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LeBron James is going to New York

Game 6...Over. Cleveland's season is over. LeBron James is going to play 1 more season in Cleveland as he prepares to go to the Knicks.

I think the series open up LeBron's eyes ( thats why he walked off the court last night upset) and showed how good his team is. He needed a Trip-Doub to keep his team alive in game 5. He has no true #2 player with him. Lebron is Cleveland's "sun" player. The other players on the cavs ( Williams, West, Verijo, Big Z) are only hot when lebron is shining. And when LBJ is cold, they are cold and almost non-existing.

It doesnt get better. Who wants to play in Cleveland? The city is not the worst, but its not the greatest. The Knicks however, are waiting for his arrival.

Compare rosters Cleveland and New York...and take LBJ off Cleveland's roster. With out Lebron, Cleveland wins 25 games. The knicks won 32 games and are on the upswing.

If the Knicks could win 40 games this season, have a couple of guys shine ( Dino Gallinari, Stephen Curry and David Lee) and in the offseason they add a good player with this team ( Stoudemire, Bosh, Wade, Dirk, Pierce) Lebron James is going to be a New York Knick.

Agree? Disagree? Tell me your thoughts.


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he can get the same player

he can get the same player in cleveland bcuz they have a lot of money freeing up this summer. szcerbiak and others leaving will create money for them to go after a #2 player just like new york can. also, how can lebron have more endorsements by going to new york? he already has like every single one.

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OK

I think Lebron will only go to New York for the money that's if he goes. Everyone knows New York over pays their players and Lebron wants money.

I think he will go to the Heat with him and D-Wade they could be like the Boston Celtics win a Championship. Then lose the next year.

It could happen I was right about Shaq going to the Suns and Ben going to Chicago(that pretty old though).

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If Cleveland was smart they

If Cleveland was smart they would try to trade him and get some players/picks and build for the future. Its better than letting him walk away and not get nothing in return cause he is obvioulsy leaving after next season.

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all 3 of you guys

clippers- Who said he wants more endorsements?

pistonsman- not only money....LBJ wants to win...the pieces are there..and some more of coming to NYC.
There is no way hes goes to MIA because D-Wade will leave MIA.

Qlbdecatur- Cleveland would be hated if they did that...that would be team sucide....all the fans would leave and the team would move

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...what if he went to the

...what if he went to the Clippers?

I mean it makes sense....Go where all you will have Griffin, Gordon, Thornton....And not to mention LA

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They will still be hated

They will still be hated anyway for having the best player in the league for 5 or 6 seasons and not bringing a championship anyway. MJ had Scottie and its clear that the fron office paid Mo Williams a boat load of money thinking he would be Scottie but he choked when the chips were on the line and Big Z sucks. Lebron will never win a ship in Cleveland.

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yea but throw out a trade?

yea but throw out a trade? If I Cleveland i even thought of Trading LBJ they would honestly want

A STAR PLAYER
A YOUNG STUD
AND AT LEAST 2 FUTURE 1ST ROUND PICKS

I could only think of 2 teams ( HERE WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO GIVE UP)

GS ( Randolph, Biedrens, Bellini, Maggette and 2009 and 2010 1st round picks)

Portland (Roy,Oden, Aldrige, Bayless and 2009, 2010 and 2011 1st round picks)

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Lebron

James wants to win and wants a lasting legacy... Most stars play with one team threw out their career he's from Ohio and they have JJ hickson developing so if they can get that number 2 player for Lebron by 2010 Cleveland would have to be his number one choice. And pistonsman if he wanted money he would be looking at that 50 million annual salary team olympiacos of Europe wants to give him!!!

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it would be smart to go to

it would be smart to go to the clippers because they will have a lot of inexpensive young talent along with randolph's contract coming off the books the next summer. they could then bring in a melo or durant to play with griffin, lebron, gordon, thornton, deandre jordan, kaman, baron davis, and mike taylor - that would be sick and is possible financially for 1 season. that team would be the favorites for the title. also, he would be in LA and would officially be able to take the title of best player in the nba by playing kobe 4 times a year in the same city and be the victor due that sick lineup mentioned above playing with him.

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JJ hickson....really? Is

JJ hickson....really? Is that what LBJ has to wait on?

No way...... I mean I think Cleveland has a 10% chance to get him back. NYK will be better next season.

