A Move That Could Keep LeBron in Cleveland for Years to Come

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMay 24, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 22: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball against the Orlando Magic in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 22, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Whenever there are modifications within an organization, there is a trickle-down effect. At first, everything may run status quo, but as time progresses, there are changes that become apparent.  

For the Cleveland Cavaliers, the pending transaction that would give a share of ownership to a group of Chinese businessmen could be the reason that the Cavaliers may win multiple championships in years to come.

JianHua Huang, a Chinese businessman who has played a key role in linking American and Chinese companies in the past, is leading a group of investors that would purchase a minority, yet substantial share in the Cavaliers' operating company.

While this may seem like an ordinary business transaction, there are a few factors to consider.  

Not only would a group of investors from China, the highest-populated country in the world, have ownership in a franchise that boasts LeBron James, arguably the best player in basketball, but this group would link the hundreds of millions of basketball fans that have grown up watching the NBA right to LeBron James.

While James already has his fair share of fans around the world, he would now be the focal point of an organization that can provide more than say, New York?

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James' endorsement offers would skyrocket and his annual salary from the Cavaliers would no longer be a significant factor in his ultimate decision.

LeBron would now experience something that Yao Ming has experienced since joining the league.  Ming has arguably been the league's most popular international sensation and with new ownership, James could take that to the next level.

The Knicks, with James, aren't going to be as good as the Cavaliers with James, so there's no reason for him to cite talent if he were to leave.  

If this group of investors officially purchases a stake in Cavaliers' ownership, you could see a large gap in the free agent class of 2010.


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