Saturday, July 5, 2014
Leadoff with Lee 7.5.14
-Here's what I know and have been told. Rich Paul, who is Lebron James' agent, has spoken and met the Mavericks, Suns, Rockets and Cavaliers. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak actually flew to Cleveland to meet with Paul on Friday. With that being said, my "source" who gave me the tip about all of the big 3 opting out days before ESPN or the big networks told you they would, told me "It's 80-20 he goes back to Cleveland". LeBron wants to cash in on a max deal. Chris Bosh wants a max deal for the first time in his career. Dwayne Wade wants the most money he can get. Miami can't get key free agents due to salary cap restraints unless they unload talent. But that's not giving the Heat the personnel that they need to win a championship.
LeBron's kids will attend Akron city schools this year. Do you think LBJ wants to miss any or all his kids events? Or be without his wife for most or all the season while he is in Miami? Do you think LBJ trusts his mom to handle all of his kids school, personal and home life? After all was said, my answer to all questions was NO! Now even if he stays in Miami, James will take a 1-year deal with a 2nd year option or 2 year deal with a option to opt out. If Lebron and Bosh decide to stay for a year or two, neither will see a max contract. Furthermore, if they want or need to add pieces of the puzzle to get them past the San Antonio Spurs, they will need to take a further pay cut. So how does Cleveland really sound to LeBron James? Remember the Cavs were right there for the 8th seed in the playoffs. James can take them right to a 3rd or 4th seed immediately, if not higher. This team is better than the team he took to the NBA Finals in 2007.
-Former Cavs center Spencer Hawes agreed to a 4-year, $23 million dollar with the LA Clippers. He averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds per game last season and on top of that, the 7 footer shot 42% from three point land. He can really stretch a defense and open up lanes for his guards. Funny part about this all, he's making all this money as a bench/role player...WOW!
-Joey "Jaws" Chestnut wins his 8th straight hot dog eating contest eating 61 Nathan's hot dogs, but falling short of the 69 hot dog record he set. He slowed up in the final 3 minutes or so but according to him it was due to the rainy Brooklyn weather. Prior to the event, he proposed to his girlfriend and she said "Yes"! Good for you Joey, on both parts.
-I love my Cleveland Indians but they fell to the Kansas City Royals 7-1. Not much to write home about, I just wanted to give you the score. The Tribe will be in action at home for the next 9 games prior to the upcoming All-Star game.
-Josh Gordon's appeal hearing has been set for late July, but a deal could be negotiated before then. Deal? Negotiation? What does that tell you? 0,4,6,8 games? Doesn't sound like a season to me. Roger Goodell has been handing down suspensions like white or brown on rice, but none have taken this long.