-Curry will give you 15ppg and 5 apg off the bat
-Danilo Gallinari will show everyone why he was a top 10 pick
-All the guards NYK got will be off the books and could grab a big star

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The only guy I could think

The only guy I could think that could be ever better than LBJ is Durant.

If LAC gets LBJ, Davis and Kaman would be long gone...

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Nobody will be better

Kevin Durant will never be better than LeBron. Their is no way Cleveland will trade LeBron. And he will not leave to play in New York. I dont see why he would leave. He gets endorsed in Cleveland. I think Jon Barry said it best, he could play in South Dakota and he would still get endorsed. He grew up there too. I dont see it happening

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D Hamp...Hubie Brown

I'm not sure how much New York is better than Cleveland. Lebron may bolt for NY, but if he does, he'll basically be starting over. And with the money that he wants, it would be hard to recuit players to NY. It's not impossible however. Shaq attracted Gary Payton and Karl Malone. In the NFL, Tom Brady attacts everyone.

The Cavs were exsosed in the playoffs, but what team isn't when seven game series are played. They did have the best record in the regular season, but they fell into a matchup nightmare with Orlando. Really, 6 foot 3 Delonte West attempting to guard either 6 foot 10 player Rashad Lewis or Hedo Turkglou. The same thing happened with the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors a couple of years ago.

But don't forget, Lebron, being a free agent at the end of next season, can go to whichever team he wants for however much he wants. What if he signed with Orlando for less money. The odds of that happening aren't good, but neither were the chances of Orlando making the finals.

D Hamp....the greatest mind in basketball. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.

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Cleveland will never attract

Cleveland will never attract star players like New York.

Noone said he wants more endorsements

I agree, I dont think Durant is gonna be better than LBJ

Cleveland will never trade LBJ.

I believe he will go to NY....specifically if they sign another star....and Stoudemire just said he wants to play for NYC!

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I'm not sure how much New

I'm not sure how much New York is better than Cleveland. Lebron may bolt for NY, but if he does, he'll basically be starting over.

D-Hamp...i cannot agree. NY will build around this man. They will have so much cap space ( I think the exact number is around 25-30 mil) they will get LBJ and another star.

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QHaynes - That Portland

QHaynes - That Portland trade has no chance in hell of happening. One, the organization is extremely attached to their young core. At the very least Aldridge would need to be taken out of that trade in favor of a dif player, otherwise they have nothing and go from #4 in the West to probably not making the playoffs. And...why is GS giving up WAY less?

On the base topic tho, i just have doubts about whether or not Cleveland can provide him with what he needs. They have shown repeatedly that they can't find the best possible pieces, just mostly random deals (besides the one for Mo). If they somehow are able to get him a legit bigman, then he may stay. Otherwise, i think this breakdown paved the way for him to walk out on the team. Stepping in in NYC makes the most sense because they can land two stars including Lebron, and surround them with good complimenting players. I still believe the Lebron and Bosh situation is a strong possibility.

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Joe Johnson will be a free

Joe Johnson will be a free agent after next season so the hawks will have some tought decisions to make because I can see the Knicks making a run at Lebron and have Joe Johnson be his Robin.

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cumoneileen8- the portland

cumoneileen8- the portland trade is for more because...I dunno...thats how much LBJ is worth. Also, I agree this blowup and breakdown is another reason to leave. The number 1 overall team in the league. Most wins and nothing to show for it.

Qlbdecatur- Joe Johnson is a perfect fit...Also, If the Knicks dont take Curry...They could look at Rajon Rondo because he is a FA in 2010.

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Cleveland

their still going to have room for Chris Bosh so if your Lebron would you rather play for
Your hometown team the Cavs
PG Mo Williams
SG Delonte West
SF Yourself
PF Bosh
C Hickson
or...
The Knicks
PG Duhon
SG Steph Curry
SF Yourslelf
PF Gallinari
C maybe Amare

its a tough one but remember that yes NYC is the sports capital of the world it also has the harshest fans the harshest media and an awful front office

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Whoa....come on now. No

Whoa....come on now. No Chance Bosh goes to Cleveland. I heard he may go to San Antonio

NYK COMPLETELY changed the front office last season.

They will try to get Anthony Randolph or Amare Stoudemire this offseason.

