The ThinkTank Panel (of One) proposes to unmask a conspiracy.
The Co-Conspirators: The Portland Trailblazers and Lebron James.
When Lebron James Makes his “decision” in just about a half hour from now. He will reveal a sign and trade deal sending him to the Portland Trailblazers. This deal has been in the works for months.
Kevin Pritchard’s firing for no apparent reason is only a cover so that he could work in secret to make the final arrangements. KP is “In New Jersey, interviewing for the nets job is all part of the cover and he will be in there with Lebron tonight. The Rumored Chris Paul to Portland deal will also happen now. Monty Williams worked out the Paul Deal on condition of getting his release from the Blazers butthey had to leak the deal was killed so as not to arouse suspicion, but the ThinkTank Panel (of One) is just too smart for them. Tom Penn’s bizarre firing was so he could spy and collect chatter from ESPN and other reporters at the draft. Why else would the Blazers have been pretending to interview all these bad GM candidates? It was a smoke screen so that no one in this new wild and wacky twitter and TMZ world we live in, would know the biggest deal in NBA history was going down before it happens.
I mean really, do you think Lebron would have his own show just to stay in Cleveland? Hell no. If he was going to Miami with Bosh and Wade, then they all three would have announced it on the decision show. If he was going to New York or New Jersey or Chicago he would have done it right after a presentation with them so it looks like he was sold by the team and improves the public perception of the team’s management, that they were able to win Lebron over.
So yep, Chris Paul is coming to Portland. Lebron is coming to Portland!! The ThinkTank Panel (of One) has only one question remaining. Who do the Blazers trade to Cleveland for Lebron? We know the Paul Deal, Pryzbilla and Andre’s contracts plus Batum, Bayless, and The Newly Drafted Williams From Memphis. Given what’s left of the roster surely one of the Big Three (Roy, Aldridge, Oden) are headed back to Cleveland in exchange for the current 2 time league MVP. The question is which one? The ThinkTank Panel (of One) doesn’t like to guess, but would speculate that the Cavs would demand Roy and picks for James straight up (that explains the bizarre trade of Webster, Cleveland must of coveted Babbitt, and Portland did what it had to do to get James). But KP is a sneaky bastard and he convinced Cleveland to take Aldridge, Babbitt, Rudy Fernandez, picks, and the newly acquired Emeka Okafor for James and the bad Contract of Antawn Jamison.
Portland now has a starting 5 made up entirely of all stars in Paul, Roy, James, Jamison and Camby. Free agents will sign for less to play with these guys. Greg Oden as a sixth man (if he will accept the role) could be amazing.
To be honest, with the 4 players in the trade and Mo Williams as a starting 5, Cleveland is a playoff team in the east. That is a lot of shooters and a rebounder = Orlando .5
So there you have it. Conspiracy uncovered. Future prognosticated. Dreams shattered.
Does anyone buy this??????????????????????
After long deliberation, the ThinkTank Panel (of One) has decided to withhold any further comment on the long anticipated NBA Free Agent class this summer. There has long been too many talking heads discussing and predicting the outcome of this free agent crop for the past 3 years. Every conceivable scenario has been proposed, debated and prayed for. For the ThinkTank Panel (of One) to comment further would be brutally redundant. The ThinkTank Panel (of One) will wait to see the end results of an exciting summer of player movement and will then extrapolate the implications of those moves and what they reveal about the NBA players and teams going forward into training camp.
However there is one note the ThinkTank Panel (of One) would like to clarify. The auspice of this summer free agent frenzy is the rare opportunity for the two best individual players in the game to join forces on one team at their physical peak, in Lebron James and Dwyane Wade (all due respect to Kobe who is arguably as good right now, but has peaked in terms of explosiveness.) Make no mistake; Wade and James together is what this summer is all about. Those two together are the big prize. Adding Chris Bosh to that duo would be a pleasant bonus, but that is merely icing on the Wade/James cake. And any other superstar combo, be it a duo, trio, or a full starting 5, will taste less sweet if James and Wade are not the main ingredients.