NBA Free Agents 2010: Teams that Should Sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh
NBA Free Agency begins at midnight this Wednesday. At this time, teams like Miami, Chicago, and New York will be doing everything in their power to lure top free agents like Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade over to their cities.
Various rumors have been surfacing about the possibility of Lebron James and Chris Bosh signing on with the same team. Any team with the cap space to do this should definitely attempt the deal.
This kind of inside-out combination would most likely result in multiple championships. Even the lowly Nets, who won 12 games last year, would immediately become a championship contender with this pair.
Here is my list of teams that should sign Bosh and James together as one of the best package deals in NBA history.
5. Los Angeles Clippers
This is probably the least likely destination for James and Bosh, but it could still happen.
The Clippers do have the cap space to sign both players, and Los Angeles certainly isn't the worst place to live.
On the hardwood, the Clips actually have some promising young talent to play alongside James and Bosh.
The front line of Bosh, Blake Griffin, and Chris Kaman would instantly become the best in the NBA. Baron Davis is still playing strong at the point, and Eric Gordon is growing up quickly as well.
If this were to happen, the Lakers-Clippers rivalry could quickly become one of the best rivalries in all of sports.
4. Miami Heat
Perhaps the scariest possibility for the rest of the NBA is that James, Bosh, and Dwayne Wade all end up playing for the Miami Heat.
Virtually the only major contract Miami is tied to is Michael Beasley's, and that's a good player to have under contract for the next few years.
Because of the "Larry Bird Rule," the Heat can exceed the salary cap in order to re-sign Wade. Bosh and James may have to play at a discounted rate in order to make this happen, but the promise of many championships should be an easy reason to get Bosh and James to South Beach.
There's really no reason to analyze what would happen on the court with these three all-stars playing together. If they can mesh their playing styles and personalities together, there will be a dynasty in Miami for the next decade.
3. New Jersey Nets
New Jersey is certainly in a prime position to sign James and Bosh.
The Nets may have only won 12 games last year, but they have a few pieces already in place to improve in 2011.
Devin Harris and Brook Lopez play very different roles than what James and Bosh, and together they would form perhaps the best starting lineup in the NBA.
New Nets' owner Mikhail Prokhorov has stated that he wants to build the first global team.
Adding the most recognizable basketball player on the planet would definitely be a great first step in building that global empire.
2. New York Knicks
Knicks fans have been waiting a very long time for this summer to come. I'm pretty sure they started courting Lebron from the moment he first stepped inside Madison Square Garden as a rookie.
On the court, the Knicks don't have many attractive parts to prove to James that he could win a championship there. Simply put, he would be the one and only reason why the Knicks could win a championship in the next five years.
That is why the Knicks must also try to sign Chris Bosh as well. Lebron has proven in Cleveland that he will need help around him to win a championship, and he certainly couldn't win one with this current New York team.
The Knicks have the most salary cap room available in the NBA, so they can definitely afford two maximum contracts.
New York has arguably the best fans in the NBA, and they deserve the opportunity to cheer for one of the best players in the game today.
1. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are in a very favorable position to sign both James and Bosh.
Chicago's cap number currently sits at just over $31 million for 2010/11, and that decreases to $20 million for the following season.
The Bulls can certainly afford to go on a spending spree this summer, as they can afford to sign two players to max contracts.
Chicago already has one big piece of the puzzle solved with Derrick Rose. Rose is a rising superstar in the NBA, and he would be the perfect catalyst for James and Bosh at point guard.
Along with Rose, complimentary players like Joakim Noah and Luol Deng would blend in well with Bosh and James.
James couldn't win a championship in Cleveland because of a lack of talent on the front line. The trio of Bosh, Deng, and Noah would be good enough to go up against any front line in the NBA in my opinion.