Pursuing a player doesn't come for free even if we don't see a direct or immediate cost.
Lets assume Toronto wants to sign LeBron. That means they need the means of doing it whether its cap space, or if they are over the cap, resources to trade - ie. that Miami would also willingly take - in a sign and trade.
The cost of signing LeBron is anything else that could have been done with that cap space/resouces otherwise.
Now if LeBron signs with the Raptors thats easily worth it, but what if he doesn't? What did Toronto have to do to create the opportunity? What opportunities did they give up to try and create that opportunity?
Its one thing if LeBron is a free agent and Toronto has the resources (or cap space) at the same time by chance. Take a stab at it, if he does great, if not no harm no foul. Its a whole other thing if its done by design, and a player like LeBron with his expected contract and the competition for his services, the only reasonable way you sign him is by planning for it.
So whether Toronto has a legitimate shot at it, has a reasonable chance of doing, absolutely matters. It has to be the very first question one asks.
anything may seem possible. But that doesn't mean it actually is. It also avoids the more important question, is it probable?anything seems possible?
NY, the Mecca of basketball, thought it was possible to sign LeBron...