Pat Riley is an Evil Genius

Quite a coup. Still, it seems pretty clear to me that LeBron’s best chance of winning championships would have been to sign with the Chicago Bulls. You’d need to add a shooting guard of some kind via the midlevel exception, but then you’d be looking at a starting lineup of Joakim Noah / Carlos Boozer / LeBron James / Shooting Guard X / Derek Rose with two very quality guys off the bench in Taj Gibson and Luol Deng. By contrast, it seems to me that it’s going to be very difficult for Miami to piece together the depth at 4-5 that they’ll need to seriously hang with LA, the Magic, or some hypothetical healthy version of Portland.