After owner Dan Gilbert said the star free-agent-to-be would not have a say in the team's search for a head coach, James said he was "100 percent behind" the Cavs pursuit of Tom Izzo. The Michigan State coach never spoke directly to James and decided to stay in East Lansing.
Rumors of a package deal between Kentucky coach John Calipari and James being delivered to Chicago heated up but never boiled over. The high-profile marriage supposedly being brokered by NBA back-channel international man of mystery William "Worldwide" Wesley dissipated when the Bulls hired Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau.
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