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BOSTON - MAY 18:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers wipes his face during his post game press conference after the Cavaliers lost 97-92 against the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the TD Banknorth Garden May 18, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Christopher RaderContributor IMay 21, 2010

We are heading in the Summer of LeBron and everyone has an opinion. I want to preface this with the fact that I am a Cleveland Cavaliers fan and am happy to have had LeBron.

 

The problem I have is the fact that LeBron is holding the organization hostage. Danny Ferry has done everything within his power to bring a championship caliber supporting cast. All of these players LeBron has openly campaigned for or at the very least was excited to have.

LeBron is a great player, maybe one of the greatest, but he is not a great judge of talent. He does not know how to make a championship team. The Cavs are being handcuffed by him. If he stays they must tell him to just do what he does best and play ball. Let the people who were hired to make decisions make those decisions without pressure from him.

If he trusts them then he must sign the max 6 year deal. These 3 year deals only pressure the team to make trades and signings for today and not what is best for the team or the future. The Cavs choose to go after older players with high dollar long term deals.

Where did this get them?

A great regular season team that folds come playoff time.

What they could have got is some cap room for this year’s free agent market. The Cavs were so scared to lose LeBron that they basically let him run the organization. The team is in a constant state of flux. They are always trying to learn to play with each other. Teams like Boston and San Antonio that play together for years are much better come playoff time.

There are also reports of bringing John Calipari in a package deal with LeBron. I just hope that does not happen in Cleveland. Calipari had 5 first round picks on Kentucky last year and could not even get to the Final Four. He had a very good run in Memphis, but in very weak conference and never won a title.

He coached the Nets to the playoffs his second year in the NBA, as an 8th seed, after going 26-56 the previous year. The very next year he was fired after starting 3-17. The Nets went 13-17 the rest of the lockout shortened season.

He is more Rick Pitino than Larry Brown.

The Cavs will offer LeBron the 6 year max deal. If he only wants to resign for 3 years then they must let him go. Teams have been winning championships for seven years without LeBron and without him holding Dan Gilbert and Danny Ferry hostage the Cavs can win one as well. Let them do what they do best.

Danny Ferry has made moves with little cap room and sacrificing draft picks. Imagine what he could do if he was the one actually choosing which players to go after.

 One thing for sure though is Dan Gilbert will open his wallet and spend to get a winner.

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