The Powerhouse Teams of the NBA Future

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJune 9, 2009

I am not too sure if many of you think about the future of the NBA, but it is one aspect that constantly pops up in my head throughout my daily life.

With the 2010 free agent offseason signing approaching at quick levels, have any of you fans actually sat down to think about how ridiculous any NBA team can become with just a simple signing of a free agent player or two? I mean, imagine two superstars or three All-Stars joining heads with one another and absolutely running the league for years to come.

Forget using the word ridiculous, it would be more like historic...especially with the type of athletes that will be ready to sign a hefty contract with any team.

I present to you the Powerhouse Teams of the NBA's future.

Miami Heat

After the 09'-10' season, the Heat literally will be left with four players remaining on contract and Dwyane Wade with a player option. The team's payroll drops from around $69.6 million to around $17.1 million.

From what I have heard, the salary cap next season will be $57.3 million. If you do the math, the Heat will have a little more than $40 million dollars to spend on re-signing players and potentially signing a big named player, such as a Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire.

Could you picture that? Dwyane Wade and Bosh/Stoudemire battling against the rest of the Eastern Conference together?

Not only will this team win games, they will take names while doing so, especially with an improved Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley. This Heat team could really do some serious damage.

New York Knicks

This one was obvious. The Knicks' payroll will drop from $69.9 million next season to a whopping $18.1 million, just in time for the 2010 free agent summer signing.

They will have two players actively remaining on their rosters in Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler. That is it.

This Knicks team will have loads of money to spend on practically any player in the league, as long as the athlete actually wants to sign with them (not LeBron!).

The possibilities for New York are endless. They could sign players like Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Redd, Joe Johnson, Rudy Gay, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Steve Nash...and the list goes on.

Superstars like Dwyane Wade could even depart from his beloved Miami Heat to join heads with any of the names mentioned above. Imagine a team with Yao and Wade...talking about a powerhouse team.

Minnesota Timberwolves

After next season, the Timberwolves' salary will drop from $50.8 million to around $15.7 million. They will have two team options in Kevin Love and Corey Brewerโ€”which I assume they will takeโ€”and three qualifying options, one being Randy Foye, and one player option in Sebastian Telfair.

With a ton of money on their side, the Wolves could go after a potential NBA leader like Amare Stoudemire or Michael Redd. These players, with the help of Randy Foye and Al Jefferson, could really turn into serious contenders in the West, and one heck of a powerful team.


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