NBA Free Agency 2010: Money Talks
The clock keeps ticking till we get to Thursday at 12:01 a.m. ET. for the biggest party this summer.
NBA Free Agency 2010.
People all along have said this is, without a doubt, 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 Dwayane Wade, a double-double machine in Chris Bosh, another big man in Amare Stoudemire, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Tyson Chandler, Richard Jefferson, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Redd, Rudy Gay, Shannon Brown Nate Robinson, Shaq, David Lee, Matt Barnes, Carlos Boozer, and the list goes on.
So lets not wait much longer. Let's get predictions for these 30 players I chose.
Here we go.
LeBron James: Where Will The King Go?
Let's start with the King himself, LeBron James.
Possible Suitors: Cleveland, Chicago, New Jersey, New York, L.A. Clippers, Miami, Dallas
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-area teams, Chicago or L.A.
But it's hard to see LeBron giving up $30 million to go to another team unless he can be surrounded with a lot of talent which this next team has...
Chicago: The Bulls are the only team I can see having a shot at signing LeBron.
They already have a All-Star point guard in Derrick Rose, a high-energy player in Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, and many more players. Plus, they can sign another good high profile free agent, maybe Chris Bosh or Joe Johnson?
New Jersey: Little chance. The only reasons why they have a shot are their new owner (who has a lot of money) and Jay-Z. That's it.
Other than that, they would have to drastically change their roster to be able to sign LeBron. Even with Derrick Favors, I don't think it makes one bit of 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.
New York is visiting Joe Johnson first in L.A., then Amare Stoudamire in Phoenix. But then, they will be on their way to Akron to visit the king himself.
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 and Al Faroq Aminu who they just drafted from Wake Forest.
It's just, will LeBron go to L.A.? I really have little feeling that he might. But, the Clippers do have all the tools to entice the king, just like Chicago.
Miami: Can it happen? Can Pat Riley forge a dynasty in Miami?
It's hard to think of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh all on the same team because then the team would have no money, and would have to sign seven to nine guys to the minimum contract. So, it could happen and I'm definitely not ruling it out, but I don't think its the best place for LeBron.
Dallas: Anything is possible when you have a man in your organization named Mark Cuban, but this is only going to happen with a sign and trade.
Where he will land: Chicago. He will sign with the Bulls because they are built to win now, and they can sign him and another max free agent. Maybe Bosh? Boozer? Amare? Joe Johnson?
Dwayne Wade-The Heat Is On!
Possible Suitors—Miami, Chicago, New Jersey, New York
Miami: Its where he has played his whole career thus far. And who would want to leave South Beach? 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 Wade's hometown, but I don't see him leaving South Beach.
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.
Where he will land: Miami. Pat Riley will sign his man, plus a big man to go with him, and maybe Joe Johnson also.
Chris Bosh-LeBron or Wade?
Possible Suitors: Chicago Bulls, L.A. Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and Toronto.
Chicago: There is a great possibility he lands here to play with LeBron.
LA Lakers: Unless they trade their whole bench, it ain't happening.
Miami: This is the big man that Wade wants, and I Miami would be 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.
Toronto: There is no way he's going back there, although there may be a 10 percent chance he does return.
Where he will land: Chicago. He will team up with LeBron to make the Bulls back into title contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Amare Stoudemire-Trouble in The Desert
Where he will land: Miami. He will be the player that runs the ship with Wade, and contends for titles in the East.
Joe Johnson-I'm a Max Player Too.
Where he will land: New York. He will hook up with his old coach, become a Knick, and thrive in their offense.
Paul Pierce- The Truth Will Be Heard
Where he will land: Boston. He will re-sign and finish his career as one of the greatest Celtics of all-time. I think he will opt out, but sign for less money so they can sign a big free agent.
Ray Allen-I'm Not Done Yet
Where he will land: Boston. He will sign a one-year deal and retire at the end of the year. Great player.
Tyson Chandler-OKC Bound?
Where he will land: Oklahoma City. OKC will beef up with Chandler down low, and keep getting better every year with Kevin Durant leading the way.
Where he will land: San Antonio. Jefferson did not play that well this year at some points, but I think he will come back and be a major factor for the Spurs.
Where he will land: New York. McGrady is washed up and overrated, but the Knicks will have another questionable signing and resign him.
Where he will land: Houston. But it depends on his recovery.
Where he will land: Phoenix. Yes, I think with losing Stoudamire, the Suns will do everything in their power to sign Nowitzki, and he will reunite with Steve Nash.
Where he will land: Milwaukee.
Where he will land: New Jersey. The Nets will sign him for two years. He was a monster in the playoffs, and New Jersey needs more energy and more athletic bodies.
Where he will land: Dallas. Mark Cuban always overpays big centers so the Diesel will fit perfectly in Big D.
Where he will land: New York. Lee will want to play with Joe Johnson.
Where he will land: Dallas. It's a good fit, and Dallas gets that much better with adding Barnes.
Where he will land: Utah. He already has one of the best point guards in the league to play with, so why leave? They already have a great roster, but add a couple more good players, and they are set.
Where he will land: Utah. This will surprise a lot of people. But, Utah will pay him the money he deserves, which is more than he currently gets.
Where he will land: Boston. Boston will retool and upgrade with Rudy Gay to back up Pierce and Allen for a year. This will happen after Pierce and Ray Ray opt out and sign contracts for less money.
Where he signs- He stays in Charlotte has quite a future as a guard in this league.
Where he Signs- Memphis... another young piece going to Memphis
Reports have said the Celtics are very interested
Where he signs- Boston
TA has a lot of options one of the best defenders in the league.
Where He signs- I thought he might re-sign with Boston but I think his days as a Celtic are done. -Clippers, the clippers get the defender they have always wanted
Where he signs- Re signs with Washington for less money
Roger Mason Jr.
Where He signs- Remains in San Antonio short term.
Where He Signs- New York, goes to the Big Apple to thrive in the Knicks Run and Shoot Offense
Where he signs- Houston in a sign in trade
Where he signs- Boston- only if Doc Rivers is Head Coach.
Where He signs- finnaly gets the money he deserves and re-signs with Orlando
Are You Ready?
Everyone's waiting—fans, GMs, coaches, and players—to see what will play out in this summer's free agency, because this year's class will change the NBA for the next 10 years.
It's going to be exciting.
And we all can't wait much longer!