I dont think LeBron stays. And i think he only has 2 suitors. New Jersey and Chicago.
Look he has to play out of his mind for Cleveland to succeed in the playoffs. Hes gotta get tired of it at some point. While hes got some good pieces around him, Mo Williams is inconsistent, and basically just a shooter, doesnt play good defense. Antwan Jamison is a model of consistancy, but hes never going to take a game over and take some pressure of LeBron. Lebron has to be sick of doing everything himself when it comes late in the game.
LeBron wants to win above all else. And thats why i think the only 2 suitors are New Jersey and Chicago. New York does not have a good enough team to win a championship, even with LeBron on it. David Lee might leave, who does that leave there? Gallinari is good but not a #2 option. I like Bill Walker and Toney Douglas but they are young role players at best. That team does not have championship caliber talent.
I believe New Jersey and Chicago do though, if you add LeBron to those teams.
Here is NJ projected lineup with LeBron.
PG- Devin Harris- good scorer, and better player than Mo Williams by far.
SG- Top 5 draft pick? Possibly John Wall if they land the no. 1 pick. If not Courntey Lee who is a solid basketball players.
SF- LeBron James
PF- Yi Jinlian- No hes not great, but hes a solid #4 player on any team.
C- Brook Lopez- one of the best young big men in the game. 20 and 10 a night. With 2-3 blocks.
BN- Courtney Lee if they land a stud SG
BN- Terrance Williams- showed some very good talent when given the chance to play.
BN- Chris Douglas Roberts- also showed he can be a pretty good swingman.
Their only flaw is they dont have any frontcourt depth, if they can add a solid defensive 4 or 5 thats a team that can win a championship right away.
PG- Derrick Rose- One of the best young players in basketball. Has already showed that he can take over a game at will.
SG- LeBron James- You cant put Luol Deng here.
SF- Luol Deng- solid player. Plays good defense, good jump shot. Consistent 18 and 8 player.
PF- Taj Gibson- Showed he can get it done. If given a full time job your looking at 11 and 8 with maybe 2 blocks a night. Nothing flashy but solid.
C- Joakim Noah- Great on defense. Huge heart and hustle. Could be a rebounding champ in years to come. Developing a nice offensive game.
BN- Kirk Hinrich- solid 6 man. Good shooter a little inconsistent. But always plays good defense.
BN- James Johnson- shows good potential, not sure if it will ever pan out though.
BN- Brad Miller- Scrappy player. You know what you get out of him. He can spread the floor at the 5 and give LeBron more room in the paint.
The Bulls need some more depth at G though. They dont have a good shooter off the bench. They will need to find that in the draft.
Remember LeBron is going to make all these players that much better as well.
I have a hard time believing that this lineup is better than any of the ones above it. And LeBron will be looking at that when he makes his decision.
PG- Mo Williams
SG- Anthony Parker
SF- LeBron James
PF- Antwan Jamison
C- Shaquille O'Neal
BN- JJ Hickson
BN- Anderson Varejao
The only thing i think the Cavs have over the Bulls and Nets is more depth. But depth can be acquired.
I cant see LeBron staying in Cleveland.