Stephen Curry will play PG and if the doesnt, Nash will go to NYC and play PG.

NYC can add more stars because NYC is a " players town" while Cleveland is not they have to grow there own talent.

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what is wrong with people

what is wrong with people saying lebron going to NYC, Not Going to Happen.
Lebron is going to be like kobe, kobe wanted to get traded and started problems wit LA but he waited and had patience and look at him now hes going to the finals again with an healthy bynum which gives him better defence and he can score wit other players. So i think Lebron will stay in his hometown and wait for the true Robin that is going to help him achieve his goal. i strongly believe that cavs should go after Amare. i would give up varejao, ben, and wally or picks for amare.
and if this ever happens i dont any1 else would vote for lakers boston or any other good team.

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millienstar32 you must not

millienstar32

you must not watch the NBA. Noone wants to go to Cleveland. He thought he had his robin in Larry Hughes ( who also, wasn't). Why stay in Cleveland and pray you get a Robin to come to Cleveland when you could go to NYC and get a Robin with a Batman?

Cleveland would have to pray to get another star

NYC just has to get some cap space....they could get

Lebron and 2 good players or Lebron and a star player

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Lebron is going to the NY

Lebron is going to the NY Knicks so he could hang out more with Jay-Z

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lmfaooo, yeah jay-z is the

lmfaooo, yeah jay-z is the new robin for him wit beyonce and wonder women

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not really....i think hes

not really....i think hes going to win a title

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The core of the NYK is

The core of the NYK is really not that much better than the Cavs. Mo williams, while obviously not an all-star, is still a pretty good point guard and really isn't that overpaid as he gets about 8.5 million which is a normal deal for starting point. ( its about what Eric Snow gets from the Cavs) . West's and Gibson's contract both are about 4 mil and both good deals for solid guys to come of the bench and score quick. Whats killing them is Snow's, Scerbiak's, Wallace's and Illgauskas's deals which combined to about 50 Million a year. They give 5 mil in production. The good thing is all of these deals come of off the books by the end of 2010. By the summer of 2010 the Cav's will only have 20 million in salary, and not have any bad contracts on the entire team. They would be able to sign another superstar and a couple of good role players as 50 mil is more than enough to play around with even if they have to resign Lebron . The Knicks will have 23 mil in salary in 2010, but this 23 is mostly made up entirely of bad salaries. Eddy Curry 11 and Jeffries 7. If the Knicks expect to keep Lee or Robinson they will have to pay them pretty will, atelast like 7-8 mil at minimum. Realistically it is impossible for the Knicks to keep these guys and still have enough space to sign Lebron and a superstar like Amare, so they have to make choice. The point of this is that situation of the Cavs team isn't any worse than NYK because they will have endless capspace and better contracts for 2010.

I Think Knickssuperfan lineup for the knicks is pretty accurate as the best possible they could put toglether. However, the Cavs could definetely sign a guy like Trevor Ariza or another athletic wing, or a quality big like Baby along with Bosh.

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LeBron and NY

first of all, don't make assumptions that Bosh is goin to NY......knowing Bryan Colangelo, he'll manage to get some solid players this offseason through trades and free agency to play alongside Bosh in Toronto......i am almost 100% sure Bosh is staying with the Raps....reason being is i have a good feeling that the Raps are gonna get much better nex season.....also Raps will have enough cap space nex summa (even after all the transactions made this summa) to give Bosh almost a 21mil a season for 6 years contract......something not that many teams can match (if they are plannin on him playin with another superstar who's price tag is a lot as well... like LeBron).....

as for this whole notion of LeBron leavin and people comparing his situation to Jordan and sayin “well back when MJ was playin for the Bulls he was linked to NY but he never went”…..although MJ and LBJ are the best of their respective dynasties, they are two different people…came from different roots….LBJ came out of high school while Jordan made his transition from the NCAA fame at North Carolina and continued his success with the Bulls…..LBJ is young, and already has kids to take care of……he did say during a 60 minute special on CBS that he intends to be the first ever athlete to become a billionaire from playin b-ball ….NY is most likely to give him a contract close to $25-30 mil. a year….makin it possibly the biggest contract in the history of the NBA…..its hard to refuse…and its not like he can’t continue his success in NY….the same way Jordan did when he made his transition from North Carolina to the Bulls…….im betting that he’ll leave to NY….NY already has a solid group of players.....and will get better.....and its not like the Cavs are gonna be a disaster when he leaves….thanks to the Cav’s mgt getting some decent players as a supporting cast, they could still make it to the playoffs without LeBron…..with the money left from not gettin LeBron, they could go after Dwyane Wade, Tyson Chandler, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Redd jus to name a few.....they'll be able to sign 2-3 of those players.....theyll still make the playoffs but i doubt theyll be in the elite four of the East anymore…..

