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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  55 responses

LeBron James to NY? Al Harrington Says No.

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Everyone realizes that the Knicks are going to put the full-court press on LeBron James as soon as he becomes a free agent this summer. It’s the hope (and fantasy) of every Knicks fan and executive, but according to Al Harrington, that’s all it is: fantasy.

Harrington (one current Knick who may not be with the team next season; his deal expires this summer) doesn’t see James making the move to Gotham this summer. LeBron’s loyalty to his home state won’t let him leave, says Al.

The NY Post reports:

“A lot of teams would love to have him and the Knicks are one of them,” Harrington told The Post in the visiting locker room at Quicken Loans Arena Monday night. “But if he’s as loyal as he says, I would think it’s very hard for him to leave, especially because he’s home.

“If it was a different city, maybe not as much a connection, but at the end of the day, he generates every single thing for this whole state. It would be tough for him to make that decision to leave.”

Knicks fans would be wise to listen to Harrington, the thought of James leaving Cleveland to play for such an awful team (no matter how much cap space they have to spend on other free agents) is almost too surreal to wrap one’s head around.

The good news for the Knick front-office, is that all that cap space will give them plenty of options and opportunities to improve the team this summer — even if they don’t manage to reel in the biggest fish of all.

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Do you think about me now and then?
    Do you think about me now and then?
    Cause I’m coming home again
    Maybe, do you remember when fireworks at lake Michigan
    Oh, now I’m coming home again
    I’m in home again

  • BackInBlack

    tell me something i didn’t know

  • PJ

    and ya say chi city, chi city

  • Anthony

    F**k Lebron, they already have T-Mac

  • Jack Knife

    I don’t think LeBron can handle living in a big city, being from Akron.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    I talked to David Lee at an All Star Game party and I asked him about it. His comment was, “Lebron’s not leaving Cleveland. Trust me. He’s not going anywhere.”

  • Fat Lever

    A Lebron James tie in, thought this was hilarious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM&feature=related

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    He’s gonna go to the clippers so he can take LA from Kobe. (Thanks Jones!)

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Why can’t anyone acknowledge that the Knicks roster isn’t any worse than Clevelands? And that the Knicks can afford two max players while the Cavs have Tawn eating up all of their cap space? His decision is entirely dependent on their playoff performance. He’s stuck with that roster for a while and if they don’t win, he’s out.

  • http://www.inthepen.wordpress.com Matt

    There’s no chance LeBron is leaving Cleveland. When you look at the loyalty he showcases in other facets of his life, I think it’s a pretty good indication of him staying. LeBron realizes that his home state and team would be crippled for eternity if he left.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    Hisham says no, too

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I agree Myles but that roster is going to be gutted in order to get him. If Lee was staying I’d be more inclined to be excited but I can’t picture Lebron running with Gallo and Chandler as his 2 and 3 options.

  • JoeMaMa

    We haven’t yet asked Luke Ridnour, the trainer for the 76ers, or an old maple tree about their thoughts on Lebron. So let’s get on that….and then we’ll all know for sure.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    His number two guy would be the other free agent I.e. Bosh. So even if he’s surrounded by scrubs, it would still be one of the better rosters he’s been on in his career. Who is the best player he’s had so far? Tawn? Mo? Ricky? Please.

  • neaorin

    Carlos Boozer is the best player LeBron has had so far. He was unhappy with his touches while he was there. And Big Z, you know, when he wasn’t washed up.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    The only way Bron leaves is if the Cavs don’t show willingness to make moves to get him a ring. This may mean going ever further over the cap and paying more luxury tax. Even if they win it all this year, there are still questions about if they re-sign Shaq to balance out Howard or make some other moves to stay a favorite. My guess Bron will wait and see what moves the Cavs make before signing because he wants the team to show a level of loyalty to him or he’ll have a good excuse to leave.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I turned a blind eye to the Carlos Boozer era in Cleveland. Besides, Bosh is better than them both anyway.

  • SylVain

    I agree with Al Harrington. I dont think Lebron is going to NY. For what? I dont think NY needs him. They have good core players that could help thme in the future. Lee, Galinarri, House, and others. To bring Lebron they would have to clean house.

  • neaorin

    I still haven’t figured out how the Knicks are supposed to round up the 34 million (and change) needed to sign both LeBron and Bosh. Right now they are looking at 30-31 million if they renounce every player they can renounce. The second “max deal” might mean a max raise to someone with a lower salary this year (David Lee?)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Lebron is not leaving Cleveland unless he can play with Wade…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    neaorin. I think there was another thread that mentioned if they can sign 2 BIG free agents, then it might be the end of the David Lee Era in NY.

