So close, yet so far away. NBA teams have caught the Boston Celtic disease that Danny Ainge has sent spreading across the league. The disease consists of a long burning sensation that will suddenly stop upon the trading for a new all-star.
There were traces of this disease tracked all the way back to 2004 when Shaquille O'Neal was traded from Los Angeles to Miami. But Danny Ainge is the reason why everyone thinks they can be a winner now.
This NBA off season has already started off with a bang, even though we were all waiting for a summer of no movement. 2010 has been the year most NBA teams have been waiting for. The summer of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh all becoming free-agents.
Maybe that summer came a year early. Wade may be looking to lock up now, if the Heat will put the pieces around a year early. He has already switched shoe companies, now being part of the most popular brand in the country, the Jordan Nike Brand.
Bosh finally got a a wing man in Hedo Turkoglu. He looks like he will not be traded a year early.
James' team had the biggest off season move by adding Shaq who will be on a war path to win one more NBA title before he is done and goes up to the broadcast booth.
Washington thinks it has made its jump from the Lottery to the playoffs by getting Mike Miller and Randy Foye from Minnesota, and the return of their stars Antwan Jamison and Gilbert Arenas.
So what other moves can we be expecting this offseason? Here are five that are likely to happen.
1. Utah sends Carlos Boozer and CJ Miles to Miami for Udonis Haslem and the Marcus Banks Trade exception. Miami also ships Dorrell Wright to Memphis to help clear a little space and give him a chance to play elsewhere.
This is a cap move for Utah, knowing they will be losing Boozer at the end of the year anyway. Miami puts a piece around Wade and tries to get him to sign the long-term deal. Chicago is also interested in Boozer.
2. The 76ers sign and trade Andre Miller, sending him to Portland for Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw. Miller is sure to make this young team much better. This is a move that Portland needs to make. Andre has made the Sixers a playoff team by himself. This is one point guard who does not get his due, he will never be a star, but makes stars so much better.
3. Here is a swap that won't wow anyone, but Charlotte sends Nazr Mohammed and Vladimir Radmonovic to Philadelphia for Samuel Dalembert. Sammy has written his one way ticket out of town. He played for Larry Brown and this move will help Charlotte with salary after next season. Dalembert could also end up in Houston, but it is not likely.
4. Amare Stoudemire should end up in Golden State for Biedrins and Belinelli. This trade will take another team to step in. This trade is long overdue, and I believe it is waiting for the rookies signed by Golden State to clear their 30 days waiting period. Miami could try and step in again if they do not get Carlos Boozer.
5. The rest of the moves remaining in this off season are destination for the last couple free agents. Lamar Odom does not want to leave LA. But it is sure getting there. Odom should either end up staying to play with long time friend Ron Artest, or leaving and going to Miami where he can make the most money besides LA.
If Miami does not give its mid-level exception to Odom, than Allen Iverson could be headed there. Iverson would provide a scorer when Wade is not in the game. Iverson could also sign with the clippers, or the Bobcats.
Big Baby and David Lee are both waiting. Could Europe lure either player? It sure could, but unlikely. Portland may make a play at Lee and Big Baby could sign in Texas with any of the playoff bound teams. Neither player should get much more than a MLE. And last, Marquis Daniels should be suiting up in a Celtics uniform next year.