The 2014 NBA free-agency period has been filled with a lot of waiting, but it was worth it for the monster surprise delivered this week.
With LeBron James officially going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the entire landscape of the league has changed. James announced the news Friday in his first-person essay with Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, then the rest of the league got busy.
Every major player and team seemed to be waiting for the first domino to fall, and James going back to Cleveland was just that. Chris Bosh suddenly became Miami's top-dollar target, and he quickly agreed to a five-year, $118 million deal to return to South Beach. Dwyane Wade has yet to make his official decision, but he's expected to decide soon, too, and Miami along with Chicago have been widely billed as the favorites.
While money talks in pro sports, LeBron proved it's not always going to be a matter of dollars driving players' decisions. That's just one of the takeaways from the start of free agency, so let's take a look at a few more lessons learned so far this offseason.