For almost a year the hype surrounding this year's offseason has been developing. The day that teams can start to negotiate with free agents approaches and the excitement from the hype is higher than ever.
The offseason's list of free agents is headlined by Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Dirk Nowitzki, Ray Allen and more. Not only is the free agent class so strong, many teams have flexibility in who they want to sign due to cap space.
The NBA has a soft salary cap which means teams are limited to spending a certain amount of money per year, with many loopholes. There are many exceptions to the salary cap which will help teams sign free agents to max contracts and fill out the rest of the roster with players using the exceptions.
Two teams in particular have three strong reasons to lure free agents to play for their organization. The reasons why these teams are so appealing are: the supporting cast, cap space and attractiveness of the city. Let's take a look at why the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are in the driver seat for this offseason.