LeBron James to NY? Al Harrington Says No.

by March 03, 2010

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Everyone realizes that the Knicks are going to put the full-court press on LeBron James as soon as he becomes a free agent this summer. It’s the hope (and fantasy) of every Knicks fan and executive, but according to Al Harrington, that’s all it is: fantasy.

Harrington (one current Knick who may not be with the team next season; his deal expires this summer) doesn’t see James making the move to Gotham this summer. LeBron’s loyalty to his home state won’t let him leave, says Al.

The NY Post reports:

“A lot of teams would love to have him and the Knicks are one of them,” Harrington told The Post in the visiting locker room at Quicken Loans Arena Monday night. “But if he’s as loyal as he says, I would think it’s very hard for him to leave, especially because he’s home.

“If it was a different city, maybe not as much a connection, but at the end of the day, he generates every single thing for this whole state. It would be tough for him to make that decision to leave.”

Knicks fans would be wise to listen to Harrington, the thought of James leaving Cleveland to play for such an awful team (no matter how much cap space they have to spend on other free agents) is almost too surreal to wrap one’s head around.

The good news for the Knick front-office, is that all that cap space will give them plenty of options and opportunities to improve the team this summer — even if they don’t manage to reel in the biggest fish of all.