LeBron James will re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers for five major reasons:
1. The Cavaliers, the best regular season team in the NBA the past two seasons, are a contender. With 10 players under the age of 28, they can continue to be a contender for the foreseeable future.
2. The Cavaliers can and will offer James the best contract; roughly $30 million more than what any other team can provide.
3. The Cavaliers will give LeBron what no other team can, and that's the power to handpick the personnel around him. Already, we've seen both Danny Ferry and Mike Brown get the boot.
4. The community surrounding the Cavaliers, LeBron's hometown of Akron, and the region in general, respect LeBron's privacy and protect him from the outside world. If LeBron were in, say, New York City, the paparazzi would be overwhelming.
5. On any other team, LeBron would be just another superstar athlete. In Cleveland, he becomes a Jesus Christ figure.
Think about what Peyton Manning means not just to the Indianapolis Colts, but also the city and the state. Now imagine if 50 percent of Indianapolis were under the poverty rate (like Cleveland) and Manning was the local boy who rose from the ashes—the chosen one.
LeBron knows what's at stake here and that it transcends basketball. There's a reason why his ad campaign includes religious allusions such as "We Are All Witnesses." LeBron isn't just trying to be global icon, he's trying to be a savior.
Basketball-wise, LeBron is a sidekick away from building what could be a dynasty. All the Cavaliers need is an upper-echelon post scorer.
With Boozer out of the question—few people are hated more in Cleveland—and with Stoudemire primed to join Dwyane Wade in Miami, you can bet your marbles getting Chris Bosh is the only thing on Dan Gilbert's mind right now.
And the Cavaliers, who will be about $15 million over cap after re-signing LeBron, can get Bosh via a sign-and-trade.
The Raptors are desperate to get rid of either Hedo Turkoglu or Jose Calderon (preferably both), and the Cavaliers have seen enough from Antawn Jamison to know he doesn't cut it.
Cleveland could send Jamison, Mo Williams, and Delonte West to Toronto for Chris Bosh and Calderon. The Raptors would get something for nothing, save $12 million, and be in good financial position to retool for the 2012 season.
Out of all the "major" possible tandems out there, these are the most realistic and likely to happen.