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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: May 10, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:36 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

No shot of him signing a 6 year deal.  He'll take 3 years tops.  Why get locked into a team that can be dismantled in an instant when he could hold Cleveland hostage again in 3?

Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:33 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

LeBron James is a perfect example of a great talent wasted due to its huge ego. If the Cavs have won the championship this year there are no question that LeBron will definitely stay with Cleveland. LeBron James already knows he cannot win with mediocre peices around him and so the logical thing for him is to sign with a ready team to become an instant contender in the east. But then again his ego will dictate otherwise.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:32 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Haha, out of the playoffs in Round 1 as opposed to get bounced as the favorite in Round 2?  Good luck in Cleveland, home of nada.

Since: May 10, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:32 pm

Revisions Count for Something...Do They Not?

"But they're (the Cavs) also a heavy favorite to be not be considered a true contender unless significant changes happen.  "What does this mean?  Are the Cave a fake contender?  Is it like being an imaginary number?  Are they √(-1) of a contender? 

By definition their team will be a contender.  Assuming LeFavre resigns they will make the playoffs as a top 4 seed.

Is that not a contender by definition?

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:18 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

He will go to New York.  you heard it here first.  He has a good chance of winning and an even better chance of becoming a billionaire and a Global Icon.  In return with all that money he can still contribute to Akron in so many more ways.  If he was going to stay in Cleveland, why wait so long and draw this whole thing out?  He's going to NY.

Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:11 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Being for New York I wish LeBron comes here but looking at everything he is going to stay in Cleveland. I think the three teams he is looking at is Miami, New York, and Cleveland. Chicago I believe never was in the running because of the Jordan factor. He will never be able to do what MJ did for that city. Miami is not going to happen for two reasons. First he is not going to take less money to play there and second he would not be the go to guy. It is D Wade's town and with Bosh also there I dont think LeBron would do well with sharing the spotlight. That brings it down to New York and Cleveland. New York really has nothing to offer. Yes he can be the rockstar of the capital of the world but does not have the chance to win here. The roster is weak at best. Amare is here now but there really is not much behind him. Cleveland is the hometown team who can offer the most money and has the best roster out of the two. LeBron is staying home for six more years.

Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:09 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

No chance Lebron stays in Cleveland? Want to bet on that? Ohio is home and in Cleveland Lebron pretty much has control of the team both on and off the court. This is huge for him. Sure the supporting cast in Cleveland isn't up to the task of winning it all, however Lebron still calls the shots. He will be back in Cleveland barring something terribly surprising. If a championship isn't won in Cleveland during this contract stint then look for Lebron to go elsewhere to win that elusive championship when he is due a new contract in 5 or 6 years.

Since: Mar 3, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:09 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

If basketball players all say its all about winning the ring, why wouldnt James join Kobe in LA take less money and win a few rings there? That is the million dollar question we should all be asking.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:06 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

If LBJ wants to do the "right thing," he'll stay in Cleveland.
If he is more concerned about expanding his global appeal, he'll go to New York.
If he truly wants to win, he'll head to Chicago.
If he really wants to swerve everyone, he's going to New Jersey.

I'd take door #3.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:05 pm

why does everyone assume....

.....that the press conference to announce the decision was Lebron's idea?  You really think that his agent and all the powers at ESPN weren't drooling over the idea of being able to pimp an exclusive one-hour special about this.....and to guarantee too all fans that they will be the first to know and you'll find out the guaranteed answer "right here and from the horse's mouth".  There's big money in a show like that. 

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