Destination: New York
For LeBron James, it's all about winning and legacy. Clearly it's not as much about money, since he will lose the ability to re-sign for $600,000 more with Cleveland when he fails to sign his player option before July 1.
In New York, LeBron will obviously build a legacy. NY is the greatest city in the world and the Knicks play in one of the most historic arenas in the world in Madison Square Garden.
The media coverage will be amplified, but it will only catapult LBJ into the next atmosphere of athletic fame. He will truly be an A-list celebrity in NYC.
The questionable aspect about NY, is will he be able to win? Where LeBron signs will affect where every other free agent may go.
I think wherever James goes, another big-time player will sign with that team as well, to flank James and give him a little less pressure.
With that, I think that after LeBron signs in NY, a David Lee, Dirk Nowitzki or Joe Johnson will follow.
Any of these three players will give LeBron a better teammate than he ever had in Cleveland.
Though he may not win a Championship immediately in NY, they will only be able to get better in the years following, as having LeBron on the team will give the Knicks a serious recruiting advantage, in addition to the advantage the city innately gives to the Knicks.