Nov 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT
Will he do it? How would it affect his legacy? How great would LeBron and Kyrie Irving be together?
It’s an interesting discussion, one that’s assuredly been held within in the league, by fans and many in between. And that’s great. Discussing NBA hypotheticals is a blast.
But one group that can’t partake in the conversation, at least not publically, is employees of the Cavaliers – employees like Center Anderson Varejao.
“It could happen,” Varejao said. “Bron is from Akron. Akron is not too far from here. Eventually in his career, he probably wants to play at home.”
And then unprovoked, the normally quiet Varejao said he didn’t like the way James left the Cavs via the one-hour television special.
“Going back to that, I think the way he left was wrong,” Varejao said. “But regardless … He helped me a lot, helped my game and helped me as a person. I have nothing against him. It could happen.”
The NBA defines tampering as when a player “directly or indirectly, entices, induces, persuades or attempts to entice, induce, or persuade any Player, Coach, Trainer, General Manager or any other person who is under contract to any other Member of the Association to enter into negotiations for or relating to his services or negotiates or contracts for such services.”
LeBron is under contract with another team, and Varejao is – at least by my interpretation – attempting to indirectly persuade LeBron to sign with Cleveland by playing up LeBron’s personal connection with the area.
So will Varejao be punished by the NBA? I have no idea.
Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $85,000 Fantasy Basketball league for Wednesday night’s games. It’s $25 to join and first prize is $9,000. Starts at 7pm ET on Wednesday. Here’s the FanDuel link.
LeBron will likely play well against Cleveland tonight. The Cavaliers will likely be asked about him. They’ll likely compliment his play.
By the letter of the law, that’s tampering.
LeBron is under contract with Miami, and the Cavaliers would indirectly enticing him by praising him. Of course, none of them will be fined. That type of praised is doled out every night.
It’s just up to the league to rule however it sees fit. I guess we’ll at least learn what David Stern thinks of Varejao.
- Report: Sixers may look to trade for Amar’e Stoudemire at this season’s deadline 16
- Kevin Durant reiterates that rest was his reason for withdrawing from Team USA 7
- Kobe Bryant says he will not be same player as before, says he’s evolved into something equally good 18
- Report: Agent for Greg Monroe pursued sign-and-trade deals with five teams, including Thunder and Blazers 25
- Derrick Rose sits out another Team USA practice, not likely to start Wednesday 21
- DeMarcus Cousins practices with team USA Tuesday, says he’s 50-50 for Wednesday game 2
- Jim Boeheim says of Carmelo Anthony, “it would have been better to go to Chicago” 31
- Steve Ballmer screams like a maniac at Clippers rally 26