Apparently, the New Jersey Nets aren’t out of the LeBron James sweepstakes just yet. We’re only hours in to the 2010 Free Agency Extravaganza the sports world has been looking forward to for three years and already some crazy rumors are flying.
According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Nets believe they are in the lead for LeBron James.
No, really, they think they are going to get him.
While no one has any idea just what the hell King James will end up doing, everyone seems to have an opinion. The Bulls are the obvious option, right? Apparently it’s not that cut and dry.
Cleveland is where his heart is, right? Hope James really likes Byron Scott.
That Miami Heat super team with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade sounds fun, right? Apparently no one involved thinks that can actually happen.
ESPN’s Chris Sheridan claims he thinks James is headed to the Knicks. Sheridan also said that the best deal the Lakers could make for Kobe Bryant back in 2007 was trading him to the Knicks for Jamal Crawford and a few expiring contracts. To be fair the guy is a die-hard Knicks fan posing as a legitimate journalist…and he’s an asshat.
So if nobody knows where the guy is headed, it’s pretty fair to say everyone still has a chance, right?
Well, the Nets sure hope so.
Apparently the Nets’ Russian billionaire owner – and Most Interesting man in the World – Mikhail Prokhorov has put together a presentation centered around what will be his efforts to make James a billionaire. And don’t doubt Prokhorov’s ability to make money, he didn’t inherit his money, he made it all himself.
James’ close friend Jay-Z is also the team’s part owner and has no doubt been in the King’s ear for years about the Nets and the team’s future move to Brooklyn.
Let’s also not forget that right now the Nets have more cap space than the Heat or the Bulls. And a starting lineup with James, Devin Harris, Brook Lopez and possibly Bosh, Carlos Boozer or David Lee could be fantastic. Not to mention the No. 3 pick from the 2010 NBA Draft, Derrick Favors.
That would be a young, talented, exciting team to play for. James would clearly be the Alpha Dog on a team with those players and it would instantly be his team.
One more major factor in New Jersey’s favor? They get first crack at pitching to James today.
This idea is sounding less and less crazy all the time.