Found this on RealGM.com
Plus, All these reasons are legit
10. Cash. Over the same five years, LeBron would earn $4.14 million less signing with the Knicks than re-signing with the Cavs as a free-agent. The Cavs can offer an extra year, but there is little reason to think the security of a 6th season will be decisive. If LeBron put much value on security, he would have sought a longer-term contract in 2006 rather than the 3-year extension he did sign. If security is what he is after, LeBron would have already signed an extension this off-season. Given the relatively small difference between the Cavs’ and Knicks’ 5-year max offers – and given the mountain of endorsement dollars that could come LeBron’s way if he lands in New York – LeBron could have a significant financial incentive to sign with the Knicks.
9. Talent. The Knicks’ roster, though young and unproven, has the 20-PPG potential of Danilo Gallinari, a two-way wing with upside like Wilson Chandler, and a scoring big in rookie Jordan Hill. All three have higher ceilings than any non-Lebron Cavs. A roster deep with quality role players but not elite talent (the most apt way to describe the Cavs minus LeBron) is only enough to give a great player what he needs to have a successful regular season. Winning in the playoffs requires finding another impact player who can help carry the load. The Knicks have the type of young players who can develop into major pieces next to a superstar and their salary cap is set up to allow the team to bid for other top free-agents in the near term.
8. Attracting free-agents. LeBron may realize that getting future free-agents to follow him onto the big stage in New York would be easier than getting them to join him in Cleveland.
7. 2011. Much is made of the fact that Eddy Curry and Jared Jeffries remain on the Knick books. Yet both contracts expire just one year later, freeing up $18 million of cap room that puts the Knicks in position to offer another max contract in 2011 when New York-born Carmelo Anthony is set to hit the free-agent market.
6. Mobley. Cuttino Mobley’s contract, 80% of which is covered by insurance, gives the Knicks a valuable trade chip the team can use to remove more salary from the 2010 ledger. Consider that the payout of $7.6 million of insurance for Mobley’s contract would more than offset Jeffries’ $6.9 million salary in 2010, and the Knicks could throw in an additional $3 million in the trade. The Knicks can make taking Jeffries' contract off their hands very affordable for another club.
5. Buyouts. If the Knicks are a few million dollars short of the cap room needed to offer a second max contract in 2010, look for Donnie Walsh to engineer a buyout of the 2010-2011 season on the contracts of Curry and/or Jeffries. Because this is the final year of these contracts, the Knicks would receive dollar-for-dollar cap relief on any buyout. For instance, offering 80% of the salary due on the last season of these two contracts would buy the Knicks more than $3.5 million of additional cap room.
4. The salary cap. Since the NBA league office announced its projections that the salary cap will decline next season, several positive economic indicators were released showing that the recession may already have ended. If true, the NBA’s salary cap might not drop nearly as much as projected if it even drops at all. But because Danny Ferry signed Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon and Leon Powe to 2-year contracts, the Cavs will not have room for a second max free-agent next summer even if the cap goes up. It might therefore be a checkmate move if Walsh ekes out enough cap room to be able to offer two max contracts in 2010. LeBron’s decision might be between staying in Cleveland with the Cavs’ roster as is or jumping to New York with Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh.
3. The luxury tax. In New York, LeBron could be assured of joining an organization that would spare no expense in pursuit of multiple championships. Cavs’ ownership has never pulled back on spending but that could change. Dan Gilbert’s deal to bring in Chinese investment, spun as a bold marketing initiative, may have had more to do with cash reserves drying up. Once they’re out of cap room, the Knicks would never hesitate to use their mid-level exception, take on more and more salary each year and pay exorbitant luxury tax bills, to keep renewing LeBron's supporting cast. The coffers at MSG are effectively bottomless.
2. The Yankees. The Yankees have emerged as the best team in baseball and are poised for another championship run. At some point, CC Sabathia may confide to his good pal, one of the Yankees' most famous fans, ‘There’s nothing like winning in New York.’