  • neaorin

    Obviously they have to renounce Lee if they want to throw big money at a second FA. My point was that it might not be enough for Bosh.

  • SylVain

    Lebron is not stupid! He will stay in Cleveland and get his team to the Championship. Name a great player who has switched teams in his prime to start over with nothing? Kobe, Jordan, Duncan, Magic? Nope, if he leaves Cleveland, he leaves a legacy

  • riggs

    i hope to GOD he doesn’t come here, because the knicks can have a good team with the amount of money they have right now, if they grab three middle tier players for the same cash and forget about bron; The knicks have some good players that can work around that.

  • The D Train

    Myles makes a really going point regarding LBJ’s teammates in Cleveland. Cavs management has done a terrible job of surrounding him in his 7 years there. Seriously, it’s got to be an indictment of their decision-making when Mo Williams and a 34 year old Jamison are the best players they’ve brought in around him…and that’s only been in the last couple of years when they are panicked that he will leave. You can’t really say that Jamison at 34 years is that far superior to Lee. And PG’s who put up 17 ppg in the regular season, then choke in the playoffs are not terribly difficult to find. Frankly, teaming up with Rose, Deng and Noah offers a FAR superior supporting cast for Lebron. All that being said, I can’t imagine him leaving Cleveland and destroying the Mistake by the Lake…although I will be all over his sack if he signs with Chicago…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol @ Riggs. you have to be an idiot to say you would rather have 3 middle tier players then LeBron James.. thats like saying give me jeff hornacek bryon russel and greg ostertag for Michael jordan

  • Sparty’s Law

    LeBron will leave if the Cavs don’t win it all this year. He will hold out and force the Knicks to sign another high profile free agent first (Bosh or Amare, perhaps) then sign with the Knicks. My money is on LeBron and Amere in NY and not winning a damn thing. And Bosh joining Wade in Miami and being very, very good together.

  • http://facebook.com/jray2009 Jray

    Bosh has stated several times he is not playing second banana and that he actually likes being our (Canada’s)basketball icon

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    NO way is Bosh staying in a city that watches Hockey during their NBA games. no chance, if he doesn’t want to be second banana on the court what makes you gullible enough to believe he’ll be willing to play in the city’s “second-banana” sport? Bosh will be in NY, Mia, or Chi at the end of the summer.

  • Sparty’s Law

    @ Jray I don’t think Bosh would be a “second banana” in Miami as his numbers wouldn’t really change. I’m probably the biggest Raptors fan in the world and a season ticket holder for 8 years, but Bosh will almost certainly bail this summer. They needed to get him some real help and thus far Hedo and derozen have been an epic failures. Derozen has long-term potential, sure, but Bosh won’t wait around for a very unpolished teenager to develop.

  • CARTEL

    If the damn Knicks organization wouldn’t have been trading a player or players every damn year for the past 5-6 years, then the team may have been able to develop a proper chemistry…they never got used to playing alongside each other because somebody new was always added to or taken off the roster…they would have actually been a playoff caliber team this year had they not traded CRAWFORD and RANDOLPH…and believe it or not, I believe STEPH would have played his role…bottomline, they keep players like CURRY and trade away their leading scorers, crowd favorites and team leaders depending on a DREAM…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Steph Curry is on the Warriors…the knicks never had a shot at him. wtf are you talking about

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    unless your trying to say you think the Knicks should keep eddy curry…..then your opinion is rendered irrelovent

  • WOODY

    1. Yes, Cleveland’s roster without Lebron is much better than the Knicks today. And:
    2. Lebron is NOT going to NY but Lee may come to the Cavs who need a new center.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Cavs have no cap room. They will not add a FA this summer because they cannot.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    The headline to this story is, once again, not accurate.

  • Sparty’s Law

    @ nbk: Exactly. The Cavs are done making drastic roster changes. The cap is expected to be somewhere around $52 million next season, so if they resign Lebron and keep the players they currently have under contract they will still be quite a bit over the cap, even with Shaq’s $20mil coming off the books. They need to win with their current configuration or Lebron is out. He might be loyal to his fans and his state, but he has a legacy to think about and he wants to be remembered as a winner.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I think LeBron is out either way. No matter what Cleveland does they cannot improve their roster from this season. Unless you are faithful enough to believe they can trade Shaq or Jamison for something MORE valuable. Why would Bron stay in a place that has just topped out and must now find new ways to create cap space to take another step forward. Basically why would LeBron stay in a place that MUST take a step back

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Like someone said early The Knicks already have Tmac forget Lebron. Plus Werid Al has spoken the truth and the truth will set him free from the Knicks, so he can go to greener pastures. The real QUESTION is, will Lebron shake Dwight Howard’s hand this year, when they put him out the playoffs again (wait they have to beat the Bobcats first)!!!

