Tick tock, tick tock. Ever so slowly, time is getting closer to the biggest party this summer...NBA free agency. People all along have said this is without a doubt and hands down the greatest free agent class of all time in any sport ever.
How can you disagree? You have a two-time NBA MVP in LeBron James, a NBA Finals MVP in Dwyane Wade, a double-double machine in Chris Bosh—who doesn't get enough credit for what he has done night after night for the Raptors—another big man in Amare Stoudemire, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Tyson Chandler, Richard Jefferson, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Redd, Nate Robinson, Shaq, David Lee, Matt Barnes, Carlos Boozer, and the list goes on.
Let's start with the King himself, LeBron James
Cleveland- It's his hometown, why would LeBron leave a place where everything is comfortable? He has the media there, he has the endorsements. I know the endorsements could be better if he played for one of the New York teams or Chicago or L.A., but I do not see LeBron giving up $30 million to go to another team unless you can surround him with a lot of talent, which brings me to my next team.
Chicago- The Bulls are the only team I can see having a shot to sign LeBron. Why? They already have a All-Star point guard in Derrick Rose, a high-energy player in Joakim Noah, and Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson, and many more players, and they can sign another good free agent.
New Jersey- Little chance, the only reasons why they have a shot are their new owner—he has a lot of money—and Jay-Z. That's it. Other than that, they would have to drastically change their roster to get to sign LeBron, and even with the third pick in the draft I don't think that makes a difference.
New York- All LeBron hears from the media is, "NEW YORK its the only way to go." And I say NO! We know LeBron loves playing in the greatest arena in the world, Madison Square Garden, and he would make so much money off endorsement deals, but the team has no talent whatsoever, except David Lee and he might be gone. So I say New Jersey has a better chance.
L.A. Clippers- It would be kind of cool to think of two kings in L.A. The king of L.A. himself, Kobe Bryant, and King James if he were a Clipper. I'm telling you right now, the Clippers have some talent to surround LeBron with. Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, and Blake Griffin. It's just, will LeBron go to L.A.?
I really have a little feeling he might. I'm still saying he will stay with Cleveland, though, but the Clippers have all the tools to entice the king.
Miami- No chance whatsoever this happens. Pat Riley will be too focused on re-signing D-Wade and getting his franchise player a big man.
Dallas- The only way this is happening is with a sign-and-trade, and I don't see it happening. One percent chance.
Where he lands: Cleveland. There's too much money to give up. He will take all his trips to these places, but he will return to Cleveland and re-sign with them for five or six years at something like $120-130 million.
Possible Suitors- Miami, Chicago, New Jersey, New York, L.A. Clippers
Miami- It's where he has played his whole career thus far. If Pat Riley does not sign him a big man I think he's gone, but if they get him Bosh, Stoudemire, or Boozer, Miami is set.
Chicago- It is the boy's hometown and I wouldn't be surprised to see Dwyane Wade in a Bulls uniform next year.
New Jersey- They've got the money but not the roster.
New York- Will Wade want to become the face of New York? Only time will tell.
L.A. Clippers- I don't see it happening, they are set with Davis and Gordon.
Where he Lands: Miami. Pat Riley will sign his man, and then sign a big man to go with Wade.
Possible Suitors- Chicago Bulls, L.A. Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and Toronto.
Chicago- With the Bulls missing out on LeBron and Wade, I see them not looking at Bosh.
LA Lakers- Unless they trade their whole bench, it ain't happening.
Miami- This is the big man Wade wants, and I think it's a good fit for Bosh.
New York- Don't see Bosh as a New York kind of guy. No chance he goes to the Knicks.
Torono- There is no way he's going back there, maybe a 10 percent chance he goes back.
Where he lands: Miami. He will team up with Wade to make the Heat back into title contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Where he signs: New York. His old coach and perfect offense for him.
Where he signs: Boston. He will re-sign and finish his career as one of the greatest Celtics of all time.
Where he signs: Boston. He will sign a one-year deal and retire at the end of the year. Great player.
Where he signs: Oklahoma City. OKC will beef up with Chandler down low and keep getting better every year with Durant leading the way.
Where he signs: San Antonio.
Where he signs: Chicago. Chicago misses out on LeBron and Wade but gets Joe Johnson—not bad at all.
I think he's done. Overrated and costs too much money, unless he takes a massive pay-cut.
Where he signs: Houston.
Where he signs: Pheonix. Yes, I think with losing Amare the Suns will do everything in their power to sign Dirk and he reunites with Steve Nash.
Where he signs: Milwaukee.
Where he signs: Boston. Boston will re-sign him for three years. He has been a monster for them in these playoffs.
Where he signs: Dallas. Mark Cuban can't go through an offseason without making some noise.
Where he signs: Dallas. It's a good fit, and Dallas gets that much better with Barnes and Lee.
Where he signs: Utah. He all ready has one of the best point guards in the league to play with. Why leave? They have a great roster. A couple more good players and they are set.
Everyone's waiting—fans, GMs, coaches, and the players—to see what will play out in this year's summer free agency, because this year's class will change the NBA for the next 10 years.
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