Should The Raptors Charge Heat With Tampering?
The Cleveland Cavaliers have no plans to push for an NBA probe into the circumstances that led to LeBron James joining Team USA colleagues Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking.
NBA commissioner David Stern said Sunday that the league would investigate the Heat's signings of James and Bosh for any illegal negotiating or planning before free agency officially started if the Cavaliers or Toronto Raptors make that request.
Reached Sunday by ESPN.com, Stern said: "Whenever a team lodges a tampering charge, it is investigated."
The Cavaliers declined official comment Sunday, but one source briefed on Cleveland's intentions told ESPN.com that -- in the wake of owner Dan Gilbert's vitriolic open letter to Cavs fans that slammed James for leaving his home-state team -- the organization wants to try to keep the focus from here on its post-James future as much as possible.
Toronto likewise declined comment, but one source with knowledge of the Raptors' thinking indicated that they will not press for an inquiry, either, preferring to let league officials decide if any sanctions are warranted with regard to recent acknowledgements from the three players that they have been talking about teaming up for some time.
What do you think?
A comment made by Bosh at a welcoming rally Friday night in Miami has only fueled accusations that the three stars began plotting their joint move to South Florida well before they were technically allowed to. Bosh initially told the assembled crowd that the trio had been talking about landing with the same team for "months" before catching himself and amending that statement to "days."
I say, do it. Worst that can happen is our charge gets declined, at best, we get compensation.
The Reason we got the Sign and Trade
Miami had no reason, as far as I can see, to give the sign and trade to Toronto and Cleveland. They had the players committed and really didn't have to squander resources they needed. By getting the teams in on a Sign and Trade, it completed a deal and made the Cavs/Raps complicit, or at least a little placated. If the Raps had gotten nothing, they may have pushed on. If they push, could they land more than they got in the deal? Probably not. And not worth the effort.
I for one, love the deal. We got a few picks and a trade exemption that could turn into someone well suited to the needs of the team. And, we don't have Bosh as a central focus. He would have taken too much money to have built a team that could win around him. I'm happy as hell with the way it all came down.