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Wade, LeBron say Brooklyn now more attractive to free agents

Nov 8, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade AP

Now that the Nets are in Brooklyn, do they stand a chance of landing a superstar free agent?

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade said yes.

Could they land LeBron or Wade in 2014 when the Heat stars can opt out of their deals? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

Wade and LeBron both told the New York Daily News they didn’t choose to go to Brooklyn in 2010 because they didn’t want to spend a couple years in Newark as the team was built up. But now that they are in Brooklyn, things could be different with future free agents.

Wade, who joked he was upset Jay Z skipped his meeting in 2010 after attending LeBron’s, even hinted that he’d consider the Nets as a destination.

He and James can opt out of their contracts and become free agents after next season.

“I’m sure they’ll be a lot more attractive to guys,” Wade said. “That’s all I can say (smiling), they’re more attractive.”

LeBron to the Nets in 2014 isn’t happening. Sorry.

It’s not as if Lakers fans haven’t started speculating about LeBron leaving Miami in 2014 when he can opt out of his deal. So if you want Brooklyn, join in.

But it’s not happening: Your team can’t do it because you locked yourself in with the guys on your roster now — you are already committed to $73 million in salary the season after LeBron theoretically could be a free agent. There is $23.2 million for Joe Johnson, $19.8 for Deron Williams, $15.7 million for Brook Lopez, $10.1 million for Gerald Wallace, and that’s just the eight-digit commitments.

You are going to be way over the salary cap that season, more like flirting with the luxury tax. So you better like the roster you have now, because you’re going to have it for a few more years.

Still, the good news here is that someday when you can chase free agents — say the summer of 2016 — they may want to come there.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Peter Lugers is awesome. But these guys are Prime 112-kind of guys. Especially from Nov-Feb.

    • cantonbound13 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:25 AM

      72, you have nothing to worry about. Nobody will want a broken down Wade in 2014.

  2. biasedhomer - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Yep, thats the core for the next 4 years. They maybe able to bring in some more bad contracts, but it would only make things worse.

    Nets are in a horrible situation, they will likely be stuck in mediocrity with this core, meaning 7th or 8th seed playoff team getting knocked out early, but never bad enough to be a lottery team.

  3. harrymcdowell - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Agreed. Not good enough to consistently win. Not bad enough to get good draft picks. The future for the nets looks bland right now.

  4. eugenesaxe - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    You mean a billionaire owner, a new arena, and getting the Hell out of Jersey make a team look better to FAs? Whoda thunk it.

  5. 00maltliquor - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    You wanna know why the Brooklyn Nets are going to be attractive to free agents? New York? That’s a start. Sweet arena? Ehh, it’s nice but not really why players sign…it’s because they have a billionaire owner who isn’t scared and flips the bird to the luxary tax. He scoffs at being a repeat offender!

    That’s what’s really going on. Look at my Lakers. Great ownership, always wiling to shell out for the talent and a chance at a ring. Look at the Thunder. That’s as good as they are gonna get ladies and gentlemen. They already proven they will not do everything it takes to keep the best possible team together. It all falls on Durant and Westbrook and their devolopment now. It’s live or die with them. They can not sign another talent better then Harden. Unless he’s old and made his money already and trying to chase a championship. All OKC fans can now hope for is that the duo of KD and RW will be enough (and who knows, they might be) and to keep drafting gems (unlikely) and then trade them once they get good enough to some team with draft picks to draft more gems.

    Look at all the money Prokorhov is shelling out forborderline all-star/very good starter talent. You think he’s gonna fold if he already has 2 max players and his up and coming 3rd guy wants max too?F no! He’ll pay, look at his roster now.

    And at the end of the day, that’s just what it’s all about. Players just want to win, win big, live large, in a large city, and get paid LARGE while doing it. All while playing with other big name players to make things fun and easy. Lakers provide that. Miami provides that. I think if the pieces are right Mark Cuban up in Dallas would provide that. Now you can add Brooklyn to that list.

    Hate what I say or not, this is your new (and old) reality.

    • controlledchaos123 - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      While I can agree with a few of your thoughts on the positives of playing in Brooklyn, I don’t think anyone can guarantee at this point that Prokorhov would be willing to blast his team salary way into the luxury tax to pay extensively for another premiere free agent in a couple of seasons. There’s no current proof to either confirm or deny that prediction because the guy hasn’t owned the team long enough to have a track record.

      As a fan of any team, it’s a great dream to think an owner would pay whatever it takes to put the most competitive team together. However, most businessmen that are rich enough to own an NBA team aren’t quick to jump at excessively spending millions of lost dollars for any reason, even if the reason is Lebron James. They didn’t make their billions by wasting millions.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        I hear you. But have you ever heard of the term, “it takes money to make money”? You put together a fun, exciting, talented team together and pay out big for the chance to win, win big, and win consistantly for years and years and build your brand up that way it all pays off in the long run. Becoming a household name brings in the money and makes up for everything.

        Look at the Lakers and Kobe Bryant for example…$30 f***ing MILLION dollars for one season. Is it worth it to pay ANY player no matter how good they are that kind of money when the cap is less then half that? Apparently so since Mamba brings in more money off his presence alone then the $30 million he’s being paid for 8 or so months worth of work.

        I’m not trying to make this a “look at the ringzzzzzzz” argument but 5 championships in 7 finals apperences in 12 years is why spending big pays big. Look at that staggering television contract they just signed. You don’t just get that kinda dough by being cheap. You got to win. And to win you got to pay.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:46 AM

        Another thing I would like to point out is look how everyone wants to make being a “big market” team is why it makes it attractive to big name free agents to flock to. Not true. Look at the Clippers, not only do they play in LA like the Lakers, hell, they even play in the same damn building. I can count on one hand how many times they’ve made the stinking playoffs in the last TWENTY years.

        That had nothing to do with market, but having a cheap, penny-pinching owner. Going back to the Durant/OKC thing…you know that had to make him look at his longterm situation in Oklahoma through different hipster glasses. Losing Harden had to have tooken the wind out his sails which is probably why after tonight they just got above .500. I wouldn’t be surprised now to see him bounce after his contract is up to a city that is willing to pony up to keep their team special. Knicks? Nets? Lakers? Who knows…personally I wouldn’t bet on it, Durant seems to be cut from a different cloth. but you got to at least admit it will cross his mind when the time comes.

  6. choppa2lis - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    queen james using that excuse now? LOL so he made up the excuse of having to play in newark for 2 years? this wuss didnt go to new york because he couldnt handle any pressure there, what a joke by trying to use this as an excuse for not going to new york to play for his boyfriend jay z’s team. i thought lebron was so hood, but he is too scared to play in newark lol what a coward , hope his championship ring has a diamond ASTERISK on it

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:11 AM

      Yes, because LeBron had no pressure to win on him in Cleveland or Miami.

      Only by going to New York would LeBron have any pressure to win.

      Nice try, buddy.

    • guyaneserj - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:20 AM

      LMAO.. U sound very bitter!

  7. romoscollarbone - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    I can’t see how someone like LeBron would leave FL,and no income tax for cold NYC. I live in NJ, they may have moved 15 mi away but they still are the junk Nets.

  8. blackandbluedivision - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    If it wasn’t for those ugly uni’s people WOULD come.

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