The air appears to have come out of the NBA's free-agent balloon now that LeBron James and Chris Bosh are off the market. However, there is still a great amount of work to do for every team in the league—including the Miami Heat.
There are still players on the markets looking for new homes and possible trades to be made. The Miami Heat look like a daunting giant in the Eastern Conference, while the two-time NBA champion Lakers look in firm control of the Western Conference. Nevertheless, there are still moves to be made for all 30 teams.
Boy, where do the Cavs begin? Somehow they need to fill the shoes of LeBron James by finding another centerpiece player to build around. The roster currently lacks that one focal point, though they have good pieces in Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison to build around.
The Cavs have money to spend, but are unlikely to break the bank by overpaying players. But their first focus should be filling the 3-spot on the floor. Ronnie Brewer is out there. The Cavs could even give Tracy McGrady a look on the cheap for the short term.
The Magic look safe to at least stay in the second spot in the Eastern Conference (predicting that the Heat vault to number one). The Magic already filled an important need by signing Chris Duhon to solidify their point guard position behind Jameer Nelson.
They could look for another frontcourt piece. Rumors have tied them to Al Harrington, who could be traded in a sign-and-trade which could be swung with J.J. Redick, who gives the Knicks a much-needed scorer.
The Hawks have the talent in the backcourt and forward position to continue their rise in the Eastern Conference, but Atlanta is looking for size in the paint to better defend against Dwight Howard and others.
The Hawks have been closely tied to Shaquille O'Neal, but a secondary choice could be to draw Udonis Haslem away from their divisional rivals. Haslem would allow Josh Smith to stretch the floor some more and open the Hawks offense that likes to run.
The Celtics already made one important move by signing Jermaine O'Neal to give Boston security behind Kendrick Perkins, who just had knee surgery.
Their next likely move to is to find a backup point guard for Rajon Rondo following Marquis Daniels' free agency. The Celtics could re-sign Nate Robinson or look to other free-agent point guards Earl Watson or possibly bring back Eddie House on the cheap.
The Heat got their big pieces, but they still have almost no roster around Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James.
The Heat are close to inking LeBron fanboy Mike Miller to a five-year, $30 million deal, but that still gives the Heat a starting four. While LeBron and/or Dwyane Wade could run the point, the Heat will still look to sign a true point guard.
They've reportedly flirted with Derek Fisher, but could look to Luke Ridnour. Shannon Brown, who with the promise of winning, may be convinced to take equal money that he made last season in L.A.
The Bucks' roster is pretty set. They may make one last ditch effort to keep Ridnour, but it appears he has one foot out the door. With Brandon Jennings running the point, the Bucks will likely be in the market for a backup point guard. Nate Robinson could be a choice there.
The Bucks will also look to replace veteran rebounder Kurt Thomas. The Nets' Josh Boone is a respectable choice to backup the newly signed Drew Gooden.
The Bobcats took an important step by re-signing Tyrus Thomas to a five-year, $40 million contract. Thomas is a bit of a project, but the Bobcats are rolling the dice on him.
The Bobcats may be on the verge of losing point guard Raymond Felton, which will elevate D.J. Augustin to the starting job. However, the Bobcats could reach out to Jordan Farmar or Earl Watson to take over the starting job if they are not confident in Augustin.
The Bulls missed out on the big prizes, but they have already addressed significant issues by signing Carlos Boozer (for an interior presence) and are close to inking Kyle Korver (who gives them a sharpshooter).
The Bulls still have more room under the cap to sign players. At this point, however, the Bulls are likely looking to shape their bench which still has holes to fill. A backup point guard is likely near the top of their priority list as well as a reserve big man. Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been tied to rumors for the latter.
The Raptors are looking to fill Chris Bosh's big shoes, but first they are reportedly involved in talks that would send Hedo Turkoglu to Phoenix in a four-team trade that would bring Boris Diaw back to the Raptors.
The Toronto roster is still full, but bringing in Diaw is a strong first step and immediately fills a need.
The Knicks got one big prize when they inked Amar'e Stoudemire, but missing out on another piece (LeBron) has left significant voids on the Knicks' roster.
The Knicks, in need of a point guard after Chris Duhon left, are reportedly close to signing Raymond Felton. The Knicks still need frontcourt help and are reportedly in talks with Richard Jefferson and may pursue Zydrunas Ilgauskas to hold down the center spot behind Amar'e.
The Pistons didn't lose much in the free agency this winter and may still re-sign Kwame Brown or sign a big guy like Ian Mahinmi, but their roster appears pretty set. The last piece they need is a point guard. The club has been in talks with Will Bynum and may be close to signing the fourth-year guard.
The 76ers' roster is pretty set and they have yet to sign second overall pick Evan Turner. That could eventually lead the Sixers to trade Andre Iguodala in exchange for future projects or draft considerations. Either way, the 76ers are a young team that will likely be forced to build around the talent they've already got.
The Wizards have yet to sign their 2010 draft picks, which will cut their space against the cap, but the team should have enough space to sign one veteran frontcourt presence that should help immediately.
