NBA Free Agents 2010: Should They Stay or Should They Go Now?

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJune 29, 2010

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There have been so many rumors regarding the NBA's top free agents that nobody knows where each star will land for certain, even Stephan A. Smith.

While it has been nearly impossible not to contradict your beliefs on where your favorite superstar will be going or staying, NBA Primetime's Brandon Ribak breaks down the leagues top free agents' destiny.


Amar'e Stoudemire

The Suns are expected to meet with Amar'e today in hopes of coming to a long term agreement. 

Stoudemire has made it clear that he believes he deserves a max contract with max years. Phoenix is the only team that can provide him with that. Only problem is they're not willing to give him it.

Breaking news should report later today that STAT has opted out of his contract and will test free agency on July 1.

Stoudemire's best fit would be in Miami. He could take over the starting center position and team up alongside one of the league's best in Dwyane Wade.


Chris Bosh

Bosh has already opted out of his contract and is the only free agent that is pretty much guaranteed not return to his former team. 

Bosh reportedly agreed with GM Bryan Colangelo awhile back that if he were to part ways with the Raptors, he would help Toronto out in return by forcing a sign-and-trade. This would provide Toronto compensation for losing its best player.

Bosh's best fit would be in Chicago, Cleveland, or Miami.

With the Bulls, Bosh would team up with young studs Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Together, they could push for a top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland could work out a sign-and-trade with Toronto and receive Chris Bosh for Delonte West, Anthony Parker, and Sebastian Telfair. In this scenario, LeBron and Bosh would team up and emerge as arguably the top team in the league.

GM Pat Riley has stated that Chris Bosh is Plan A, after re-signing D-Wade of course.


Dwyane Wade

Wade has been in the least amount of rumors since the offseason kicked off. With around $44 million of cap space this offseason, Miami has enough money to re-sign Dwayne Wade and another superstar to a max contracts.

With Pat Riley running the show, it seems highly unlikely for Wade to bolt to another organization.


Carlos Boozer

With Chris Bosh and Amare Stoudemire being two of the most sought out big men in this free agency class, Boozer has been more so a Plan B for the majority of teams with cap space.

Basically, Boozer will sign with the team that loses out on the Bosh and Stoudemire sweepstakes.

Boozer will be seeking a max deal or something close to it. With Miami and Chicago being the front runners for the top two power forward free agents, it seems like the New York Knicks will be reaching out to Carlos and signing him to whatever type of deal that he wants.


LeBron James

James has a ton to think about before he officially decides to sign with the team of his choice. 

With so many rumors going around that he will not be back in Cleveland next season, it's pretty difficult to go against the league's sources. 

Well, here it goes.

While other teams are preparing to give their historic speech to LBJ, the Cleveland Cavaliers will most certainly be brewing up something of their own.

It is pretty much guaranteed that the Cavs are working night and day on bringing in a top notch free agent to convince James that Cleveland is the organization he wants to remain playing for. 

If the Cavaliers can work out a sign-and-trade for Chris Bosh, LeBron will re-sign with the Cavs.

All the fans in the city of Cleveland will finally be able to exhale and relax.


David Lee

David Lee's name has not been scorching hot throughout the offseason thus far, highly due to the fact that he is extremely underrated.

Lee led the league in double-doubles during the '08-'09 season (Yes, that's right, ahead of Dwight Howard). He has posted very impressive numbers over the last two seasons.

D-Lee is capable of playing both the four and five position on the court, although he is a tad bit slow and not quite the best defender in the league.

Once again, I see the New York Knicks missing out on the Bosh and Stoudemire sweepstakes, forcing them to re-sign Lee while bringing in Boozer to pair up with him in the front court.


Joe Johnson

Johnson is pretty high in demand for teams in desperate need of a starting shooting guard. 

The Hawks came out and stated that they will present JJ with a maximum contract. To be honest, Johnson is not worthy of one (especially with his postseason performance).

Regardless, once the top tier free agents are off the market, teams like New York, Chicago, and New Jersey will be upping their ante for second tier stars like Johnson.

Johnson fits in very well with the Hawks. With a young solid team surrounding him, Atlanta seems to be in the lead in re-obtaining the sharp shooter.


Ray Allen

After 11 longs years, soon to be Hall of Famer Ray Allen finally won his first championship trophy.

Paul Pierce is likely to opt back in and Doc Rivers is leaning towards staying with the Celtics. Garnett, Rondo, and Perkins are still on the roster. Things don't look sunny for teams that are banking on signing Ray Allen this offseason.


Dirk Nowitzki

Every Mavericks fan knows that the German Assassin will re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks this offseason.

Dirk has very strong ties with Marc Cuban and the entire organization. It would be a real shock to see him depart from all of that.

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