LeBron James: Keeping The King in Cleveland
I say, LeBron James will remain in Cleveland.
But is LeBron really willing to leave that $30 Millon on the table with Cleveland?
I doubt it.
LeBron has stated, he needs a supporting cast. Cleveland has tried to help, trading and signing players over the years, but none have have panned out.
So what's the new plan?
A. TRADE, TRADE, TRADE!
Cleveland is in the best scenario to trade for players, with the expiring contracts of Mo Williams, Delonte West, Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker, Leon Powe, Sebastian Telfair, and restricted free agent Daniel Green. Not only that, but they also have some young talent to part with in JJ Hickson and Anderson Varejo.
They also have Shaquille O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas they can work sign and trades with.
And let's not forget the deadline player of Antawn Jamison they could try and trade.
B. Grab some lower-tier FA's
While Cleveland is over the cap, they run the risk of losing LeBron. But if LeBron is not a factor they can sign players for the veteran minimum and mid-level exceptions.
Some players notable could be Raymond Felton, Jordan Farmar, Ronnie Brewer, Jermaine O'Neal, Luke Ridour, Tracy McGrady, Roger Mason, Kyle Korver and Anthony Morrow who all of which to me could be worth the exception.
While there are also some are also worth signing, we'll get to that later.
C. Get Chris Paul from New Orleans
Okay, this seems like a must, grabbing LeBron's friend and the former player for Byron Scott.
Paul is the Robin to LeBron's Batman (that's what you call a clever pun, insert laughter here).
Put that all together, and see what happens.
Thursday, July 8th at 9:00 PM EST: LeBron announces his return to Cleveland and vows to never give up on the city of Cleveland and promises to bring it a championship.
Great words for the NBA's great.
A few days later, Chris Paul has been traded to the Cavaliers for Hickson, Williams and Moon along with a protected first round selection and a second round pick in the 2011 draft.
The following week, Cleveland announces that they have signed two players to the Mid-Level Exception as Jermaine O'Neal and Mason have signed two-year deals.
LeBron is looking like he made the right decision thus-far.
Remaining is fan favorite Varejo, and they also still have a few deals left up their sleeve.
Breaking News: The Phoenix Suns have worked a sign and trade for Ilgauskas.
Big Z is going to the to Suns.
Cleveland manages to snag Jason Richardson's expiring contract, and is able to send Jamison, Gibson and Big Z to the Suns for Richardson and second round pick.
This sures up the loss of A'mare Stoudemire to the Knicks while they're still able to grab production players to fill in the roles, and it was a near dollar for dollar deal.
The only thing holding this up would be Z's interest in the Suns, and if he does manage to re-sign they could also negotiate a deal with the Suns for Richardson in other ways.
So far left from the 2009-2010 Cleveland Roster remaining is James, Anderson Varejo, Green, Powe, and a few other low price players.
Added to the team have been Paul, Jermaine O'Neal, Mason, and Richardson.
A nice cast thus far, but the team sures up some more agreeing to veteran minimums with Carlos Arroyo, Brad Miller, Travis Outlaw, Francisco Oberto.
So far the team rolls out this starting line-up.
PG: Chris Paul
SG: Jason Richardson
SF: LeBron James
PF: Anderson Varejo
C: Jermaine O'Neal
Along with the role players of Mason, Arroyo and Miller.
Remaining is the quest for Korver
Could Cleveland snag this player to use for LeBron is resting?
Only t''''ime can tell if a dream comes true, but LeBron's quest for a championship has brought upon a whole new team for Cleveland, all is needed is for him to get the job done.
On the side note, LeBron changes his uniform number to 6, in quest of building a new entire outlook and to slowly become his own player.
Dreams do become reality.
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