We all know who has tickets to the biggest sweepstakes of this year's NBA free agency. And for those fans whose teams are involved in the perpetual speculation and projection, this promises to be a nerve racking time. Many NBA fans have their own propositions and proclamations as to why James would sign with their team, no matter how ridiculous the scenario.
The stakes are so high, salaries so large, and rosters so massaged for just this purpose, that in many teams cases, they have put everything on the table to sign King James.
You can make a case for Lebron going to any of the teams that have the cap space and make sense.
The Bulls because of Derrick Rose and a possible pairing with John Calipari. The Nets because of Lebron's friendship with Jay-Z. The Heat to pair up with Dwayne Wade. Or maybe he will just stay put in Cleveland, and he will finish what he started.
In the end, however, I feel Lebron James will be a Knick, and here are the three reasons why.
ESPN.com's Chad Ford recently reported that Chris Bosh's agent has given a list to Toronto management in case the Raptors want to construct a sign-and-trade deal. The usual suspects are on the list, however, what was of more interest was what the source mentioned in regards to Lebron.
One source said Bosh's decision hinges on where LeBron James signs.
"If LeBron decides to go to either New York or Chicago, I think that's where you'll see Chris land," the source told Ford. "If LeBron stays in Cleveland, I think the process is more wide open."
Before the 2009 All-Star Game, Lebron told reporters "I would definitely love to play with Chris Bosh."
The Raptors big man seems almost perfect for Lebron, and would give the Knicks two big, fast, and powerful players in their primes.
Although Mike Brown is a great coach in his own right, a lot of people—myself included—would love to see James play in D'Antoni's system. High-octane, spectacular, and dazzling are all words used to describe his system, and they fit just perfectly with James' ability.
The possibilities when talking about James' under this system are almost unimaginable, given that D'Antoni has never had a player like James. The Cavaliers average 93 possessions a game while the Suns averaged 113 in D'Antoni's last year there.
His coaching style and system would allow for James to put up some monster numbers, or at least the free reign to try with no consequences.
The Other Teams Don't Make as Much Sense
The New Jersey Nets have $28 million in cap space, and with brash new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets would seem to be a good choice. However, they just endured one of the worst seasons of all time and Devin Harris does not seem to be a good fit with James.
The Miami Heat have $24 million in cap space and who doesn't love the beach and no income tax? Dwayne Wade and Lebron James would be a 1-2 superstar punch for the ages. Problem is, who is No. 1 and who is No. 2? Wade is an established superstar in Miami and James would be giving up quite a bit of limelight to him.
The Chicago Bulls have $20 million in cap space and would be a great fit for Lebron from a roster standpoint. They have Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Taj Gibson. Would Lebron go to Chicago to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, his childhood idol? That's one hell of a shadow to be stepping into, I will tell you that.
New York is coined basketball's mecca for various reasons. From famed Rucker Park to MSG, the city of New York loves its basketball. Lebron loves the city, loves the Yankees, and will be able to come in on a "clean slate," as it were. The Knicks have been bad for a long time and the roster could be shaped to James' liking. The Knicks have enough cap room to sign two stars, presumably Bosh and Lebron. It is arguably the largest market and the earning possibilities seems almost unlimited to a superstar of Lebron's caliber.
In the end, however, only Lebron knows what the plan is. All of the speculation and projection will not cease until early July. And who knows? He may just shock all of us and choose Golden State!
(Okay, maybe not.)
Where do you think Lebron will land?