Mar 18, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Miami won 100-96. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
The courting of superstar LeBron James is in full effect. Where should he consider signing in NBA free agency?
Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins give Cavs long-term title potential
No team has garnered more headlines of late in the James chase than the Cleveland Cavaliers. There was always speculation that after LeBron had finished his championship stint in South Beach that he would return to his hometown team to right the wrong that started with his infamous “Decision” back in 2010. This time around though the Cavs have much more to offer than money. Thanks to a series of drafts where they held the #1 pick, Cleveland now has an intriguing young core of supremely talented athletes.
Point guard Kyrie Irving has developed into an All-Star and rookie Andrew Wiggins has the ceiling of a superstar. He already plays great defense and has a good enough offensive game with room to grow. The addition of a LeBron James makes sense because if he’s truly chasing the likes of Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan then he needs to get as many cracks at the championship as possible. Joining such a young and promising team could give him those shots for the long-term.
Heat have retooled but need to get Chris Bosh back
Unfortunately long-term security is something the Miami Heat can’t offer. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are into their 30s now and the Big Three that has dominated the Eastern Conference looks vulnerable. Wade was not the same player he’s been for years, dealing with constant knee problems. Meanwhile Bosh is suddenly a threat to leave in NBA free agency after receiving a max contract offer from the Houston Rockets.
This could threaten a Heat team that has worked feverishly to upgrade the roster enough to entice LeBron James to return. It started when they traded up in the draft to get point guard Shabazz Napier, a personal favorite of James’ from UConn. Then they added to their bench by signing Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger. McRoberts is a solid two-way big man who can shoot from long range but more importantly is an outstanding passer. Granger is a risk given his injury concerns but when able he can post double digit points on any given night.
Both Cleveland and Miami have strong offers on the table in NBA free agency. It merely comes down to what LeBron James values most regarding his future.