So fast forward 10 months. Either the Fkers or the Selltiks are defending chumps (yes, chumps). LeBron hasn't been signed. DWade hasn't been signed. All the FA superstars are getting ready for their last hurrahs with their current team because the trade deadline is fast approaching and every team with an unsigned franchise cornerstone is afraid of the upcoming hot potato game and looking to sell high, maybe get some expiring contracts or young talent and rebuild/reload with something in hand rather than go back into the dregs of the lottery. The Cavs are once again favorites to win a championship in the East and are so hungry that they can taste the ?gold? plating over the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Unfortunately, LeBron refused all contract offers because he wants to test the free agent market and see if the Knicks or the Greeks or (who knows) maybe even the Clippers will fulfill his billionaire dreams.
Worst case scenario: the Cavs let the trade deadline pass in a last ditch effort to win the championship, and don't get their ring. LeBron walks in the offseason, leaving Cleveland with Illgauskas' rotting corpse, a rudderless Mo Williams and 15 mil that go's straight into their owner's pocket after getting waved around aimlessly at the disinterested 2010 free agents. LeBron goes on to become the emperor of the NBA while Cleveland goes right back into the gutter, waiting for the next once in a generation player to come along.
Best Case scenario: The Cavs win, LeBron signs a contract right after kissing the O'Brien trophy and Clevelanders riot in the streets as they finally get that elusive championship AND they get LeBron back, saying he will be a Ohioan for life.
What does Danny Ferry do? Does he make a decisive move at the trade deadline, deciding to get what he can for LeBron and rebuild his franchise around whatever he gets and future lottery picks? Or does he wait and hope for best case scenario?