NBA Free Agency: If LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Move On, NBA Will Be More Exciting

Ro ShiellAnalyst IJuly 7, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 14:  LeBron James #23 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Eastern Conference celebrate their 141-139 victory over the Western Conference during the NBA All-Star Game, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at Cowboys Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. 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 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The NBA will be far more exciting if LeBron James and Dwayne Wade leave their current teams.

 

Seeing a superstar in a  new jersey creates excitement and answers a lot of questions. Was this player overrated? Did they benefit from the system they previously played in or previous teammates?

 

When a franchise player moves, it not only rejuvenates the fan base of the new team but also makes the NBA more competitive.

Ever seen Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon? Beautifully shot film but an eventual let down because the heroes' kung fu was unrivaled same with every Steven Seagal films. You need balance and right now the Lakers are destined to repeat next year.

 

In the summer of 2007, the Boston Celtics obtained Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, two players that struggled to advance their respective teams to their conference finals on their own.

 

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Add the two to Paul Pierce it created a juggernaut in the league that led to a championship. Sadly this came about too late in their careers and they were unable to repeat their championship due to injuries.

 

It is not very common to see great players change teams early in their careers due to the salary cap. The top rookies get a three-year deal and after that they normally get a four-year contract with that team.

 

After three years, a player becomes a restricted free agent and their current team can match any other offer that player receives and keep them.

 

It is hard to watch a player like Dwayne Wade work so hard only to exit in the first round through no fault of his. Same for LeBron James and, to a lesser extent, Chris Bosh.

 

That is why this year is such a pivotal year, and if the top free agents end up back on their respective teams, they will have missed an opportunity to sell the game. Worse yet is if they do not team up.

 

Ever since Michael Jordan retired, the NBA has not had that one consistently dominant team. The Lakers won three straight but trailed off for six years then won two consecutive championships. The San Antonio Spurs won three championships, but none were back to back.

 

Nothing gets fans more excited than two dominant teams meeting in the finals. The Lakers and the Celtics met this year, but they were only running on fumes. They brought back memories of legends like Magic Johnson and the Showtime Lakers.

 

Larry Bird’s steal for the Celtics! Kevin McHale's footwork, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and the sky hook. The grace of Bill Walton and the crafty elbows of Robert Parish

 

It is very rare to have any one team this loaded in the current NBA. On a good team, players play to their strength and this can only encourages great basketball. On a bad team, players are forced to play out of their depth and overextend themselves.

 

Take Joe Johnson. When he was on the Phoenix Suns, he was great shooter. Then the Hawks made him their main man and are wondering why they keep just barely getting out of the first round.

 

It is good for the game if great players play with each other. Dennis Rodman was under-utilized in San Antonio , but flourished with the Bulls, playing with Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

 

Kevin McHale would have been the man on any other team, but was a pivotal sixth man on those loaded Celtics teams. Bill Walton led Portland to a championship and if it were not for injuries, he may have stayed with them his entire career. The Celtics were lucky to have him as a back-up center.

 

Pau Gasol is one of the greatest pivot men to enter the NBA in the last decade, but you would have never realized this watching him play for the Memphis Grizzlies.

 

It is also great when these teams get upset, like in 2003 when the Lakers brought in All-Stars Gary Payton and Karl Malone only to be beaten by a Chauncey Billups-led Detroit Pistons in the finals.

 

What if in the summer of 2004 Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, and Tim Duncan had signed with the Orlando Magic and Hill never suffered that broken ankle?

 

Never mind, let's just hope we never have to ask these questions of these free agents of 2010.