Granted, Bron to Dallas is somewhat valid, and Id say in the top 5 right now. Buttt I feel it is a 3 horse race. Knicks, depending on how trade deadline and free agency turns out perhaps, are an option. Thats life, NYC is a huge draw and Lebron loves playing in Madison Square Garden. Cav's are the favorite I would say. Once they dump Ilgauskus and O'Neal's contracts, they will have plenty of money. It is the safe move, if he likes where he is and being the Ohio savior or whatever he sees himself as.
I want him to go to Miami, and I think it makes alot of sense. Im biased though, but Wade and Lebron could be Pippen and Jordan.Im not sure who could match up with both of them. Beasley is an emerging weapon as well. They would need to find a way to get a veteran point guard who can shoot in there.
I didnt think they had any cap next season? Although, I heard if they buy out Dampier in the offseason they only have to pay him 2 mil instead of his 13 w/e mil
Erick Dampier is owed 2 years and about 25 mil right? Wrong. In fact, he is actually basically an expiring because if the Mavs cut him before the draft(or something like that), they only owe him about 2 mil instead of the around 14 mil next year. Plus, Dirk has a 21 mil player option he could opt out of. Also, Josh Howard has a team option to opt out of 11.8 mil. Add all that money together and thats about 40-50 mil of cap off their already 87 mil in contracts they have. I believe thats about 30-40 mil in cap space right? They could sign LeBron, or even Wade or Bosh, or potentially Joe Johnson. Then because of bird years resign Dirk and Josh Howard. Just throwing this out there.
canesboy6, i agree miami is likely if he leaves but it wouldn't be mj and pippen, it would be mj and mj. not skill wise of course but would they be able to co-exist? sure they both are unselfish but if your down 1 with 3 seconds who gets the ball? also how do you get beasely and others enough touches? great combo but potentially unhappy team.
i know lebron is always saying this or that but i was listening to the dan patrick show and he said cleveland is where he wants to be. granted that was back in march
i gotta be honest in that article they make a great point about the nets and the knicks(more so for the knicks) because of the cap and the fact that the team is young and lebron would be starting all over with that talent. i could see the nets because they already have 2 all star talented players on there team.
True about Dampier. I don't understand the full details, but his $13,078,000 contract is not fully guaranteed for next season. From what I do understand... It can become fully guaranteed if he meets certain performance standards during the term of his contract. I don't know if he's met those. It's also true about Howard... Dallas can decline his option worth $11,835,000.
If Dallas cut Dampier, Dirk opts out of his $21,513,524 (They could then re-sign him due to having Bird Rights) and they decline the team options on Howard, Barea ($1,815,000), and the qualifying offer to Williams ($3,411,487)... It looks like they'll have a shot at signing LeBron. Here's how their roster and salary cap situation looks on paper for the 2010-2011 season.
2010-2011 (Assuming they cut Dampier, Dirk opts out and they decline the team options on Howard, Barea and the qualifying offer to Williams)
Jason Terry $9,873,000
Jason Kidd $8,500,000
Shawn Marion $7,305,500
Matt Carroll $4,300,000
Kris Humphries $3,200,000
Rodrigue Beaubois $1,156,080
(Greg Buckner) $1,064,516
Quinton Ross $1,146,337
- I didn't even add the two million they'd supposedly owe Dampier since I don't really understand the details at this point... However if you add the two million, the total is $38,545,433.
The reports are that the NBA salary cap will decrease from this season... It's currently at $57,700,000. IF it were to stay the same, that'd leave Dallas $21,154,567 or $19,154,567 under the cap. LeBron will be able to demand 30% of the NBA's salary cap, so he'll ask for $17,310,000. Looking at the math... Dallas will have enough. Not only that... They'll have $3,844,567 or $1,844,567 remaining.
It's definitely possible. They'd be way over the salary cap (After re-signing Dirk, which will also be a max deal... Even more than LeBron since he can demand 35% of the NBA's salary cap), so they'd be paying a lot of luxury tax... But we know Cuban is willing to spend.
some teams are willing to go over the cap others arent. i do believe most if not all are willing to go over the cap for lebron....cuban will go wayyyy over for him because that guy is a true fan owner and wants to win. the lakers owner is the same way although i dont think hes as much as a fan as cuban is. and players love cuban. my old teammate in college was a kid named mario buckner and his brother greg used to play for dalls and used to talk about how much players liked cuban and how down he is for them and how he put play stations in everyones locker.
The Lakers and the Mavericks are currently the biggest spenders in the NBA... Both are paying $30+ million in luxury taxes.
i can understand why the lakers would do it with all the talent they have. i just dont see dallas being a contender even with spending all the money that they have for the team they have
I just don't see LeBron doing his thing in the Western Conference... That's just me...