LeBron James to Europe?

Geoff TownsendAnalyst IAugust 5, 2008

According to folks close to LeBron James, the superstar and MVP-to-be would not be opposed to playing overseas.

James' contract through 2009-2010 will net the Cleveland Cavalier $60 million. James cashed a $13.04 million paycheck during the 2007-2008 campaign, the first of his three year extension with Cleveland.

According to the James' camp, LeBron would not shy away from a European League if he received a contract "somewhere around $50 million per season."

To this point, the league has lost bench players, role players at best.  There has been no franchise star packing his belongings and boarding a 777.

Outrageous money, but a loss like this one would cripple the NBA.

A $50 million payday seems extravagant, but the $250 million for David Beckham lured the Euro League superstar to the puny MLS.  It is a number that could very well be reached for a player of LeBron's caliber.

We still have two seasons remaining in our contract with LeBron James which gives us one last chance to witness the second-coming.

As an NBA fan, I hope it is not the last he signs, as long as he stays between our shining seas.