NBA Free Agency: LeBron, Wade, Johnson: Too Much Hype To Only Stay Put?

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 2, 2010

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Hype, hype, hype.

If you wanted to describe this 2010 NBA free-agent class in one word it would most certainly be hype.

With rumors swarming throughout the NBA world faster than a colony of bees making a honeycomb, wasn't it obvious that all the nonsense you heard wouldn't live up to expectations?

Unrestricted free agent Joe Johnson is on the verge of signing undoubtedly the biggest contract of his life and honestly one of the dumbest offers that the Atlanta Hawks could give a player (especially after his weak performances in the playoffs).

The Hawks were swept in the second round of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, and the franchise obviously believes that giving Johnson $119 million will help turn their franchise around.

Let's move on to the next free agent, Rudy Gay.

Many speculated that Gay, a restricted free agent, would be offered a pretty over-the-top contract by another team that the Memphis Grizzlies would blatantly back out of matching.

Once again, not the case. 

The day Gay turned into a restricted free agent the Grizzlies quickly opened up their pocket books (or should I say their bank) and agreed to a five-year, $82 million deal with the high-flier.

While organizations can still offer Gay a higher contract sheet, it seems likely that he will remain with the Grizzlies after verbally committing to do so.

We all know that Dwyane Wade will remain with the Miami Heat, but if this next unrestricted free agent decides to stick with his organization, this offseason will be known for the most hyped-up and disappointing free-agent class, EVER.

LeBron James is making every fan, analyst, coach, and organization, and even his mom, dad, dog, and own brother (if he had a brother) wait until the final minute to find out where he will be going or staying this offseason.

Rumors have said that James could possibly end up joining up with the Knicks, Clippers, Bulls, Heat, or Nets. Even a baseball team offered LeBron a max deal that he has yet to accept or reject.

While all these teams have such high confidence they will land James, in reality, The King can only commit to one organization.

If LeBron decides to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers it will certainly be a great relief for Cleveland fans, but as for all the NBA fans out there who were waiting for an exciting offseason that has literally been hyped up for years, sorry...

Maybe next season.

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