NBA Free Agency: Who’s Got Talent to Win the LeBron James Sweepstakes?

June 17th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
So there I was, minding my own business, when my editor for Bleacher Report hit me with this one:

How do the potential lineups compare for the three teams that are considered the frontrunners for LeBron James’ services this summer?

I’ve tried to resist writing about the LeBron sweepstakes. After all, there’s an NBA Finals series taking place. Furthermore, it’s between the Lakers and the Celtics, meaning we’re all supposed to be enthralled, the way ABC and ESPN and TMZ and the Kardashians are.

We’re not, of course, primarily because these aren’t your father’s Lakers and Celtics. Times have changed, and this once-great rivalry has lost much of its luster.

Today’s NBA has chosen to market its stars, which is why we talk more about individuals than we do about teams. It’s why we talk more about free agents than we do about The Finals.

So it’s back to the sideshow that is LeBron, and the potential lineups he would join in the three cities leading the way in the race to sign him: Cleveland, New York, and Chicago.

First, let’s look at Cleveland.
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