Things get interesting…

Bosh/Wade to Miami

This may well change the landscape. With Bosh and Wade joining Miami, I think LeBron’s decision is made clear.

Well, maybe. 😉

Here’s the thing: If Wade and Bosh are indeed taking max contracts (and I don’t think that can be confirmed right now), the possibility for the big three to ALL land in Miami is dead. There’s no way Miami can sign three guys at max, so from a financial standpoint, Miami probably has to step out of the race.

But the Heat just became a tougher team to beat. Everyone already knew that – in theory – wherever LeBron goes, he’d be best served to be playing for a team with a strong secondary star. Now, with Bosh and Wade together, he NEEDS a counterpart. Even if somehow the Cavs believe that losing to the Celtics in the playoffs was ‘just one of those things,’ and that they normally could get past the Celtics, they now need to figure out how to get past Miami in the playoffs.

If LeBron stays in Cleveland, I’ll get it. That’s home. That’s the franchise HE built. He grew up wanting to put Akron on the map. Even though I’d argue that he already has, I can understand it if his loyalty keeps him home.

But I think that Cleveland, right now, officially, is no longer the strongest professional choice for LeBron.

At least it is today.

The Cavs have approximately 34.5 hours to sign a quality companion for LeBron (and Amy Pond doesn’t count here, though who knows, maybe she’s got a killer jumper), I say he goes to Chicago or New York, which brings me to point #2.

Amar’e In New York

I like this move, though it could certainly backfire if he doesn’t get along with D’Antoni in the long run. I like Stoudemire as hard nosed guy who works hard for his team. But like several guys in the free agent market, he needs other pieces to help him get his offense going. He enjoyed a 23.1 PPG/8.9 RPG season last year, but its important to remember that he had Steve Nash giving him the ball that whole season.

As of right now, the Knicks only have six players committed to playing for them in 2010.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire, PF (23.1 PPG, 8.9 RPG)
  • Eddy Curry, C (3.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG)
  • Danilo Gallinari, F (15.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG)
  • Wilson Chandler, SF (15.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG)
  • Toney Douglas, G (8.6 PPG, 2.0 APG)
  • Bill Walker, SG (9.4 PPG, 1.1 APG)

For those keeping score at home, that means the entire Knicks roster is looking at 75.2 Points per game. More importantly, their entire guard line averages 3.1 Assists per game. Obviously, this is kind of the point. The Knicks are in the best place to build a team around a pair of quality free agents, but, I mean, they’ve got a long way to go.

The Bulls Dare LeBron

This has become my favorite story of Free Agency so far (even above Wade/Bosh in Miami). Details have come out that the Chicago Bulls took a decidedly different approach to courting LeBron. Whereas every other team in the mix presumably took the begging/pleading/’We’ll do whatever you want’ approach, Chicago decided it was better to challenge LeBron to step it up in Chicago.

“LeBron, the fans of Chicago have a question for you,” reads the two-page ad that ran in Thursday’s Akron Beacon Journal, James’ hometown paper. “Can you cast a shadow this big?”

The image is of an outline that looks a lot like Michael Jordan‘s, in the iconic, ball-in-one-hand pose, spread out over the Chicago cityscape.

And…

…They sent to his house the classic red, white and black Air Jordans and asked if he could fill those shoes. Tuesday it was a case featuring seven empty ring boxes, representing one more championship than Jordan won here, and the question, “Can you fill these boxes?”

Wednesday was a mock-up of a Chicago Tribune 10 years hence — still going strong, by the way — and the headline “Sweet Throne, Chicago: With Title No. 7, It’s Officially King James’ Court.”

I love this.

I think this could be a great approach. Not only does it make a call to LeBron’s competitive side, I think it challenges LeBron to really think about how he wants to be known in NBA history. ‘You want to be considered the greatest player ever? There really is only place to do it.’

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~ by djepperson on July 7, 2010.

2 Responses to “Things get interesting…”

  1. Great post, I really enjoyed reading it! The Bosh-Wade signing leaves some big questions with Lebron if he will be willing to take less money to go to miami i think not but who knows. Chicago might still be the option but Cleveland is also a great possibiltity. But I guess Bosh moving to Miami with Wade was sort of the first speculation and what people expected from the start. But that changed recently with all the new speculation that never came to fruition. Now I’m Excited to see what’s in store for Miami. I think that Bosh will excel in Miami because Wade will open up space for him and visa-versa. If they can add the right pieces it is sure going to a team to be reckoned with.

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