Welcome to NBA free agency 2010. July 1st has officially kicked off, and while players will not be able to officially sign contracts until the 8th, the league and global fan-base are buzzing with anticipation of what is soon to come.
I am not usually one to report on rumors, but as a supporter of the Miami Heat, this period has gotten the best of me. The potential for mastermind Pat Riley to put together a dynasty for the ages is too much to ignore, and quite frankly not unrealistic.
However, as many analysts and writers alike have noted, this summer seriously hinges around the decision that will be made by LeBron James. While Dwyane Wade remains arguably just as valuable a piece, his apparent commitment to staying in Miami and bringing other players to join him has dulled down any chatter of him potentially leaving.
The situation in South Beach is not difficult to understand. If James comes to play for the Heat, it is most likely that Chris Bosh will join him. This is due to the fact that Bosh would like to play with either LeBron or Wade next season. Also, each of the three superstars would have consulted each other about his particular move before anything happens.
If this wasn't already an incredibly enticing scenario, reports today surfaced that Ray Allen has discussed the prospect of joining LeBron should he form a "Dream Team" with fellow superstars. The team in reference here must be the Miami Heat, as the possibility of James, Wade, and Bosh all playing in South Beach next season is the most realistic of all trio scenarios.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen. If you need to, take a moment to read those names again.
Never before has there been such a collection of players joining forces to conquer the basketball landscape.
If this situation came to fruition, the Heat would boast a player en route to being considered one of the greatest ever, a shooting guard who will one day be considered top-five all-time at his position, a premier forward with the foundations of a Hall of Fame career, and the greatest perimeter shooter in history.
Such a team could potentially be considered the greatest collection of players in NBA history. With this report coming on only the first day of free agency, this summer promises to go down in history as a game-changer for the future of the NBA.