The 2010 NBA Free Agency Winners and Losers
The day has come America.
The "Big Three" are officially off the board, and unless your favorite team begins with "Miami" and ends with "Heat," you are probably less than thrilled.
If you are not, you may have a reason not to be.
Just because a team does not court and capture the best of the class, it does not mean that all is lost and the world is ending.
Wait, forgot Cleveland was apart of the battle.
Here is a look at the winners and losers in the greatest free agency summer in NBA history.
The major prizes have all selected the fine weather and state tax-free Miami Heat.
Must be nice.
A solid core has been established for at least the next half decade with two of the best three players in the game, and a top ten guy as well (cannot forget you Chris Bosh).
The summer heat on the east coast just got hotter.
You have five players signed and very little money to get any sort of legitimate talent...yikes!
As much as signing James, Wade, and Bosh is a home run of historical measure, the lack of depth is more glaring than the flames of the burning LeBron jerseys.
Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley will benefit from the additions, but when the talent level goes from elite to amateur assuming the Heat add a young core of role and project players, the team will look like two.
LeBron, Dwyane, and Chris cannot compete at an all-pro level for around 40 minutes a night for 80-plus games and expect to win it all without some assemblage of talent coming off the bench.
Do not forget that Chris Bosh is a shrimp compared to Dwight Howard, who he will get very familiar with a handful of times a year.
Only time will tell.
He's the third option behind D-Wade and Prince, I mean King James.
Oh yeah, and he is getting paid.
Life must be good.
Bulls fans jumped the gun on all the Wade and LeBron talk.
This is what happens when fans get too excited over speculation.
Fans can really thank Gar Paxson (or John Forman) for blowing their chance at bringing in a franchise-changing player to play with Derrick Rose.
What helps ease the pain for Chicago is that Rose is there, Joakim Noah is getting better every year, and Carlos Boozer adds a nice size and scoring presence.
Loser—New York Knicks
Amar'e Stoudemire is not a max deal player. He also is injury-prone and good at letting anyone score.
Enjoy adding on to the decade of futility for a once proud franchise. I heard Toney Douglas has potential (snicker).
Winner—Stan Van Gundy
SVG had the stones to call Chris Bosh a "lapdog."
Good man making a pretty accurate decision of Bosh's relationship with his owner, or teammate Dwyane Wade.
Van Gundy does not appear to be phased by the big moves within the Sunshine State. Good for him.
Ultimate Loser—Cleveland Cavaliers and Fans
When it rains, it pours...
...for 40 consecutive years.
There is no other feeling that can be felt but sympathy for the Cavs and their once proud fan base.