So the LeBron James free agent frenzy is about to start again, and I’m one person who could careless to watch this circus again.
Since James made it known that he would opt-out of his contract with the Miami Heat, I can’t go to any blog, newspaper, sports site, ANYTHING without seeing something about where he could potentially sign. I understand that he’s the best player in the world and I get that people want to know ASAP what bandwagon they can jump on for the next four years, but do we really need to feed his ego again? Didn’t we do enough four years ago?
While the rest of the sports world talks about the perfect scenarios to sign with, here’s the four teams that I want LeBron James to stay away from.
1. Los Angeles Clippers
I’m a Clippers fan. I live in the Los Angeles area and have liked the Clippers for years. Yes, even before the Blake Griffin days. Since I am an LA transplant, I wanted to root for the underdog instead of Laker Nation. It was just too easy to root for the purple and gold. Some may find it crazy that I want LeBron to stay away from the Clippers, especially since they’re practically a championship caliber team already. And because of that, that’s why I want him to stay away. I don’t care if he can be the final piece to the puzzle. After painfully watching this team lose for years, I want to see them win it all without a person who seems to be all about himself and only go to teams who give him the best shot at winning a championship today. He had a chance to come to the Clippers years ago when they weren’t as good as they are now and decided to take the easier route to South Beach and create his super team.
Why Do I Want Him To Stay Away? This is Blake and CP3’s team. They’ve put in the work. I don’t want James to come in, the Clippers win it all and then James get the credit. I want these guys to get the credit WHEN they do win it all (minus Donald Sterling).
2. Chicago Bulls
Pairing up with a healthy Derrick Rose must seem very enticing for King James. But aside from Rose and James, who’s going to be their third scoring option? Two-time All-Star Carlos Boozer is not the scoring the threat he once was and is getting paid a ridiculous amount of money to be the player he used to be. Although the Bulls always seem to be a player or two from getting over the hump, they don’t have the cap space to pay LeBron the money he’ll most likely want. Plus, I don’t think James would want to try to go into Chicago and do the impossible: Get the fans to worship him more than Michael Jordan.
Why Do I Want Him To Stay Away? This is MJ’s house.
3. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have the cap room and basically have an entire roster to rebuild. Saying that Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash can play at the levels they used to and stay healthy (which is nearly impossible for either of them), this could be another opportunity for James to form another Big Three. With the big market in Los Angeles and the chance to be a part of Lakers history, this team has to be on James’ radar because he can mold a new team from scratch. Since he has two rings already, he can wait a year or 2 for the Lakers to rebuild and Kobe to retire.
Why Do I Want Him To Stay Away? Doesn’t matter what I think. There’s no way Kobe lets him come in and take over the team while he’s still walking.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
Coming home has to be on LeBron’s mind. With Kyrie Irving at the point and a handful of other young players on the roster, James can play close to family and friends again, and teach the youngsters how to win some championships. After all, since he bolted to win his rings in Miami, he’s in no hurry and has no pressure to win now or at all like he did in the past.
Why Do I Want Him To Stay Away? You broke this city’s heart once, don’t be that crazy ex-girlfriend who comes back, says they’ve changed and vows that things will be different. That’s just plain cruel, man.