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Winderman: Forget New York, Cleveland can get LeBron and Bosh

Jun 2, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

LeBron_stares.jpgWell, so much for having to miss Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Learning that it might be better off next time to actually go live when it comes to “Larry King Live,” CNN has released the entire transcript of Tuesday’s taped interview with LeBron James, after several outlets reported the content of the interview that airs Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Reading through the transcript, it is as vapid as your typical Larry King interview, although Larry’s hair again looks marvelous.

What has gotten lost in many of the interpretations of James’ non-answers to King’s non-questions is the element of James saying Cleveland has an “edge” in the process.

In many outposts, that has been taken as James attempting to climb the same mountain with the same Sherpas, therefore leaving the likes of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson free for the other cap-space teams, without James pairing up for 2010-11.

What that overlooks is what seemingly has been overlooked since the start of the process:

The capped-out Cavaliers emerging as a prime player in the process, with James already in tow.

When it comes to sign-and-trades, Cleveland has plenty of prime real estate to offer.

There is Anderson Varejao’s $7 million for 2010-11.

There is the $9.3 million Mo Williams is due next season.

There is J.J. Hickson’s $1.5 million.

There is Delonte West’s $4.5 million for next season that can be bought out for $500,000 by Aug. 2.

And that’s not even getting into Antawn Jamison or setting up Shaq with a new deal and then including him in a package.

In the interview with King, James continually references the possibility of playing with another leading free agent next season. He just does not say where.

If the Raptors are to lose Bosh, they could do worse than the energy of Varejao alongside Bargnani. Heck, there even could be a Jamario Moon homecoming.

For weeks, the notion of James-Bosh, James-Johnson or James-Free Agent X were of unions in New York, Chicago, Miami or elsewhere.

But Danny Ferry may just find himself with an opportunity that Mike Brown never received.

One last, post-elimination shot to save his job.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

  1. Gary - Jun 2, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    It is about time someone else has recognized this possibility. It has been clear for years that owner Dan Gilbert will spend whatever it takes to win, even if he has the highest payroll in the NBA. Dan is Cleveland’s George Steinbrenner. There already is discussion of trading Delonte West. Don’t be surprised if Anthony Parker goes as well. His lack of scoring as a 2 guard kills Cleveland. I’m also sure Big Z and/or ShaQ won’t be back. I believe they keep Jamison and Varejao as well as Hickson and look to package other role players. They do have alot of guards.
    Lookout biased New York, Chicago, and West coast media. LeBron stays in Cleveland and Bosh joins him.

  2. Gary - Jun 2, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    It is about time someone else has recognized this possibility. It has been clear for years that owner Dan Gilbert will spend whatever it takes to win, even if he has the highest payroll in the NBA. Dan is Cleveland’s George Steinbrenner. There already is discussion of trading Delonte West. Don’t be surprised if Anthony Parker goes as well. His lack of scoring as a 2 guard kills Cleveland. I’m also sure Big Z and/or ShaQ won’t be back. I believe they keep Jamison and Varejao as well as Hickson and look to package other role players. They do have alot of guards.
    Lookout biased New York, Chicago, and West coast media. LeBron stays in Cleveland and Bosh joins him.

  3. whataidiot - Jun 2, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    sure teams with cap space would love to help the cavs aquire bosch

  4. no_way_jose - Jun 2, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Toronto doesn’t want any of that trash Cleveland wants to trade away. Why wouldn’t they prefer to let Bosh walk than take on those terrible contracts.

  5. R.J. - Jun 2, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Who wants Mo Williams for the next 3 years at 9.3M, 8.5M, 8.5M?
    Who wants Jamison for the next 2 years at 13.3M and 15M?
    AV and Hickson are somewhat valuable pieces.
    West is just an expiring contract at this point.
    West, Av, and Hickson…. I’m drooling. Would Toronto hurt their chances by uniting Bosh and Lebron for some combo of AV, Hickson, and West?????
    The Toronto Raptors are not a charity.

  6. Anonymous - Jun 2, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Talk about VAPID!
    Toronto is going to take on three lousy players with even lousier contracts in order to accomodate Lebron?
    Between this guy and the idiot NBC has doing the hockey talk page there isn’t a shred of insight to be found here.

  7. M.A. - Jun 2, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Well at least someone understands basketball.
    No-way-jose I’m not talking about you…..Trash? 3 All-stars, 1 hall of famer, and a 2x all NBA defensive team. Good call. If you think that the Cavs won’t pull at least one move, you really shouldn’t ever talk basketball.

