WAITING FOR LeBRON: Knicks have a plan for success, but they'll...
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#1 Oct 26, 2008
Everyone one of those guys teams well except Kobe will have cap space of their own. So Bosh could be trying to woo Kobe and Wade to Canada and vice versa .No team can pay more than their current team and with the market being on a decline I expect superstars to stay at home and try and get others to come aboard .They wont leave that much money on the table to join someone else.
#2 Oct 26, 2008
It's understandable that everyone would want to make a play for LeBron in 2010. He is the best player on the planet right now. Of course, the New York-is-the-center-of-the-univ erse mindset leads to all these speculative dreams of LeBron leaving Northeast Ohio for the Big Apple.
The fact is that with the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, the Cavs will be able to provide him more money than anyone else in the league. Those that ignorantly quote that LeBron's Nike contract would make him more money in a big city, do not have real knowledge of the contract, and refer to it in hopeful, but inaccurate terms.
Another fact is that the Cavaliers will have more than $20M in expiring contracts this year (Wally Szczerbiak, Eric Snow, and Anderson Varejao) and more than $30M in expiring contracts next season (Ben Wallace and Zydrunas Ilgauskas), which they can leverage to acquire even more talent to help LeBron.
The Cavaliers are well positioned to KEEP LEBRON JAMES and go after another free agent superstar who may want to team up with him (Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh) Given that the Cavs could use a two-guard or power forward to complement the King, you can be sure that the Cavalier front office is positioning the team for just such a move.
Cavalier owner Dan Gilbert is not averse to spending a lot of money (3rd highest payroll in the league right now, over the luxury tax).
LeBron has built and will soon move into a ridiculous expansive estate (50k sq. ft) located north of Akron, near the interstate to Cleveland. Few people in the area would be able to purchase it if he chose to sell it.
Unless the Cavaliers make dramatic errors and are unable to continue to keep the Cavaliers competitive, LeBron will build his NBA dynasty in the Wine and Gold of Cleveland.
The Cavaliers have re-tooled their roster significantly since they lost in the NBA Finals to San Antonio.
Last season, they traded Larry Hughes, Shannon Brown, and Cedric Simmons for Ben Wallace and Joe Smith.
They traded Donyell Marshall and Ira Newble to Seattle for Delonte West.
During the off-season, they traded Damon Jones and Joe Smith for Maurice (Mo) Williams.
They resigned Delonte West and Daniel Gibson, and drafted J.J. Hickson (freshman PF from N.C. State), and acquired PF Darnell Jackson and C Sasha Kaun (rookies from Kansas' Jayhawks national championship team).
More than likely, the Cavs will trade Szczerbiak's and Snow's contract sometime during this season to acquire another talent to help make a championship run.
They will more than likely re-sign Anderson Varejao at the end of the year.
And remember, PRIOR to acquiring Mo Williams and drafting Hickson and Jackson, the Cavs pushed the Celtics to 7 games, and played games 6 and 7 without Daniel Gibson.
Anyone who predicts anything less than first place for the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Central Division, and any seed lower than # 2 in the conference is not paying attention to the improvements having been made in Cleveland.
Finally, the Cavaliers will improve just on the improvement of the play of LeBron James himself.
This 23-year old superstar continues to work diligently on improving his game. He has worked to make his outside shot more consistently, to intensify his defense, and given his confidence and demeanor in leading Team USA, he is capable of making everyone around him better.
He led the NBA in scoring a year ago.
He is odd-on favorite to earn his first league MVP.
And the Cavaliers will be in the mix for the NBA Title.
All without playing in New York.......amazing!
#3 Oct 31, 2008
There is zero, and I mean zero chance that this is going to happen.. And as a Knicks fan, that sucks.. But then again, when you put your eggs in a basket like this, you look ridiculous..
First off, that west exec is incorrect.. There is no way there will be 15 teams with that type of money... No chance at all..
And 2nd, look at the Cavs payroll for 2010.. Not only would they have the rights to go over the cap to sign LBJ, but they won't have to.. Why ?? Their payroll will be lower than the Knicks at that point.. The Cavs are actually the dangerous 2010 contenders because not only can there sign LeBron, but they can sign a Bosh or Wade to go along with him...They'll be under the cap by a wide margin.. Ilgauskas, Wallace and all those guys are off the payroll..
Nobody is recognizing this in the main media..
Not only will the Cavs have a better chance to compete for a title at that point, but LeBron will not have to go into a rebuilding season going into his 8th season.. There's not a shot in hell he's going to waste his prime years playing for a team that has no shot... And the Knicks are not anywhere close to having a shot..
He's not going anywhere... The Cavs know what they're doing here... The Knicks do not..
We need to actually build a team the right way.. And maybe, just maybe if we would have done this starting after LeBron's 1st extension, we might have had a legit shot...
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