NBA Rumors: Where Does LeBron James Land?

David Krug@davidpaulkrugContributor IJuly 1, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands by in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 94-85.  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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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LeBron James is the biggest free agent in any sport, at any time in the modern era. Here are the five most likely scenarios in my opinion of where Lebron James ends up. 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers  

It feels weird saying the Cavs are the front runner. However, I truly believe Dan Gilbert will name immediately that Byron Scott will be the Cavs next head coach. I believe that quickness to make changes, and install a head coach shows the Cavs mean business. I believe LeBron will sit back and see who else the Cavs bring on board. If the Cavs can grab a guy like a Chris Bosh, or Amare in my opinion the Cavs are a lock to bring back LeBron James. If they fail to grab another top tier free agent I believe LeBron leaves town. 

2. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are a young and promising team, but they are a few big tools away from being a championship caliber team.  If the Bulls can bring in a guy like Chris Bosh they have an outside shot at getting LeBron. Overall though this isn't a good place for LeBron to build his NBA career or land a championship in my opinion. The front office of the Bulls is an absolute joke. 

3. New York Knicks

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The Knicks are a crappy team, but they have the cap space to build. They have arguably one of the leagues elite coaches. They also have the league's top executive. So they are rebuilding. It would be ideal for them to land LeBron James but I don't believe they are holding their breath. Nor do I think they need LeBron James as much as people believe. They will build this time around Amare, and Joe Johnson and do just fine. Probably even become competitive again, and position themselves to be the team to come out of the East now that the Celtics look to be on the decline. 

4. Miami Heat

The Heat just aren't competitors in the free agent marketplace. It's all about the unstable front office and dictatorship of Pat Riley. No one wants to work with his style. Yes he's a winner, but he's yesterdays winner. He's not relevant. Dwayne Wade needs tools around him to win and I just don't see Miami delivering those tools and luring Lebron James to the beach. Lebron needs consistency, and I think that's either in Cleveland or Chicago. 

5. NJ Nets

The Nets have a new owner, and a minority owner in Jay-Z who can help Lebron capitalize better than anyone on being in New York. This gives NJ an outside shot at landing LeBron, but it wouldn't be about winning basketball games because I don't believe the Nets have what it takes to win in the next four to five years. So LeBron can say goodbye to an NBA Title dream but he would make a lot of money in the meantime.

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David Krug is an avid Denver Broncos fan, who works out daily, and lives a life at Full Strength .


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