We are now closer than we've ever been to July 1, and 2010's Free Agency period. We all know the names and we all have our own ideas on where these free agents will land. Those big names include LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Amar'e Stoudemire, but also guys like Dirk Nowitzki,Carlos Boozer, David Lee, Rudy Gay, and Joe Johnson will also make a big splash wherever they land.
I have seen some slide shows and articles written about where other people think these guys will call home and it looked like fun. So without further adieu, I will take a stab at giving everyone the right answers to the Free Agency questions. Enjoy.
This is one of the easier ones to decide in my opinion. Miami has a ton of cash they can sign Dwyane Wade and still sign two huge contract players. I feel this decision would be a bit more interesting if Wade never won a championship.
But he loves Miami, has a great relationship with Pat Riley, and again a lot of money. Looks like Wade County will be a permanent fixture in the state of Florida.
I don't see Joe Johnson staying with the Hawks, especially after the fiasco in Atlanta concerning the comments he made towards home fans.
Johnson is an interesting player. He isn't a top tier free agent, but he isn't mediocre by any means. He would be an excellent sidekick to a huge star like LeBron, Wade, or Bosh.
My gut feeling is Johnson landing in New York, but I am starting to question whether or not he is comfortable with being the only stud free agent that goes to NYC.
So with that being said I have Johnson going to the New Jersey Nets. Why? They already have a solid point guard, Devin Harris, a perennial All-Star C in Brook Lopez, and not to mention their first round draft pick PF Derrick Favors, he would be a perfect fit in NYJ. Mikhail Prokhorov uses the force to pick-up an All-Star shooting guard.
Ray Allen is one of the greatest shooters of all time. With the exception of one game in the NBA Finals, where he didn't look it.
Two major factors could have been the defense the Lakers were playing. Another factor, he had to chase Kobe Bryant everywhere. I don't know how many more years Allen can play, but I feel he likes the team he is on.
I don't see him leaving. Ray Allen stays in Boston.
With a bevy of young talent on their roster the Grizz look like a team on the rise, and a major component to the team is Rudy Gay.
Rudy Gay is a freak athlete, who is starting to finally make a name for himself in the league. Rudy Gay could choose to stay in Memphis and hope that the team keeps moving in the right direction OR he could collect a huge contract from a different team and/or go to a contending team to hopefully put them over the top.
I think he chooses the last option. Rudy Gay joins Dwyane Wade in Miami. The reason... Gay is great complimentary player and if pushed could be an outstanding defender. Wade is a willing passer and with Gay's slashing ability, could provide a great second or third option for the Heat. Rudy Gay... Welcome to Wade County.
There haven't been very many people believing that Amar'e Stoudemire will stay in Phoenix, but why not? He gets to play with Steve Nash and gets to play in a system which he loves, which is run n' gun offense with little to no defense. The only problem, he hasn't won anything. He's said he feels that many teams would be extremely lucky to have his services next year and the years to come.
I agree. We all know how talented Stoudemire is. He has never really been asked to play top notch defense, so he has been able to save some of his energy for the offensive side of the ball. Amar'e is going to leave Phoenix, his destination is however, somewhere warm - South Beach.
Dwyane Wade is smiling ear to ear not only does he get Rudy Gay, he now has a dominant low post player he has been missing since Shaq and let's face it Shaq wasn't what Stoudemire is now. Amar'e is a great fit for Wade and the Miami Heat.
I really think Dirk Nowitzki wants to join in all the fun. I think he will realize is the best place for him is Dallas. Plus, the possibility of landing LeBron James a factor he decides to stay put. With a owner like Mark Cuban who will have the back of his players no matter what, why not stay?
He really isn't going to make that much money anywhere else, except for maybe Chicago or New York. But why go to a team that doesn't really have a big interest in you and doesn't have a second guy on their roster. Nowitzki stays a Maverick and it is an excellent decision.
I originally had the thought David Lee would go to New Jersey, but I don't think they have enough cap space after recently signing Joe Johnson. So if that is true he obviously won't go there.
If they do have a good amount of space I will say he ends up in New Jersey. David Lee is going to want a lot of money, because he is a big time player no one talks about. He is a double double machine.
He could stay in New York, but I think the people of New York (and organization) take him fro granted and he is tired of it. This may surprise some of you, but I have David Lee landing in Chicago. Now I may be totally off base with this opinion, but he would be a great fit, because he would add another big time rebounder and would be another legit scoring threat.
In order for the Bulls to be more competitive they are going to be more solid in the front court and Lee would be a huge step in the right direction. David Lee - Da Bulls.
I have this inclination to pencil in Carlos Boozer as a New York Knick, but as Lee Corso says, "Not so fast my friend," I have another idea in mind.
Boozer sees that Wade resigned with Miami and they already have Stoudemire, the Bulls got Lee, and the Nets made there splash with Joe Johnson. So there aren't many huge pay days out there. So Boozer decides to stay with the Utah Jazz. They have a good thing going in Utah, and with a few moves here and there, it could seriously give them an outside shot at the finals. Carlos Boozer - Utah Jazz
As you can see he has been mulling over this decision for a long time, with all this time off since the second series in the playoffs. So many teams wanting his services they can't wait, hoping he chooses them. Owners have even been fined for talking about him. Adam Morrison has lost sleep over this decision, but realize that he has a pretty good gig right now. He doesn't have to ever play, spends time with Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest, and has two championship rings. It must be great to be King.
Where will he go Chicago, Miami, New Jersey, New York? Nope. King James has always called Cleveland home so why would next year be any different. He is just a kid from Akron and that's what he has always been.
They have created a huge billboard in Cleveland especially for him and no I am not talking about We Are All Witnesses. LeBron is too stubborn. He doesn't want to have to leave to go find another great player to play with in order to win a championship. He wants to win in on his own terms in Cleveland. (I don't know what LeBron wants, but too me that is just how he comes across). Deep down in my heart I cannot even fathom LeBron going anywhere. I can't even imagine it, in my mind there is no way he is going anywhere. Now all the Cavs need to do is put some serious talent around him if they are going to compete for a championship with the Lakers, Celtics, and the other up and comers.
The chance of Chris Bosh staying in Toronto are about as good as me winning the lottery. Slim to none. Bosh is looking to make a big splash for a team. He is going to be the missing piece to a team looking to make that final push to make the finals. A new home is in the works for the former Georgia Tech star. That home is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavs pull off a blockbuster sign and trade deal with the Raptors to land Bosh. Let's just say this makes the King extremely happy.
Cleveland Cavaliers - They get LeBron and Bosh pretty simple
Miami Heat - Wade, Stoudemire, Gay
New Jersey Nets - Joe Johnson
Chicago - Clear out all that cap space and all the have to show is David Lee, he will be a great acquisition, but not the big splash they were looking for.
Toronto - They lose Bosh and get a bunch of hefty contracts in their sign and trade they are looking to do some serious rebuilding.
New York Knicks - They have been saving up for what seems like forever to land the biggest of big free agents, but no such luck. Now they will be hoping that Carmelo or The Durantula choose NYC, next year.