LeBron James Free Agency: 10 Player-Team Divorces That Might Happen
2010 is not exactly the year of the diva.
However, that's probably because 2010 is no ordinary year. It's the start of a new decade, and hopefully a new diva-less era.
So far, all signs are pointing to change, but we'll have too wait and see.
When is the last time you could remember that Terrell Owens was without a team, Brett Favre was caught up in a decision bigger than "should I stay or should I go", and when Ron Artest, Randy Moss, and Chad OchoJohnson were all happy with their current teams?
Oh, you weren't alive either?
In the past five years sports personalities have become so big, that we've forgotten what it's like to turn on our TV's, and actually see game highlights rather than Brett Favre's tears.
Despite the fact that some of sports biggest complainers are busy with other issues there is still a large display of talent on the block for an array of different reasons.
Unhappy players, unhappy teams, underperformers.
Let's take a look at the 10 names that best fit the three descriptions above.
Albert Haynesworth-Washington Redskins
According to Albert Haynesworth there are three things wrong with the world right now:
1. World Hunger
3 The Redskins play a 3-4 defense
Give Haynesworth credit for one thing, he's not complaining about his contract like most players in his situation would. He only made $1.06 million per tackle this season.
How do you expect him to feed his family?
Haynesworth has made his angers known, and it has also been made known that the Redskins are shopping their $100 million man.
I wish the Redskins the best of luck in trading a 320-pound, 28 year old, disgruntled, $100 million man.
Marshawn Lynch-Buffalo Bills
If Tom Petty went "Free Fallin'," then Marshawn Lynch has gone skydiving.
In the space of a year his life has dramatically changed for the worst.
As if he didn't have enough problems with the law, police found a loaded gun in Lynch's car that was determined to belong to him. He was sentenced to three years probation and 80 hours of community service.
Lynch also lost his starting job to Fred Jackson after posting a Pro Bowl season in 2008.
Then, the Bills put the nail in Lynch's coffin when they chose C.J Spiller with the ninth overall pick in this seasons draft.
It appears that Lynch's time in Buffalo is coming to an abrupt end.
Despite his legal troubles, Lynch should have a bunch of suitors in the trade market.
Major League Baseball may not be a team, but it seems to have it's divorcement papers all but filed with Milton Bradley.
In a way, I kind of feel bad for Bradley, but the fact is that the dude is a serious headcase.
When you've been on eight different teams in 11 big league seasons, chances are you're at fault.
Milton has finally decided to seek help in Seattle, but it might be too late.
Nobody has ever doubted his talent, but nearly every other part of his game and life is at question.
It is only a matter of time until the minority of teams that haven't acquired his services yet, say enough.
Talent can only keep you around so long, not knowing how many outs there are could also put you on a short leash.
However, Bradley is more than just on a short leash, Bradley is hanging on by a collar, and his collar is breaking away.
Osi Umenyiora-New York Giants
Remember when the Giants had all kinds of Osi's and Gap-Tooths and Kiwaka's flying off the edges?
There pass-rush was better than Lethal Weapon's 2, 3, and 4. (Not 1 of course, nothing beats that)
Things were looking great for the Giant's pass-rush depth and talent after there Super Bowl victory in 2007.
However, Osi's career has gone downhill over the last two seasons, much like the Giants pass-rush.
He missed the entire 2008 season with an injury, and was benched in favor of Mathias Kiwanuka during the 2009 season.
As you might have expected, this role change did not go over well with Osi.
He has sounded off on the Giants this off-season and has demanded to be either traded or given back his starting job. He has even stated that he would rather retire then become a situational pass-rusher.
From the sound of things, it looks like Umenyiora could be on the move sooner rather then later.
Javier Vazquez-New York Yankees
We traded Robbie Cano's good friend Melky Cabrera for you, and this is what we get?!?!
The Yankee are likely a few more bad starts away from cutting loose on Vazquez, but the way things are going right now, it appears that we can bank on Vazquez to give us those few bad starts and finally take off the pinstripes for good.
In his first stint with the Bronx Bombers back in 2004 he was almost as bad.
He held an ERA of 4.91 throughout the season, but it got worse. During the famous collapse against Boston in the 2004 ALCS, Vazquez allowed seven earned runs in 6.1 innings.
He was also one if the pitchers demolished in Game Seven of that series.
When the Yankees traded for Vazquez again this off-season fans didn't think it could get any worse. They were terribly mistaken.
