The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

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Posted by disappointmentzone on 7 July 2006

It’s been a week since LeCavs offered LeBron a contract extension reportedly worth $80 million over five years, the max that can be offered to a player of LBJ’s experience. So far Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh have agreed verbally to sign their contract extensions, all worth the maximum. The earliest a player can sign the contract is July 12th, but verbally agreeing to a contract can happen at any point and certainly helps to lure free agents to a player’s team. Without LBJ, would anyone want to sign with the LeCavs? Probably not. So it’s probably good that LBJ plays the waiting game, provides that boost of confidence in his team and city, embraces all of his local fans who’ve followed him since he was 13. I’m kidding, of course. His silence on the matter reads more than anything else as a prude gesture by a man who knows he’s wanted everywhere so he’s going to do his best to make sure that whoever he signs with knows that. His path to redemption is simple: sign with LeCavs. But I doubt people will quickly forget that he made the fans and organization sweat it out while the rest of his draft class acted eager, if nothing else, to sign with their teams.

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