LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the NBA's Top 2010 Free Agents: Stay or Go?

Brandon RibakSenior Writer INovember 21, 2009

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The million dollar question (or should I say billion dollar question) that has constantly been debated about religiously,

"What jersey will LeBron James/Dwyane Wade be in for the '10-'11 season?"

A question that, regardless of anyone's input, will not have a definite answer until the minute the star picks up the pen and signs the paper with whichever team he decides to join or re-join.

NBA Primetime presents to you the NBA's Top 2010 Free Agents and their most likely destinations for the '10-'11 season.


Chris Bosh (PF, TOR) Player Option- Stay or Go?

Primetime Prediction: Go

At the age of 25, forward star Chris Bosh has unfortunately not received the opportunity to compete past the first round of the playoffs throughout his six year career.

Rumors circulated throughout the league last season that Bosh publicly spoke out to analyst Stephen A. Smith, stating that he was not interested in remaining as a Raptor after the '09-'10 season.

Although Bosh denied the rumor, it is pretty evident that he is foreseeing bigger and better things outside of Canada next season, especially after coming out the other day and saying that he feels unappreciated regarding to his '03 NBA Draft class.

Whether it's competing in Miami with D-Wade or joining a squad in the West, we strongly believe that CB4 will not be a raptor after this year.


Dirk Nowitzki (PF, DAL) Early Termination Option- Stay or Go?

Primetime Prediction: Stay

At the age of 31, the German assassin still has plenty left in the tank to remain as a top tier player in the league for the next few years to come.

Although Nowitzki is yet to win a championship ring, owner Marc Cuban has surrounded his sharp-shooter with a highly publicized and talented roster compiled of guys such as Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, and Josh Howard.

We predict the seven-footer to stick with his team and make a strong push for a Finals run not only during this season, but for the seasons ahead as well.

With a healthy roster the Mavericks are undoubtedly a top-three team in the West and a top six team in the NBA.


Amare Stoudemire (C, PHX) Early Termination Option- Stay or Go?

Primetime Prediction: Go

Stoudemire is arguably one of the most dominate athletes in the league today.

Standing 6'10" and only 27 years of age, the seven year man out of Cypress Creek High-School in Florida has yet to reach his full potential in the NBA.

After averaging 21.0 PPG, 8.9 RPG, and 1.5 BPG throughout his seven year career, GM's and owners throughout the league know this guy is bound to take his game to the next level within the next few seasons.

A possible destination for Stoudemire could be anywhere from Miami to New York to all the way in Toronto.


Dwyane Wade (SG, MIA) Player Option- Stay or Go?

Primetime Prediction: Stay

The NBA salary cap is expected to drop from this seasons $57.7 million to somewhere between $50.4 million and $53.6 million for the '10-'11 season.

If all goes as planned the Miami Heat, along with the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks, will have $20 million plus to spend in the 2010 NBA free-agent offseason signing extravaganza.

That means that the Heat will be capable of not only re-signing Dwyane Wade to a max contract, but another superstar in addition (and still have money left over to sign role players).

All Pat Riley has to do is convince D-Wade to remain in Miami (by signing a player of Chris Bosh's caliber) and his clear dreams of winning another championship will be more transparent than ever before.

To make things even better, did you know that Wade and Bosh have the same agent in Henry Thomas?

Heat fans, your boy Dwyane Wade is staying put and, moreover, they will be back in contention for another NBA Finals trophy next season.


LeBron James (SF, CLE) Player Option- Stay or Go?

Primetime Prediction: Stay

The Cleveland Cavaliers can re-sign LeBron James to "tens of millions more than any other team can" according to ESPN's Royce Webb.

With that said, all the New York Knicks hopes of signing King James have basically gone down the drain. 

In addition, why would James want to leave a team that just won a league-high 66 games during the regular season last year to go compete for an organization that's current status is totally up in the air?

Regardless if the Cavaliers make it past the Eastern Conference Finals this year (which we don't expect them to), LBJ will remain with his hometown team not just because of the surplus amount of money he will obtain, but for the fact that this team has the best sense of direction en route to a NBA Finals trophy for the King in the seasons to come.


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