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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: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:06 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

LeBron wants to "build his brand" but the only way to do that is to win. Jordan was a superstar before he won but when he did - and kept winning - that's when the Jordan brand took off. Ppl want to support a winner. If LBJ wants to win, he'll choose MIA or CHI. I may be biased since I am a Bulls fan but these two teams are ready now for a playoff push. CLE can win in the regular season but can't come through come playoff time. The Knicks - they're the Knicks - they won't be ready for a few years. Until this guy wins a championship, he'll never be the icon he wants to be. Suck it up and play for a team that will get the ring and then work on the branding.

But hey, if it's all about the money, then definitely CLE is the best choice for another probably HOFer that can't win the big one.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:02 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Bosh and Wade going to the Heat seals Lebron's fate not to return to Cleveland because he can't upgrade there.  He'll now go to the Knicks or Bulls.  I'm guessing if Bulls get another big man, LeBron goes there.  He has been so close to a ring that he wants to win today not in 3-5 years with the Knicks. 

Lakers will 3 peat and Bulls win a title in 2 years.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 12:00 pm

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

How is Delonte West over paid?  He would make 4.5mill if the cavs executed his final year.  Otherwise they could cut him and save $4mill(Plus more in luxury tax possibly).  $4.5 million would be a steal for a healthy Delonte anyway.  He is a very valuable trade piece.  He could go anywhere where the team is over or near the luxury tax.  Many teams would trade for him and cut him making him an unrestricted free agent.   If that happens look for Delonte to get another contract for about 8 million for 2 years with the 2nd year being like how it is now for him, 4.5 million with a team option to buyout at 500,000.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:50 am

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

No chance LeBron stays in Cleveland. That is alot of wishful thinking from Cav fans and small market writers. The bottom line is he can't win a championship in Cleveland with that current roster. No star player is coming there to complement him. He needs to leave Cleveland to win a championship. Especially after Bosh and Wade go to the Heat. The East just got that much tougher to get out of to get to the Finals.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:43 am

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

LeBron needs to get out of Cleveland.  Side show Bob, Williams and West are not a good supporting staff.  They are all over paid and when coaches actually take the time to scout and prepare for that trio, they are locked up easier than Lindsey Lohan.  If LeBron wants to win he must choose to go to either Chicago or NY.  He can still get his max salary and he will get to play with real NBA talent.  Plus those two markets will allow him to gain the global icon status that he wants.

If he chooses Cleveland, the Cavs must go after Lee or make some crazy trade b/c the trash he has to play with will not help him get a ring.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:42 am

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

Why would he do a press conference anyways. Things are getting to hits head aren;t they. Haha. Thats the demise of a human being

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:10 am

If Bosh goes Heat, what does LeBron do?

James' ego is too big to share the spotlight.  I predict he will stay in Cleveland, take the max deal and pretty much disregard the value of winning a championship by not joining the Heat.  He would be pretty bold to hold a huge press conference just to announce he was leaving the Cav's, bold and stupid.

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