New Jersey Nets Need to Tempt King James

Brad GilliamContributor IJuly 6, 2009

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With the trade of Vince Carter to the Orlando Magic, the New Jersey Nets are, without a doubt, going to make a hard push next summer for Cleveland Cavaliers' superstar LeBron James.

The only way for Rod Thorn and the Nets to sign him is to tempt him. Currently a change of address to the Garden State/Brooklyn doesn't seem tempting at all. It will be hard to persuade the MVP to come to a team that is 14 games under .500 even with the amount of money the Nets can throw at him.

What can the Nets do to lure the king into a new court?

Make the playoffs.

Or at least make a serious push for it and not fade out at the end of the season. In the past two seasons, we have seen New Jersey have solid starts, then wobble around in the No. 8 spot, and then finally sputter out at the end of the season.

This season is huge for this team. I honestly think the pressure is underrated. We know that James does not want to deal with another rebuilding project like he had to go through in Cleveland. Why would he want to go through another one? For some players, money is not the only reason they change teams. It's the quality of the team.

In the Carter trade, New Jersey acquired players that played an integral part of the Orlando Magic's NBA Finals run this season. The Nets received PG Rafer Alston, G/F Courtney Lee, and C/F Tony Battie.

I really like how the Nets added depth to the back court. With Alston backing up Devin Harris, New Jersey could possibly have one of the best backcourts in the Eastern Conference. Lee had a solid rookie campaign in 2008-09 and can help carry some of the load offensively and defensively if he improves his game.

Remember, it wasn't until this past season that James had a high-caliber point guard in Mo Williams. With the weapons the Nets have at guard and other notable players like Brook Lopez and Terrance Williams, New Jersey has a chance to sign LeBron.

We know that money makes the world go round. We know money can alter people's judgements at times. But remember...

Money isn't everything.

Play well on the court and LeBron can be right at your door step. If you don't, a free ticket to a Jay-Z concert and millions of dollars couldn't even persuade him.

Temptation depends on the situation.

Hopefully, the boys from the Garden State can please their fans and LeBron James with a solid season leading up to what I call "Summer Blockbuster 2010". Play hard New Jersey.