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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Free Agent: Lebron James

The Summer of Lebron is here. The greatest bunch of free agents in NBA history goes on the market tomorrow, and the aquisitions of some of these free agents can turn a playoff team into a title contender, a non-playoff team to a playoff team, or in some cases it will turn a solid team into a mediocre one. We are going to go over some of the free agents in the market this summer.
Of course the crown jewel of the market is the King Lebron James. He is arguably the best player in the game and still has many years left in the NBA. He is explosive and nearly impossible to stop when he drives to the basket. He is a great defender and his shot has gotten much better. He has amazing floor vision and is an absolute freak of nature athletically. He is the model for a great basketball player and is the closest thing to Magic Johnson that the NBA has ever seen.
Offense: 95/100
James is a freight train in the fast break and bullies his way to the basket almost whenever he chooses to. He is strong and quick, a lethal combination, and can take the hit and finish. He has developed a nice jump shot and his range is unlimited, when he gets hot from three he may be the most unstoppable force, offensively, in the entire game. His shot is sometimes inconsistent though. His free throw shooting percentage isn't amazing, but he makes many trips to the line a game. He seems to have eyes on the back of his head and makes everyone around him better with amazing passes.
Defense: 100/100
Lebron is a great defender. He can come over from the help side or guard the other team's best player well. He has great footwork and reads the passing lanes like a hawk. We have all seen Lebron James' chasedown block as well. He is a good rebounder who often records a triple double.
Intangibles: 90/100
Lebron is a good leader and gets everyone on his team involved. He is a great competitor who is pretty clutch. Recently though in the NBA eastern conference semifinals the Celtics put a clamp on him and he definately wasn't the same Lebron.
Overall: 95/100
With the exception of one Kobe Bryant, Lebron is the best player in the game today. He could turn any team into a contender. Lets look at the teams that might sign him

Potential Teams
Most Likely: Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are the most likely team to sign James. They have enough cap space to sign two max contract free agents and who wouldn't want to play with Derrick Rose. Chris Bosh is also rumoured to go to Chicago making a big three of James, Rose and Bosh. And into that Joakim Noah and Luol Deng and thats the best team in the Eastern Conference.
Second Best: Cleveland Cavaliers
There is also a good chance the Cavs will sign James. Lebron is understandably upset with the team. Although they are built around James, mostly complimenting him great with players like Mo Williams and Antwan Jamison, his teammates have choked the last couple of years in the postseason. It is also close to his hometown of Akron and many Cleveland fans believe that he will be betraying them if he signs anywhere else.
Other Teams: New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat
All these teams definately have enough cap space to sign him but none would help James achieve his biggest goal- becoming an NBA champ.

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