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According to ESPN Sports Center, Lebron James’ agent informed the Heat that he will opt out of his contract. This is the biggest case of buyers remorse since somebody at Ford came up with the idea of the Edsel. There are two people that Heat fans can blame for LeBron’s decision—Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.

As I have said before during the NBA finals against the Spurs both guys played like manikins in a dress shop. Wade is a has been and Bosh is a never was. If Wade was anything close to healthy he would have helped turn the tide against the Spurs. Bosh was over rated in the draft, over rated when he came to the Heat and is only a star in his own eyes. He disappears during critical parts of the game. When a star needs to step up, he steps back.

The question is where will LeBron choose to go? There is a lot of talk in Cleveland that he might come back to the Cavs. As a former part owner of the team, I would love that. It seems that his wife likes the Akron area better than South Beach. If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. While the Cavs have gotten 3 of the last 4 top picks in the draft, it has not been able to get the stability necessary to be an attractive landing spot for LeBron.

The hiring of Mike Brown last off season was a disaster. Mr. Potatohead did very little to make the team better. His lack of leadership contributed to the dysfunction and communication failure of the team. Granted Brown made the defense better but his offense looked like something out of the stone age with Fred Flintstone playing the 3.

I do like the hire of David Blatt. He has won everywhere he has been. He also knows the foreign players better than just about anyone in the US. Not only is he likely to solve the O issues the team has had, he may be able to get a couple of under-rated prospects to sign after the draft.

I agree with my guest last night David Kay basketball guru of walterfootball.com that the chance of LeBron coming to the Cavs is below 10%. But that was before LeBron opted out. There is still a chance he will go back to the Heat.

He had a lot of faith in Heat management but so far has not seen much productivity from it. The biggest problem the Heat have is lack of cap space. Neither Bosh or Wade will opt out because they have very little value on the open market. That means if LeBron resigns it would have to be at a lower salary if he wanted to give the Heat cap room.

There is another possibility to watch for. Once both Bosh and Wade opt in, one or both could be traded. While the players have little value as free agents, the fact that both of their big deals expire in 2015 makes the contract attractive to some teams. We could see one traded before the 2014-15 season.

Other teams that could be attractive for LeBron could be the Bulls, Rockets, or even the Pacers. Rumors have been widely tweeted that LeBron and Carmelo Anthony would like to play together. I don’t get that. Anthony is the Black Hole of the NBA. The ball goes in Carm then goes up. While he would take some of the pressure for scoring off of LeBron’s shoulders, I wonder if Anthony is the “team” guy that LeBron wants to play with.

The Bulls need LeBron and a healthy Derrick Rose to make a charge in the East. The Rockets make some sense but does LeBron want to face the much better Western conference? I doubt it. It would be fun to see LeBron sign with the Pacers. Payback is a bitch and if he does not resign with the Heat, Miami will lean what that really means.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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Before I get into the details of what the NBA needs to do, I need to state that I am a Cavs fan.  As a result the recommendations have no affect on my favorite team.

 

The NBA has the cart (the draft) before the horse (free agency).  It needs to be the other way around.  The NFL has restructured its off season by pushing the draft into May to allow more free agent time.  That allows teams to sign free agents to fill holes prior to the draft.

 

The NBA is suffering from its own shortsightedness.  The value of the draft has been drastically reduced by the one and done rule imposed by the league.  Prior to that rule only a handful of players came into the league directly from high school.  Many of the remaining players stayed in college for two or three years.  In that time they became much more prepared to play in the NBA.

 

Now the teams have to use draft choices based on one year of college.  With very few exceptions the players take years of riding the bench or developmental league experience to be ready to contribute.  The bottom line is that one in 60 of these players can help a team or fill a hole in the starting lineup.  More and more the teams are drafting for potential because there is no present value of the players to the team.  The teams must depend on free agents to fill holes and hope their draft choices will develop into players down the line.

 

The NBA should move the draft back and allow the free agency period to begin 10 days after the scheduled 7th game of the finals.  That way teams (other than the Cavs) can sign free agents prior to the draft.  The Cavs would have to offer majority interest in Quicken Loans to get a top level free agent.

 

Check out my latest podcast on the NBA Draft with David Kay of Walterfootball.com on the radio show page.

 

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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Cleveland sports legend BOB KARLOVEC joins us to talk about the Indians and what they will do at the trade deadline.  Will they be buyers or sellers?

 

Howard Bloom, editor of sportsbusinessnews.com,  joins us to talk about the NFL

 

Tony Williams. Knicks and Giants beat writer for Metro New York Paper, joins us to talk NBA free agency and the Caves trade rumors.

 

 

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Total coverage of the NBA draft starts at 5PM EDT on the Mooheadradio network with the Moohead show.

 

At 6PM we talk football with Eric Galko, Dir. Of Scouting for Optimum Scouting.

 

Then we preview the NBA draft with Dave Kay basketball guru with walterfootball.com and AJ Zahra (STOman).

 

The live coverage of the Draft begins at 7:30 brought to us by our friends at Sportsims.net.

 

 

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

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Tonight we have the beat writers from the NBA teams for our Mock NBA draft.  Join us to see what the local writers think their teams will do.

 

Our good friend STOman will be making the Cleveland pick.

 

Tomorrow night we cover the 2012 NBA Draft live.  We talk football with Eric Galko, Dir. Of Scouting for Optimum Scouting.  Then NBA Draft coverage will begin at 6:30 with comments from Dave Kay basketball guru for waterfootball and the SportsBank.  STOman will join us as well.

 

 

Our NNR Sportsims.net football league will start in July.  The league is free to our listeners and readers.  Email me at [email protected] to register.  The draft order will be determined by the date of registration.

 

 

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.  Press the Green arrow at 6 for NNR.

 

 

The archive of the show is available the following day at https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

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