1. The heart. Big life decisions like the one LeBron will have in less than a year are usually made more on emotion than cold reason. Is home where LeBron’s heart is or does he yearn for the spotlight of Broadway? We don’t know the answer to that yet. But last week, just before letting us know that he plans to become a free-agent after the coming season, LeBron said he is “not ashamed of anything in Cleveland.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, especially in contrast to the reverential words LeBron used to describe how he feels stepping on the floor at Madison Square Garden. The worry for Cavs fans is that LeBron’s tone seems to be creeping closer to the 'It’s not you, it’s me' line of reasoning, an explanation vaguely reminiscent of 'The heart wants what the heart wants.'
if the Yankees are the second reason im not sure its worth reading.
Ok, 1 reason out of 10 and you dont wanna read it....wow. Plus, that one makes sense.
QHaynes- You know the majority of people don't want to see LeBron go to New York. Expect some haters. Ha. This was a cool article. I hope the Knicks do find a way to trade Jeffries.
I want someone to come up with 10 reasons he stays in Cleveland.....oops, there isint 10 reasons!
im note a hater its just maybe im looking it through my eyes because my love for the game would want m to go to the better team, and i hope Lebron choses the same legends dont go with money and if he is a legend he shouldnt.
But the Knicks will surround LeBron with better talent
if they dont resign Lee and Robinson leaves whos that better talent?
He is a Legend...Legends are made into bigger Legends in NY
birdzilla- You have to have vision....look into the future a little....the Knicks won't have the talent immediately but they will have the financial ability to surround LeBron with a solid supporting cast within a couple years. Also like I have said before if LeBron can't win a title in Cleveland which I don't think he is going to then why stay?
your right the future looks better for Nw York but right now i dont see much. Cleveland had a great offseason adding Shaq, Moon, and Parker we all know Shaqs specialty i winning titles. and i dont think Lebron wants to wait forever to win he wants it now!
Haha how are they going to win it now though?
im sure Shaq is hungry for one last title i think their the hungriest team in the league right now.
He can win in NY....not in Cleveland
You can attract FA's to NY...not to Cleveland
whos the free agents they have attracted recently that are so good?
why havent the Clippers atracted top free agents i mean their in CAlifornia?
Ummm. We were not run correctly and never had alot of cap space to get FA's.
The last time was 94...we got Allen Houston and Chris Childs.
Players step up there game when they come to the Garden....LBJ may come here to be the star and lead NY and attract another guy in 2011
spencer- good point haha
birdzilla- Yeah Cleveland is hungry...that is a true statement
Yeah Cleveland is hungry...that is a true statement
they will remain hungry after LBJ leaves
whohave the Knicks attracted lately thats better than who Cleveland has attracted?
Noone. But that's not the point, LBJ wants to go to a place that superstars would wanna go to.
Cleveland is not the place
why wouldnt they?
not a attractive city or as D-Wade said...it's not a sexy city
NY presents better off the court profits.
Also, The Knicks will add LBJ and most likely a MLE player...The Knicks will also add another player in 2011
LBJ would have a better chance to win in Clevland then NY the Knicks are not a very good team they cant even make the playoffs just because its a bigger city then Clevland doesnt mean anything unless they sign Bosh or Amare I doubt he will go there.If he wants to play in a big city he would be better off goin to the Clippers or the Bulls they both have young stars and it would be much more likely that he would play with a better team there than in NY.
I disagree. Jordan Hill, Danillo Gallanari and Wilson Chandler are good players and around LBJ, there numbers would improve.
I see NY as his destination.
He would get more pub in NY.
I think you just dont wanna see LBJ to NY, if he goes its over The Knicks will be winning a title in the next 10 years
He would get more pub in NY.
I think you just dont wanna see LBJ to NY, if he goes its over The Knicks will be winning a title in the next 10 years
I like how everyone says "the knicks cant make the playoffs", like..without lebron neither could the Cavs...
Why do people always bring this up? You can say all you want but none of us know where he is going. My guess is Cleveland, that is all I can do, guess. Give it a rest.
where are you from Spencer...
that cavs got people because of lebron. why artest go to LA instead of Cleavland? Cuz he knows kobe is going to be there until he retires.
another reason you can put up there is the system.lebron is made for dantonis system. he thrived on it on usa team. and it cause some one like melo or wade(if knicks make trades) to come cuz they loved they system to. and you guys talk bout how dantonis system has no D. i agree. but when u have lebron screaming in ur face bout playing d i think they play GREAT d. lebron is best help defender in league. hell make everyone better,
cavs front court aside from lebron is either old or overrated.they made stupid decisions with da varajoa deal. shaq is old Big Z is old.i liked the parker signing but hes just a shooter. they have no true point gaurd on that team. mo will is a shoot first gaurd. west is a shoot first guard. how does a team with no true pg win a ship? the knicks have 3 player for the future . and i can argue 4 . sg/sf they have chandler proved he can score, only gets better at D. sf gallonari/ hes ganna be great IMO.
pf/C jordan hillhes going to be a solid player. pg tony douglass is going to be they steal of the draft.
i think hell get more $$ if his face is all over time square. dont u?
he aint coming to NY.
dtc...you never know.
you thought Elton Brand was leaving LA?
