Cavaliers Getting Action
The mere fact there are rumors swirling that LeBron James may return as the prodigal son to his native Cleveland has the NBA odds plummeting on his anticipated arrival. Jay Rood, Vice-President of the MGM Race & Sports in Las Vegas said the following:
"They (Cavaliers) are our biggest liability right now. We took a dime ($1,000) on them at 40-1."
If you walk into the MGM today, you would get the Cavs at 10-1 and while the MGM is getting gun shy about taking action on the Cavs the offshore books are not far off. As of this writing the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power is the lowest among the majors at +750 while Ladbrokes is dangling the carrot of +1600 in NBA odds which is about as good as it gets for the time being on the team that posted a 33-49 record last season.
While the King’s return to Cleveland makes for great offseason drama, the fact remains that the Miami Heat still have the inside track on getting LeBron back in uniform. If and when that happens, all those speculators will be looking at a potential gold mine that has run dry. Let’s not forget that there is still lingering animosity between James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.
As you may recall it was Gilbert who penned a letter, akin to that of a jilted lover, articulating the betrayal he and Cavaliers fans felt when LeBron took his talents to South Beach. The letter, posted on the Cavaliers website was littered with words like “cowardly”, “selfishness” and “heartless” to name just a few.
LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, has already had a face-to-face meeting with Cleveland’s owner in order to gauge the temperature of Gilbert’s contrition and enthusiasm regarding his former captain. Don’t be surprised if Gilbert gets down on his knees and genuflects in front of LeBron when the time comes because signing Kyrie Irving to a max deal for five years was clearly done for the dual purpose of retaining a burgeoning superstar and demonstrating that Cleveland has the goods to compete not only this upcoming season but has the young talent, led by top pick Andrew Wiggins, to compete for the foreseeable future. Wouldn’t that be ironic if the dynasty James had yearned for winds up to be in the very place he started?!
Oh and by the way, Gilbert’s letter has been recently removed from the team’s website.
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Bosh Lifting Off in Houston?
Apparently Houston is dead serious about wooing Chris Bosh into a Rockets uniform and has extended a maximum contract offer to demonstrate their affection. The tack that Bosh and his representatives had initially taken was to wait until LeBron had made his decision before exploring any alternative scenarios. However, James has hemmed a little longer and hawed a little stronger than expected while the Heat have indicated they would like Bosh to take less than the pay cut he expected to take in order to continue in Miami with LeBron. Therefore, Bosh is not sitting quite as tight as the Heat would like and Houston is taking advantage by delivering a four-year deal that could approach $90 million.
If Bosh were to get fed up with the waiting game and decide to head west then the chances of James returning to Miami would be severely diminished. Thus, the dynasty that never quite was will be an asterisk in NBA lore while the King could very well be headed to a throne near you.