While the NBA Finals are about to end with the Lakers 15th championship, other NBA teams are already making moves for the 2009-2010 season.
I think the teams that are clearing their cap space for next year are wasting their time.
It’s hard to believe that the contracts of Dwayne Wade and LeBron James won’t be extended, keeping them on their respective teams.
Also, Kobe is NOT leaving the Lakers until he retires, just putting it out there.
The only big name that might make it to free agency next year is Chris Bosh and Toronto is in strong position to keep him around much longer.
That being said, the Philadelphia 76ers cannot afford to wait for the future.
Not only did last year’s signings of Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams and Elton Brand (they might have been better off waiting to pursue Carlos Boozer this year, but that’s life…) kill their chances of bringing any megastars to the Wachovia Center, the Sixers have to find a way to bring the fans back into the building.
As of right now, the Sixers are at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to sports popularity in Philly.
I attended Game 4 against Orlando in the opening round of the playoffs. While the Sixers gave the eventual conference champs a good game, I was amazed at the abundance of empty seats in the building.
This was the playoffs!! They had a chance to go up three games to one on the Magic!! I’ve seen better attendance during losing seasons with Allen Iverson…
While I believe he is up to the challenge, Ed Stefanski has quite a tough task of improving the Sixers roster. Last year, he proved that he is aggressive and isn’t afraid to spend money.
This year, Stefanski has to get creative because, thanks to last year’s move, the cap space is gone for a while…