It is the biggest question surrounding this years NBA free agency, where will LeBron James end up for next season?
Since the news broke that the worlds best player would be opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat everyone has been asking the question.
LeBron has many options:
- He could stay with the Heat and simply upgrade the financial benefits of his contract.
- He could move to a team with a lot of potential such as the LA Clippers, Chicago Bulls of Houston Rockets.
- He could go somewhere less thought of but collect big money, teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers or even the LA Lakers could offer LeBron big money.
Well perhaps the biggest signifier of where LeBron will land has now been dealt.
James has come out and proclaimed that he wants the maximum salary, not like when he first signed with the Miami Heat in 2010 and he took a pay cut.
LeBron appears to want the money that comes with being the worlds best player and many teams people thought he would join could be ruled out for that very reason.
The Bulls, Clippers and Rockets are the three teams mentioned most often thus far but none of them could offer LeBron the maximum salary of $20.7 million.
As it happens only seven teams could offer LeBron the money he wants, Dallas Mavericks, LA Lakers, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns (the team I imagined him with when he first opted out), Philadelphia 76ers and the Orlando Magic.
I know, that's only six teams, that's because the seventh team is in fact the option for LeBron to remain with the Miami Heat.
The Heat have $55 million cap space which is largely due to the fact that James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Ray Allen have all been taken off of the wage bill.
The Heat will no doubt be trying to get as many of them back in the white and red as possible but theres a very good chance that to get most of them, they will have to use too much cap space to afford LeBron after all is said and done.
There are a lot of scenarios that will happen over the coming weeks of free agency that will shape the NBA for years to come.
Where will Carmelo Anthony end up?
What if Wade and Bosh don't return to Miami?
We can fantasise about where we would like to see LeBron end up but the whole landscape of the NBA may be about to change so maybe it would be better to see how things unfold.
If LeBron is a free agent when Anthony, Wade, Bosh and Haslem have all found new teams, peoples opinions may change.
Personally I would like to see LeBron end up with the Suns - possibly the most exciting young team in the NBA and I think everyone wants to see him join the Lakers and hook up with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Nick Young.
Everyone has a different opinion on where LeBron should land and only time will tell who is right but we do know now that with his new salary demands, LeBron is treating it as a transfer for the worlds best player.
Where do you think LeBron should go? Let us know in the comments section.
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