What is the most valuable commodity on this Earth? Gold? Oil? No, it's one man.
Teams will battle for him, but there will be one team to rule them all.
The Nets, Knicks, Heat, Cavs and Bulls are all polishing their armor and sharpening their swords. The Mavericks have the best arsenal however.
Foolish thoughts? No.
Crazy but probably brilliant thoughts? Absolutely.
Yeah, you heard me. There is no income tax in Texas. LeBron would have a max contract. Who wants taxes taken out of those millions? I'll bet LeBron doesn't.
The DUST Chip. It is the Mavericks ultimate move. For an explanation, go here. http://www.dallasbasketball.com/fullArchiveColumn.php?id=3059&yr=2010
Anyway, Dampier has a non-guaranteed $13 million paycheck for next season. This means cap relief for anyone that trades for him if they want to drop him. It means more cap space or a tax break if the team is over the cap. Also, his salary can be traded for one that is around $16.5 million. Package another player or two in there, you're looking at an equal trade for Bron Bron.
Oh, and if he goes this route, the Cavs aren't left empty handed.
Let's face it. LeBron has not been shy about his love for his Cowboys. You can bet that Cuban and Jones can work out some Cowboys Stadium home games for LeBron and the Mavs as well. Talking about Jerry Jones...
William Wesley. You don't know him. He is, as NBC calls him, an NBA Power Broker. NBC describes him like this:
"Wesley is like the Zelig of the NBA, he is everywhere, influencing everything. He was holding back Ron Artest at the Malice in the Palace. Wesley is tight with Michael Jordan—he was the one who introduced LeBron to MJ, all part of the effort to recruit him to Nike (Wesley also helped guide James to his agent, Leon Rose).
"At any given time Wesley will be sitting next to Jay-Z at a Nets game (the two are tight) or hugging Jerry Jones after a Cowboys victory (the two are tight). The man gets friendly hellos from David Stern. He has access to Team USA basketball practices. He helped guide the last two coaching searches for Cleveland."
What's that? Hugging Jerry Jones? The two are tight?
I do seem to remember that LeBron is a Cowboys fan...
6 years. $125 million.
5 years. $96 million.
Which would you prefer? I'd go with the one that gives me $30 million more than the other.
By going sign-and-trade, LeBron is open to more money and another contract year.
Oh, and don't forget the "no state income tax" thing.
The Knicks and Nets need to rebuild. A top free agent will not solve their problems. They need to get a solid corp of players first.
The Heat and Bulls are mediocre nowadays.
The Cavs have done everything they can, but they still haven't gotten him the title.
The Mavs? Let's just say they have two future Hall of Famers. With LeBron, a deep playoff run is guaranteed...if not a championship.
He is considered by many one of the best pure shooters in the league. He's still climbing up the ranks in the record books.
This big German fellow, along with the guy on the next slide, are the two future Hall of Famers that can lead LeBron to that ever-coveted title.
He's old. He's bald. He's also at the top of his game.
Despite his age, he is still one of the top point guards in the league. His experience and leadership would be invaluable to LeBron's championship chase.
The dedicated fanbase is one of the best in the league(in my completely non-biased opinion, right?).
The DallasBasketball.com site and forums are the most popular independent NBA team site out there.
Lebrontothemavs.com happens to be targeted right at LeBron. It is the fans' attempt to woo him (Yeah, I promise that I'm not praying for it to work).
A special thanks goes out to Mike Fisher and the staff of DB.com and all the forum members there. If they read the article, then they know why.