Feb 11, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns To Make aggressive Attempt To Sign LeBron James

The future of LeBron James is uncertain at best but it’s not one that the Miami Heat are fretting over too much. The bottom line with LeBron is that the Heat just need to show some sort of an effort in getting a better roster built around him and he’ll likely come back for less money.

That won’t stop other teams from trying to do the same thing but only give him a max contract at the same time. According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, the Phoenix Suns are getting serious about chasing LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and pairing the two on their roster next season.

Armed with an offer that no else in the NBA can make – a chance to partner with Carmelo Anthony on an instant championship contender – the Phoenix Suns are planning an aggressive pursuit of LeBron James on Tuesday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Suns are a dark horse team in the LeBron sweepstakes as it could afford him a chance to take a team who has rarely tasted victory to the highest heights possible. Let’s not laugh at the Suns too much as they have a solid young roster that shocked everyone this season by nearly making the postseason.

Phoenix also has Eric Bledsoe to dangle in front of LeBron, a guy he’d love to play with and is friends with off the court and if they can nab either Kevin Love or Carmelo Anthony then LeBron James will surely take Phoenix  more seriously than we all are.

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  • LawrenceTalbot

    You’re probably not going to lose him, but if you do it’ll probably be to Phoenix. People aren’t talking enough about two major factors:

    1) Medical staff. Lebron’s quest to be the greatest ever would be helped enormously by extending his prime, and the Phoenix staff’s record on that front is unmatched (look what happened to Nash/Hill/Shaq/Amare immediately after each left).

    2) Youth. Everyone who matters on Phoenix is well under 30, and they’ve got loads of picks still to come (next year’s Lakers pick is likely to be a good one, too), enabling them to keep adding young, cheap talent even after maxing out on Dragic/Bledsoe/James/hypothetical second star.

    Add that to all the other factors being talked about (mostly money and teammates), and it’s pretty clear that Phoenix can offer James more of what he wants than any of the other destinations (except arguably Chicago, where he isn’t going because he doesn’t want to deal with the Jordan comparisons, and because Derrick Rose apparently doesn’t want him).

    That said, he’s staying in Miami.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      There are several sign and trade destinations that I think COULD be better locations than Phoenix depending on things like if Miami saw David Lee as being dead weight or an asset. There are some great teams with marginally overpaid middle tier stars to balance out a trade if he took a reasonable salary (20 million or less).

      There’s no way he’s leaving Miami now that everyone has opted out though. They wouldn’t have done that if he wasn’t going to be back.

      • LawrenceTalbot

        Not necessarily; assuming Bosh wants a max deal, opting out was the right call regardless of whether Lebron stays or goes (the way the CBA is structured you basically should always opt out if possible). Wade obviously isn’t worth quite what he was, but regardless of if Lebron stays or goes, Wade wants the Heat to be better, so you could see him taking less money to enable that (Lebron is totally going back, though).

        Miami’s not dumb enough to see David Lee as an asset. He plays the same position as Bosh, only worse, and for (probably) more money.

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          This was obviously a scenario in which the current Miami core broke up (btw Lee makes $15 next year). Let’s say hypothetically that James decided he was leaving, so Bosh left to play in Houston.

          Miami, being strapped for picks over the next several years and suddenly having nothing to offer a free agent but cap space and a rapidly aging Wade, would need to acquire assets and players to stay relevant in the meantime. LeBron for David Lee, Steve Blake, and a first round draft pick would be pretty reasonable in a situation where Miami had zero leverage. Lee, Wade (even at this point), Blake, and some mid-tier fill ins would be a playoff team in the East while also starting the process of getting young prospects in the pipe.

          But there isn’t a chance Wade and Haslem opt out of their contracts if they aren’t competing for a championship next year. They aren’t competing for a championship without James. Ergo Wade and Haslem don’t opt out if James is leaving.

          • LawrenceTalbot

            I’m sure Wade and Haslem think he’s coming back. But the fact that he’s still (allegedly) going to be taking meetings from other teams opens that door a crack.

            And in the event of a sign and trade, why would they take Lee and Blake instead of, say, Markieff Morris (about as good as Lee, way younger, way cheaper) and a couple of (better) 1st rounders? Assuming one of the Melo/Bosh/Love trifecta is also PHX bound (which they’d pretty much have to be for Lebron to go there), it’s not like there are going to be many minutes for Kieff anyways. Throw in his brother, too, and it’s still way cheaper than Lee for more production, more youth, and more flexibility.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Because LeBron might prefer the prospect of playing with an elite scoring point guard, a good 2 way shooting guard with an excellent 3 point shot, an elite defensive wing, and a rim protecting center.

            Remember, this has to be an intersection of LeBron having enough left to play with and Miami being willing to take it.

          • LawrenceTalbot

            Goran Dragic is also an elite scoring point guard, and a better defender/ballhandler than Curry. He even plays some defense. He actually shoots a little bit better percentage than Curry or Thompson, too (though not better than Curry from 3 by about 1%). Plumlee isn’t as good a rim protector as Bogut yet, but he’s on the way up and Bogut’s on the way down; they’ll meet in the middle during Lebron’s next contract. And neither of those points even include Bledsoe.

            But my point was/is contingent on the idea of another major name coming to Phoenix, in which case Lebron is joining a young team that just won 48 games with its second best player missing 40 that isn’t giving anything up and adding another top level play besides Lebron. Golden State, on the other hand, just lost its coach and both Igoudala and Bogut are in decline, plus has annual massive health issues, and only one good bench player (doubly so if they throw Blake into the hypothetical trade). On top of that, Phoenix has a much younger core (i.e., contend for longer) and the league’s best medical staff (i.e., extend Lebron’s prime).

            He’s staying in Miami, but if he left it’d be for Phoenix or mayyyyyybe LAC (if the Sterling mess gets sorted), not Golden State, Houston, or Chicago.