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Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 3:46 pm
Chris Bosh wants to pair with LeBron James, but is more likely to sign off on a scenario that lures James out of Cleveland to the Nets, Bulls or even Heat, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told Tuesday.

The problem is that  the Cavs have the most attractive assets to entice the Raptors into such an arrangement, being able to offer Anderson Varejao, Anthony Parker or Jamario Moon and Delonte West, who only has $500,000 of his $4.5 million contract guaranteed for next season. The sign-and-trade route would allow Toronto to come to grips with Bosh's seemingly inevitable departure while bringing back assets -- including possibly future draft picks -- in the deal.

But Bosh, who shares an agent with fellow free agent Dwyane Wade, would have to sign off on such an arrangement and remains decidedly unenthusiastic about joining James in Cleveland, the person familiar with the talks said.

"If LeBron went to New Jersey, he'd consider that," the person said of Bosh. "It's too late for New York. He wants to play with LeBron if LeBron leaves, but not necessarily in Cleveland."

The Bulls, who've targeted all three of the top free agents, have not spoken with Toronto officials about a sign-and-trade for Bosh, a person with knowledge of their strategy said. With $30.9 million in cap space after Rob Kurz and Chris Richard were waived, the Bulls are still one transaction away from fitting two straight max signings into their space. One way around that would be to sign-and-trade for one free agent and sign the other one, but it is difficult to imagine Bosh taking less money that Wade or LeBron -- or vice versa.

The Heat, meanwhile, essentially have to trade Michael Beasley to have room for two max free agents plus Wade -- and sources told Tuesday Miami officials were continuing to work on pulling off such a coup. Wade's thoughts on the matter remain a mystery after he canceled a scheduled news conference with Alonzo Mourning in South Florida Tuesday morning.

UPDATED 2:18 p.m. ET: The Raptors have informed Bosh and his agent, Henry Thomas, that if Bosh wanted to go to Cleveland, the organization would explore how to help him get there. But while Cleveland's basketball assets are more attractive to the Raptors, the city itself doesn't do it for Bosh. If Bosh viewed Cleveland as an acceptable destination, the sign-and-trade talks would've progressed rapidly. As things stood Tuesday afternoon, according to a source involved in the discussions, they're at a stand-still.

UPDATED 3:46 p.m. ET: The Rockets, in Bosh's home state of Texas, also have some enticing assets to offer Toronto -- free-agent Luis Scola, Shane Battier and Trevor Ariza. Bosh has indicated in the past that the two Texas teams would be on his list of preferred destinations, but free-agent fever seems to have him focused on New Jersey, Miami and Chicago for now. As for the Heat, who'd want to dump Beasley, don't underestimate the value of a giant trade exception that they could convey to Toronto in a Bosh deal. Sources indicate that the February trade deadline will create a furious market for teams looking to get out from under contracts with the combination of playoff hopes being dashed and the looming labor crisis and/or new collective bargaining agreement, in which owners will be looking to take a punitive stance on player salaries.

"The market," another person involved in the free-agent chase said, "has come to a screeching halt."

While Bosh and Thomas -- who also represents Wade -- keep everyone waiting, sign-and-trade talks with more acceptable destinations have not gained any momentum, an executive involved in the process said.


Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 3:05 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

A little off topic, but i hate this whole NBA soft cap thing, and sign and trading.  It's just stupid.  So you're telling me that in order for me to get a FREE AGENT that WANTS to come to my team, most likely they're going to have to give some other team a draft pick or something else, so that they have the pleasure of paying that Free agent more money.

Its just dumb.  Any team with cap room should be able to offer any free agent a max contract as long as they dont go over the cap, how much ever that may be

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:55 pm

Free-Agent Buzz

Nobody doubts that the Cavaliers, at this very moment, are the most playoff-ready team in the LeBron sweepstakes. They've won nearly 130 regular season games the past two years. The question that has been posed to LeBron all along is whether or not the Cavalier front office will be able to assemble a team with which he will win a championship in 2 years. If the Lakers end up four-peating that is not going to be acceptable for LeBron. He must be a champion by 2012 or else he wasted his time this summer. Forget all of the off-court hype for a moment and just think basketball. From a basketball-only standpoint Cleveland is a very attractive destination for free agents who are looking to win a title.

