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LeBron Watch, 3 p.m.: Boozer, Stoudemire hold out hope

Carlos Boozer, who agreed to a five-year, $76 million contract with the Bulls, is attempting to woo LeBron James [1] via text messages. Boozer said he sent LeBron a message Wednesday night [2] and hopes to get the superstar forward to join him in Chicago.

The Knicks are hoping that their recent signee, Amar’e Stoudemire, will be enough to get King James to choose New York. General manager Donnie Walsh spoke about the possibility of signing James [3] at Stoudemire’s introductory press conference Thursday.

Said Walsh: “I was pleased with the meeting we had in Cleveland. I thought we were able to present our franchise the way we wanted to. I did think New York was the perfect place for LeBron.”

Meanwhile, Magic GM Otis Smith, at a press conference in Orlando to introduce Chris Duhon, told WEEI.com’s Kirk Minihane that he still believes James will stay in Cleveland. [4]