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William Wesley could be brokering a LeBron James-John Calipari deal

May 17, 2010 | 11:57 am

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that, according to NBA sources, basketball power broker William Wesley -- a friend of both LeBron James and University of Kentucky Wildcats Coach John Calipari -- had been contacting NBA teams that had coaching vacancies and salary-cap space about the possibility of bringing in James and Calipari together.

Another league source told the Tribune that another person, described as an "unknown Calipari connection," contacted the Bulls over the weekend.

NBA teams cannot formally contact free agents until the league signing period starts at 9:01 p.m. PDT on June 30.

James and Calipari had become friends through their mutual friendship with Wesley, who was part of the family that James referred to in his comments after the Game 6 loss to Boston knocked James and the Cleveland Cavaliers out of the playoffs.

Calipari said on his Twitter feed that he would remain in Lexington to coach the Wildcats in 2010-11.

-- Houston Mitchell