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Posted August 01, 2008 - 04:01 PM

You'll never guess which NBA star the Greek team Olympiakos of Athens may be targeting next.

Here's the buzz I heard Friday: Olympiakos is considering a run at LeBron James when he becomes a free agent in 2010.

This talk was beginning to make its way through the NBA on Friday. I heard it from a reliable league source, who told me that it emanates from Olympiakos.

At first glance it is ludicrous to imagine that the NBA's next big star would move overseas as he's trying to win championships and replace Michael Jordan as a household name globally. But look at it this way: Neither the Euroleague nor Greek league impose any kind of salary cap on its teams, which means there would be no ceiling on an offer that the billionaire ownership of Olympiakos could make to James.

As a free agent in 2010, his new contract in the NBA would start at less than $20 million annually.

What if Olympiakos were to offer him $40 million per year? Or $50 million? Who knows how much the Greeks would be willing to pay? The point is that the limitation on his salary is entirely up to them.


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Posted August 01, 2008 - 04:02 PM

That would be the day the NBA dies.

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Posted August 01, 2008 - 04:24 PM

Not in a blue moon!

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Posted August 01, 2008 - 04:34 PM

If he truly wants to supplant MJ as the GOAT then he will stay in the NBA. Legends are made in the NBA, not the Euro League...


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Posted August 01, 2008 - 04:52 PM

imo this is going to truly hurt the nba in the long run .... the nba has a limited salary cap and the euroleague doesnt ... hell, i dont see why at least 50% OF THE NBA'S 2ND TEIR STARS WOULDNT MAKE HE JUMP TO MAKE 5 TIMES THE MONEY ..... imagine a guy like vince carter who is a has been and currently makes between $15 to $18 million per year (which is slight overpayment over here imo) could make $30-$35 million in Europe, double his salary and become "THE MAN" again ... its a no brainer, now imagine 50-75% of the leagues stars do that, the NBA will lose a ton of the talent pool
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Posted August 01, 2008 - 05:14 PM

the day lebron plays for Greece, i'll change my last name to Donaghy

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Posted August 01, 2008 - 11:32 PM

the day lebron plays for Greece, i'll change my last name to Donaghy

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Posted August 02, 2008 - 06:22 AM

If the US economy is still in a decline by 2010 - which might mean that the Euro > Dollar, plus the no salary-cap advantage of the Euro League, could mean HUGE money for LJ, too huge for him to turn down...
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Posted August 02, 2008 - 07:48 AM

If the US economy is still in a decline by 2010 - which might mean that the Euro > Dollar, plus the no salary-cap advantage of the Euro League, could mean HUGE money for LJ, too huge for him to turn down...


I can't speak for Lebron, but in my opinion I think he would prefer staying in the NBA because it's the world's biggest basketball stage. He wants to go down as one of the all time best if not the best and that at this time is not attainable in the EURO league. I mean, just think about it, who from the EURO league is easily recognizable to the general population...
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Posted August 02, 2008 - 10:04 AM

If this happens, the nba is dumb.

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Posted August 02, 2008 - 12:05 PM

There's no way LeBron would do this. Even if money became an issue to him, he wouldn't get as much attention in the Euro-league's as he would in the NBA. Also his various deals with Nike, Coke, etc. wouldn't be as effective in the small European basketball markets. In addition, it would be a blow to his reputation to go from playing the elite players in the NBA to arriving in Europe to play the much weaker European players.

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Posted August 02, 2008 - 01:50 PM

Look, people are saying LeBron would never do this, but LeBron only cares about money. He has said this before, he just wants money. He doesn't care about NBA Championships. He cares about money. If a Greek team offers him enough money, then he will go. He can have a mountain top villa, with a bunch of Greek women with big Baskets in the hot tub whilst wiping his golo (Greek for [expletive]) with money.
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Posted August 02, 2008 - 04:07 PM

He can have a mountain top villa, with a bunch of Greek women with big Baskets in the hot tub whilst wiping his golo (Greek for [expletive]) with money.


Yea, cause he totally can't do that in the NBA...

I guess I didn't realize how little a 20 million dollars was.
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Posted August 02, 2008 - 05:21 PM

Yea, cause he totally can't do that in the NBA...

I guess I didn't realize how little a 20 million dollars was.


If Olympiakos offers significantly more than an NBA team, don't be suprised if he at least considers it.
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Posted August 02, 2008 - 05:25 PM

If Olympiakos offers significantly more than an NBA team, don't be suprised if he at least considers it.


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i cant wake till he donates that cash to rehabilating drug users

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Posted August 05, 2008 - 02:18 PM

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A person close to James said Tuesday that the Cavaliers' superstar would strongly consider playing overseas if he was offered a salary of "around $50 million a year."

James' current contract expires after the 2009-10 season, and while several NBA teams are working to create salary cap space for his impending free agency, none could offer a contract beginning at even $20 million a year.

The Russian team CSKA Moscow and the Greek team Olympiacos, which recently gave Josh Childress a contract approaching $30 million over three years, have already contacted James, according to the person close to him. The person added, however, that no monetary or contractual discussions have taken place.

While $50 million a year seems outlandish, it is within the realm of possibility, considering the $250 million contract David Beckham received two years ago to join the MLS, the $33 million Michael Jordan was paid by the Chicago Bulls in 1997-1998, the strength of the euro in comparison to the dollar, and the fact that European clubs are not bound by a salary cap.


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Posted August 05, 2008 - 02:26 PM

If Lebron leaves, the Cavs are done as well as the NBA.

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Posted August 05, 2008 - 02:28 PM

LeBron's smart enough NOT to leave the NBA. He's the Golden Child.

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Posted August 05, 2008 - 02:31 PM

LeBron's smart enough NOT to leave the NBA. He's the Golden Child.




50 million or 82.3 Euros is worth considering, especially if the team is willing to pay most or all the taxes!!!
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Posted August 05, 2008 - 08:39 PM

Wow, 50 mill a year? who does he think he is?

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