Tuesday, July 1, 2008

LeBron James is headed for New York.

As a matter of fact, he was just there earlier as part of USA Basketball's media blitz in preparation for the Olympics.

But there's much, much more going down right now behind the scenes in the Big Apple, which, if everything goes as planned, could rock the city in such a way that the Cloverfield monster's attack would seem like just a child's tantrum gone bad. Wait a minute, the Cloverfield monster's attack WAS just a child's tantrum gone bad.

You see, in just a couple of years time, the NBA free-agent market is going to be saturated by a young yet hugely talented batch of players, with LeBron leading the way and the likes of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh following not far behind.

It's no secret that the New Jersey Nets, through the efforts of team owner, Bruce Ratner, have been planning to move the team to Brooklyn by 2010, because, let's face it, New York is a much bigger, and therefore more lucrative, market than East Rutherford, New Jersey will ever be. And with the Nets trading Richard Jefferson to the Milwaukee Bucks for a pair of underperforming players like Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian, and not to mention Jason Kidd's
huge contract they managed to unload when they traded him to Dallas early this year, it's a sign that the Nets are just looking to clear some salary cap space for when LeBron, Wade and Bosh all become unrestricted free agents. And if the Nets can manage to unload the remaining holdover of their back-to-back fairytale-turned-nightmare run to the NBA Finals a few years ago in Vince Carter, then they're poised to make LeBron a maximum offer. Factor in LeBron's friendship with Jay-Z, who's part-owner of the Nets, then Brooklyn - if they ever do get the community's go-signal to move there by that time - does look like to be the destination of choice.

But the Nets aren't the only New York team that's keen on making a move for LeBron and company. The Knicks are also in a position to offer LeBron a maximum salary, provided they unload a couple of their players who're contracted until 2010 to 2011.

But with all that's being said and done in preparation for LeBron's eventual unrestricted free agent status in 2 years' time, no matter where LeBron goes, he'll never be a champion if he doesn't have a solid team behind him, which is why the Nets and the Knicks better get their act straight and sign a good supporting cast behind LeBron as well. LeBron may be LeBron, but he's just one man and no one, not even Michael Jordan, could carry an entire team towards an NBA championship trophy.

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