The Wizards may be able to stretch and get a guy like Haslem, or may go on the cheap and sign Josh Boone or possibly Brad Miller to give the Wizards some size.
The Nets missed out on the big prizes and are likely on the outside looking in of the second-tier free agents.
They closed one frontcourt void by signing Travis Outlaw, but are in the market for Richard Jefferson and Udonis Haslem, which will solidify their frontcourt and make it much more competitive in front of Brook Lopez.
The Pacers roster is full, but they are facing concerns at point guard with T.J. Ford and Earl Watson on the free-agent block. If they don't re-sign either, the Pacers are looking towards Jordan Farmar or Shannon Brown. Other than that, the Pacers will go into the 2010 season with a similar roster to last season's.
The Lakers signed Steve Blake away from the Trail Blazers, but are likely to lose Farmar, Shannon Brown, and Derek Fisher this offseason. Chances are the Lakers will re-sign one of them.
Additionally, the Lakers will likely make moves to fill out the end of the bench. Another guard, Roger Mason, or a young project to work on is likely in the Lakers' crosshairs.
The Mavericks re-signed Brendan Haywood to a six-year, $55 million deal, which helps solve some of their big men issues. However, Shaquille O'Neal is still reportedly on the Mavs' radar. Yet, with only two unrestricted free agents on their docket and one re-signed, the Mavericks don't have much wiggle room. Re-signing Dirk Nowitzki was the offseason priority and that was done.
The Suns lost Amar'e Stoudemire and are now in the midst of bringing in Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress to fill in the frontcourt void. Pulling off this deal would be a major coup for the Suns, who can use an athletic forward and a perimeter shooter to boost their high-octane offense.
The Nuggets recently lost Brian Butch to a gruesome knee injury and are now in serious need of a big man. There isn't much out there in the short term, but the Nuggets might look at a guy like Adonal Foyle, who despite being 35, is a 7-footer who can at least clog the lane.
While 35, Foyle could serve as a solid backup to Nene and solidify a fairly set Nuggets roster.
The Jazz lost their big free agent this summer (Carlos Boozer) and Kyle Korver, but otherwise have no unrestricted free agents left on the roster. Losing Boozer will likely force the Jazz to at least get on the horn with Udonis Haslem and look for a sharpshooter to replace Korver. That could entice the Jazz to at least pursue restricted free agent J.J. Redick.
The Blazers have two flexible parts on the unrestricted free-agent list in Travis Diener and Juwan Howard. Given the Blazers luck with big men, they may pursue another to backup to Joel Pryzbilla and Greg Oden.
However, for now the Blazers appear more directed towards a backup point guard. They signed Wesley Matthews to an offer sheet but may also pursue Kyle Lowry.
The Spurs aren't getting too aggressive in their free-agent pursuits. They re-signed free-agent power forward Matt Bonner and appear close to signing their 2007 draft pick Tiago Splitter away from his Spanish League team. For now, those are the only rumors attached to the Spurs.
The Thunder signed superstar Kevin Durant to a five-year, $86 million extension. That appears to be the Thunder's heavy lifting for this offseason. They have a young roster that is still locked up with only expendable parts in Etan Thomas and others on the unrestricted free-agent block. Between that and the numerous players acquired through the draft, the Thunder appear set.
The Rockets are sitting pat on restricted free agents Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry. The Rockets will not make an offer to either before other teams extend their offers first. The Rockets will use those offer sheets to get the talks starting.
Otherwise, the Rockets are not budging in free agency, especially after missing on Chris Bosh.
The Grizzlies re-signed Rudy Gay to a five-year, $82 million deal and added another piece by signing forward Tony Allen away from the Celtics. The Grizzlies have otherwise gone quiet on the free-agent front.
The Hornets balked at the idea of trading Chris Paul and appear ready to get involved in the free-agent market. The Hornets signed Luther Head to solidify their backcourt and may be in pursuit of Marquis Daniels to add depth at the point guard spot.
The Clippers locked up their draft picks Eric Bledsoe and Al-Farouq Aminu, but that wasn't all they did over the weekend. Brian Cook, Ryan Gomes, and Randy Foye all signed with the Clippers this weekend to fill holes in the frontcourt and fill Steve Blake's spot.
The Warriors swung a trade for former Knicks power forward David Lee and in turn sent Anthony Randolph to New York. Additionally, the Warriors boosted their front court by signing small forward Dorell Wright. The Warriors are still trying to sign free agent Matt Barnes.
The Kings got very busy around the draft by acquiring Samuel Dalembert in addition to bringing in size through the draft. The Kings are not heavy in the free-agent market, but are looking for backup point guards. Eddie House and Nate Robinson may be on the Kings' radar in coming weeks.
The Timberwolves talked about unloading Al Jefferson, but have not pulled that trigger yet. Instead, the T-Wolves are trying to unload Ramon Sessions and his $16 million contract in order to pursue free-agent point guard Luke Ridnour.