|Cleveland being Cleveland|
*This really is a happy ending. For the most part, the national consensus (outside of Spaniards from Little Havana) absolutely love this decision. I agree. The one mega-athlete in all of America had one flaw on his resume and it was rectified on Friday. Whether he wins or loses in Cleveland somehow doesn't matter as much (it still does, don't get me wrong) because hatchets were buried and burnt bridges were rebuilt. In a cynical world full of assholes, Ides, and trolls, this is a feel good story.
*We can finally stop the comparisons to Jordan. Why? Because LeBron fucking said so. Not 5, not 6, not 7 isn't important to him anymore. His ONLY goal now is 1. HE wants to be THE ONE. The One to end a 50 year drought for the people who have loved and supported him for his entire life. Some media cockbags mocked LeBron's love for Ohio and how much it means to him and fuck those people. LeBron is right. There is a certain amount of pride that Ohioans share. It is a blue collar state that has fallen on hard times and is constantly told how much they suck. But it is still home and always will be for some of us and the best athlete on the planet. That's cool as shit. His legacy and career rankings will be whatever some asshole with a laptop says it is anyway. The only thing that he can do is finish off what he promised: to bring a championship to Cleveland. If he can take care of that, THAT will be his finest accomplishment as a basketball player and he will be judged accordingly for it. I just think that this frame of mind is so--for lack of a better word--neat. He is openly calling out the title-less streak of Cleveland and going after it balls to the wall. Be careful, though, LeBron, this streak isn't going down without a massive fight. If you can bring a title to Cleveland, that means more than Kobe having 5 rings. FACT. And history will judge you accordingly.
*But what about that contract? It makes perfect sense why he would sign for such a short term. The salary cap is about to sky rocket and he wants to keep getting what he's worth. After all, the last few years in the league, MJ signed a bunch of one year deals, too. BUT, this is where The Decision comes into play. While I can't believe that after the letter last week, he would leave two years later and everything he said eludes to him retiring a Cavalier, I'm still keeping my guard up. I don't think that any Cavs fan will be able to 100% trust him again. Which is fine because who gives a fuck if the fans don't have 100% trust in you.
*So where do the Cavs stand in the East as currently constructed? Probably in the top 2 depending on how much Derrick Rose actually plays this year (over/under is .5 games). They should be able to run a lot of teams off the floor. I don't think that the Cavs are done though. They need shooters and a rim protector still.
*You trading Wiggins for Kevin Love then? Hoo boy, that's the dilemma, isn't it and I would love to get everyone's reaction. First of all, this doesn't need to happen any time soon. There is no reason to wheel and deal now. Clearly, Minny isn't getting any decent offers. IMO the Cavs are the ONLY option. Second, that pretty much gives us all the leverage. If Love wants to play with LeBron, all he has to do is tell Flip Saunders (idiot) that he won't sign long term anywhere but Cleveland and that could be the case anyway. It's better to wait this out as Minnesota is going to get desperate.
*Have you seen Wiggins and Bennett play in Vegas? They look pretty damn good (granted it is Summer League but it's better than playing like manure). I don't think that you can deal Wiggins. Let's be honest, Kevin Love fractures his hands every at an alarming rate and this seems to be an issue with him. With Kyrie not being the most reliable guy in the league either, it would be a risk to tie up 80-90% of your cap with two of your Big Three having injury concerns. Granted, when all three are healthy, the team would be insane. It's not like Love is the only option out there anyway. He's just the best option. I stand by the team when they say that Wiggins is unavailable. We have plenty of other assets to help the Wolves rebuild. Maybe down the road they do the Wiggins for Love swap but that doesn't need to be entertained in July.
This roster and franchise is just absolutely fascinating though which is great because I'm sure as shit not doing a live blog of the All Star Game. Use this post to discuss anything free agency related or throw shade at Cavs fans or whatever. Just admit that LeBron James giving up on the quest toward Jordan to battle The Curse is an incredibly interesting turn in his career. I can't wait to see how this plays out (goes up for dunk in first preseason game--->somehow dies upon landing--->GUARANSHEED).