Come on Lebron, you and Melo are destined to play together. #StrivingForGreatness while also #StayingMe7o. Sharing jump shots on the floor and passive aggressive shots on social media. All you have to do is convince your #brother Melo to drop that no trade clause and move to Cleveland for a couple months per year. If you guys were really #brothers you’d do it.
BR — “I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together,” James said. “At least one, maybe one or two seasons—me, Melo, D-Wade, CP—we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that.” Maybe at the end of their careers, James said. Maybe sooner. One more ring chase, this time with everyone on board. “It would be pretty cool,” James said. “I’ve definitely had thoughts about it.” Before bounding away, he smiles and closes with a coy chirp: “We’ll see.”
Hey Lebron, I hope so too man. I would love to see you get the chance to play with your good friend Carmelo… next year… in Cleveland.
I want the #brotherhood to unite for more than just banana boat rides and expensive dinners.
That’s your fam right there Bron. That’s your #brother. Ever since you met on the AAU circuit 15 years ago it’s all been building up to this offseason. You are brothers just from different mothers. You are destined to play together. #StrivingForGreatness while also #StayingMe7o. Sharing jump shots on the floor and passive aggressive shots on social media. All you have to do is convince your #brother Melo to drop that no trade clause and move to Cleveland* for a couple months per year. And then we can finally complete that Melo to Cleveland, Love to Boston, picks to New York trade that just makes so much goddamn sense for all parties involved. If Melo really was truly your #brother you would put in the effort to play with him. Because right now you really kind of look like a shitty friend. Just sayin.
*That’s easily the funniest part of this whole situation. Like, if Lebron played in any other city this would have been done months, maybe even years ago. The #brotherhood would unite in Minnesota, Denver, Charlotte, Phoenix, wherever. But the fact that they’d have to go to the garbage city of Cleveland is the one thing holding this all up. The moves are right there. You do the Melo-Love-Boston three-teamer, swap Kyrie for CP3, restructure a few contracts, and sign Wade to the midlevel exception with an unwritten agreement to take care of him on his final contract. It’s all very doable… until you remember that all four guys would have to agree to live in Cleveland for the foreseeable future.
Look, they all at least seem like they want to play together. Maybe not all as desperately as Lebron. But clearly they want to.
Which leads to the obvious next question… why couldn’t this happen somewhere else?
If they wanted to play together in Miami, all it takes is a Dragic & Winslow for Carmelo trade, Lebron signing for a discount, and CP3 coming a year later after opting out in LA.
If they wanted to play together in LA, all it takes is a Blake for Carmelo trade and Lebron and Wade signing for a discount.
And yes, if they wanted to sign in New York, all it would take is Lebron and Wade singing for a discount and–I hate myself for even typing these words–a Kristaps to Boston, picks to LA, CP3 to the Knicks three teamer. (And to be honest, as a Knicks fan, I wouldn’t even want that. Even if the could be the Warriors, that goes down as the most insincere, artificial team of all time. I wouldn’t even enjoy rooting for that. I’d rather keep Kristaps and wait a few years for our eventual dynasty. And I hate myself so much for even writing those words on the internet. #KristapsForever.)
Out of all the scenarios there, LA actually makes the most logistical sense. It would be the easiest to execute from a trade and free agency standpoint, Doc is maybe the only coach suited to handle all those egos, and it’s Los Angeles. They can all continue their non-basketball business ventures out there. Lebron with his sports agency, Wade with his fashion, and Melo with whatever his company does.
It would take Lebron leaving Cleveland, Wade leaving Miami, and Melo leaving New York – three scenarios that are hard to imagine because of how attached they are to their cities. But it definitely makes the most sense from a logistical standpoint.
Will that happen? Will any of this stuff happen? Who knows. What’s more likely is that everyone just stays put as we run back another year of “does Lebron like his teammates?” in Cleveland and “should the Knicks move Melo?” in New York and “can CP3 and Blake win a title together?” in LA and “how much does Pat Riley pay the refs every game?” in Miami.
If these guys really wanted to make this happen they could. But from afar it kind of just looks to me like they’re not really the #brotherhood they claim to be. JUST SAYIN