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Will LeBron James sign with agent Jay-Z? Not likely

Slow news day in the NBA today, huh?

Goodness gracious.

And as if there wasn’t enough rock-solid and relevant info coming out — from the Russell Westbrook injury to the potential end of David Kahn’s tenure as general manager in Minnesota to the fact that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry may not play tonight — there’s no shortage of conjecture going on as well. One slice of speculation in particular jumped out, and what better way to kill a few hours waiting for Game 3 of the Golden State-Denver series here in Oakland than add some substance to said story.

This whole LeBron James-Jay-Z theory posited by ESPN’s Bill Simmons in his always-entertaining “B.S. Report” podcast is fascinating, to be sure, but entirely unfounded.

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Simmons breaks down why he thinks James will eventually join forces with music mogul Jay-Z, who recently divested his interest in the Brooklyn Nets in order to partner with Creative Artists Agency as a sports agent. This is the same agency that James left back in September to sign with childhood friend and former CAA agent Rich Paul as part of a new agency called Klutch Sports. To be clear, Simmons offers a disclaimer that his idea is his own and not based on the sort of insider info that Simmons so often cites.

The man at the center of the proposed reunion is William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley, the CAA coach’s agent whose ties to James have been well-chronicled and, as the premise goes, has such an overwhelming and eternal influence on the best basketball player on the planet that he’ll convince him to come back. But there is no reason to anticipate this happening.

The time has officially come to stop romanticizing the relationship with James and Wesley, and not only because of the obvious fact that the soon-to-be four-time MVP was willing to leave him behind and work with Paul in a partnership that isn’t ending anytime soon. The ‘Worldwide Wes’ factor as it related to James had a Wizard-of-Oz feel to it all along, but the reality in the here and now is that James has long since moved on from that overhyped chapter and, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, the two hardly, if ever, speak these days.The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of their relationship.

And while Jay-Z and James are known to be close friends, there is no reason to believe discussions of any sort taking place between the titans of their respective industries about this kind of plan.

Now is the time for all sports agencies to look as powerful as possible. The best college players in the land are coming out and deciding every day which agent with which to sign, and the mere floating of a LeBron-Jay-Z scenario like this one at such a convenient time is enough to help CAA gain a few more points on the perception front. If only it were true.