  8. Al in Akron baby - Jun 2, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    hey Memphis handed kobe paul for a lot less so dont tell me it cant be done.

  9. Craig W. - Jun 2, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Adrian Wojnarowski has an article about Lebron and free agency that is really worth reading. http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Arhx1.wR.BfQ1dAQuVVL1m28vLYF?slug=aw-lebronshow060210
    His closing sentence ends with, “…The ringleader is still searching for something.”
    How about rings?

  10. Anonymous - Jun 2, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Who wants to play in Cleveland. That city is a dump. Why wouldn’t he want to come to NY and play on the biggest stage in the best city in the world. Sorry Cavs fans, the King is coming to NY.

  11. Al in Akron baby - Jun 2, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    @gary keep wishing you dont need no stinking New York. Look at Tim in san antoino not a big market at all. Get your own homegrown golden child he’s ours. Star players like playing in the garden not for them. P.S just keep buying his shoes long live the king.

  12. VINNIE - Jun 2, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    IF YOU THINK THE OWNER OF THE CAVS IS GOING TO ROLL OVER THINK AGAIN NEW YORKERS. HE HAS MONEY TO BURN AND HE NOT GOING DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT!

  13. John W Sharp - Jun 2, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    I have come to believe that Lebron James had some type of mental breakdown during he Boston series. Even if he just found out about his mother’s rumored affair, he still needed to do his job! This was the most important series of his career. He all but promised the city of Cleveland a championship.
    I would say he lost control and had a emotional meltdown. He didn’t choke, he withdrew emotionaly. It might have felt something like a panic attack. I am concerned; this could be the sign of an underlying weakness, or a once in a lifetime occurance.

  14. Jeff - Jun 2, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    What’s a LeBron? I’m new here…
    http://www.porkchopfactory.com

  15. gp - Jun 2, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Bosch is is a drill.

  16. Beech - Jun 2, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Can someone stop this idiot from pimping his porkch*pfactory website on every post?

  17. Beech - Jun 2, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Can someone stop this idiot from pimping his porkch*pfactory website on every post?

  18. TexasMike - Jun 2, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Not likely you Moron. Why would he come to NY. He said he wants to win multiple championships. The Knicks are owned by the Dolans who couldn’t find their Azz with both hands and a hunting dog. Since you probably couldn’t even identify where Cleveland is, how would you know it was a dump.

  19. SUPERFAN24 - Jun 3, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Lol…want to win a championship? Missing any rings on your fingers? Come to Los Angeles.

  20. Steve - Jun 3, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    Stupid story at a stupid time. The finals are about to begin. Two winning teams with winning traditions are about to tee it up. When LeBron wins something other than his personal awards, he can become news. He has not learned how to help a team win and until he does, he is a non-issue. He actually had some pretty good guys around him and once again they disappeared in the playoffs.
    Kobe, Pierce, Garnett, Pau – this is the news now. Save Lebron for a time when there is nothing worth talking about. He is not news.

  21. Max06 - Jun 3, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Please don’t refer to Cleveland as a dump when you come from NY. I lived there for 20 years and can say that NYC is more of a dump than Cleveland. Besides, Cleveland sends it’s garbage to NYC to dump it … so where’s the garbage?
    Arrogant NYers think that they have more to offer but they never cross the GWB to release that there really is a beautiful world out there.
    I’m sure you’ve never even been to Ohio and have only gone through the Lincoln Tunnel once and got scared leaving the city.
    Get over it … NYC is a nice place to visit and Lebron will visit every time he plays the Knicks.

  22. Randall - Jun 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Are you suggesting some sort of “sign-and-trade” deal? What an unique idea. Wait, no it’s not.
    It’s called “free agency” for a reason. Bosh is free to go anywhere he wants. There are 30 teams that would do anything to get him if he said the word, and Toronto either works a deal to his liking or they’re totally boned.

  23. Bazinga! - Jun 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Mike Brown’s gone, crazy Delonte West is gone, Danny Ferry is gone. The Cavs are trying very hard to keep the King happy.. I think he may just walk anyway though..
    http://www.121s.com/viewtopic.php?t=40903

  24. Cleveland fan forever - Jun 6, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    quite frankly, i believe Cleveland is one of the frontrunners to getting Bosh. Chris bosh wants to come to the states, and play for a winning team.
    Toronto Gets:
    J.J. Hickson
    Delonte West/Mo Williams
    Anderson Verejae
    Cleveland Gets:
    Chris Bosh

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