But do they have the capability to add a Scottie Pippen to LeBron James' Michael Jordan? Not to mention a Horace Grant and a Ron Harper to play defense in the paint and on the perimeter respectively? It's not just a yes or no question. It's the extent to which you can say "yes" that matters. That extent is partly determined by the free agent market. The Cavs OBVIOUSLY look to sign Chris Bosh, but what else is out there after that? Are there players out there who can better compliment LeBron's game? More complimentary than Mo Williams and Delonte West?

From a basketball-only standpoint I know that this is LeBron's only hang-up on staying in Cleveland. He needs to know that the supporting cast will have his back this time around. He doesn't want to get "punked" in the playoffs like last season and the season before.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:37 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

The Nets shouldn't get him for this simple reason. Everyone brags about how much talent the Nets have. This is the same fkin talent that went like 12-70 last year. You can add Bosh and LeBron both and that team will still win only 25-30 games next year
No sir.  I am not a Nets fan and I don't care about the Nets at all.  That being said if you think that Lebron AND Bosh would only mean 25 or 30 wins you're nuts in my opinion.  They'll make a couple of other very good players on the nets look a lot better.

Lebron AND Bosh on the Nets = .500 season next year.

Lebron AND Bosh on the Nets the next year equals 50 wins with another addition.

Lebron AND Bosh on the Nets the year after that equals contender.

You forget Lebron has just as little if not less talent to work with in Cleveland and he made them a contender in about 5 years wasn't it?

He didn't have Bosh in Cleveland or things may have turned out much differently.

As a matter of fact, when Lebron started out in Cleveland he didn't even have a player good enough or worthy enough of shining Bosh's shoes.

Bosh is THAT good... you don't know it or realize it because you live in the good old U.S.A and probably don't watch more then 1 or 2 Raptors complete games in a year.   Bosh is the most underrated player in the NBA when it comes to the fans.

Obviously management everywhere disagrees with most of you guys because Bosh is going to get a max contract and if there was no sign and trade will still get 100 million dollars.

Everybody else in the NBA knows how great Bosh is.....

It's time YOU figure it out...

In time, you will !

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:34 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

The "statue" talk appears to be proliferated by Knick fans, as I've heard a lot here in NY about how James doesn't want to go to Chi town and play in Jordan's shadow.  Of course, most of the Knick fans that say this are also Yankee fans and ignore the fact that the Yankees never have problems signing top stars despite the storied players in their franchise's history.  If he goes to Chicago and wins, he will be worshipped just like Jordan - he'll be this generation's star.        

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:31 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Come to cleveland the city will show you a great time.
Normally.. not always but normally Vegas knows best !!  And Vegas says Lebron will NOT go to New York ( I admit, I'm shocked) .

Vegas odds suggest it's a dogfight between Cleveland and Chicago at plus 230 from what I saw on t.v.   New York? Plus 2400 !!!  

For non gamblers let me explain what those numbers mean.  Put up 100 dollars that says he goes to Cleveland or Chicago and Vegas will pay you a total return of 330 dollars... not bad I guess.   Put up 100 dollars that Lebron ends up in New York and if that happens, your return is 2500 dollars or 25 times your money.

Vegas knows best.. Vegas does NOT give away free money like some people think they do....

The old saying of "if it's too good to be true then chances are it's not" may as well have been trademarked by Vegas....

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:31 pm

Free-Agent Buzz

Come on, Jack Weed, New York is one of the highest taxed states in the whole US.  Not just on income tax, but all of the hidden taxes on products and services purchased.  They have terrible weather 7 months out of 12.  I live in NY state, so I know how lame this place is.  New York City is the arm pit of the universe, just ahead of your brothers over in Newark. 

Why the Hell would LeBron want to go there, when he could be enjoying sun drenched South Beach, with tens of thousands of bikini clad beautiful women?  DUH!  Parka, boots and long underwear 7 months a year or bikini clad babes 12 months a year?  Seems like a no brainer to me.  Not to mention no state sales taxes? Even staying in Cleveland is far more attractive than going to New York.  At least there he doesn't have a hoard of desperate papparazzi following his every move.  Quality of life, dude!  Quality of life!  Everyone needs a little personal space and he is not going to get that in the big apple.

