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Brian Windhorst mentioned that several NBA executives were intrigued by LeBron James’s activities following his visit to Cleveland.

Windhorst recalled a similar situation 10 years ago when LeBron, then with the Miami Heat, attended Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey retirement in Cleveland during an off night.

James’s visit involved a private plane trip from Chicago to Cleveland, which displeased Pat Riley. A few months later, LeBron signed with the Cavaliers.

Windhorst emphasized James’s strategic nature and suggested that, while it’s unclear what LeBron is planning, he is likely up to something significant.

“I will say this, the first thing I thought of was this moment 10 years ago where LeBron showed up to a game in Cleveland while he was a player for the Miami Heat to honor Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ Jersey retirement, his longtime teammate.

“And he got in a private plane, flew from Chicago over to Cleveland on an off night. Pat Riley was not happy.

“And a few months later he signed with the Cavs… he’s extremely strategic and I wish I could tell you I knew exactly what he is doing. I don’t pretend to know, but he’s gotta be up to something.”