6 Ways LeBron’s Return To Cleveland Will Reshape The NBA
July 11, 2014 - 7:06 pm
Houston’s Now A Problem
The Heatles are officially over, but that doesn’t mean the Big Three model is. Chris Bosh was waiting to see where LeBron James went before making his own free agency signing decision and, since he has a max contract offer from Houston for nearly $90M, he’ll most likely be the next big player from the Heat trifecta to make his move. A team with Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and James Harden would be an automatic title contender and a threat even in the tough Western Conference.
The Wizards Move Up In Eastern Conference Contention
If there’s one thing we learned from the recent NBA Playoffs, it’s that the Wizards are just a few years away. With LeBron’s move back to Cleveland, they’re the best team in the Southeat Division. With Miami out of the way, they could secure a top four seed in the playoffs, guaranteeing them home court at least in the first round.
The Lakers Are Fu****
Carmelo Anthony was the Lakers go to guy in this free agency pool, and, according to ESPN, he’s no longer considering the Purple & Gold. With it down to the Bulls and the Knicks, you have to believe Melo’s decision is based on competing. The best team for him to possibly win a title with is Chicago. Kevin Love was also a big target for L.A. but, given the pieces in Cleveland, and since there are rumors that LeBron wants Love in Cleveland too, he’ll probably opt to head there. And that means...
Andrew Wiggins Is In Limbo
The uptempo Cleveland offense we were promised by the new duo of Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins just got a turbo boost by LeBron’s return. But since Wiggins, the no.1 pick in last month’s draft, is so young and unpolished, the Cavs may move him to secure someone who’s already a star. Kevin Love, who won a Olympic gold medal with LeBron back in 2012, has to see Cleveland as a destination now. Which mean they might have to ship Wiggins out to the winter wonderland that is Minnesota.
D-Wade Gets His Grandpa Contract, Kobe Bryant Style
Dwyane Wade won’t leave Miami. He’ll never get the contract offer from any other team that he will with the Heat. On top of that, no other city (not even Chicago) shows him love like Miami does. Expect the Heat to give him the farewell, max contract sort of like the Lakers did with Kobe Bryant. Just as a thank you to Wade for bringing in players, titles and making the franchise what it is today, he’ll cash out and retire on South Beach (at some point).
Chicago Might Be The East’s Only Hope...
At Matching up with LeBron and the Cavs. They can go point guard for point guard with Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose (if he’s healthy), X-factor’s match-ups with Chi-Town’s Joakim Noah and Andrew WIggins (if he stays with Cleveland) and, if the Bulls do land Melo, the big dogs cancel each other out. There’s even recent talks of Dwyane Wade coming home to Chicago to team with Melo, which would automatically make them a title contender too by solving their scoring problems.