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But in Cleveland, this goes deeper than dollars.
James is one of their own. Although he led the Cavs through the most successful stretch in their 40-year history, the Akron native came up short in winning a championship and snapping the city's pro sports title drought dating to 1964. In Clevelanders' minds, James has unfinished business. If he decides to leave them dry, he will be viewed as a villain on equal footing with Art Modell who packed up the Browns and bolted for Baltimore.
In the other NBA cities where James' courtship has dominated the summer's headlines, fans will hope their teams did enough to land LeBron:
The New York Knicks are counting on the magic of Manhattan, Madison Square Garden and their recent agreement with Amare Stoudemire.
The New Jersey Nets appealed to James' global ambitions with Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, rap mogul Jay-Z -- a close friend of James -- a young roster and their planned move to Brooklyn.
The Chicago Bulls, who at one point looked to be at the front of the line for James' services, have rising stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, money to spend and just secured free agent forward Carlos Boozer, who played with James in Cleveland.
And then there's the Heat. Miami's now got two All-Stars and is eager to make room for a third. It's assumed Wade, Bosh and James all would have to take less money to play together, but the chance to win one, two, three or more titles might be enough to convince them to join forces and build a dynasty under president Pat Riley, who might even wind up as their coach.
There have been signs James is preparing for a new chapter in his career.
In recent days, he has relaunched a website that was dormant for two years and opened a Twitter account, which drew more than 250,000 followers in first two days of existence. Now, he has scheduled a TV special to tell the world what he's doing next.
It's a new LeBron, one moving faster than ever.
And maybe moving on.
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