With his official decision hours away, and word that he might sign with the Miami Heat over the New York Knicks or his former team the Cavaliers, the future of LeBron James overshadowed the formal signing of Amar'e Stoudemire to the Knicks today.
The predictions and guesses have been fast and furious since James became a free agent earlier this week.
While nothing is certain until James makes his announcement, sources are telling ESPN.com that James, the most sought after free agent in recent memory, will sign with the Heat.
All-Stars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh have already agreed to join forces in Miami.
A decision to play with the Heat would leave the Knicks in search of another plan, after agreeing to a deal with Amar'e Stoudemire earlier this week.
Stoudemire was formally welcome to the Knicks this morning at Madison Square Garden, where he was asked if he thought he would be joined by James.
"I'm not totally sure what LeBron's going to end up doing," said Stoudemire. "I'm pretty sure this is a big decision for him and his family. Best of luck to him. I'd obviously love to have him here in New York."
Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni, however, reportedly said he would be "stunned" if James left Cleveland.
Some fans were optimistic about the chances of James's arrival in New York.
"I think the chances are pretty good. If he were going to Miami, they would be having the press conference in Miami [instead of Greenwich, Conn.]," said one young fan.
"It may look good. He may want to play on the big stage," said another. "He's over in Connecticut hanging out with [NBA player] Carmelo [Anthony]. Maybe that's a good sign."
"There's no other place he should be than here. He wants to be 'the King,' you can't be the king anywhere else. That's pretty much how it works," said a third fan.
Governor David Paterson, however, was not as confident that he'd pick the Big Apple.
"The way the other players have moved, it looks like he may go to the Miami Heat with two other superstars, which, I think you know, is not the greatest thing for the league," Paterson said. "So now you have a dream team that beats everybody 100 to 60."
James will formally announce his decision tonight during an hour-long program on ESPN.