Where's LeBron Playing Next Year? Not For These Five Teams

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Here we go again. Welcome to Lebronapalooza 2014! LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all have until June 29th to decide whether or not they will trigger the opt-in years in their contracts, and give this Big Three thing another go at it, and Heat Nation anxiously awaits their decisions. The second biggest off-season in Miami Heat history is under way, and like 2010, it's strike it rich or bust for Miami.

The main difference between this year's free agency and 2010's is the fact that the Miami Heat are the ones with the girl, they are just looking to redo their vows. LeBron James has a plethora of options at his disposal when it comes time to choose his path, this time around however, the team trying to keep him has a proven track record of success with him, not a history of failures and broken promises.

See also: Birdman Is Leaving: Where Each Heat Player's Future Stands Right Now

In the upcoming weeks ESPN, Fox Sports 1, NBA Network, OWN, Oxygen, and every other channel on earth will spend spend countless hours speculating about which team LeBron will choose and why. What many will ignore, and this won't shock Heat fans, are facts and/or logic. While some media will have you believe LeBron can just pick any team he chooses to play for, that's not entirely true. The actual pool of teams he can pick is small, and for many of those teams, the logistics of adding James seem almost down right impossible.

Let's take a look at the most mentioned possible destinations for LeBron, and why they just don't make sense.

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1. Cleveland's owner is a crazy oompa-loompa who's already publicly bashed LeBron. Also the Cavs really stink.
Other than that time Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert opened a can of Word Pad comic-sans ass on LeBron James, they have a terrific relationship, built upon trust and mutual respect. Chances are at some point an aging-nostalgic-nearing-the-end-of-the-road-shell-of-himself LeBron returns to his home town Cavs before it's all said and done. For those of you just returning from a ten-year walk-about across the Australian Outback, this is not that time, because LeBron James is still really good at basketball.

Besides the fact that the entire city burnt his jerseys and the owner started a Biggie-Tupac beef with him when he left, the team itself is nowhere near contention. Outside of Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers have no proven players to surround LeBron with, and even Irving is an injury-plagued mystery at this point in his career. Listen, LeBron has shocked everyone before, so if he choose to build a team in his hometown with young players, fine. I just have a hard time believing he wants to put hundreds of millions of dollars in the pockets of a man who publicly blasted him and acted like a scorned plantation owner when he left.

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2. The New York Knichahahahahaahaha, no.
Seriously, stop it New York, you're the Miami Dolphins of basketball. You have a shot at LeBron James like the Dolphins had a shot at Peyton Manning. Of all the possibilities, this is the least likely one, mainly because to even afford LeBron the Knicks would have to rid themselves of Carmelo Anthony and everyone else worth a damn, plus Amare' Stoudemire. The Knicks coach is Derrick Fisher, who has never coached a game in his life, and was playing for the Thunder last month. That's not an ingredient I've seen included in a any "win-now" recipes posted to my Pinterest. The Knicks are paying $17 million to their coach and Phil Jackson, neither of which have done the job they have next season, so it doesn't seem like the place LeBron would take a $3 million contract to go play.


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41 comments
loganbrock4
loganbrock4

The writer of this article's clearly a Miami Heat fan and clearly full of **** which was clear when i read why LeBron wouldn't play for the Lakers.


Kobe Bryant hater, 5 championship rings speaks for itself


Ring-Chasing LeBron's headed to LA

Ohioan
Ohioan

This "article" validates my theory that the quantity of information available on the Internet is inversely proportional to its quality.


1. FYI, that "crazy oompa-loompa" is a multi-billionaire; you're an Internet hack with a readership in the hundreds. Oh, BTW, should I infer from your "scorned plantation owner" analogy that you deem Gilbert to be a racist who views LeBron as nothing more than human chattel? Be careful when you write; words have meanings.


2. While the Cavs certainly have sucked almost beyond belief since LeBron left, they now have all the pieces in place to make a run at the 2014-15 playoffs in the (admittedly weak) Eastern Conference. Cleveland has Kyrie, Deion, Tristan, Anderson, AB, the number one pick in the upcoming draft, and plenty of cap space available to sign an All-Star free agent. Miami has LeBron (maybe), The Basketball Player Formerly Known as Flash, Chris "They Called Me Superstar" Bosh, Super Mario, Battier (no, wait, he quit), Allen (oh, he quit, too?)...


