Back to School: Calculating Where LeBron James Will Sign This Summer

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IApril 28, 2010

CLEVELAND - APRIL 27: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts a after being fouled and making the shot while playing the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 27, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 96-94 to win the series 4-1. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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In about three months, the best thing since sliced bread will be hitting the open market.

My bad, sliced bread is actually the best thing since LeBron James.

Since my crystal ball ran out of battery, I'll have to predict where James will end up just like the rest of us.

Luckily, I've created an extremely simple formula to calculate where the King will most likely take his throne this summer.

Here's how the formula works:

For each of the three teams most likely to acquire LeBron's services—Cleveland, New York, and Chicago—I have weighed the pros and cons for LeBron signing with each of them.

For each "pro" a point valued from 1-10 is awarded (based on how much it will likely affect LeBron's decision).

For each "con" a point valued with a negative from 1-10 is awarded (based on how much it will affect LeBron's decision).

After I'm done weighing the pros and cons, the point values for each team will be added together with the team that has the most points being the most likely to ink the new Messiah this summer.



He has lived in Ohio his whole life: +10

The Cavaliers have had the NBA's best record for two straight seasons: +9.5

He wants to build his legacy with one team: +7.5

Cleveland continues to improve: +7

His HUGE house is located in Cleveland: +3.5

His family resides in Ohio: +6.5

He's a hometown hero for the Cavs: +3.5

He wants to be known as a loyal individual: +6

Cleveland can offer more money than any other team: +7.5


Cleveland is one of basketball's smallest markets: -8.5

In six seasons, Cleveland he has yet to win an NBA Title: -8

Shaq and Antwan Jamison are both nearing the end of their careers: -4.5

Cleveland doesn't offer the city lifestyle: -8

International stars are never born in Cleveland: -6.5

The Buckeyes are bigger than the Cavs in Ohio: -2.5

Cleveland Cavaliers Final Score: 23

New York


New York City Lifestyle: +9.5

He would have the chance to play at Madison Square Garden: +9

He would have a chance to bring the Knicks their first title since 1973, and become a New York sports hero: +7.5

He's a Yankee fan: +3.5

He would have the opportunity to see his friend Jay-Z more often: +6.5

He could play in the World's Biggest Media Market: +6.5

His endorsement dollars would hit an all-time high: +4

With the ability to offer two maximum contracts, the Knicks could give him another superstar: +6.5

New York sports fans would worship the ground he walked on: +3.5

He has the chance to become Mark Messier II (Messier is a god in New York because he ended a 54-year title drought for the Rangers): +1.5


His supporting cast wouldn't do much supporting: -9.5

He would be joining the worst run franchise of the last 10 years: -7

Tabloids could quickly change the public perception of him: -2.5

If he didn't win an NBA title, he would never hear the end of it: -3.5

He would likely be at least two years away from a title run: -8.5

He could be overshadowed by the Yankees if he doesn't win right away: -2.5

He would be joining a franchise with a history of bad luck (I'm looking at you, Isiah): -2

New York Knicks Final Score: 22.5



He would get the chance to play with star point guard Derrick Rose: +8.5

He could bring the Windy City back to the apex of basketball like Michael Jordan once did: +7.5

The Bulls were a playoff team without him: +5.5

Chicago is one of basketball's biggest markets: +6

Chicago fans are some of the most passionate in the world: +5.5


He would be expected to fill MJ's shoes: -10

He and Derrick Rose would vie for the role of floor general: -4.5

Chicago has its sights set on Dwyane Wade: -6.5

Chicago Bulls Final Score: 12

It was neck and neck, but by the skin of their teeth the Cavs are the favorites to emerge from the LeBron James skirmish.

We'll have to wait and see if an upset special is in the cards.


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