With the final day of LeBron's free agency, let's take an in-depth analysis of where he will go. I will eliminate each team as we go on. For example, the next slide is the first team to be eliminated from the LeBron sweepstakes.
The teams that are in this are: The New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, and New Jersey Nets.
So let's get started...
Nobody really expected them to win, mostly because why would they? They have the cap space but that's about it.
LeBron wants to win, and if he joins the Clippers they have a young crowd but he wants to win NOW. In order to win these days you need two to three key guys. Kobe and Gasol. Garnett, Allen, and Pierce. You need at least another player.
Sure they have this new Russian billionaire owner, but if only the team is as successful as he is. The team is not a championship-ready team. LeBron needs a team that would already be in the playoffs without him. The Nets would likely be back in the lottery without him.
New Jersey is one of my favorite teams. #3 in fact, but I just can't see LeBron ending up there.
I know they have Jay-Z as part owner and they're moving to Brooklyn, but that's not enough. Jay-Z is always going to be a friend of LeBron no matter what.
LeBron loves New York but sometimes that just doesn't get it done. All of the other teams ahead of this have either players more productive, or his home.
James and Stoudemire would be an excellent combination, but just look at the rest of the team. They can't compete for a championship. The Lakers would kill them.
I'm sorry New York, but try next year.
This would be an ideal situation. LeBron joining the Cavs for all his career. Just like how Jordan did it. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen.
In these last three teams keep in mind that any one of these teams should not surprise you if LeBron chose them.
The Cavs are his home and it's hard to separate from that. Not only did he live there for his NBA career, but all his life as well! He is an Ohio native, but there are two reasons he will want to leave.
1. His heart is where a championship is. Don't forget that they had seven years to do so! They failed, and if he were to return and be a Cavalier their starting lineup would be no better than what it was last year. In fact, it would be worse!
2. He wants a big city. Cleveland, last time I checked, isn't really a big city. In fact, their two main attractions are the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and LeBron. LeBron likes the spotlight. He loves New York because it's a big city and he gets lots of publicity.
Barack Obama is president, so it's time for change.
For those of you hoping for a "Big Three" in Miami, it's not happening. I can provide a couple reasons for this not happening.
1. LeBron like the ball in his hands and being #1. In Miami, this cannot happen. He has two other players who need the ball too. This will cut into his stats, his glory. LeBron simply cannot do that; he's a man of business he needs to be THE guy.
2. LeBron needs a bigger city. If LeBron's being let out of the cage (Cleveland), the city he chooses has to be big to contain him. Kobe has Los Angeles and LeBron needs a big city like that. A city he can have a lot of business endorsements and just a lot of business deals in general.
3. Dwyane Wade already got a ring! Back in 2006, when D-Wade had Shaq, they won the championship. If LeBron signs with Miami, not only will he not be THE guy, but Wade will always have one more ring than LeBron. LeBron just can't handle that.
The Bulls will have their own big three if LeBron signs. Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose, and LeBron. On top of that, when there is seconds left on the shot clock, there will be no question whose hands the ball will be in.
LeBron will also be in the third biggest city in America. This provides him valuable business deals as well as as many endorsements he can imagine.
Bottom Line: If LeBron signs with the Bulls, he will get the best of both worlds. He will be in a big city which means more endorsements, and it also helps when Michael Jordan already made the franchise globally known, so it's easier for LeBron to make his name more globally recognized. LeBron will also get the championships he's so eager to get.