  • Sparty’s Law

    No, the Knicks have a shell of the player formally known as TMac.

  • Sparty’s Law

    I’m pretty sure the Knicks brass – and any sober, mentally-competant person, for that matter – would much rather have one Lebron than a team full of broken down TMacs.

  • A.

    @nbk: “bottomline, they keep players like CURRY and trade away their leading scorers, crowd favorites and team leaders depending on a DREAM…” I think you needed to take that comment negatively. I think he meant that the Knicks traded all their good players and kept people like Curry because they’re hoping that LeBron goes to NY. In other words, he’s saying “F*ck the Knicks’ management”.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lets not get it twisted. THe knicks have been trying to trade curry for 2+ years. The reason they moved their best (and still overpaid) players is because they were the only people they could move. you didn’t see the knicks including David Lee or Wilson Chandler, their 2 only real prospects in any kind of BS salary dump trades. Because of all the media in NY the fans begin to believe they should be fixed right away. Its Isiah Thomas that dug them this hole. Maybe all you impatient Knick Fans need to trust Donnie Walsh. Building winners is what the guy does

  • kudos

    First off, clevelands roster is quite stacked..having lebron is not the reason they’re number one. Unless your a blind fan, the team is filled with defensive minded players. Look at a team like L.A., who have very little. Z has always been above mediocre (which is why lbj wants him back), shaq, antwan,mo. I mean damn son, if they lose this year.. lebron needs to work on some actual skills during the summer.

  • Dfrance

    It just seems funny to hear everyone say how loyal to Cleveland LBJ is when he’s a Cowboys and Yankees fan. He wore a damn Yankee cap to the Indians playoff game! LBJ is loyal to his brand and if he can boost his brand somewhere and maybe win some NBA games, then he’s out.

  • Doomer

    Just sign with the Clippers and start off a LA-LA showdown. I ain’t a Clippy fan unless they relocate back to San Diego where they truly belong.

  • rob

    first off. the knicks wont acquire any big names at all. they will be majorly dissapointed. they should just draft better i think and develop a star. who is their point gaurd? do they have a decent center? jordan hill who? come on. get real. the knicks are just a terible organization. its not players they need to clear out. its coaches and execs too.

  • T-Money

    The Cavs minus LeBron are MUCH better than the Knicks minus David Lee (they would have to let him go). Cavs would still be a top defensive team with 3 guys scoring between 17-21 ppg. / People who are certain that LeBron will leave or won’t leave if X or Y happens are stupid. Nobody knows sh– besides Bron and MAYBE his inner circle which doesn’t inclue any journalist, blogger or commenter. / Chris Bosh has said on numerous occasions that he’s not trying to play second banana, wants max money and actually enjoys the city of Toronto.

  • A.

    #kudos Posted: Mar.3 at 4:28 pm
    First off, clevelands roster is quite stacked..having lebron is not the reason they’re number one. Unless your a blind fan, the team is filled with defensive minded players. Look at a team like L.A., who have very little. Z has always been above mediocre (which is why lbj wants him back), shaq, antwan,mo. I mean damn son, if they lose this year.. lebron needs to work on some actual skills during the summer.# HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! The most ridiculous thing I’ve read all day. And that’s saying a lot! Antawn, Mo, JJ defensive minded players??? LOL! They’re good at what they do, but in no way, shape or form are they defensive minded players. L.A. has very little? Oh man. Comedy. Kudos to you sir.

  • Rusty

    no doubt no matter what happen this summer. the knicks will spend all their money and still end up missing the playoffs next season. Knicks management is just that bad.

  • Jon

    lebron can easily be replaced by t-mac. EASILY!

  • Jon

    i hope everyone joins NY for minimum salary and ruin the nba

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Who wants to go anywhere but…thats right. Washington.

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  • Sebastian

    Look guys this is the easest thing 2day. The cavs are th 2nd most stacked team behind LA. The cavs have been doin everything to improve the team. The added WEST, MO, Jamison, Shaq. Wally( who is kno gone), wallace(included in the shaq trade), anthony parker, jamario moon, Jawad williams, leon powe. I mean come on u cant honestly say if lebron goes somewhere else with cap space that he can have any better of a chance to win the championship. Cleveland is his best place to win a title. Plus you got to think of the development of players like daniel gibson, and leon powe. He is stayin in Cleveland. NO DOUBT!

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