There Is No Place Like Home: NBA Free Agents Who Are Staying Put
The 2010 NBA free agency period might be spotlighted by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, but many suspect them to be parting ways with their teams.
However, for some reason, there aren't a lot of people who agree with that.
Wade has made his way to the Bulls and James has been everywhere. Want an update every minute about LeBron's whereabouts? Just sign into Twitter.
At the end of the day, when the decisions are made, these will be the players who will stay with their respective teams.
It may seem like Boston is going to let Allen walk and move on with younger Avery Bradley.
But, once you really think about it, I don't believe that will happen.
When Paul Pierce opted out to become a free agent, there were a lot of people who thought he was leaving Boston. However, a few days later, the Celtics re-signed him.
Here is the catch: he took less money for more cap stability.
Will Allen do the same? I think so. At this stage in his career, he needs his final contract. There is no better feeling than ending your career on a championship contender.
Luis Scola was never really looked at as a dominant player. He was a terrific player overseas, but during the 2002 NBA Draft, his name was one of the last ones called.
Ever since then, he played overseas before being traded to the Rockets in a deal with the Spurs.
After being traded, Scola had an instant impact on the Rockets.
He is a decent power forward, but he will re-sign with Houston. There aren't many teams on Scola because he is 30 years old and hasn't reached superstardom.
He isn't worth a max-contract and the Rockets will have enough money to retain him.
Down in Los Angeles, many Lakers fan probably have thanked Fisher for what did this past season.
Many nit-pick about his ability to defend and his aging. However, the Lakers' fan base loves him.
He is a good point guard who can still play. He has hit so many clutch shots that newly acquired Steve Blake wouldn't take.
To make this more evident, the Lakers are letting Jordan Farmar walk.
Nate Robinson has come out of his shell. Before, he was only known for his major leaping ability.
Now he is known for his production off the bench.
Last season in the playoffs, the Most Valuable Bench Player was Nate Robinson.
He came off the bench and gave the Celtics an instant spark. Not to mention, he had the crowd behind him every time he stepped on the court.
Robinson is a great player and a fan favorite. That's why you can lock him as a returnee for Boston.
Many may not know Wes Matthews, but he is a decent player. Matthews came on late for the Jazz in both the Lakers and Nuggets playoff series.
He is a shooting guard, he's a good slasher, he runs the court, and he finishes well around the rim.
He is an up-and-coming player who many don't know about, which means the Jazz can get him for cheap.
Book Wes Matthews to return home.
Do you remember the game when Wade stole the ball and went down to hit the game-winning three? He immediately jumped on the scorer's table and said,"This is my house!"
Yes, it really is Wade's house. In fact, to show how much he meant to the city of Miami, he had a county named after him for a week—"Wade County."
Yes, he visited the Bulls and seemed happy after the meeting.
But the thing is, Wade doesn't want to join forces with LeBron. He wants to play against him.
This may be a sign Wade and Bosh are teaming up in Miami. Yes, you can breathe, Miami fans. Wade is going nowhere.
As much as we want to speculate just how convincing the Knicks' billion-dollar plan, or the Bulls' "Jordan Legacy" is, James is staying put.
Ohio is where he picked up his first basketball. It is here he learned how to shoot, dribble, compete, and most importantly, amaze.
Earlier before the free agency period started, LeBron James said Cleveland was his front-runner.
Nothing has changed from then till now, unless you include the fact he is visiting other teams.
He will show loyalty by returning to his hometown of Ohio. There is no place like home, right LeBron?