But if Lebron signs a long-term deal, he loses his leverage. Ownership will make this sort of deal if they know Lebron can leave after one more year, but if they lock him up for, say, 3 years, will they?
(I know that's a very cynical point of view, but if you're Lebron, I think you have to consider that viewpoint, unless you just totally love the city, in which case, you might as well sign long-term and see how things go.)
Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
The move itself doesn't guarantee anything long term, but the money being spent on Shaq shows the Cleveland ownership will make the big deals necessary in order to contend for a title.