lets look at NY's lineup in 2010 if LeBron were to come (they will go over cap, but then again NY always does....nothing new):

*Amare Stoudemire > (S) Courtney Sims > (S) Hamed Haddadi
*Chris Wilcox > Danilo Gallinari > Jared Jeffries
*LeBron James > Wilson Chandler > Damion James
*Stephon Curry > Quentin Richardson > Jason Kapono
*Carlos Cabezas > Steve Nash > (S) Roko Ukic

* = starter , (S) = not in 12 man squad

- players like Quentin and Jared can easily have the contracts terminated early (they have that option), and then can be resigned for a lot less (if they wanna stick around with the Knicks which i think they would).....
- with them draftin Curry this draft, and Donnie currently in talks with tryin to get Carlos Cabezas (a younger, better version of Jose Calderon), and most likely Nash comin to NY in 2010, they have enough PG's.......they'll probably get rid of Duhon....Toronto is lookin for someone to play as a backup to Calderon....Duhon seems like the perfect guy.....Kapono, and Ukic for Duhon and NY's 2nd round draft pick in 2010 is solid for both teams.....Kapono is a smaller financial commitment compared to NY's other SG's.......
- as for Nate Robinson, they'll probably make a deal to get him to the Suns.....sign and trade Nate.....send Nate and Al Harrington to Phoenix for Amare and a 2nd round pick in 2009....Nate can be a solid replacement to Nash when he leaves in 2010......and Amare has been recently talkin about how he wants to play in NY......
- as for Eddy Curry, get rid of him......he's a huge financial roadblock.....send him to somewhere like Memphis and work out a deal to get someone like Haddadi (since it doesnt look like its workin out for him over there).....
- as for nex year's draft, they should be able to draft a wing player like Damion James from Texas.....

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Snow doesnt play

Snow doesnt play anymore...hes reitired...

I keep saying it man...Where would you rather go? Cleveland or New York?

If your a NBA star...smart people would tell you New York over Cleveland

also, he was wearing a NY cap at his press conference....he's getting ready!!!

The Knicks will be in the best spot in 2010. They can add Bosh, Wade, Dirk, Pierce, Rondo, Redd, Johnson, McGrady, Yao, Rudy Gay, Jefferson, Stoudemire and Roy to Lebron's side if he came to NYK.

I dont think anyone of those guys would go to Cleveland.

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Micheal Jordan was

Micheal Jordan was different...he was tied to NY in like 88'. They just got Scottie Pippen and the team was on the rise.....

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yea

yea exactly....thats why i am sayin people shouldnt compare Jordan and LeBron ...2 totally different situations......

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also, on your post They cant

also, on your post

They cant ggive Bosh a 21 mil extension over 7 years....the new NBA rule where the highest player can make is like 15.5 mil a year and the contract can only extend over 6 seasons.

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opt out

so cant Bosh (who has a player's option in 2010) opt out of his contract with the Raps and then re-sign with them for much higher....rather than goin with the extension....cuz obviously, there is no point of extending his current contract and makin only 15.5 mil.....

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Of course...but why stay in

Of course...but why stay in toronto if Lebron goes to NY...go to NY and be the Robin to LBJ's Batman

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This Offseason the Cavs need to sign one these guys; Tukoglu, Kleiza, Odom and Birdman to replace Z thats put them over the hump

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so eprizzle

the cavs need to sign 2 proven all-star small fowards both in demand of huge cash even though they have one of the best SFs of all time who they desperatley need to resign? okey dokey then

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only way he leaves

I think the only way he would leave his hometown team is if Jay-Z and the Nets move to Brooklyn...He could be the star that brings sports prominence back to the historic city...plus the nets got some young pieces in place including a franchise pg in harris

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Tukoglu- why would he leave

Tukoglu- why would he leave Orlando. He has a shot to win a title

Kleiza-Denver will keep him...sorry

Odom- you want a SF who cant score and shows up for 42 games a season? Ok

Birdman- He had 1 good season...slow down...im not paying him 3-5 mil..

