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The waiting period until LeBron James can sign with a new team will last until at least July 1, although that hasn’t stopped authoritative figures in high places from courting him.

And I’m not talking the usual suspects, such as Spike Lee or Jay-Z. Two of the most notable political figures in America have already made a pitch to arguably the best basketball player in the world, although not for the same city.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and none other than Mr. President himself, Chicago native Barack Obama, have let LeBron James know that he is welcome in their respective cities. Discreetly, of course.

On his weekly radio show, Mayor Bloomberg said that LeBron would “love living in New York,” while an aide for President Obama said that the President “didn’t want to tamper, but as a Chicago fan he thinks LeBron would look great in a Bulls uniform.”

As of now those two cities are in the best position to lure LeBron from Cleveland. Hopefully the inevitable summer-long saga that will be LeBron’s courtship will provide some entertainement.

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