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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)
Comments

Since: May 11, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:59 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Jordan was a brand the moment he hit the NBA. $100 pairs of shoes were unheard of until Air Jordans started selling out in stores across the country. His clothing line exceeded Nike's expected profit margin from year one. Not after his first title. Just face it Bulls fans. Lebron is staying home. You wanted James, Bosh, and/or Wade. Result of your sales pitch? Strike 1, strike 2, strike 3, you're out, out of the playoffs in round 1 again. You better figure things out Chicago, because if you don't in a few years your going to have to watch Rose pack his stuff and leave.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:53 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

If he goes to the Heat everyone is just going to watch the season waiting for the Lakers-Heat every season. what is the fun in that.

The glory days of the NBA were in the '80s with the Celtics-Lakers rivalry. The Heat-Lakers rivalry would be amazing to watch. The Lakers would HAVE to add another all-star caliber player and the rivalry would likely go down as one of the best ever.

Nobody wants to see the freakin' New Orleans Hornets play the New Jersy Nets in the NBA Finals. Parity sucks. I want to see the best teams play the best teams.



Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:40 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Somebody please explain to me how the Heat are now a "powerhouse".  They don't even have enough players under contract to field a starting five. 



Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:37 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

LeBron will be stuck trying to win with virtually the same cast as last season minus Shaq.  The Jamison trade and remaining years on his contract are huge albatross on the franchise. Instead of having cap money to pursue David Lee who would have been a better low post option, the Cavs are hamstrung.  Moe Williams is a nice player, but he's not a the No. 2 guy on a championship contender.  Jamison's weaknesses were terribly exposed in the conference finals vs. Boston.  There is also a void at center with limited cap space to sign a center or play small ball with Verajao at center.  As much as LeBron would have liked Bosh to play with him in Cleveland, the other parts were not in place for this to happen.



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:33 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Welcome to NY LeBron!!!!! For sure now.



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:21 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

If Lebron goes to the Heat too then I hope people stop watching the NBA. there is NO parady now. If he goes to the Heat everyone is just going to watch the season waiting for the Lakers-Heat every season. what is the fun in that. Salary CAP needs to be put in place and the players can no longer run the league or the NBA will be gone. Look at it now how many teams have relocated in the past 5 years? MORE than any other sport combined. wake up NBA



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:19 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

For all this talk about Noah and Rose what about Harris and Lopez? Noah is a nice player but nowhere near the caliber of a low post scorer that Lopez is. Also with Harris LBJ would still be able to essentially be the PG in crunch time which is obviously something he likes doing as Harris is really a natrual 2 who is better suited playing off the ball That's a good point, maddog.  But it may be that Lebron wants to be able to handle the ball LESS as well.  Having Rose around frees up LeBron from having to do all of the creating off the dribble.
I am starting to think that LeBron is going to NY - the press conference is going to be an apology to Cleveland - and his inability to draw Bosh to Cleveland spells the fate of his tenure there.  It is obvious that the city is not a major draw for NBA players.
Unfortunately, Chicago doesn't seem to have any draw either....



Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:16 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

So sick of LeBron.  The world does not revolve around him, let alone the NBA.  Do what Jordan and Kobe did, stay put, give it 100%, be a part of bringing talent to Cleveland.  Not so LeBron can win, but to create something special in the NBA.  Get over yourself LeBron, you are king of nothing.



Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:08 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Everyone is going crazy over Wade and Bosh together. They don't have any other players. Anyone remember when the Magic signed T-Mac and Grant Hill. They were going to be unstoppable.  We all know how that worked out. I think that LeBron will end up in Cleveland.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:07 pm
 

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

For all this talk about Noah and Rose what about Harris and Lopez? Noah is a nice player but nowhere near the caliber of a low post scorer that Lopez is. Also with Harris LBJ would still be able to essentially be the PG in crunch time which is obviously something he likes doing as Harris is really a natrual 2 who is better suited playing off the ball


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