Is it just me or doesn't it seem like it was months ago that the Cavs were knocked out of the playoffs and the LeBron James media frenzy officially went into kill mode?
Today's the first of June...there's still 30 more days of free agency rumors to go. It's only going to get crazier. The stories are going to become more elaborate.
Every little story or anecdote about a player is going to be blown 100 times out of proportion.
In a perfect world, Cavs fans would have nothing to worry about. LeBron would have already inked a contract extension, and not only that, but Chris Bosh decides he wants to come to town as well, and the Raptors front office happily gives him away in a sign-and-trade.
Knicks fans would have LeBron, Bosh, and Ray Allen in what Bill Simmons famously referred to as, "The Wet Dream Scenario."
Chicago would have either James or Dwyane Wade leading them to multiple titles, with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah serving as the ideal sidekicks.
You get the picture. Sadly, what we want and what is realistic are often two different things. That's why we've got to make the best of the hand we're dealt.
If you can't get LeBron, why not Wade?
If not Wade, why not Bosh?
If not Bosh, why not save for Carmelo next year (and maybe Durant in two years)?
With that being said, there are a lot of different ways the free agent dominoes could fall in a month. But it's never early to knock one down and see how the rest end up.
Let's say LeBron James signs a new three-year deal with the Cavs this summer (if I keep writing it, maybe it'll happen). How does the rest of the free agency shake out?
Here's an educated guess...keep in mind this is from the person who predicted a Magic/Suns final, so my track record recently isn't exactly stellar.
Starting in alphabetical order...