Baron Davis was leaving Golden State?
Clevland has a very underrated supporting cast there team would make the playoffs without Lebron would they do anything in the playoffs probably not but they would make it. NJ has a better future team than NY the only thing the Knicks have is a good coach after that everyone on there team sucks.
thanks Jeff now we know you dont watch or have ever seen the Knicks play....
DontTradeChandler, you've been a pretty strong advocate in saying Lebron, and other big name free agents are going to stay..
So what are you expecting to happen 2010? just wondering..cuz it sounds like your expecting 100% rejection
Jeff, that was one of the dumbest things i've ever read...
he comes here his face will be everywhere here. its not. i know. i go to manhatten a lot.the cavs stating lineup wud be this. west mo-will parker varejoa shaq yup there making playoffs (sarcastic)
they wud suck @$$
but i just dont see enough reasons for him to leave cleveland. i think the cavs can win a title and the only reason they lost to orlando was cause hedo and lewis killed them. i dont think lebron making more money in NY with the whole endoresement thing means he wont make money in cleveland. he is already maketable enough to get lots of endorsements where he is. and the knicks roster may be better than the cavs, im not sure if the cavs roster is that bad. mo williams is an allstar, gibson was a post season hero a couple of years ago. jj hickson looks good and i want to see what danny green can do. and ohio has the one thing NY does not, personal ties. he was nearly aborted, was given birth to anyways, learned the game, became a phenom and lived his dream in ohio. his best friends are the same guys he played ball with in H.S. the nba is a business but there is a lot more in his decision than winning and money.
winning is everything for lebron
Ive watched them play like 5 times last year Nates good but he might not stay Lees alright but not greatand Hill will be might be ok but Ill have to see him play in the NBA before Iknow how good he is after that I dont see alot of talent on their team I havent watched Chandler or Galanarie play alot but when I did I wasnt impressed.
But if he goes to Chicago he has a superstar in Rose and a team that made it to the playoffs if he goes to the Clippers he has good talent in Griffin and Gordon if he goes to the Nets he has Harris and alot of poteintal good players in CDR,Lee,Lopez, and Williams I just think he would fit better with them than in NY or he could stay in Clevland and have a very good team every year but the ONLY way I can see him play with the Knicks is if they sign another superstar.
is only using free agency to create a buzz about himself. i mean this whole 2010 thing wouldnt exist if he wasnt on that list. there are great playersin wade and bosh who will most likely opt out in 2010 but lbj is the biggest name. during the season, one game when lebron came to msg. people were going crazy. people had fake jerseys with New York on the front and James on the back. has New York ever did this for a potential free agent? and the thing is it happend two seasons before he is to become a free agent. everybody knows when he opts out, he will be the biggest name in sports until he signs with a team. he will be in every newspaper from NY all the way to LA and orobably overseas. there is no one in the history of sports whose free agency has been this discussed and this anticipated and he knows that. this is why the cavs will be the most pressured team in not just the NBA but America. and i think he wants that. btw, jeff416, watch a little more than that before you critisize
Im not trying to critisize NY I just think he would be a better fit with another team. But if NY signs a Bosh or Amare I think he will go to NY but I just think other teams have better talent than NY right now.
I'm surprised that this article wasn't able to get -20923 points...
QHaynes man I gave you like 15 points on 15 posts an hour ago and now your lower then you were before I gave you any. WTF?
EDIT: Right after I said that you went up 20, then I gave you more so the statement above is no longer accurate.
one word- haters
cause i give q points on almost everything he says, except when he mentions lbj and knicks, i dont do anything on those. and hes still in the minus. theres something going on. i think when natethe great found the point bug, he may have used it on some of the users to lower their points.