The Boston Celtics were the first to try it.
The Miami Heat may be the next.
This new free agency madness may become an event that occurs every few years in the NBA—though it’s highly unlikely.
A trio of stars becoming free agents and signing with a new team (or being acquired through a trade) began when Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett became teammates with the Celtics in 2007.
Shortly thereafter, they won those treasured championship rings (with the possibility of getting another one this postseason).
James and Wade are close friends and the possibility of the dynamic duo playing together on an NBA team has been talked about time and time again.
It’s bound to happen in 2010.
The trio of stars—Bosh, James and Wade—have already tasted success as teammates on the hardwood when they brought home a gold medal for Team USA in the past Olympics (under the leadership of America’s coach Mike Krzyzeswski).
Joe Johnson, another member of Team USA’s return to gold medal glory, has also been mentioned in connection with the trio of stars on the verge of entering off-season free agency.
The latest news to hit the wire (just do a Google search on the three All-Star free agents) has headlines reading something along the lines of “Trio Guilty of Tampering.”
Granted, there is not a rule set in stone that prevents multiple players from being involved in a free agency signing deal—such as what’s in place in Major League Baseball, with regulations that disallows players from joining forces as free agents and signing with the same team.
But there are NBA rules that supposedly prevent players from officially meeting together until July 1, which is still a little over a month away.
Regardless of the current NBA rules in place, it’s impossible to police players 24-7; especially when you’re talking about a close-knit group of friends such as those that played together as teammates and represented America in the Olympics.
It’s also tough to police them in this day and age of Facebook, Twitter and other social networks; not to mention cell phone calls and text messages.
Whatever rules were or weren’t broken, the future is in sight.
Fans could very well witness a new star group of players joining forces in one city with the hopes of attaining the one thing most of them don’t have—an NBA Championship.
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org