LeBron willing to pay $2 million to be wooed by New York


Thumbnail image for jayz.jpgFree agency has a price. Freedom to choose has a price. Everything has a price. Welcome to capitalism.

LeBron James wants his freedom. He wants to be a free agent and be wooed by the city of Chicago and have Jay-Z perform “New York” to him in person. But Brian Windhorst notes in the Cleveland Plain Dealer the price for this adulation starts at $2 million.

If James goes ahead and becomes a free agent it will cost him more than $2 million in salary over the next three years alone — even if he re-signs with the Cavs. It could cost him up to $4 million over the next three seasons if he decides to sign with another team….

If James were to pick up his option with the Cavs for next season, the deadline for which is June 30, he would earn $17.1 million. If he lets that contract end and re-starts after July 1, he’s likely to make about $16.5 million.

Over the long term, this gulf only widens when the yearly salaries are compared. If James were sign an extension to his current contract June 30, he would make nearly $19 million in the 2011-12 season. If he lets it expire and then signs a new contract with the Cavs, he’d make about $800,000 less that season.

The same is true of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, they are a paying a price to be a free agent. It may not seem like a steep price to you, $2 million out of  around $51 million in three years. But that is still money left on the table. Especially if James signs with Cleveland after all (which is still the smart bet).

But hey, being wined and dined by celebrities in New York is a lot of fun, who can put a price tag on that?

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.