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If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:35 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 11:02 am
If the numerous reports out there are accurat e, and they've been confirmed by just about every major outlet on the planet, then Chris Bosh is joining Dwyane Wade on South Beach for one heck of a party. But as the tango starts up in Miami (it takes two, you see), we're going to have to turn our attention almost immediately back to where our eyes have been glued all along.

What does LeBron James do now?

With both of the significant power forward options off the market assuming Bosh is a done deal, James' decision becomes somehow simpler and more complicated. Our own Ken Berger reports that he's a near-lock to announce he's returning to Cleveland tomorrow during his one-hour ego boost. But James has to be taking a good long look at his options before committing to anything.

LeBron was expected to be the catalyst, but instead Joe Johnson recommitted to the Hawks first, then Amar'e Stoudemire didn't wait for James to decide where he was headed before jumping into the center of MSG. Now Bosh is teamed with Wade. James may want to return to Cleveland, to stay home, to be the hero, but he's got to look at a roster that won 120 games plus over the past two years and still didn't make the Finals and get a little nauseous thinking of having to compete with Orlando, Boston, and now Miami and whatever the Knicks pull off (if anything). Which means James' camp has to be exploring his options, which right now are thus:

Take less money to join Wade and Bosh in Miami. Wade and Bosh are almost definitely assured the max deals (Wade from Miami, Bosh in a sign-and-trade). So it's natural for them to take those deals which means James capitalizes on his enormous celebrity and forms a super-team the likes of which hasn't been seen in decades in the NBA thanks to the salary cap. He guarantees himself multiple rings but also sacrifices home court advantage in terms of market and under the circumstances, looks like the third wheel. James is no third wheel. As important as winning is to James, not giving up his leverage in his attempt to become a global icon is more important, and going to Miami would mean sacrificing stock in that. Still, the allure of a super team has to weigh heavily, especially when combined with the beach and tax situation in Miami.

Head to New York to join Amar'e.
James comes into the world's biggest market as the difference maker alongside Amar'e Stoudemire. All of a sudden New York is the free-agent destination and the team can fill out the roster with quality players while working towards the future. Still, the core roster behind Stoudemire is as shaky as it is in Miami, only without the All-Star duo and only Amar'e instead. The money would be amazing, but the basketball might suffer. It would be an incredible risk, but one with a huge payout.

Head to Chicago with Rose and Noah.
The Bulls have the most ready team to compete over the next decade and with James they would elevate to a whole other level. Noah provides strength low and Rose is one of the most up and coming point guards in the league. He would have his name next to Michael Jordan, for better or worse, and operate in a major market. The team would be ready to contend and could likely snag Carlos Boozer or David Lee to help with low-position scoring. For whatever reason, the Bulls have slipped out of most talks.

Stay home.
The option most are predicting, and have from the start. Our own Ken Berger reports that's the most likely scenario . But James is looking at Antawn Jamison, who did not deliver last season in any way, shape, or form, and Mo Williams as his running partners while the rest of the league gets younger, the Heat become a powerhouse, Boston maintains, Orlando maintains, and the Lakers still rule the roost. But Cleveland is home, and James may feel that his presence will always generate the ability for teams to improve. Maybe the Cavs can pull a rabbit out of a hat. What's strange is the most likely scenario also seems like the most risky. The Cavs are a lock to not be terrible in the future. But they're also a heavy favorite to be not be considered a true contender unless significant changes happen.

Wade and Bosh may force James to reconsider his decision, either way. The options are largely the same as they've ever been, but the pieces have now moved into place. In a little over 24 hours, James will have to publicly declare what's most important to him , with the whole world watching.

-Matt Moore

(Graphic: Roland Liwag)

Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:25 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

"He would be pretty bold to hold a huge press conference just to announce he was leaving the Cav's, bold and stupid."

I think he would be pretty stupid to hold a huge press conference just to announce he was returning to the Cav's and the rest of the lame nobodies he couldnt make the finals with the last 2 seasons. FYI

Since: Mar 3, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:16 pm

Can this be done?

I am not sure if it can be done, but cant James sign with anyone who would want him? Cant he go to say Lakers, Celtics, Magic even The Pacers if they want him? Cant he say hey you know what I want to win a title and as many as I can in the next 10 years. I will make my money in endorsments so I will sign with any team that can win the title for a meaningless 1 Million. Cant he do that if all he is about is the title and like most say it is all about the ring!

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:11 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

He should go to NY or Chicago as those two teams would have the talent to compete with Orlando, Miami and Boston in a battle to represent the eastern conference in a NBA Final. Why are people making a big deal about his press conference? The press has been up his rectum 24/7 about his free agency even before July 1st. I think he should be applauded for using this platform to raise money for the Boy & Girls Club of America or hasn't anyone heard that?

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:10 pm


I've learned from my top secret sources what Lebron's one hour show will be about: Lebron will be staying in Cleveland, and, to make up for the lost moneymaking opportunities by staying in Cleveland, he will also be the newest infomercial pitch guy. Yes, before the last 5 minutes which is when he will announce his decision, he will be selling Sham Wows and SlapChops. Please have your credit cards ready as this will only be a limited time offer (he can't do this all day, you follow me, camera guy?) and operators are standing by. And if you act now, you'll get a second set free (just pay the shipping and handling of $30). Help Lebron feed his kids.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:03 pm


I thought for sure Bosh was headed to Chicago... Ah well.

Anyway, James is greedy, he'll stick with the Cavs with the maxed out deal.  If he was to sign anywhere else, it would be Chicago because they can offer him the next highest contract.  Miami can no longer compete there.

And it now looks as if the Bulls focus HARD on Boozer and Lee.

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:56 pm
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Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:50 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

I think Boozer will go to the cavs, giving LeBron the help he needs. 

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:46 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Grant Hill got injured is what happened...  Injuries are independent of good or bad planning (unless you have someone who is perpetually injured, and that was not Grant Hill at the time).

Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:45 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

He is going to sign a 6 year deal because the new collective bargaining agreement is coming and it will not be as good fro the players.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:38 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

ummm, Kobe Bryant, Pau gasol, Ron artest, Derrick Fisher, Lamar Odom, and a championship supporting cast?     All Miami has is Bosh and Wade.  Lakers dont need to do ANYTHING to "keep up" with Miami  lol.

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