(CBS) Everyone in the sports world knows that LeBron James has signed with the Cavaliers by now, but when new coach David Blatt initially took the Cleveland job on June 20, he had no idea what James’ future might hold.
And as Blatt met with the team’s front office throughout free agency and formulated a plan, we now find out that James’ name never came up. Not because he wasn’t on Cleveland’s radar but rather because the Cavs had a code word of sorts for him, Blatt told Grantland’s Zach Lowe.
“When I got the job, and I was spending time with (general manager David Griffin, the team’s GM), working on the draft and on free agency and trying to offer my insight into building the team — they made me aware of the slight possibility of bringing in LeBron,” Blatt said. “And the neat thing is, we never even mentioned his name. He was just ‘the guy.’
“It was ‘the guy.’ That’s it. LeBron — it reminds me of that Superman movie, the last one, when he comes down and sees Lois Lane, and he says, ‘I’m always around.’ LeBron is part of Ohio and part of Cleveland and Akron. So when you’re thinking about anything, if there’s the slightest possibility that he would come back, then he’s always around. He’s in the collective thought process.”