Wade, LeBron, Bosh: Where Will the NBA's Top Three Free-Agents Go?
As the NBA Finals kick game two of the series into gear, fans of teams other than the Lakers and Celtics have both eyes set on one specific date.
Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh, three of the most prolific athletes in the NBA today, become unrestricted free-agents on Thursday, July 1st.
Turning into an unrestricted free-agent gives these three superstars all the power in the world to choose their destiny.
On that day these exceptional basketball players can sign with any team (willing to throw them max dollars) in the league.
Speculation has been made for years regarding to where these top studs will depart to or stay with, and from all those possibilities, one will rise as reality.
LeBron James has managed to bring his team from nothing to championship contenders. Over the last seven years he has brought his team to the NBA Finals once, and led the league with the best overall record twice.
Nevertheless, he is still missing his first NBA championship ring.
With many possible destinations, James stated in an interview with Larry King that Cleveland has the edge in signing him due to the fact that he has extremely strong ties with the city (and it doesn't harm that he grew up 30 miles away in Akron).
With general manager Danny Ferry and head coach Mike Brown currently unemployed, questions arise on whether this was done to prevent LeBron from leaving.
Other than Cleveland, the one team that seems to be on James' radar is the Chicago Bulls.
With a young core consisting of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and newly hired head coach Tim Thibodeau, the only thing stopping LeBron from joining this team is the eternal legacy of the great Michael Jordan.
LeBron's decision will come down to whether or not the Cavaliers can bring in more talent to help James win his first championship trophy.
With rumors already circulating about the Cavaliers possibly dealing away Mo Williams and Delonte West in return for higher talent, it seems likely that the King will commit to keep his throne in the city of Cleveland.
Of the top three free-agents Wade has had the least amount of rumors regarding to parting ways with the MIA.
The perks for remaining in Miami are way higher for Wade than actually leaving.
Firstly, he has already won a championship with the Heat.
Secondly, GM Pat Riley has a boatload of money to spend this offseason on a big named athlete. Pairing Wade up with another superstar gives Flash an opportunity to capture his second or even third championship ring.
With rumors spinning around that the Heat had offered the New Jersey Nets forward Michael Beasley in return for guard Keyon Dooling (an obviously lopsided deal), it seems more evident each and everyday that Miami is serious about giving away Beasley to clear up even more cap space.
Since the Heat have enough money to re-sign Wade, sign a superstar, and possibly even another top tier athlete if they can deal away Beasley's $4.9 million contract, it's apparent that Flash is far from leaving the beautiful weather in Miami.
While Wade is the top free-agent to remain with his team, Bosh is the most likely free-agent to leave.
In seven seasons with the Raptors, Bosh has only made two playoff appearances, never making it past the first round.
CB4 has never been a popular name in the public eye highly due to the fact that he is secluded in Toronto, Canada.
With the opportunity to start fresh alongside of a star in Dwyane Wade or Derrick Rose, the only thing stopping Bosh from already purchasing a home in his new location is signing his hefty max contract on July 1st.
Whether it's in Miami or Chicago (or even New York), Chris Bosh will finally get his chance to not only make a bigger name for himself, but actually contend for a championship in the seasons to come.
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