NBA Free Agency: Why Cleveland Is Still Front-Runner for LeBron James

June 24th, 2010 by Bob Evans Leave a reply »
If you are a fan of LeBron James leaving Cleveland for the big-city lights of New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles: you probably aren't going to like what I have to say.

I have been weighing how exactly to write this article all week.

My editor asked me to write a piece on "why (insert team here) is now the front-runner in the LeBron James sweepstakes" earlier this week, and it has taken me until about 20 minutes ago to figure out just who that team is.

When I started down this path, I decided to give the New York Knicks the benefit of the doubt and still thought about them as an option.  I mean no offense to New York fans, but Eddy Curry, Danilo Gallinari, Sergio Rodriguez, Wilson Chandler, and Toney Douglas wouldn't exactly make me want to bolt a team I know I can win 60 games with in the regular season.

So then I took into account New York's $40 million worth of cap room, imagined that same team giving LeBron James and Chris Bosh $38 million of it, and sat down to debate.

That team is still not any better than what LeBron James has in Cleveland.

Don't get me wrong, the combination of Chris Bosh and LeBron ...

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