Now that Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh have signed with the Heat new hype is building that LeBron James could do the same when he announces his decision Thursday night. He has taken in all the information from every team that pursued him and has now narrowed his choices down to Miami or his home team, Cleveland.
Where he is planning on going may still not be certain. In fact, Miami may even have control over where LeBron chooses to play. With the Heat still not having enough cap to sign the entire trio to max contracts, the moving of Michael Beasley in the next 24 hours or so could determine whether or not James completes the trio or goes solo in his Cavs uniform.
1. Trade him to a team with enough cap to take him on that could use a young big like Michael. One team that sticks out a lot is the Oklahoma City Thunder. They have an extremely young nucleus and pairing the childhood friends of Durant and Beasley may help to rejuvenate Beasley's career and help him play to his full potential. Plus it would add a much needed scoring big for the Thunder and give them one more piece to become an even scarier up and coming team.
2. Practically give him away... The Heat could offer him for any team that is willing to take him and even through in some picks to sweeten the deal for the team taking on his contract.
3. He stays put resulting in LeBron most likely deciding to stay in Cleveland instead of taking a pay cut in Miami.
1. Knicks- If the Knicks didn't get LeBron they would be disappointed, but at least they came away with Amare Stoudamire so at least this free agency wouldn't be a total loss. In fact, Amare is even trying to recruit Tony Parker and Carmelo Anthony to come play with him and if that happened then it would be hard for New York to be disappointed at all.
2. Nets- Nets never really seemed to have a great shot at landing LeBron so they shouldn't be too devistated about not landing him. Nevertheless, they still have cap and need to pursue another big free agent. Carlos Boozer or maybe David Lee would be a good options here, even with them having selected Derrick Favors in the draft. They could use another wing player, but with their being no great wing players still available, they would probably rather pursue one of the bigs instead.
3. Bulls- Chicago has to be completely distraut about all of this. They sounded like the team with the best chance of landing at least one or two of the Wade, Bosh, and James trio and now it looks as if they will come away with none of them. They still look more appealing then any other team out there with big money to spend, thus, they will most lilkely be the front runners in acquiring guys like Boozer and Lee. Lee has had serious talks with the T'wolves so Carlos Boozer might be the more likely option here. Although the Bulls would be coming away with little compared to what they could have had, Boozer would still be a great piece to add with him and Noah running the front line.
4. Cavs- The Caviliers would be the most devistated teams out of all the others listed. Not only would LeBron devistate the basketball fans in Cleveland, but he would hurt the surrounding area financially as well. LeBron attracts many people and after watching James play for the past seven years, it would be hard to interest Cleveland fans in watching a LeBronless team. If James indeed signs with Miami instead, I feel very bad for the fan base and franchise of the Cavs.