A lot of people want to argue about Kobe>LeBron, but now they THINK they have something inevitable to argue about, and that is where LeBron James is going to end up next season. And my prediction is:............wait and watch, because there's no reason to make predictions on something that can't even be predicted. But while I can't give you predictions, I can give you some insight into what is going into LeBron's head right now on eight certain teams. But I must tell you this, in MY perfect world, the last superstar free agent to sign a contract, will be LeBron James. Reason being is he doesn't want to end up signing a 7 year, $126 million contract with New York....and have the other new Knick signees be Tony Parker and Carlos Boozer. I call this "The Bronefactor", which basically means that there's going to be about 4-6 teams saving all this cap room for him, but the problem is, he can only play for one of those 4-6 teams. The other 3-5 that he doesn't play for will be forced to pick up scrubs on the streets just to fill up roster requirements. In other words, there's going to be some AMAZING teams in the league next year, but there's also going to be a lot of VERY BAD teams next year. This, in my belief, is bad for the NBA. But once again, that's my calling on the situation. But back to the eight teams LeBron has a legit shot at going to, starting with:
CHICAGO: The Bulls would honestly make the most sense. He'd be playing automatically with Derrick Rose, who would undoubtedly be James's 'Scottie Pippen'. The Bulls also return Kirk Hinrich, Loul Deng, and Joahkim Noah. On top of it all, they have a ton of cap room, so they could go ahead and sign someone like Amare Stoudemire or Dirk Nowitzki to play the power forward position. The only problem is, why would go to the place where you constantly be showed by #23?
NEW JERSEY: I like this fit the best, and here's why. They have a new Russian owner who will most likely be a Commie Version of Mark Cuban. He has a ton of money and will be devoted to the franchise. They also have a ton of cap room to use to pick him up with another superstar, notably a power forward (Stoudamire, Nowitzki, Boozer, Lee, O'Neal). Hanging out with Jay-Z. And last, but not least, the Nets have the 3rd overall pick in the NBA Draft. DeMarcus Cousins would certainly be a better big man than Shaq or Zidrunas Ilgauskus...
NEW YORK: Most people believe this will be his destination. But this would be his destination, if 'his' is some like Dennis Rodman or Ron Artest. If LeBron goes to New York, it's because a) they picked up another big name to go along with him. or b) he's just going through the league to have a fun time. I'm definitely feeling A. But in order for LeBron to call Madison Square Garden home, they'll need to pick up a legit superstar. Tracy McGrady isn't cutting it anymore.
CLEVELAND: I see him coming back to the Cavs being about .0004%. They don't have enough cap room to sign him AND another big name. They just have enough money to sign him again. Which would repeat this constant migraine that has been over the past 7 years. He, especially, cant come back after his performances in the last 3 games. He just can't.
MIAMI: I like this one right behind the New Jersey idea. In my opinion, Dwayne Wade will stay. He's in Miami, and if the Heat sign a big name (cough cough James cough), then former head coach Pat Riley, a proven champion coach, has said he would come back and coach. LeBron wants championships. Why not go down south and play with D-Wade and a Hall of Fame coach?
MILWAUKEE: I'm not sure on how their cap room is, but James would have TWO 'Scottie Pippen's" on this team, in Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut. I'm not sure if they could pay him all of the money in the world, but if he wants championships, don't rule Milwaukee out of the conversation.
LA CLIPPERS: I hate this idea. They have the money and tools to make him happy, but why play for 'that other team that plays when the Lakers aren't home'? The Clippers have and always will be 2nd to the Los Angeles Lakers.
PHOENIX: This is a bit far-fetched, but if they don't re-sign Amare Stoudemire, they'll have plenty of money to give to LeBron. Not to mention he'd be playing with a former MVP in Steve Nash. But the perfect scenario would have to go down for 'Bron 'Bron to end up in Phoenix.
You know what? Fine, if you want a prediction? If he's smart, he'll end up in Miami or Chicago. But that's not up to me. It's up to him. But if one this is for sure: When LeBron signs that contract in July of 2010, the streets in Cleveland will run black...