3. "Besides the fact that the entire city burnt his jerseys..." Where do you "journalists" come up with this silliness? A handful of idiots burned LeBron jerseys in order to see themselves on Sports Center. 99.99 percent of Cleveland sports fans shrugged their shoulders and muttered a collective, "Oh, well, that was a BIG surprise." Cleveland is a football town (yeah, the Browns suck, too, but that's another story.) I'm not saying that Cleveland fans would ever boo their team and file out to the parking lot during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA Finals series, but no city has fans so appallingly shallow and ungrateful as that, right?


4. In fact, the vast majority of Cleveland fans have nothing more than a passing interest in "The Decision 2.0." Only the most delusional of those who pine for LeBron's return (and they're a decided minority) understand that he and his talents are staying put in South Beach, at least for now. Most of the rest of us would welcome his return, I suppose, but would much prefer that the Cavs somehow find success without The Chosen One.

Jorge Rojas
Jorge Rojas

4 finals and two rings ? If he jumps ship he's a jerk

Carlos Rosario
Carlos Rosario

My best quest is that he will move on, Swedes only want that money .....

Mike Clark
Mike Clark

Miami Hates Him, He should Leave!

Daryl Davis
Daryl Davis

I'm a Miami Heat fan not a Lebron James or a Shaq fan. So if he is leaving it doesn't bother me one bit.

Milly Martinez
Milly Martinez

I will be sad if he leaves, but I will always be a heat fan. Miami has enjoyed having him, and I believe he feels at home here!

Daniel Convers
Daniel Convers

Tell me that this dumbass up there didn't just say he should retire. SMH

Steve Hoffman
Steve Hoffman

I'm gonna put this story in the who-gives-a-fuck column.

James Kendall
James Kendall

Let's see much much Heat fans love him when he runs lol ;)

Eddy Martinez
Eddy Martinez

everyone doesn't hate him..... thats call envy!!!

Camilo Gonzalez
Camilo Gonzalez

The media making up stories on a slow sports news day.. smh.

Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith

Dear Universe, I don't ask for much, but please don't let LeBron come to the Clippers. Thanks and amen.

Art Kunhardt
Art Kunhardt

Hes staying for one more year, then he is gone.. Lol at the fan who said "not 1, not 2,not 3, smdh.. Fool thats why everyone hates him now. Hes an arrogant douche bag. And no i dont want him on my team. Yall can keep him. Its not like yall winning a championship anymore anyways... Hes going to leave after next year to the highest bidder. And it wont be Miami....

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

with everything going on with our country being torn apart and falling to its knees. who cares about a bunch of grown men playing with a ball = unbelievable

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Yes Gabriel....because my opinion differs from yours, you reduce yourself to name calling. Shouldn't you be in smear school repeating 7th grade right about now?

Edward Quinto
Edward Quinto

He can stay away from Chicago. We don't need his bad luck.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Who cares, my bank account looks the same

Daisy Burgos
Daisy Burgos

He is not going nowhere you guys keep instagating and saying bull about where their going etc he will stay with the HEAT just like he said not 1 or 2, or 3 or 4 so continue dreaming that he leaves cause he surely won't

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

so funny how terrible he is until he has the chance to land on your team - He's staying with the Heat so keep with the hate

James Roberto Paterson
James Roberto Paterson

Why leave a team that you made it to the finals with 4 years in row ? To rebuild a team to try and make it to the finals ? Well that's just plan stupid ....

Brent Dixon
Brent Dixon

Lebron is the star...players come to play with him...he doesn't go to play with other people...ie Kobe, Larry Legend, D.Wade...

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

This is exactly what the NBA wanted, amateur sports writers speculating and creating buzz about nothing.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Retire and enjoy the zillion dollars you just got from the Apple deal you greedy pig!

greedie1
greedie1

He announced his departure from his hometown on national TV without giving his adoring and faithful fans any kind of heads up, and refused to marry the mother of his children for almost a decade. We already know he's a jerk.

dycenyne
dycenyne

Your truly an idiot.  Please don't reproduce and pollute society.

dycenyne
dycenyne

Your truly an idiot.  Please don't reproduce and pollute society.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

"not going nowhere"


LOL love it

dycenyne
dycenyne

@greedie1 I'm not a huge Lebron fan, but your just a hater for no reason.  Taking little pot shots at someone for not marrying someone

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