When LeBron James signed a three-year contract worth $100 million with the Cavs, many foresaw it as his way of planning ahead to join close friends Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul in free agency by 2018.
James’ contract with the Cavs includes a no-trade option and a player’s option on the final year, which means it, could be the best set up for “super team” to land in one team by the 2018-19 season. He was very clear at a time stating that he would want to play with his “banana boat” gang before they even consider retiring.
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It seems that James and his friends are aligning themselves for a possible unification towards the end of their careers. By 2018, both James and Paul will be 33, Anthony will be 34 and Wade 36. Though age will not be a consideration in signing all of them, the fact that it is given already allows teams two years to open their salary caps to make this deadly foursome combination.
However, the idea of taking all four players under one franchise will be a risk in the making, taking into consideration what happened to the Lakers in 2012 wherein they had Kobe Bryant playing alongside Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. But there is also the other side of the coin and for this to happen, all four players must be able to sacrifice.
But for James to be able to join his “banana boat” gang, teams must adhere to the possible implications of the new collective bargaining agreement that the CBA and the NBAPA will put in place next summer. The fact that James, who is the vice president of the NBAPA, did not pursue a player option for next year maybe an indication that the thought of having a “super team” might need a lot of thinking.
When James signed the contract extension with the Cavs many see that it was to his liking – being the highest paid player in the coming seasons. It also assures the Cavs that James is likely to stay for a while and would not be impulsive in jumping to another franchise. Things will be calm for both James and the Cavs until the summer of 2018 wherein they will have to get back to the negotiating table again.
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