PHOTOS: LeBron James’ whirlwind career, through the years

LeBron James scored Cleveland's final 25 points as the Cavaliers outlasted the Pistons 109-107 in double overtime of Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 on May 31, 2007. The Cavs overcame a 2-0 series deficit and won in six.In Cleveland, July 8, 2010, will forever be known for 'The Decision,' the day free agent LeBron James announced on ESPN that he was leaving the Cavaliers and taking his 'talents to South Beach' to join the Miami Heat.After finishing with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in Game 5 of NBA Finals, LeBron James was not only able to hoist his first NBA championship trophy, he also was named MVP of the 2012 NBA Finals.LeBron and the Cavaliers were swept by the Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals, James' first Finals appearance.Right after he won an NBA title with the Heat, LeBron James was able to drape himself in the American flag after the USA defeated Spain 107-100 in the men's basketball gold medal game at the London Olympics.South Beach hasn't always been fun and games for LeBron James. Here he walks off the court after Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks on June 12, 2011. The Mavericks won 105-95 to win the series.LeBron James' NBA destiny was confirmed June 26, 2003 when he was drafted No. 1 by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. On draft night, James wore white and shared a laugh with fellow lottery pick Carmelo Anthony.LeBron James finally got to celebrate his elusive NBA Finals championship in 2012 with the Miami Heat.Cavaliers fans in Cleveland, such as Josh Hall, left, Rob Hose, and Mike Adams reacted to LeBron James' announcement he was leaving the Cavs by setting fire to James' jerseys.Before he left for Miami, LeBron James (23), celebrating with teammate Sasha Pavlovic after hitting the game winning three pointer against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, was perhaps the most popular athlete in Cleveland sports history.LeBron was ruled ineligible and the end of his senior year by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, because he accepted free sports jerseys, bringing a sudden end to the basketball star's celebrated high school career.The final piece of hardware for King James' 'corination' as an NBA champion came opening night of the 2012-13 season when LeBron James and his Heat teammates were given their nbsp;championship rings during a ceremony before a game against the Celtics, on Oct. 30, 2012, in Miami.LeBron's jersey was retired at St. Vincent-St. Mary's at his final home game in 2003.Workmen remove a large mural of LeBron James from a building in downtown Cleveland on July 10, 2010 after James, who had played seven years for the Cavaliers, signed with the Miami Heat after becoming a free agent.Shaquille O'Neal, right, of the Miami Heat, and LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers,  dancing together during NBA All-Star basketball practice on  Feb. 17, 2007 in Las Vegas.LeBron won the first of his three NBA MVP awards while with the Cavaliers in 2009. Here he poses with his mother Gloria during the award ceremony at his high school.Lebron and his St. Vincent - St. Mary's team frequently played on national television.LeBron's first sneaker, the Air Zoom Generation launched during his rookie year in 2003.Heat forward LeBron James (6) celebrates with teammate Dwyane Wade (3) after winning the NBA championship in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106.LeBron's senior year in high school was marred by controversy, notably when his mother Gloria bought him a Hummer.Before the Big Three of Dwyane Wade, left, Chris Bosh, center, and LeBron James, right, had played a single minute together, the Miami Heat threw an elaborate celebration at Miami's American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010.LeBron James lays the ball up past Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha during Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals. Miami won 104-98.Wearing glasses during postgame news conferences became the hip thing during the 2011-12 season, and LeBron James joined in the spectacle of spectacles.LeBron James and teammate Dwyane Wade are all smiles after their Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. The Miami Heat will face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals.LeBron James of the Miami Heat shows some emotion after knocking out the Boston Celtics in five games in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals.It was during the event to introduce LeBron James, left, and Chris Bosh, right, as Dwyane Wade's newest teammates, that James made his infamous 'Not one, not two, not three ... prediction about the number of championships the Heat's Big Three would win together.James' road to NBA stardom seemingly started while he was still in high school. As a standout for St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School in Akron, Ohio, James quickly earned next big thing status with sports magazine covers and recognition on the USA TODAY All-USA boys basketball team for three consecutive years.LeBron James not only took his talents to South Beach, he also took his pregame powder there as well.LeBron James (23) won back-to-back MVP awards with the Cavaliers in 2008-09 and 2009-10, after Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant won it in 2007-08.Despite a stinging playoff defeat in the 2007-08 Eastern Conference finals by his Cavaliers against the Celtics, LeBron James experienced victory in a busier-than-usual offseason, helping Team USA go undefeated on the way to the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.With the Cavs becoming semi-regular participants in the postseason, James' face became a familiar one in sports marketing. Nike, which signed James to a huge endorsement deal just before he turned pro, ramped up its promotion of its young star, creating a multi-generational fictional family The LeBrons

