hills if he feels the Knicks are the favorite to sign LeBron in two years, Wesley smiled and said: "Barack Obama could use Donnie Walsh to clear salary-cap space for the country."
Last week, Walsh pulled off two trades that put the Knicks under the salary cap for the summer of 2010, when James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire and Joe Johnson, to name just a few, are eligible to become free agents. Before Tuesday's game against the Knicks at the Garden, James indicated that he is keeping his options open regarding free agency.
Wesley was last seen around the Knicks in October, when he attended the team's first workout at Skidmore College in Saratoga. Wesley was there to watch Allan Houston's comeback attempt. On Wednesday, Wesley was spotted talking to Houston, who now serves as a special assistant to Walsh, the Knicks' president. Houston and Wesley have a relationship that goes back more than 20 years to when Wesley's best friend, Milt Wagner, played at Louisville, where Houston's father, Wade, was an assistant coach.