Sorry Cleveland will get none of those players....

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I think the only way he

I think the only way he would leave his hometown team is if Jay-Z and the Nets move to Brooklyn...He could be the star that brings sports prominence back to the historic city...plus the nets got some young pieces in place including a franchise pg in harris

Stop that....He wont follow Jay-Z. He wont go to Brooklyn. He will play for the more prestigious Knicks.

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Hype

NYK just wants hype ...

I think he wants to be a King .... ya lets start another LBJ Rumor ....LBJ is going to the Sacramento Kings ..... makes just as much sense as any other frivolous rumor ...

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Yall need to go sit down somewhere

I mean seriously, QHaynes wtf r u talkin about. U said Lebron wouldnt go for the exposure, it would be to win? Really...Really? So Stephan friggin Curry is Jesus Shuttlesworth. So Gallinari is gon be his wing man.

I mean damn, its 2009 guys. Random people become stars on youtube. Celebrities stay relevant through Twitter...

YOU...DO..NOT...NEED...NEW YORK TO HAVE EXPOSURE!!!!! He's Lebron James!!!

As salty as it makes you, quietly Brooklyn has a better chance. Do yall not see him throw up Roc signs every chance he gets. Do you not know that Devin Harris is an all star and is better than your beloved Curry will ever be. Do you not see that Brook Lopez is already on pace to be better than David Lee's overrated ass. I mean cmon guys pay attention...

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Ok Let Me Kill this argument...

1) The Cavs are the only team who can offer LeBron the biggest contract since that was his previous team and they own his bird rights... And they are the only team who can offer him a 6 year contract... Only loop hole to this is a sign and trade like Rashard Lewis did with Seattle and Orlando...

2) The Max contract a player can recieve for 7 years in service is 15 mil a year the start of the contract... Going no further than 2.5% each year... So 15.5 year 1, 16.25 year 2, 16.95 year 3... and So on....

3) NY is in the hole more than the Cavs... In 2010, they will have 13 mil from Wally, 11 from Z, and 15 (i think) from Ben... They could sign a Amare or Bosh and still sign LeBron to the Max deal... You can go over the Salary Cap to sign a player from your team (main reason for Bird rights because of Larry Bird signing back with the Celtics)... That's why teams are over the salary cap...

4) The Cavs are doing a great job at trying to surround LeBron with the right peices... They made the most moves of any team I've seen the past 5 years... LeBron just needs to be patient...

5) If LeBron goes to NY it will only prove that he doesn't want to win... NY "may" bring him more stardom and money.. IDK... As far as a team NO... They are rebuilding and David Lee and Nate Robinson won't be there (if they don't pay them)... The jury is still out on Dano (they play the same position).... And if they do sign Nate and Lee, they won't be able to sign another player like Amare to that big contract... Not to mention Mikey D isn't high on playing defense... To be considered the greatest we all know this is needed...

I agree with some people the Nets would be the most likely situation due to the quality of the team and HOVA (Not to mention a new areana)... But I think this might be doubtful too... IDK... The Knicks are highly unlikely....

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Were you watching the Playoffs? They need players who can make shots and defend bigger and better then what they've got. If they signed Turkoglu who's going to want to get paid and I dont know if the Magic can afford Howard, Lewis, and a Turkoglu contract to add on. The guy is legit he's getting better with age. Kleiza if he slips through the Nuggs fingers would be perfect and Odom would still hunker down during the playoffs and Lebron would create him a bunch of opportunaties if paired. Shift Bron over to Guard I dont think it's a big deal. A lineup of Mo,Bron,Kleiza/Turkoglu/Odom and West coming off the bench would do wonders, IMO the CAVS lost because Varejao couldnt guard Lewis on the perimeter if he did he'd take him off the dribble, Turkoglu on the pick and Roll would throw it over West to Howard and the fact the cast coudnt shoot consistantly. They need more length in the back court. All that said the cavs probably wont sign anyone and it'll be the same team as last year - Z. I'm not sure thast team gets further then this one did. They can eat there cash and feed it to Bron but if he doesnt get help it wont matter.

