LeBron Tracker: Ranking Destinations for LeBron James After Meeting
After meeting with six teams, LeBron James has a decision to make: Where does he want to play for the next few years, and possibly finish his career? I take you inside the mind of the King, and show you his top destination. Starting off with numero six...
#6: Los Angeles Clippers
The fact that the Clippers, the lesser of the Los Angeles squads, were able to schedule a meeting with LeBron is a puzzling one. How did they convince King James to waste his own time, just to visit a team that is historically awful and doesn't even have a good core of players?
There is literally a 0.0001% chance that LeBron will end up as a Clipper. He can make more money elsewhere and win more championships elsewhere, and it surely isn't his home.
Sorry Clippers fans, no superstar for you. Maybe it's time to try the Lakers.
#5: New York Knicks
This one is a tie with Miami. I just decided to put it slightly lower, because does LeBron honestly expect to win championships in New York?
Sure, Amar'e Stoudemire will make the Knicks better. Well, maybe. David Lee was an absolute monster last year. Adding Stoudemire may help, but it may not. Most of his points came off the pick and roll with Steve Nash giving him a perfect dish every time. New York doesn't have a star point guard (Sorry Toney Douglas, you aren't there yet. Chris Duhon, your time is up. And Andy Rautins, just no.)
LeBron's top money destination is not here. Basketball championships will not be won in the Big Apple for at least another decade.
#4: Miami Heat
I can certainly picture LeBron in Miami. There's only one problem: He cannot, as long as Dwyane Wade is here.
Now this is where it gets interesting. How will this Bosh, Wade, and most importantly LeBron trio end up? Will two of them go to Miami? What about a duo in Chicago? A rumor surfaced over the weekend that Wade is leaning towards signing with Chicago. Does that mean the Bulls never offered a contract to LeBron? No, it just means that if LeBron doesn't sign with the Bulls, Wade might go to Chicago.
Bosh is going to have influence here. If Bosh goes to Miami, so will Wade. I don't see him going to Chicago, because they just don't have the cap for Bosh and another max free agent along with the money to keep Derrick Rose and other key players in the future.
Miami is a longshot for LeBron. Heat fans should be happy with retaining Wade and acquiring Bosh.
#3: Cleveland Cavaliers
This isn't going to please hometown fans. Cleveland, your time with LeBron is up.
You had your chance. It was a good run. There's a reason, however, you got the first pick overall in the 2003 draft. Your team stinks and it's going to go back to being that way once LeBron leaves.
James will have a better chance winning elsewhere, and he sure won't make more money in Cleveland than the next two destinations.
Speaking of lots of money...
#2: New Jersey Nets
You are sadly mistaken if you think that the Akron Hammer would make more dough in the City of Angels, New York, or in the Windy City. Oh no, there's just one guy standing in the way of him. A large, 6'8" man. No, he is not a player. He is Mikhail Prokhorov, the richest man in Russia. And he just so happens to own the New Jersey Nets.
His plan to lure LeBron James to New Jersey is genious. Prokhorov is working with Jay-Z, rapper/co-owner of the Nets, to get LeBron by tempting him with money. By the way, LeBron idolizes Jay-Z. He grew up wanting to be like Jay-Z. And he could be Jay-Z rich, or richer, if he buys in to Prokhorov's plan.
The Russian multi-billionaire said he can make LeBron the most popular athlete in Russia, then Europe, then in other countries and continents overseas. When you are the richest guy in a major country, you can pull that off.
If LeBron takes the offer, the money he earns in his contract will be pocket change. Prokhorov will try to convince LeBron that James will be just as rich as the Russian himself.
Why wouldn't LeBron bite? He'd have billions of reasons to finish his career as a Net. But there's one thing standing in the way. That one thing, my friends, is legacy. That is what the next city can offer.
#1: Chicago Bulls
This is LeBron. Chicago has to be the place for the King.
He has been called "the next Michael Jordan." The Bulls are a very successful franchise, and have proved that they can win while spending big bucks on star supporting players.
Why should he leave all that money on the table in New Jersey? Because he's already so filthy rich, that's why. And he'll top on another hundred million or so in Chicago, along with endorsements and such.
James already said he's changing his number from 23 to 6. Michael Jordan's number 23 is retired in Chicago. Is it a sign?
I think so.