As the rumors swirl and innuendo fly, the latest to come on the wire is based on salary cap numbers. If LeBron gets on the phone and talks to his buddies Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and finds out they're going to Chicago together, LeBron could try and orchestrate something similar in New York.
The Knicks would be worse than the Cavaliers if all they get is LeBron, something James would not do. So the Knicks go to their own backyard re-sign David Lee. They could then trade Eddie Curry for Gilbert Arenas and cross their fingers that this team could do some damage. That would leave the Knicks with a starting lineup of Arenas, Galinari, James, Lee, and Wilson Chandler. Does this scare the league like Rose, Wade, Bosh, Noah, and Gibson does? Probably not, but at least they're on their way. Of course, that means Washington is willing to put an albatross around their neck with Eddie Curry - however, they can clear him off their books just in time to go after the next great Free Agent next year: Carmelo Anthony. The Wizards know they'll need a few years to season John Wall anyway, so why not position themselves to add a player that will really help them when John Wall is ready?
The can of worms is still potent - does Stoudemire want to be a Knick? We know he isn't signing with Phoenix after years of putting him on the trading block. He will never play as well without Nash, but sipping Pina Coladas by his new mansion should ease that pain, if not the fans of the team that signs him. Is Joe Johnson staying in Atlanta? The hesitation on his part seems to indicate it's not a slam dunk and he could be going to New Jersey, New York, or how about the Clippers?
It's hard to imagine that the Bulls have been able to put themselves in this position - by fielding a playoff team while still having enough cap flexibility for 2 max players, they outsmarted New York and Miami - who gutted their teams and offer almost nothing but the two guys they hope to sign. The Bulls will get two max players out of all this - and you put them in a potent lineup and suddenly, they're a year away from a championship. Remember, it takes time for even the best players to learn each other's games and gel. Just ask the 2004 Lakers (I know - Payton and Malone were at the end of their careers, but the principle remains the same).