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You can go over the salary cap

to sign your players... Its called bird rights and that salary cap is called a hard cap... Lamar makes 11 mil a year... The Lakers can still pay him that since they aren't at the Hard Salary Cap... Same with Turk in Orlando... They just have to pay the league the same dollar amount they go over and the league disburse that amount to the teams under the salary cap... Like the Mavericks are 25 mil over the soft salary cap... So they have to pay 25 mil to the league... Thats why so many teams try to get under the salary cap so they don't have to pay that extra money...

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Do the Cavs want to Win

ok if everyone resigns then the cavs are going to be the same team. I dont think thats going to cut it if they really want a Ring. There Frontline would be super soft. There will be a FA out there if the Cavs can get another guy because Z comes off the books and still offer max to bron it'd be perfect. I'm just throwing out some names that are FA and would be huge upgrades.

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s2jepeka- do you even watch

s2jepeka- do you even watch basketball....come holla at me when you do
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I actually think s2jepeka

I actually think s2jepeka makes a good point.

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I mean seriously, QHaynes

I mean seriously, QHaynes wtf r u talkin about. U said Lebron wouldnt go for the exposure, it would be to win? Really...Really? So Stephan friggin Curry is Jesus Shuttlesworth. So Gallinari is gon be his wing man.

Uhhhh. no and I expect Mo Williams is Ray Allen now? No i dont think people are not getting this...LBJ will come to NYK and NYK will add another peace around him. Curry will play PG. Gallinari could be a 4 man who could score ( they would use him like Dirk weather he comes off the bench or starts at the 4) and NYK could add a 5 ( Stoudemire) or a 2 ( Wade, Redd etc.)

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The Knicks aren't a team on the upswing, that's a joke!

How are the Knicks an appealing destination? If anything, he will go to the SOON TO BE Brooklyn Nets (or whatever they change their name to). What is so appealing about the Knicks? They haven't won in decades. Their roster as currently constructed sucks. Lee led the league in double-doubles. Good for him. Let's see what money he gets offered on the open market and if the Knicks are willing to match it. Stephen Curry? He's a pretty good player, but he's probably the 4th PG in THIS DRAFT! In a &$#%#&@! draft! Oh boy, here comes that "Brotha from DePaul...(Spike Lee)". These guys aren't great basketball players, well...Lee could be if he makes the leaps he made this past year. You know, just because the Knicks didn't finish dead last doesn't mean they are on the upswing.

There is nobody on the New York Knicks that I would consider special. There's Lee, who averaged a double-double on a Mike D'Antoni run team. Chandler, Lee (who is a free agent), and the #9 pick in a crappy draft? How is that better than what Cleveland has? Nothing. On top of that, what has Mike D'Antoni done to show he can lead the Knicks to the promised land? Nothing. How many NBA Finals appearances for Mike Brown? 2. How many for D'Antoni? 0. Zilch. Nada. As many as I have. Christ, I've actually been in the building for 6 Finals games, that's probably more appearances in the Finals than D'Antoni.

New York CANNOT give LeBron more money than the Cavaliers. It is against the rules of the NBA. The New York Knicks cannot give him as much money as the Cavs, or for as many years as the Cavs. The endorsement deals? Seriously, how much more exposure can the man get? In today's internet-based society you can watch LeBron's practices, his high school games, his press conferences, etc. from your cell phone. Not only that, in New York he has to compete with the New York Yankees's Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. There are multiple teams in each of the major sports. Local endorsement deals in New York, while they are higher in value than those in Cleveland, aren't all going to be in his pocket. He has more competition in New York. Even if he makes a ridiculous amount of money for local New York endorsements versus Cleveland endorsements, I don't think that it will make up the minimum $50,000,000.00 he would be losing in his contract. How do I come up with $50,000,000.00? Well, Jordan's last deal with the Bulls was over $33,000,000.00. The only reason the Bulls were allowed to give him that when the salary cap FOR A TEAM was $26,900,000.00 was because they were re-signing him as a current player. That's the commonly known "Larry Bird Rule" or "Larry Bird Exemption". If he wants to become the first billionaire athlete in the history of the world, resigning with Cleveland for more money than the Knicks can offer by over $10,000,000.00 a season (well it's technically an unlimited amount of money more) is his best bet. Losing about $10,000,000.00 a year for 5 years is A LOT of money, even for the filthy rich.