In five starts so far this season Vazquez has held an ERA barely south of 10. Yikes!
If Vazquez can't get his act together he is as good as gone in New York. For good!
Rumor has it that the Yankees have already gotten calls from multiple National League teams interested in trading for Vazquez, including the Atlanta Braves who were the ones who gave us the displeasure of getting Javy in the first place.
Take him back please! We'll even pay shipping and handling!
Marion Barber-Dallas Cowboys
Marion Barber is a truck, but as all truck owners know, it's always better to have a truck with less mileage.
In Tashard Choice and Felix Jones, the Dallas Cowboys have two running backs with much less mileage on them than Barber, some would argue much more talent as well.
Barber may only be 26, but for a contact-first back like Barber he might as well be 36.
It seems as if Barber has lost a step or two in the last two seasons, giving the Cowboys even more reason to part ways with the Barbarian.
However, there is only one problem: Can the Cowboys find a suitor?
Barber is due $24 million in the next three seasons, and that may be a big reason why the Cowboys have had trouble in finding a trade partner.
Teams like the Patriots, Texans, and Redskins could be among those interested, but a contract that heavy might scare them away.
Andre Iguodala-Philadelphia 76ers
The Phiadelphia 76ers might as well change there name to the 26ers, because that's the amount of games they'll be winning for a while if they don't move some of their bad contracts.
After desperate attempts to move the long and large contracts of Elton Brand and Samuel Dalembert failed, the 76ers have finally realized that in order to get rid of some of their bad contracts, they must abandon their best player in the process.
The 76ers know that they have to get rid of Iguodala and Brand/Dalembert fast or they could be in a HUGE hole.
Watch for a team to jump on Iggy's talent this off-season and offer an array of expiring contracts for him.
Trading Iguodala may seem foolish for the 76ers at the moment, but it's the best move they could possibly make, and they know it.
Jared Gaither-Baltimore Ravens
Jared Gaither is very likely to be playing his home games 20 minutes from Canada next season.
A deal to the Buffalo Bills for Gaither seems extremely likely at this point, especially considering the Ravens believe they have found their new "Franchise Tackle" in Michael Oher.
The Ravens have moved Oher to Left Tackle and Gaither to right.
After receiving news that he would be moving to right tackle for this upcoming season Gaither was a no-show for day two of Ravens minicamp with an "injury".
Whether or not this injury is legitimate is unknown, but multiple reports say that Gaither was not seen sustaining an injury during Day one of minicamp.
Jared Gaither looks like he could be on his way out of Baltimore very soon.
LeBron James-Cleveland Cavaliers
You knew it was coming.
The Celtics demolished Cavs in Game five of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, and I can't imagine LeBron is too happy about it.
Can you blame him?
For a guy who's supporting cast is raved about across basketball, they don't seem to be doing very much supporting.
Paul Pierce said it best, "That’s the beauty of our team. It makes us so dangerous. When you look at Cleveland, you know you’ve got to stop LeBron (James). With us, any number of guys, we’ve got four or five guys, who can lead us in scoring. From me, (Rajon) Rondo, Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Rasheed Wallace is capable, so that’s the beauty of our team. You never know where it’s going to come from and that’s what makes us so dangerous. Different guys stepping up on different nights."
And he's right on.
The Celtics know that all they have to do to stop the Cavaliers is stop LeBron, and I can't imagine that other teams won't pick up on this soon.
LeBron is not a stupid guy, he realizes that his teammates did absolutely nothing to help him out during Game Five, and the Celtics took him out of the game.
If the Celtics win this series, LeBron James might as well file for annulment with the Cavs because he won't want to remember any part of his first seven title-less seasons.
Roy Oswalt-Houston Astros
This just in: The Astros are really bad.
Update: The Astros are really, really bad.
However, for a bad team, they do have a few veterans that could help out the depleted Astros farm system.
With almost half of baseball's contenders in desperate need of starting pitching help, Roy Oswalt could be the answer.
Oswalt-at one time considered one of the games best starters-has shown a bit of a decline in recent seasons.
However, that likely won't stop teams from busting open the farm to acquire the best starting pitcher on the market.
Look at it this way: If Oswalt isn't traded, I will donate $5 to Bleacher Report for every read this article receives (Now you're reading with a cause.)
Come August, Roy Oswalt will no longer be wearing Astros' red, you can bank on it.