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Source: LeBron Would Have Never Considered Knicks Before Jackson Hire

LeBron James can opt out of his contract this offseason, though he could delay his free agency for 2015 when the New York Knicks have cap space.

According to a source, executives of the Miami Heat are not convinced James will stay though they believe in their "heart of hearts" that he will re-sign.

The presence of Phil Jackson with the Knicks could change things for James.

“There’s no way LeBron would have gone to New York under the current climate,” said a James confidant. “He had a falling-out with CAA (agency) and that was a problem as well. But with Phil there I think he will look at it.”

The role of Pat Riley in the construction of the Big 3 with the Heat has perhaps been overstated.

“I think that’s a little overblown,” says a current GM. “LeBron wanted to go to a place where he could win. LeBron, (Dwyane) Wade and (Chris) Bosh hatched the plan.

“Phil can help the Knicks because he gives them a face and credibility. But these big free agents are only going to a place where they feel they can win. Phil has to build something first.”

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News
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