LeBron‘s hesitancy to make a decision isn’t making life easy on the Knicks. But it can only help their rivals.
With LeBron not expected to make up his mind before Thursday, the extra time allows the Brooklyn-bound Nets to make necessary moves to clear additional cap space for James and one of his superstar free-agent friends, reports the New York Daily News.
After the team’s meeting with LeBron last Thursday in Cleveland, the King reportedly told the team they need to clear enough space to be able to sign another top-tier free agent if he agrees to move to New Jersey. As of now, the Nets have $30 million to spend in free agency, a few million shy of the amount need to offer two max contracts outright.
The team had no free agent meetings scheduled over the weekend and don’t have any lined up for Monday. Their options are limited when it comes to shedding more from their payroll. Point guard Devin Harris, their highest-player, is due roughly $9 million next season and finding a deal for him won’t be easy because the Nets would need to get another point guard in return.
The player most likely to get moved: forward Kris Humphries, who is set to earn $3.2 million in 2010-11. Getting rid of Humphries’ contract and any of their other low-salaried players — Courtney Lee, Terrence Williams, Quinton Ross — could be enough to give the Nets enough for two max contracts. [NY Daily News]