An Idiot's Take on NBA Free Agency
I'm not going to claim to be a National Basketball Association genius.
I don't follow basketball nearly as close as I follow, say, football.
If at gunpoint, I probably wouldn't be able to tell you which guard is a Two.
But I like to think that I know a bit about basketball, and using the little knowledge I have and a lot of research, I've put together some ideas of where each free agent will go. Keep in mind; I'm a basketball idiot.
Ray Allen to the Chicago Bulls
Kirk Hinrich is perennially on the trading block and ever since Ben Gordon left, the Bulls have lacked a threat on the perimeter.
Without a legitimate outside presence, the Bulls offense was in shambles at times this past season.
Ray Allen, taking a mid-level contract to join this exciting young Chicago squad, would immediately help in that area.
Rudy Gay to the Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers need a forward alongside Blake Griffin for the future, and Rudy Gay is the dream scenario.
Gay could come in right away and help their offense with his explosive play and potential.
If he can shore up his defense, the Clippers will get a steal in free agency.
David Lee to the Sacramento Kings
The Kings struck gold in the draft last year with Tyreke Evans.
Evans was on par with some of the best players in the NBA in just his rookie season, and there's no telling how good he could be.
However, the Kings still need a defensive presence to help shore up their defense.
David Lee's 37-20-10 performance against the Warriors was by far the best single game performance of any player this season, and has the potential to be great in Sacramento.
Carlos Boozer to the New Jersey Nets
Brook Lopez is one of the most promising young big men in the league, but the Nets need to surround him and point guard Devin Harris with talent.
Carlos Boozer's play is exactly what the Nets need and could elevate the team into playoff contention.
Dirk Nowitzki to Stay With the Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki has been a Maverick for 12 years, and while he has the ability to opt out and will likely do so and test the field, I don't think he'll be able to leave.
He's been in Dallas forever, and to be honest, once he tests the field, I can't see him leaving to go anywhere else.
Amare Stoudemire to the Miami Heat
The Heat absolutely need to sign one of the big-name big men this summer.
They have nothing at center, and need another forward to pair with Michael Beasley going forward (and I didn't make that pun on purpose.)
Stoudemire or Bosh will likely head to Miami to play with another big name player that will be revealed soon enough.
Joe Johnson to the New Jersey Nets
Joe Johnson, when asked about going to a team as bad as the Nets were last season and whether record matters to free agents, said, "It matters. A lot comes into play. Nobody wants to go to a tough team."
Well, how about this; the Nets have Devin Harris at the point guard, a very good player in his own right.
Brook Lopez is a stud at center, and by signing Carlos Boozer, they add a complementary big man to Lopez.
Throw in the third overall pick in the draft (in this case, it'd be, if he's available, Evan Turner or, if he's not, Wesley Johnson,) and I think that's a very attractive situation, especially with the move to a huge market in Brooklyn.
Chris Bosh to the Chicago Bulls
While Taj Gibson's rookie season exceeded expectations by a long shot, his game fits much better as a power forward coming off the bench.
Because of this, the Bulls should pursue Chris Bosh, a big man who can actually score, something the Bulls have needed for years. With Bosh and Allen now in Chicago, the Bulls offense, which had been their biggest struggle last season, now has consistent forces on the outside and inside.
Dwayne Wade to Stay With the Miami Heat
Dwayne Wade is in the perfect situation for himself.
Miami is a beautiful city that he's already familiar with, and the Heat will be desperate enough for him to stay that they'll bring in a big-name team mate.
Not to mention, if Wade doesn't opt out of his contract, the Heat will have enough room to sign a player like Amare Stoudamire, who I think will sign with Miami.
LeBron James to the New York Knicks
The Knicks get the big prize.
What's not to like about the Knicks for Lebron; you get to play in Madison Square Garden, a place that Lebron has already said is his favorite arena to play in, he's played in D'Antoni and made it clear he loved playing in his system, you're going to get boatloads of money and will have money to sign some help for LeBron, it's a huge market, and LeBron is a huge Yankees fan. What doesn't make sense?