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This week's rumor: LeBron wants Johnson on Knicks

Mar 19, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for nba_james1_250.jpgLeBron James is not going to be a New York Knick next season. There, I said it. Everybody knows it — if his legacy is about winning titles you don’t move to a roster that takes you a step back from that goal.

But when did reality ever get in the way of some good speculation? That brings us to the New York Post and the worldwide leader

ESPN NBA analyst Ric Bucher quoted a league source yesterday when he said that LeBron James might be more interested in coming to the Knicks if they have Hawks’ shooting guard Joe Johnson.

“If it’s LeBron James they want,” Bucher said, “a league source says the Hawks’ shooting guard is a very good place to start.”

Johnson is going to be one of the big gambles of the summer — he is a top player but if he gets a five-year deal teams could regret the last couple years of it (he turns 29 next season). Still, the Knicks are reported to be interested, as Johnson thrived before in Mike D’Antoni’s system.

But that is a long, long way from luring LeBron to come to New York. LeBron would have to take less money to come to the Big Apple ($30 million is still a lot of money to me), so they would have to offer a lot more than Joe Johnson to entice him. Sorry, I didn’t mean to keep interjecting reality into this daydream. I’ll stop now.

  1. Paul - Mar 19, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    There is no significant difference in money b/c NY will give him an opt out after 2-3 yrs, and he can sign an extension with better raises then. As a matter of fact, it might end up being more if he stays in NY if you look at a 10 year period. (A 3 year stint, then a new contract for 6 years.)
    Problem is, if your plant is Joe Johnson and Lebron, Why trade Jordan Hill. To get Johnson and James, you loose Lee for sure, so you have to play a D-League guy at the 5. (Seriously, league rules will only allow them to pay rookies for those last spots. 2nd round picks or non-veteran free agents! Even a Vet who wanted to come to NY couldn’t!)

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