LeBron James Free Agency: Which Team Has The Best Role Players?

Joseph DeutschmannCorrespondent IMay 25, 2010

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In just a little more than one month, LeBron James will be a free man; at only 26, the biggest name in American sports has the whole world in his hands.

As he approaches the end of his six-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, No. 23 is playing his own game of The Bachelor with a group of teams yearning for franchise makeovers. 

The most forward suitors (ignoring possible sign-and-trade offers) seem to be the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, and New Jersey Nets.  Oh, and LeBron's own Cavs, a franchise he led to the only NBA Finals appearance it has witnessed in its 40-year history. 

So who will get the rose?

Regardless of where he will end up, James will make a lot of money (Duh), so let's eliminate greenbacks from the conversation for just a moment. 

Also, let us ignore some of the other major talking points: For which coach does LeBron want to play? Will LeBron go to the Nets to be with buddy Jay-Z?

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Instead, let us focus on the potential dream teams that could surface as a result of a James move.

Who will be the two-time MVP's right-hand man? Who will make up the best supporting cast?

Here's the list, starting with who will collectively put up the biggest numbers to who will produce the least:

No. 1 - Chicago Bulls - The Bulls are young and talented, but they need an extra push for real contention in the playoffs. An addition in James would give the Bulls their best chance to make the finals since the Michael Jordan era.

Right-hand man: Derrick Rose

Supporting Cast: Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson

No. 2 - Cleveland Cavaliers - "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."  The Cavs finished the regular season with the best record in the NBA, not just LeBron James. Cleveland will continue to dominate if James stays.

Right-hand man: Antawn Jamison

Supporting Cast: Shaquille O'Neal, Mo Williams

No. 3 - Miami Heat - A one-two punch. The teaming-up of two highly worshipped NBA offensive forces would be a difficult entity for any team to encounter. 

Right-hand man: Dwayne Wade

Supporting Cast: Udonis Haslem, Jermaine O'Neal, Michael Beasley

No. 4 - New York Knicks - Playoffs, anyone? A losing Knicks record is nothing new, but a LeBron James just might be the catalyst that could make Madison Square Garden more than just an aesthetically pleasing piece of New York history. 

Right-hand man: David Lee

Supporting Cast: Al Harrington, Wilson Chandler

No. 5 - New Jersey Nets - The LeBron James Show. The Nets were comically bad this year. James could help stifle the laughter and make the Nets' current up-in-the-air situation that much more interesting. 

Right-hand man: Brook Lopez

Supporting Cast: Devin Harris, Shawn Carter*

Just short - Los Angeles Clippers - The Clippers are in an unfortunate position. They are not nearly as bad as the Nets, so a LeBron James addition would not yield as extreme of changes as it would in New Jersey (or wherever the team ends up).

James will only improve the team for which he plays next year. Whether or not the potential move creates a dream team or just a necessary offensive boost will be obvious later this summer. 

For now, like every Cosmo-drinking, handbag-wielding woman on The Bachelor, we'll have to simply continue biting our nails as we wait for the big decisions.


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