A Summer of LeBron

When the buzzer sounded in Boston after game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals “The Summer of LeBron” officially started. Although LeBron cannot legally talk to teams until July 1st there has been already more talk about LeBron than the NBA playoffs. Ever since the Cavaliers lost that game 6 to the Celtics the internet, blogs, ESPN and much more has put their attention fully on what city LeBron is going to sign with. So many rumors and whispers about LeBron have fully taken the attention away from the NBA playoffs. All eyes are on LeBron James yet again, even though he is not playing on the biggest NBA stage. A short take about what options he has are below and what each city can offer him, since we are not talking about the NBA Finals.

Cleveland: LeBron’s home state, born and raised in Akron, Ohio which is about 25 minutes from downtown Cleveland. LeBron was selected first overall by the Cavaliers back in 2003 and has yet to accomplish his legacy as a Cavalier, leading the franchise to the first major championship since 1964. LeBron also has a guy named Dan Gilbert who is willing to pull out his wallet to always have a championship roster around LeBron. LeBron also has money on his side with the Cavaliers, as he would be leaving 30 million a year on the table if he walks. Because of the cap agreement with the league and might be his last chance for a while to sign a 5-6 year contract. The Cavalier fans; LeBron is beloved by the Cleveland fans and love him to death, with a big poster in downtown Cleveland, it can’t get much better.

Will LeBron Re-Sign With the Cavaliers?

Chicago: With hiring of former assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls landed one of the top coaches. Thibodeau radiance basketball mind has helped the Boston Celtics to another NBA Finals emergence and thought as one of the finest defensive coaches in the league. The Bulls also has a young star in Derrick Rose and another young upcoming player in Joakim Noah. The Bulls may also be able to bring in another star such as Dwayne Wade, Joe Johnson or Chris Bosh to play alongside LeBron and Rose. Another advantage is the city of Chicago. A gorgeous city that is, with great fans and a striking city, Chicago is a great place for LeBron to land if he chose to depart Cleveland.

New York: Oh how ESPN has blown up New York and LeBron so much. New York is the “King” of all cities and the “King” of basketball has a chance to play for New York. A long history of New York basketball is in the balance and New York has the money to make such changes to such a fraught franchise. The Knicks have the money to sign two of the top free agents this summer for max deals. Such as LeBron James, Joe Johnson, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Carlos Boozer, by signing two of these names the Knicks could possibly be in the contention lists already. With a great offensive minded coach in Mike D’ Antoni and a General Manager in Donnie Walsh the franchise will create big noise in the Eastern Conference.

LeBron going to the Kincks? Not so fast.

New Jersey: Although the Nets came of a horrifying season going 12-70, the Nets have the money and young talent to become an instantaneous winner. Young players such as Courtney Lee, Brook Lopez and Devin Harris and a third pick in the 2010 NBA draft can make the franchise a dynasty with the signing of LeBron James. Jay-Z, great friends with LeBron James could also persuade LeBron to sign with the Nets as well. With a plan to move to Brooklyn, New York in a few years LeBron could sign with the Nets.

Miami: Miami has a little benefit with signing LeBron James because of good friend Dwayne Wade. Signing with the Heat could ensure LeBron a superstar alongside. James could be assured that he won’t have to carry the load every night and could give himself a great chance to winning a title. Pat Riley the GM of the Heat could also return to the bench and coach again. One of the greatest coaches could coach LeBron James and Dwayne Wade to a championship. The city of Miami also is a great place to land. Great weather and great night life could entice LeBron to sign with the Heat.

Good Friends could become good teammates in 2010 .

Sign and Trade: If the Cavaliers receive word that LeBron does not want to return to town Dan Gilbert might seek a sign and trade deal with a team to get some talent back in return for James. Hot spots could be Dallas, because of expiring contracts of Eric Dampier and also pieces such as Brendon Haywood, Caron Butler and other pieces like Jason Terry. Other places include the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors with young talent such as, Blake Griffin, Stephan Curry and others.

Prediction: LeBron will take his time and make Cavalier fans very worried. He will soak up the attention because he loves the spotlight on him. In the end if the Cavaliers make severe changes starting with a good coach and a few trades then LeBron will re-sign with the Cavaliers, if not then I predict LeBron will go to Chicago.


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