Dude, you should look into some anger management help real soon.  You definitely have a major problem going on.  You may not be able to help being born "slow" , but you can definitely do something about your anger issues.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:30 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

One last thing please don't give me the whole Kobe going to LA or Pierce/Garnett/Allen being in Boston as arguments. Everyone remembers and most watched Jordan in his prime winning 6 championships. Not everyone was alive and watching the NBA in the Larry/Magic days to have the same effect.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:28 pm


If Bosh gets the extra $30 million that a sign and trade with Cleveland offers him and he gets to play with LeBron James, I'll bet you that fickle Bosh will be just fine with playing in Cleveland.

More importantly, I doubt LeBron gives a s@*t whether or not Bosh wants to join him in Cleveland.  If Bosh wants to play somewhere else, then Dan Gilbert will go out and buy or trade for some other big man to play alongside James (i.e. Carlos Boozer), and James knows it.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:27 pm

Free-Agent Buzz

First off ... LeBron doesn't want to work with Amar'e? Yea ... that's why he was lobbying for the Cavs to trade for him near the deadline last year ... because he doesn't want to play with him smh. Everyone makes it sound like coming to the Knicks would be the most horrible thing. I've noticed something, if you've grown up in NYC you understand why it's the best city in the world. If you're an outsider, especially to those who haven't been there, you don't. I grew up in NYC. I've lived since then in central PA while going to Penn State. Btw if you don't know this school is in the country so I know what both city and country life is like. I've visited London, Paris, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Antonio, Chicago, Miami, Cancun. New York is STILL the best city i've ever been around.

Now that i'm done with the city argument, LeBron should sign with the Knicks because there would be the least pressure. I don't know where there argument was about the statue of Jordan came about, but LeBron James wants to be known as the greatest player ever. Everyone knows this. If he goes to Chicago, one of two things will happen. Either he won't win, then we'll get the arguments of he couldn't win even with all that talent around him, and Jordan won this much by this far in his career why hasn't LeBron. Or he will win, and then you get the argument of 1 down, 6 to go. I believe the Bulls do have the most talent, but that's for the next two years. We all know with how cheap Reinsdorf is, he'll let either Rose or Noah go and then would it really have been worth it?

The Nets shouldn't get him for this simple reason. Everyone brags about how much talent the Nets have. This is the same fkin talent that went like 12-70 last year. You can add Bosh and LeBron both and that team will still win only 25-30 games next year.

Miami, has no one other than Wade. And he's not even guaranteed to sign there and it's going to be similiar to the Cavs of 5 years ago.
Which leads me to that team. The Cleveland Cavaliers. First off, lets stop calling Cleveland his home, and saying how he has to be loyal to Cleveland because of that. Cleveland isn't his home...Akron is. It's like someone from Newark, New Jersey saying how NYC is their home. It's not. I don't care how close it is. If I was LeBron James, I would have this thought. I've been here 7 years. And no matter who they bring here, no matter what they do, I can't win. There's a reason Cleveland hasn't won a championship since 1964.

LeBron's biggest dream has been to play in NY. New York wants him, and knows what the city is about. Hence why he takes his plane ride over here constantly. Basketball wise, as much as everyone's saying the media would hound him if he didn't win. I actually don't think that's the case. No one is expecting if he comes here, that he's going to win the title in his first year, probably not even his second. Everyone expects him to just improve the team, get them into the playoffs and increase them from there. Plus, as said before if he can win a championship, he'd be king of the biggest city in the world. I think the choice is obvious. But it's up to him what he wants to do of course.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 2:26 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

When Chris Bosh signs with the Cavs today 07/06, will you admit you wrote this article because you couldn't think of anything else to write? Toronto has already approved this trade. Maybe you should write an article about that?

Dwade and the bulls are and will be non factors in the NBA next year. And By my prediction that Russian from New Jersey would of lost less money betting on Mr. T in Rocky 3 then he is going this year with Jayz and Stodimare on the nets. Bulls Nets Miami = 2010-2011Average.  

Come to cleveland the city will show you a great time.

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