LeBron James Sweepstakes: Ten Other Free Agents Who Will Wait on LeBron
The NBA free agency period begins in just a few days, and that means one thing—LeBron James is on the market.
However, there are a number of other big free agents on the market who will command the attention of as many teams as LeBron.
The other big money free agents will likely await the LeBron James decision before each makes a choice about their own futures. The future of many NBA stars hinges on what LeBron James will do. Here are ten players who wait on LeBron and how it could impact their next contract.
Bosh has already been pegged by many outlets as the number one guy who will wait on LeBron.
Bosh has said he is willing to wait on LeBron, but probably wouldn't make a decision before then. The biggest rumor attaches Bosh and LeBron to the Chicago Bulls.
After trading Kirk Hinrich, the Bulls now have the money for two max contract players. The Bulls will first go right after LeBron. Should he sign, expect Bosh to follow shortly thereafter.
Dwyane Wade hasn't been as closely tied to a LeBron tandem, but at the very least Wade won't have the leverage to haggle with LeBron to team with him if he's already signed.
Wade would likely want a commitment from LeBron before inking his own deal.
Additionally, being a max contract player himself, Wade will likely want to see how the process plays out between LeBron and his pursuing teams. Gaining a feel for how these teams approach negotiations is good business for Wade and his team.
Rumors broke that Joe Johnson will meet with the Knicks once the free agency period begins. The rumor also indicated that the Knicks will be willing to offer Johnson a max contract deal.
While Johnson should take the max contract and increase his earning potential as quickly as possible, these are the Knicks we're talking about.
Following a subpar draft and the jettison of most of its roster, Johnson will be taking a significant gamble to take a deal with the Knicks prior to a commitment from LeBron.
Eddy Curry recently paid a visit to LeBron James and is within the triangle including LeBron and bag man to NBA stars, William Wesley.
The Knicks have not made overt signals that they will sign Curry, but the big man is close enough to LeBron that he will likely hold his cards until LeBron signs.
Curry will likely take a dramatic pay cut which may be enough to squeeze him on a roster that includes the game's biggest free agent.
Stoudemire's name may slip behind those of LeBron, Wade, and Chris Bosh, but the Suns forward will likely command as much money as the "big three" of free agency.
Stoudemire may not receive as much love by the sports talking heads out there, but he can be as dominant as a force in the interior to aid LeBron as anyone else.
Stoudemire has made it plainly clear that he wants to win and he wants a max contract. Not only will he wait on LeBron for the chance to play with him, but he is likely keeping close tabs on where Chris Bosh ends up.
Grant Hill is 37 years old, but over the last two seasons he has shown there is enough left in the tank for one more contract.
Hill has played in 163 games over the last two seasons, and after reaching the Western Conference Finals this season, the veteran is likely looking for a winner.
Hill will not command a lot of money and may be willing to accept a decrease in playing time if it means winning. Hill could fit in with a LeBron-laded roster for the mid-level exception.
McGrady is a free agent who once upon a time would have been in the group seeking big time money. That has significantly changed for McGrady who know faces an uncertain future and uncertain finances.
McGrady's career has been underwhelming when it comes to winning. McGrady, who has already flirted with his interest in signing with the Lakers, will likely be out to ride coattails of the biggest free agents-including LeBron. it also helps McGrady's case that he is a secondary free agent and will have to time to wait before serious interest heads his way.
Jermaine O'Neal is far down the pecking order when it comes to free agent big men. However, given the desire for LeBron to get a big man to play with, it is in O'Neal interest to at least wait see how it all plays out for the max contract players.
O'Neal is getting up there in age and experience, but was at least a serviceable big man for Dwyane Wade in Miami. Chicago was almost his home in previous seasons. It could come to fruition this summer.
Mike Miller has already announced that a) he has a man crush on LeBron (via his Twitter account) and b) he would like to play with the game's biggest free agent. Miller is a second or third tier free agent who will not command a lot of money.
Miller will likely wait to see where LeBron lands and then go trolling for a deal with that respective team.
Shannon Brown isn't the sexiest name in the free agent market, but there figures to be plenty of attention paid his way should he opt out from his current deal with the Lakers.
Brown will likely command an increase from the roughly $2 million he earned this season. Yet, the chance to fill in as a sixth man on a LeBron-led title favorite could be enough for him to hold out watch the action around him.