Oh my, are we looking at The Decision 2.0? Because we don't want to go through all that suspense and exercise in bad taste again!
We've already reported that LeBron James opted out on the final two years of his contract with the Miami Heat, which indicates that he wants to test the Free Agent market come July 1. So now that he's free to choose which city to play in, where do you think will LeBron end up? Here are his best options:
Yay! If the Bulls are capable of pursuing a player of Carmelo Anthony's caliber, why not go for LeBron James? It's worth noting that LeBron highly considered signing with Chicago four seasons ago, and the prospect of teaming up with a fully-developed Joakim Noah and a returning Derrick Rose sure sound nice. Plus, the Bulls won't have to compromise the depth of their roster to get James as much as the other teams.
Boo! There's all this talk about James not wanting to play in Michael Jordan's shadow, and how the Bulls' players aren't exactly fond of him. On a financial standpoint, the team would have to amnesty Carlos Boozer, trade Mike Dunleavy and one of their first-round draft picks, and eliminate some non-guaranteed contracts in order for them to offer James an enticing contract.
FHM says: We could get used to seeing LeBron in a Bulls jersey.
Yay! This, of course, would be everyone's dream scenario. A poetic return to Cleveland is not impossible—the Cavs have a lot of flexibility, have plenty of great young talent, and are well on their way to becoming a serious contender in the East. Everyone wishes to see LBJ kiss and make up with his former team, and this may be his only chance to do so.
Boo! The Cavaliers still aren't likely to win a championship in the near future, which may not coincide with LeBron's career plans. Having a first-year coach (David Blatt) and a first-year GM (David Griffin) don't sound very promising either.
FHM says: We've already seen him in a Cavs uniform before, but it would be much interesting this time around with Kyrie Irving on his side...
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Yay! LeBron James really likes the idea of playing alongside his buddies, and outside of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Clippers guard Chris Paul happens to be one of his closest friends. But do you know what's even more enticing? The opportunity to play for Doc Rivers, who James highly respects. His wife, Savannah, also thinks that Los Angeles would be a nice place to settle in.
Boo! Unfortunately for the Clips, they do not have the financial flexibility to make this happen. The best they can do is opt for a sign-and-trade deal with Miami, which means they may have to move some key players (guys like DeAndre Jordan or, God forbid, Blake Griffin) in the process. There's also this thing about Clippers owner Donald Sterling—LeBron has publicly stated that he will never ever play for him—so hope that clears out soon.
FHM says: How would LeBron fare in a Clippers uniform? Meh...not so bagay.