LeBron James has successfully captured the world’s attention via free agency twice in his 11-year NBA career.
James shocked the world Friday afternoon, announcing that he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers four years after he left to join the Miami Heat.
While the magnitude of his decision can’t be measured, the sports betting site Bovada.com listed Cleveland as the 4-1 favorite to win the NBA title shortly after James’ announcement took place.
People in Cleveland immediately burst into celebration, going as far as hoisting a massive King James banner on the side of one city building.
His decision changed the entire landscape of the league. But is he the most sought-after, powerful free agent in the history of sports?
The list of coveted athletes who have hit the market goes on and on. Names like Tim Duncan, Reggie White, David Beckham, Manny Ramirez and even Michael Jordan have all tested free agency at some point during their career. And none of those players even made the list of the nine best.