LeBron James: The World Is Yours

Matt BContributor IJune 26, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #23  of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to rally his team in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 94-85.  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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Of course you've read plenty of articles reporting information and 'leads' as to where LeBron James will enchant fans next season. Taking into account every major aspect of each respective franchise, I've composed my specific probabilities for what uniform we will see King James where next season.

1. Cleveland 35% - This is obviously the least-exciting choice. While LeBron still has not won a title in Cleveland, he has been very successful. Winning MVP awards and taking your team deep into the playoffs on a regular basis is an accomplishment that I don't think LeBron will want to leave behind. Obviously the hometown-hero appeal is important as well. Cleveland is a cold, boring city. Search on youtube " Cleveland tourism video" and watch parts 1 and 2 for more details.

City : C+

Championship Opportunity: C

Marketing Opportunity: C+

2. New Jersey 25% - This move is the most economically responsible and ludicrous for LeBron James. Everyone knows that new owner Mikhail Prokhorov is one of the richest men in the world, and the Nets have money to spend. Moving to Brooklyn and changing the logo, colors, or even team name will also help LeBron as a marketing icon. Young players Devin Harris and Brook Lopez are two up-and-coming good players, but not as nearly as great as the #3 franchise has to offer.

City : B+

Championship Opportunity: B-

Marketing Opportunity: A-

3. Chicago 20% - In my opinion, this is the best option for LeBron. This franchise boasts a great city (voted #1 by askmen.com for single men), great fans, and the great legacy of Michael Jordan. LeBron can put the Bulls up with the likes of the Lakers and Celtics in terms of multiple dynasties. Derrick Rose will be a top 2 or 3 point guard in the NBA, and Joakim Noah will average a double double consistently. Other big men like Carlos Boozer and Chris Bosh have both expressed interest in Chicago as well. The Bulls have traded away players in order to free up cap space for LeBron. However, a rivalry between Noah and James, Michael Jordan's legacy, and inabilty to sign free agents may hurt the Bulls' chances.

City: A-

Championship Opportunity: A-

Marketing Opportunity: A-

4. New York 15 %- This is the oldest option. We heard about LeBron possibly playing for the Knicks years ago. I think this fact hurts them, LeBron doesn't want to go to a team that everyone tells him to play for. The Knicks have to resign All Star David Lee, and bring in one more free agent for LeBron to want to come. They simply don't have the talent on the court. However, the biggest city in the U.S. presents unmatchable marketing opportunity for LeBron.

City: B+

Championship Opportunity: B-

Marketing Opportunity : A+

5. Miami 5% - D'Wayne Wade wants free agents to come to Miami because it's all but certain that he is staying. D-Wade will get his free agent because Miami has the money to aquire just about anyone with their cap space. However, I just can't see LeBron wanting to play alongside another top 5 NBA player like Wade.

City : B

Championship Opportunity: A

Marketing Opportunity: B

 This is a very unusual offseason. As Jay Bilas put it, LeBron James completely overshadowed the NBA draft this week due to the trades, rumors, and speculation surrounding the King. When Kobe Bryant was a free agent years ago, there was not nearly this amount of hype. However, LeBron James is a special type of player. There was not nearly as much hype for any other player on any level similar to that of St. Mary-St. Vincent star, LeBron James.