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Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:48 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:50 pm
 

LeBrocalype: Everyone getting predictions in

Posted by Matt Moore
 Gary Parrish, Jamey Eisenberg, Pete Pistone, Mike Freeman and KB give the low-down on what they think  will happen .

A late roundup of predictions as we head into the Big Decision:

Ian Thomsen of SI can't understand why James would leave home and all that money .

Apparently the agents and GMs Brian Windhorst is talking to feel the same .

Royce Young says that his gut impulse is Cleveland, with Miami a red herring.


As for me?

James has already proven that his decision will likely not be based on where he has the best chance to win a championship, otherwise he would have dragged Chris Bosh to Chicago five days ago. It will not be based on where the best chance to market his future is, otherwise the Nets would at least be in contention. Right now the decision comes down to his home and family versus his friends. New York is hanging in the background, but they simply don't have enough to pull him through. So now we have the situation where James is weighing Cleveland and the people he's been around his whole life versus two of his good friends and a chance to do something phenomenal with the amount of star power they'll have. It's a difficult one. Maybe not so difficult as to require this much time and a major network special to decide, but a huge decision nonetheless.

At the end of it, I believe he'll return to Cleveland. Going to Dwyane Wade's turf? Not his style. Staying home and ruling the roost? That's what he does. That's how he rolls. He'll never have the power base in Miami with Pat Riley and Wade that he'll have in Cleveland. Never have the God-like state of adoration from the fans, who already have their favorite. He'll never be what he in Cleveland to Miami. If New York had managed to stay in the race a bit more, had had a few more things go their way, he would have landed in New York. But faced with this decision, he's going to do what feels right. With so many competing ideas, people most often turn to what they know to be true.

And LeBron knows he loves Ohio, and Ohio loves him.

The King returns to his throne.


Posted on: July 8, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:51 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: What's Miami up to?

Posted by Matt Moore
 The Miami Heat are doing some interesting things as we inch closer and closer to LeBrocalypse tonight at 9 p.m. ET. KB reports that the Heat are trying to move Michael Beasley as part of the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade.  Simultaneously, Jeff Goodman of Fox reports that the Heat have offered shooting wing Mike Miller a five-year deal worth between $27 and 30 million with a deadline of tonight. Presumably that means that if LeBron James doesn't go with the Heat, unless all three of the Triumverate are willing to take massive paycuts .

The two reports indicate that whatever happens tonight, the Heat plan to be busy. The Heat may be trying to add Miller as a final bit of leverage with James to show him that they can build a championship around the three of them even with little cap space. Miller is a terrific shooter, or at least he was, until he was sent to Minnesota and inexplicably stopped shooting. I'm not saying he stopped shooting well. I'm saying he stopped shooting. He started passing up open looks. Miller said earlier this year that he wanted to play for a contender. Well, if the Heat get LeBron James, I think you can definitley call them that, but then Miller can't join them. Without James, thoughthey're still probably a high favorite in the East, though probably not moreso than the Magic or Celtics, yet.





Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:20 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 4:41 pm
 

What the Bosh S&T proposal means for the Raps

Posted by Matt Moore

KB informed us that the Raptors are inching closer to a sign-and-trade agreement for Chris Bosh to Miami. The deal has now grown to include Houston and Charlotte, primarily from the Raps end so that they don't have to take on a player. The deal they're pursuing would get back their first round draft pick they traded to Miami, along with a massive trade exception for 2011, and a player from Houston, ideally.

This move signals that the Raptors are not pursuing a strategy of trying to make the current roster contend, but instead abandoning ship on the team as it was built. A full rebuild is underway. It's a perilous approach considering how much money the Raptors sank into contract last year in order to keep Bosh around, without any real indication he would be staying in Toronto. Bryan Colangelo will essentially be moving to undo all the decisions he's made, and that's the kind of process that's painful and often costs GMs their job.

Getting the pick back and taking the trade exception is a great start, though, and not having to absorb the risk of Michael Beasley is a huge upshot. The team may be back in the lottery again next year, and they'll want a shot at franchise savior Harrison Barnes. Not taking on any more contracts will make it easier for them to try and shave salary from trades, and this should be viewed as an open invitation that the Raps are open for business.

Andrea Bargnani and Hedo Turkoglu are the two biggest albatrosses, and while there are elements of each's games that could attract teams, the contracts Colangelo gave them in a failed attempt at a contender will likely make them near immovable. They may be forced to take on deals like the ones New York had to endure the last two seasons in order to unload them.

Someone had to lose out this summer, many teams did. Unfortunately it looks like Toronto may be in for the roughest turn.

Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 4:23 pm
 

What the Bosh S&T proposal means for 'Cats

Posted by Matt Moore

As KB dropped on us a few minutes ago , the Charlotte Bobcats have been pulled into talks with the Heat and Raptors about the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade. With Miami clearing space to try and land you-know-who, the Bobcats have been pulled into talks to take on a player, which Toronto is unwilling to do.

(Read about the whole deal here from KB .)

The Cats would be taking on Mike Beasley under the proposed deal, one that is curious in many ways for Larry Brown's team. It means ditching Tyson Chandler leaving them perilously thin at center, and adding another SF/PF combo in the same vein as Gerald Wallace, only not as versatile, complete, or basketball-intelligent. It also may likely end Tyrus Thomas' time in Charlotte, though a combo of the two would be interesting... in a lot of ways.

Beasley is considered nearly radioactive at this point, but so was Tyrus Thomas when Larry Brown decided to bring him into the fold. This move echoes a continuing sentiment that Brown is undertaking players who are thought to be lost causes, players who he himself had no time for a few years ago. Ditching Chandler would clear quite a bit of space for the Bobcats who are up against the luxury tax wall pretty hard and getting shaken down, all for a roster nowhere close to title contention.

