Let’s face it, we are on verge of the impending free agency of LeBron James. James could opt out this summer, which would make him the most powerful free agent in recent memory. You better believe that his decision would greatly influence where Carmelo Anthony chooses to sign once he opts out of his contract with my New York Knicks.
Here are LeBron’s options:
- Stay with the Miami Heat
- Go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers
- Chicago Bulls
- New York Knicks
- Houston Rockets
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Los Angeles Lakers
I believe James would be better off remaining with the Heat.
First of all, the Heat – with LeBron and Dwyane Wade alone – would be the prohibitive favorites to win the Eastern Conference the next three to four seasons. That’s an indictment on the East as much as it speaks to the talent of LeBron and D-Wade. If Chris Bosh remains with the Heat, they’d be formidable. If the Heat somehow gets Carmelo to ball with LeBron and D-Wade, they would be unstoppable.
Plus, why would ANYONE – let alone LeBron – leave South Beach? If LeBron stayed more players (such as Carmelo) would want to come ball with him – IN SOUTH BEACH.
Most of the other teams would require lots of maneuvering to fit LeBron’s salary demands.
My Knicks are too capped-out with a roster full of garbage (outside Carmelo). Why would Miami want to trade for ANY of New York’s crap? The Rockets have to do some wheeling and dealing to make LeBron’s salary fit, though I am impressed with their GM Daryl Morey’s ability to pull the strings to improve his roster. The Clippers do not want to part with Blake Griffin, while the Lakers need to move more than Pau Gasol to make LeBron fit.
The Bulls have a BIG question mark concerning Derrick Rose’s health, and I do not see LeBron casting his lot with that uncertainty. As the Bulls stand now, they would be only a slightly better version of LeBron’s Cavaliers teams what came up short in the postseason.
And speaking of Cleveland, why in the hell would LeBron want to go back to that dumpster fire? I mean sure the Cavs have Kyrie Irving and an uber-talented Dion Waiters, but those two do not get along. They also have Luol Deng, but does dude really want to stick around? Outside of those three, the Cavs are a bunch of garbage around those guys as well.
And the biggest question of all to ponder: does LeBron REALLY want to play for owner Dan Gilbert? Remember what Gilbert said after LeBron left?
Basically LeBron needs to keep his ass in Miami. If he follows what the great Pat Riley taught him after the 2014 NBA Finals, LeBron does not have to worry about contending for championships the rest of his career.