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