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NBA Free Agents 2010: Where the Top Seven Will Land

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NBA Free Agents 2010: Where the Top Seven Will Land

After 72 hours of incessant rumor-mongering from the experts, pundits, talk radio aggravators, in addition to all the guys at the local watering hole, a lull in free agency coverage has mercifully arrived.

Of course, this doesn’t mean a complete halt to the reporting through anonymous sources—as we just heard yesterday about LeBron’s second “clarification” meeting with the Knicks—but at least we’re now drinking from a garden hose instead of a fire hydrant.

And the other perk of this short pause in free agency mania is that it offers a needed moment of reflection to digest what we’ve seen transpire in the first three days of 2010 free agency, and to rationally engage in one last session of prediction prior to some actual signings sure to come this week.

Thus far, the only reported agreements have been no-brainer returns that were expected—Dirk returning to Dallas, Paul Pierce re-upping in Beantown, and Joe Johnson sensibly taking the $119 million (about $27 million more than any other team could have offered) to stay in the ATL—as well as a few somewhat surprising re-signings—John Salmons in Milwaukee and Rudy Gay’s behemoth deal with Memphis—and a couple guys hurriedly fleeing Donald Sterling’s oppressive reign: Drew Gooden, who is joining Salmons in Milwaukee, and Steve Blake, who’s moving on up to the Lake Show.

Other than that, all we know is that representatives from the handful of teams with sizable cap space have been busy.

The Knicks, Nets, Bulls, Heat, and Clippers have all made the rounds with the cream of the crop, and the Cavaliers have delivered their final plea to LeBron, hoping against hope that he doesn’t rip the city’s heart out.

Which leaves us where exactly?

Well, that’s what I’m here for: to offer my guess as to what will actually manifest from these meetings, and determine which rumors of grandeur have any validity.

So let the week of real excitement in free agency commence.

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