Lebron Will Never Play for the Cavs
Jan 23, 2003 12:54 PM EST
According to ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers might have opened up a bigger can of worms after the firing of head coach John Lucas.
Monday's move might have damaged relations with high school phenom LeBron James, the 6-8 senior from St. Vincent-St. Mary who is the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Citing a source close to the SVSM team, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Thursday that the firing did not go over well with James.
"I tell you what, LeBron will never play for the Cavs after this," the source told the newspaper. "LeBron really likes coach Lucas. He was mad when he heard about it."
James and Lucas' connection goes back to last summer, when James attended a private workout with some of the Cavaliers. The NBA suspended Lucas for two games at this season's start and fined the team $150,000 for a violation of league rules.
Lucas apparently also heard about James' reported feelings about his dismissal.
"I appreciate what LeBron said, but now I want my money back," Lucas told the newspaper, laughing.
James has no control over which team drafts him in June, but if he did not want to play for that team, he has some choices.
A team that drafts a player in the first round owns that player's rights until next year's draft if the team makes the player an offer by July 15. If the player does not sign, he can re-enter the draft and can be selected by any team. James could sit out a year, or according to the report, use the "threat" of not playing as trade leverage.
"Kobe [Bryant] and a lot of other guys have had a say about which franchises they wanted to play for, and this might make LeBron cross the Cavs off his list," the source told the Plain Dealer.
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clippers have been mentioned as a long shot for lebron and now they have one of his favorite coaches on their staff.
Key word- longshot
I still think it's a 3 team race between- NY, BK and Cle
i don't know, i don't really see the nets as an option.
If the Nets move to Brooklyn, I see them as a option
Do the Clippers have a locker room? Or do they get dressed in the stands.
If the Nets could've moved to BK in time he would have went there hands down. They can promise Lebron a statue and the Knicks can't.
sup...why do you post stupid things?
You're the one promoting some website.
still think he has a chance of going there. i think New Jersey is the frontrunner though because talent and good location and cap room are there which is key in getting him.
I guess anything that will give clipper fans a glimpse of hope. Seriously though, I can see it having the slight possibilty of happening.
I agree, the Nets have good positioning. However to ask Lebron to play in New Jersey for a whole year is kinda crazy
clippers have all of the things the nets have:
Talent: BG, EJ, DJ, thornton, baron davis, kaman...
Cap room: they do for 2010.
the nets aren't exactly a much better franchise historically so they are pretty close.
how am i stupid for promoting a website?
You asked 2 stupid questions that had nothing to do with a post...
You never called me stupid and I never called you stupid. I just think for you to question a post when you're clearly the one with alterior motives is kinda stupid.
how do i have alterior motives?
Because I promoted my site? Wow, go look back at other post....I'm not the only one doc.
Second- you asked a question and followed it up with a dumb statement
Q-Do the Clippers have a locker room? Or do they get dressed in the stands.
S-If the Nets could've moved to BK in time he would have went there hands down. They can promise Lebron a statue and the Knicks can't.
what does those 2 statements have to do with anything? Come on man...step it up!
yeah I meant what I said Kenny
they dont make any sense...so stop posting stupid stuff or at least explain what u mean....
1st comment - Lebron won't want to go to the Staples Center and be 2nd tier
2nd comment - If Lebron simultaneously went to the Nets when they moved to BK it would be known as the "house that Lebron built"
Is that Broken Down enough for you Kenny?
1st comment- I agree.
2nd Comment- Your Wrong. He will not be given a statue unless he does something....
Statue wouldn't be immediate but it would be agreed upon in the contract.
....no it wouldn't.
name one person who got that deal?
Not even MJ got that deal...come on
I think Lebron goes to the Nets....but the Clippers would be a good fit for him as well.
and he's friends with Jay Z but that shouldn't affect much, besides nets got talent he can work with
Quietly the Clippers are positioning themselves at having a shot to land LeBron James. I can't see it happening, but anything is possible. A lot of people don't remember, but the Clippers ALMOST landed Kobe a few years ago.
If I was Lebron I think if i wasn't going to a west coast team i would go with New Jeresy that team will be great in years to come with out Lebron James