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LeBron to Greece in 2010?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by GBNF, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    If LeBron does jump overseas, how big of a story is it?
    Biggest story of the year?
    Biggest story of the decade?
    Realistically, the chances of this are somewhere between .0001 and .0002 percent, but if some crazy billionaire team owner decides to give it a go, he'd have to at least listen, no? Would lose out on the Nike deal, could increase his celebrity overseas and have ridiculous leverage coming back to the NBA.

    That is, if his plan wasn't just to be the CEO of Def Jam all along. Then he'll go to the Nets.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/ian_thomsen/08/01/lebron.greece/index.html
     
  2. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    I was reading something on this a couple days ago. There's absolutely no salary cap over there for most of the leagues. If one of those owners simply wanted to see if he could get an American audience to pay attention to his team, there's no stopping them.
    And I'm not so sure Nike would take all its money off the table. That would be another market(s) -- Greece, Turkey, Italy -- Nike wants to further crack.
     
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    $40 million a year net? That would be insane.

    Hell, I could see Nike encouraging him to do it just to get him out of Cleveland.
     
  4. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    But according to Drew Carey, Cleveland rocks!
     
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I love going to Cleveland. But I guarantee you Nike would be salivating at the possibility of putting James on a team close to the NYC market.
     
  6. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Not Greece. One of the better Italian or French teams, maybe, or perhaps Real Madrid.

    But in all honesty, somebody like Lebron James or Kobe Bryant would be too expensive in the prime of their careers for a European team to consider unless a shoe company kicks in big money to help out.
     
  7. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    cleveland needs to go back to the ehlo-era orange unis. i liked those.
     
  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    LeBron will probably use Greece just like every other NBA star has used Mark Cuban over the years. To drive up his own value and get an even sweeter deal elsewhere. This goes on all the time; Europe is just an added wrinkle.
     
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Not possible. There's a maximum salary. The Cavs will offer it two seconds after his contract expires. The contract's probably already written up.
     
  10. Boomer7

    Boomer7 Active Member

    There's a maximum salary in Greece? You sure about that?
     
  11. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    Right, LeBron has always been a max player. A Greek suitor can't add NBA value unless it's through guaranteed perks like access to a private jet etc. in the contract.
     
  12. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    I believe he's saying that there is a max contract in the NBA, therefore he can't use Greece to leverage more money contractually from the NBA.
     
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