Beasle's a high-risk, low-reward type player from a basketball standpoint, but clearing Chandler may also leave them the ability to pursue a younger, more athletic center like Joel Anthony for a much lower price.

One thing's for certain. The Bobcats are continuing full-force with their reformation-through-trade strategy if they can worm their way into this deal.



Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:11 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:58 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: The circus comes to Greenwich

Posted by Matt Moore

The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich is having itself quite the day. Fox CT in Conneticut is there filing live reports and the sattelite trucks are already jamming the parking lot. Fans have arrived. I'm pretty sure I saw an elephant tap dance through one of the live shots. I thought I saw the bearded lady, but it turns out it was just Drew Gooden. (It was not Drew Gooden, I just made that up. See? That's how easy it is to start a LeBron rumor.)

ESPN has hired 10 off-duty cops for security . I'm sure that's going to be a fun job. If I'm the greater Greenwich area and I have access to either bottled water or cold beer, I'm heading down there to make a profit.

It's a ridiculous scene that we had to expect. I would anticipate we'll start seeing other news organizations filing reports from Greenwich soon. What would be great is if ESPN had a crew outside reporting from the scene outside of the scene that they themselves are hosting inside. It's meta, man. So meta.

Please make this day end soon. The hype is going to devour us all.



Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:01 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: James' camp is all over the place

 Posted by Matt Moore

 Everyone thinks they've got a line into "LeBron's camp" and depending on who you talk to, he's either completely being pushed towards the Heat, or being told not to leave Cleveland . Pretty much no one has any idea what's going on, and everyone is being fed information that may or may not be accurate. What's interesting is how completely World Wide Wes William Wesley has been pushed (seeminlgy) from this process. Maverick Carter from all accounts really has pulled off a complete coup, even though he has really nothing on his resume to speak of that jumps off the page at you.


Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:13 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:02 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Cleveland, the sleeper pick?

Posted by Matt Moore

In yesterday's episode of LeBron-o-rama , we saw that New York was the heavy favorite. That was soon to be overridden by late last night's report that the Heat had become the front-runners to court a King. But the real answer to this riddle? No one knows where James is going. Probably not even LeBron.

 Throughout this entire process, James has kept his thoughts and feelings close to his vest. While Dwyane Wade spoke more openly about what he was feeling and thinking, and Bosh let it be know through various leaks, James has been a sphinx. Silent, unmoving, a riddle in statue form. The news that's come out about his thoughts or preferences? They've all been concepts that come from "sources" close to the situation. You know who's close to the situation? James. That's it. The whole kit and kaboodle.

And most strange in all of this? There have been no leaks that put him back in Cleveland. Not the location of the announcement . Not the movement of his tax documents . And not the prospect of the super team. It's all leaning away from Cleveland.

Why?

Why in a time when there is abject speculation from every angle and degree, where every person with an agenda for James going to his or her city, is there no significant word about Cleveland?

And again, the reporter who's followed his entire career, who's been a step away from him from the time he hit high school, that guy isn't hearing anything ? A guy who's as widely respected in NBA media circles as anyone and who has had the, er... mouth of LeBron James (since if he had his ear LeBron would be listening to him, and that's not really, you know, let's just move on), that guy has heard nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nada.

Something's up.

Now, it could be that James is trying to downplay the devastation he's about to wreak on the city of Cleveland and state of Ohio. Both financially and personally, a whole bunch of Ohio folks are about to be crushed if he has in fact decided to bolt. It would make sense to put distance between James and Cleveland publicly.

Plus, Cleveland just doesn't have the media to drum up rumors. And the media they have won't do it. So we're left with silence about Cleveland. And it could be that that silence says more than anything. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. We'll know tonight. But the one thing I am sure of?

The only person who knows what's going on has "Chosen One " written on his back.
Posted on: July 7, 2010 3:42 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 5:59 pm
 

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

All of Cleveland, I want you to click away. Go read KB talking about Kevin Durant. Or the Browns. Something. But you don't need to read this, it will do you no good, and probably doesn't mean anything anyway.

Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer has indicated that where LeBron James holds his announcement about free agency tomorrow night will not be an indication of his decision . That said, along side the information about New York rising up the chart we brought you earlier, there's been an interesting wrinkle come out of the woodwork.

Frank Isola of the NY Daily News reports an uncomfirmed rumor that James is making the announcment from the home of Alan Houston. This vibes with what Windhorst also tweeted today about the announcement coming from Greenwich, Conneticut (Houston lives in Greenwich). Greenwich, if you didn't know, it widely considered a New York suburb.

UPDATE: Allen Hahn of Newsday reports the same .

If James were returning home, why would he make the announcement from the home of a former Knicks? Even if an alternative rumor Isola suggests, that the announcment is coming from a Boys and Girls Club in town, is correct, why would James announce from a New York suburb that he's returning to Cleveland? Why not stay home and make the announcement from Akron? Or if he's headed to Miami, why not from South Beach in Dwyane Wade's home?

Maybe just to mess with us.

It's not out of the realm of possibility that James is dropping hints to throw people off. There have been no indications outside of these types of ancillary indications that James is considering anything but Miami or Cleveland, and mostly just Cleveland. Throw in the fact that Windhorst also reported (again, via Twitter) that James is filming segments around Akron for part of his website, and you have a perplexing look at what's going on.

James may have a plan in place, a decision made, he may not. But the way things are shaping up, one thing's certain. The speculation won't end until 9p.m. EST tomorrow night.

-Matt Moore



 
 
 
 
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