NBA Free Agency: LeBron James Now Has the Ball in His Court

Old AccountSenior Writer IJuly 4, 2010

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 26:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Jason Maxiell #54 of the Detroit Pistons in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 26, 2009 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Cavaliers won 99-78.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The NBA Free Agency period has hit day four of its existence.

As families and friends gather around to celebrate the holiday weekend, the top NBA free agents are doing a little more today.

They are preparing to make a final decision as to where they land.

Names like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Joe Johnson, and others have received quite the interest from quite a few teams.

However, the anticipated free-agency period will truly begin when LeBron James makes a decision.

The ball is in his hands now.

There are quite a few different scenarios that can change the balance of the NBA depending on Lebron's move.

What if he surprises many and makes the move to the Nets or the Knicks?

If this goes down, the Miami Heat might turn out flat, especially if Bosh and Wade join elsewhere.

Maybe they would consider Joe Johnson as a replacement for Wade, along with Stoudemire or Boozer?

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In this free agency period, it could also change the Celtics' Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

Both seem a lock to rejoin the Celtics, but I still won't rule out them teaming up with other stars elsewhere.

Can we see the dream team of LeBron-Wade-Bosh in Chicago or Miami?

Both franchises believe they can make it happen, but LeBron James will be the one to decide that.

What if the King returns to his home in Cleveland? If so, most teams may come out with nothing in this free agency period.

The Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets can also be affected as well.

Both teams are being active in the trade market, where a possible sign and trade deal can go down.

Depending on where LeBron lands, those possibilities may be put to rest.

The Los Angeles Clippers are a team under the radar, but are technically in the LeBron James hunt.

What are their options if James doesn't come to LA?

They, like a few other teams, may hold off on signing anyone.

There are quite a few teams who I could see signing one player at most, and then waiting next year to convince All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to join their team.

But in the end, it has been, and always will be, up to LeBron James.

What does the King want? Is he looking for championships right now? Is he looking to become a billionaire? How about taking part in the music industry and becoming a global icon like MJ was?

Many argue everyday, whether as a fan of a team, or the sport in general, as to what LeBron James wants.

For those who are anxious, you won't have to wait much longer.

A decision is going to be made within the next three days, with only a matter of time until the dominos fall in the 2010 free-agency period.

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