Plus, the Knicks franchise is only one year removed from being a laughing stock. Last year, in my opinion, they pretty much forfeited any chance at doing any damage in the playoffs this past season and next. Why doesn't he just sign with an expansion team? When his best buddy Jay-Z moves the Nets to Brooklyn Lebron will want to play in NY. The Knicks can't offer him anything that Cleveland can't, and about 10 other teams in the league will have the salary cap room to make him the same offer as the Knicks. Does he want to be on a championship team for a few years? How about signing with the Bulls? Or, how about with the Phoenix Suns? What about Oklahoma City? They'll have the cap space to offer him a huge deal. What about Dallas? They have been able to put a winner out on the court this past decade and have the best facilities in the NBA. How about Orlando? If LeBron is in love with the city of New York and wants to make it his home, he will probably sign with the Nets. If he feels that they won't move to Brooklyn anytime soon, maybe then he'll sign with the Knicks. Of course, he'll be on a team that has NOTHING that half the NBA can't offer him. I hope the Knicks strike out in the 2010 free agent period too, because I think that it hurts the NBA and New York Knick fans to basically forfeit trying to be aggressive and win in the 2009-2010 season because you are trying to openly sign another team's star. He will be the Cleveland Sports GOD if he retires there. Seriously, he will be the guy who can have anything he ever wants in that town until he dies. Yes, he'll be rich no matter what. But, being from Chicago which is also a city in the Midwest, there is something about sports stars here that have a place that goes beyond just athletics. Just ask Steve Fuller, Kevin Butler, Jim McMahon, and any of the other 1985 Bears.

Oh and I think that people are getting this. The problem is that you are assuming the Knicks are going to sign another one of the Top 5 free agents of the 2010 free agent class. They don't have young talent that is unrivaled by any other team in the league. They don't have a core that would be a good compliment to James. So, what if the Bulls sign Bosh and LeBron? That's a better team because they have Derrick Rose. How about Oklahoma City? Christ, the Nets have Devin Harris and Brook Lopez. That's better than the Knicks for the sheer fact that Devin Harris is a young, all-star point guard. Stephen Curry isn't going to be at that level in one season in the NBA, if he comes even remotely close to the All-Star game in his career!

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Oh wait...

Forgive me, I forgot about Danilo Gallinari (sorry if I butchered that name but he's not important enough for me to bother spell checking) and Chris Duhon. Oh, and Eddy Curry, Larry Hughes, and that used bag of balls that the Knicks accepted in a trade since the bag of balls don't have a contract lasting past the 2009-2010 season. By the way, if you want to know how I feel and every other fan of a team that used to have him feels about Larry Hughes, check out:

http://heylarryhughespleasestoptakingsomanybadshots.com/

That pretty much sums it up.

I know that Hughes won't resign with the Knicks after 2009-2010 though so I shouldn't include him. Just in the very remote possibility that LeBron James signs with the Knicks, Donny Walsh won't keep Hughes around. LeBron might not like Hughes, so he's gone!

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but you not

but you not understanding...so what? You think going back to Cleveland he wins a title? No Way...he will have to wait another 3-4 years to find a Robin. because Mo williams is not

If LBJ goes to NYK, he will have top Jersey sales in the World...he will be the best player on the NBA most reconized east coast team. Say what you want, the knicks are on the upswing. They improved there win total.

By 2010, they will have Eddy Curry (9.4 mil), Al Harrington (9.5 Mil), Quentin Richardson ( 8-9 mil), Chris Wilcox (6.4 mil), Chris Duhon (5.5 Mil), Larry Hughes (12 mil) off the books!!!!

The knicks will get Lebron for about 16 mil per season ( The league maximum for moving to a new team)

Your telling me, If LBJ signs with the Knicks ( who may have Lee, Gallinari and Curry already there) not one player who can be a FA will say " no I wont go to the knicks?"

COME ON THAT IS DOWNRIGHT CRAZY!!!!

Lets say Lebron reaches out to Brandon Roy or Tracy McGrady or Micheal Redd or Dirk or Stoudemire ( all are FAs in 2010) is asks him to look at NY and come to NY...hes gonna say " Nah, I rather stay where I am?" Ridiculous.......

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