The 2010 NBA Free-Agent Signing: The Ultimate Offseason Of All Hype's
Let's admit it, everyone would like to see LeBron James and Dwyane Wade team up together with an organization like the New York Knicks and absolutely dominate the NBA for years to come.
Just think about how much fun it would be to go watch a team with two superstars (who are practically the faces of the NBA) battle against any other team in the league.
Take a look at the ridiculous list of NBA superstars and all stars that will become free agents after the '09-'10 season.
-LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki, Yao Ming.
-Joe Johnson, Ray Allen, Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O'Neal, Richard Jefferson, Michael Redd, Steve Nash, Manu Ginobili, Josh Howard, John Salmons, Kenyon Martin, Marcus Camby.
When you take a look at the list's, one thing comes to mind...this is going to be one hell of an offseason...right?
But when you go in depth into this sticky and overly controversial situation, is this offseason signing really going to be "all" the hype it is expected to be?
To be quite honest, the answer is yes, and no.
The Superstars that will re-sign with their present team
Right off the bat, there are a few of these free-agents that more likely than not, will re-sign with their team.
Paul Pierce- Pierce has played his entire career in Boston and has been the face of the franchise for 11 years. The Celtics have a few young prospects that could emerge as contenders once the Big Three break apart. In the end, Pierce will remain a Celtic and sign a nice contract to stay with the team until his day of retirement.
Dirk Nowitzki- It's not that I wouldn't mind seeing Dirk on any other team, it's just that I really do not see Mark Cuban ever letting him go. Nowitzki is also the franchise of his team and the Mavericks are just a few pieces away from becoming serious contenders in the West, once again. I expect Nowitzki to re-sign with the Mavericks for such a big contract that he will never even think about going to another team.
Yao Ming- Not many 7'6" gargantuan's step onto the NBA scene rarely, but when they do and they have the footwork down path like Yao does, they are keepers for their entire careers. As of right now, you can say that Ming is the face of the Rockets franchise and rightfully so. Yao will be presented with a contract that will surely make him smile and continue playing fundamental basketball for Rick Adelman and the Houston Rockets.
LeBron James- Not too many people in the entire world have the height, weight, speed, quickness and leadership that this immortal possesses. As of right now, anyone can say that James is the best in the business and not many people would argue with it (unless you say it on Bleacher Report). After winning 66 games last season and ending the year with the best record in the league, there is little to no chance that James will be departing from his hometown team anytime soon. Now with rumors circulating about a potential big man being placed onto the Cavs roster, there is practically no possibility of seeing King James in any other uniform for at least the next six years.
Dwyane Wade- After being the MVP of the NBA Finals and winning his first championship ring, Dwyane Wade has seen the Miami Heat go from fame to shame. With a young and upcoming roster, the Heat are in need of just one big man to propel themselves from second round ready to Eastern Conference Finals bound. Lot's of rumors have been speculated about Chris Bosh/Amare Stoudemire possibly turning into a Heat player and if those accusations are true, you can guarantee Wade is staying put. Regardless of the matter, the Heat know that they must convince Flash to stay on their squad, it will just be a short period of time until we actually know what the bribe is going to be.
So out of the seven actual free-agent superstars during the 2010 offseason, it looks like five of them will remain with their present team, leaving Amare Stoudemire and Chris Bosh as potential teammates for any organization willing to pay them for their immense expectations.
The list of All-Stars is compiled of about 12 exceptional athletes.
Michael Redd- 29 years old, Steve Nash- 35 years old, Shaquille O'Neal- 37 years old, Joe Johnson- 27 years old, Josh Howard- 29 years old, Kenyon Martin- 31 years old, Marcus Camby- 35 years old, John Salmons 29 years old, Richard Jefferson- 28 years old, Ray Allen- 33 years old, Tracy McGrady- 30 years old, Manu Ginobili- 31 years old.
Ofcourse, you would have to add another year onto each player to be realistic for the 2010 NBA offseason.
Many of these athletes are in the midst of their prime (Johnson, Redd, Howard, Salmons, Jefferson, Ginobili) and either want to remain with their contending team, or depart from their present organization and go to one that are contenders.
Out of these 12 stars, it is safe to say that at least half will leave their present team.
If you add it up, six all-stars plus two superstars equal a total of eight traded players.
So in the end of it all, does eight players departing from their present day team deserve all the massive hype for the 2010 NBA free-agent signing?
In my book, if any Superstar joins another Superstar's team, that is one major signing in NBA history.
But enough of me, YOU be the decider...
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