Pros: The allure of the biggest media market and the chance to shine in the Madison Square Garden spotlight is nice, but only if you win. To that effect, the Knicks can afford to sign another superstar (Chris Bosh?) to join LeBron. And imagine LeBron in Mike D'Antoni's offensive system. Would he average a triple-double?Cons: Say the Knicks get LeBron and Bosh. Who else do they have, especially if David Lee gets big money elsewhere? Wilson Chandler? Danilo Gallinari? That supporting cast probably won't help LeBron win a title any time soon.
All signs point to...
After getting bounced from the playoffs by the Boston Celtics, LeBron James may have played his last game as a Cavalier. He'll officially become a free agent on July 1, but where will he go? A handful of teams have the cap space to sign him to a max contract. Here are his most likely destinations.
Pros: The Cavs have had the best record in the league the past two seasons, and they've upgraded their talent nearly every year. They can afford to pay LeBron a lot more than anyone else. And there's something to be said for playing your entire career for the same team in your home state.Cons: This team was built to win now. Shaq, Big Z and Jamison won't be any better next season, if they're back at all. Other than J.J. Hickson, who's likely to improve? After two major playoff failures, LeBron may need a fresh start elsewhere.
New Jersey Nets
Pros: LeBron can hang out more with pal Jay-Z. He'll have a billionaire owner who can spend cash to give him another top player. Plus LeBron wants to be a billionaire some day, so why not learn from Prokhorov?. Cons: He'll have to play in Newark for a while. Also, the Nets did lose 70 games last season -- how soon can they realistically be a contender?
Pros: Derrick Rose is a rising star who could be a worthy sidekick for the next decade. The Bulls have some other nice parts in Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, plus they've cleared enough cap room to sign another marquee free agent (Chris Bosh?). Most importantly, Noah won't get mad anymore when LeBron busts out his dance moves. Cons: The Bulls don't have the shooters or a post player on offense to take pressure off LeBron. And speaking of pressure, playing in Michael Jordan's shadow won't be much fun unless LeBron wins, oh, six titles.
Los Angeles Clippers
Pros: With 2009 No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin coming back from injury, L.A.'s other team may improbably have the best starting lineup with which to surround LeBron (Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Griffin and Chris Kaman).Cons: Well, they're the Clippers. There's a decent chance LeBron would suffer a season-ending injury at the press conference announcing his signing.
Pros: How incredible would it be to see LeBron and Dwyane Wade in the same uniform, throwing each other alley-oops and taking turns dominating games? Miami also can afford a third star, and rumors are flying that Chris Bosh will join LeBron and Wade in South Beach. Cons: Do Wade and LeBron really complement each other? Even if they get Bosh, will the Heat need a true center? And would LeBron love South Beach too much, like Antoine Walker, and end up broke and 300 pounds?