  • LeBron James scored Cleveland's final 25 points as the Cavaliers outlasted the Pistons 109-107 in double overtime of Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 on May 31, 2007. The Cavs overcame a 2-0 series deficit and won in six.
  • In Cleveland, July 8, 2010, will forever be known for 'The Decision,' the day free agent LeBron James announced on ESPN that he was leaving the Cavaliers and taking his 'talents to South Beach' to join the Miami Heat.
  • After finishing with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in Game 5 of NBA Finals, LeBron James was not only able to hoist his first NBA championship trophy, he also was named MVP of the 2012 NBA Finals.
  • LeBron and the Cavaliers were swept by the Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals, James' first Finals appearance.
  • Right after he won an NBA title with the Heat, LeBron James was able to drape himself in the American flag after the USA defeated Spain 107-100 in the men's basketball gold medal game at the London Olympics.
  • South Beach hasn't always been fun and games for LeBron James. Here he walks off the court after Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks on June 12, 2011. The Mavericks won 105-95 to win the series.
  • LeBron James' NBA destiny was confirmed June 26, 2003 when he was drafted No. 1 by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. On draft night, James wore white and shared a laugh with fellow lottery pick Carmelo Anthony.
  • LeBron James finally got to celebrate his elusive NBA Finals championship in 2012 with the Miami Heat.
  • Cavaliers fans in Cleveland, such as Josh Hall, left, Rob Hose, and Mike Adams reacted to LeBron James' announcement he was leaving the Cavs by setting fire to James' jerseys.
  • Before he left for Miami, LeBron James (23), celebrating with teammate Sasha Pavlovic after hitting the game winning three pointer against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, was perhaps the most popular athlete in Cleveland sports history.
  • LeBron was ruled ineligible and the end of his senior year by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, because he accepted free sports jerseys, bringing a sudden end to the basketball star's celebrated high school career.
  • The final piece of hardware for King James' 'corination' as an NBA champion came opening night of the 2012-13 season when LeBron James and his Heat teammates were given their nbsp;championship rings during a ceremony before a game against the Celtics, on Oct. 30, 2012, in Miami.
  • LeBron's jersey was retired at St. Vincent-St. Mary's at his final home game in 2003.
  • Workmen remove a large mural of LeBron James from a building in downtown Cleveland on July 10, 2010 after James, who had played seven years for the Cavaliers, signed with the Miami Heat after becoming a free agent.
  • Shaquille O'Neal, right, of the Miami Heat, and LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers,  dancing together during NBA All-Star basketball practice on  Feb. 17, 2007 in Las Vegas.
  • LeBron won the first of his three NBA MVP awards while with the Cavaliers in 2009. Here he poses with his mother Gloria during the award ceremony at his high school.
  • Lebron and his St. Vincent - St. Mary's team frequently played on national television.
  • LeBron's first sneaker, the Air Zoom Generation launched during his rookie year in 2003.
  • Heat forward LeBron James (6) celebrates with teammate Dwyane Wade (3) after winning the NBA championship in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106.
  • LeBron's senior year in high school was marred by controversy, notably when his mother Gloria bought him a Hummer.
  • Before the Big Three of Dwyane Wade, left, Chris Bosh, center, and LeBron James, right, had played a single minute together, the Miami Heat threw an elaborate celebration at Miami's American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010.
  • LeBron James lays the ball up past Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha during Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals. Miami won 104-98.
  • Wearing glasses during postgame news conferences became the hip thing during the 2011-12 season, and LeBron James joined in the spectacle of spectacles.
  • LeBron James and teammate Dwyane Wade are all smiles after their Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. The Miami Heat will face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals.
  • LeBron James of the Miami Heat shows some emotion after knocking out the Boston Celtics in five games in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
  • It was during the event to introduce LeBron James, left, and Chris Bosh, right, as Dwyane Wade's newest teammates, that James made his infamous 'Not one, not two, not three ... prediction about the number of championships the Heat's Big Three would win together.
  • James' road to NBA stardom seemingly started while he was still in high school. As a standout for St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School in Akron, Ohio, James quickly earned next big thing status with sports magazine covers and recognition on the USA TODAY All-USA boys basketball team for three consecutive years.
  • LeBron James not only took his talents to South Beach, he also took his pregame powder there as well.
  • LeBron James (23) won back-to-back MVP awards with the Cavaliers in 2008-09 and 2009-10, after Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant won it in 2007-08.
  • Despite a stinging playoff defeat in the 2007-08 Eastern Conference finals by his Cavaliers against the Celtics, LeBron James experienced victory in a busier-than-usual offseason, helping Team USA go undefeated on the way to the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.
  • With the Cavs becoming semi-regular participants in the postseason, James' face became a familiar one in sports marketing. Nike, which signed James to a huge endorsement deal just before he turned pro, ramped up its promotion of its young star, creating a multi-generational fictional family The LeBrons

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