As most sports fans know, there are some HUGE scenarios set to happen in the NBA within the coming days. There are so many marquee names that are up for free agency. And there are even more opinions from people about what will happen. Being the highly sports-opinionated person I am, I wanted to share my insights on what I think will happen with a few of the big-name players. I could be way off, I could be right on the money. The exciting part is that we have to wait and see!
David Lee - David Lee reminds me so much of what David Wright is to the New York Mets. He’s a good, clean guy that can get you local endorsements, and has All-Star talent but just doesn’t have a crew around him, and it seems to me like he wants to stay put for a long time in the Big Apple. David Lee ends up back with the NEW YORK KNICKS with a new contract.
Jermaine O’Neal - O’Neal is one of those guys that’s definitely a presence on the blocks, but isn’t at all what he used to be. I personally think that if the everything were to play out as I see it, O’Neal would be re-signed by the Heat and then traded to the TORONTO RAPTORS where he spent one season playing just as well as he did last year.
Rudy Gay - The difference between Gay and all of these other free agents is that Gay is a restricted free agent…However, I have included him in this list because I think that there are teams out there who will pay him more than the Grizzlies will, and if the Grizzlies don’t match the “offer sheet” placed by a particular team within a week, he’s gone. I think this scenario plays out, and Gay becomes a NEW JERSEY NETS player.
Tracy McGrady - T-Mac used to be one of the biggest shooting threats in the league, but now he it seems he spends more time injured than suiting up. He’s past his prime, unfortunately, yet he is still a veteran. This hasn’t been discussed a lot, but I think McGrady ends up a LOS ANGELES LAKERS sixth man, in search for that ring he has always wanted. He’s played with Artest, and would probably be okay with a small pay cut to join a champion team.
Allen Iverson - Iverson has really not been a factor in the past half-decade at all. It’s sad, because he was always my favorite player growing up as a kid. I think Iverson’s last season comes within the next contract he signs, and I am almost certain he wants to end his Hall of Fame career with the PHILADELPHIA 76ERS, and they want him to as well.
Shaquille O’Neal - Shaq may be past his prime and riding the last half of his career, but he is still an important piece for any team to have. I think the Cavaliers need to sign him back, at least for 2 years, and make sure he does his job of motivating the young players around him to be champions. I think ultimately he stays with the CLEVELAND CAVALIERS and gets at least a 2-year deal.
Carlos Boozer - Carlos Boozer could really go anywhere. This guy is one of the few 20/10 big-men on the market this year. The Jazz just have no cap space, so it is very possible Boozer could be on the move. I have a gut feeling that Boozer ends up alongside Kevin Durant as a player for the OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER. The Thunder realize that after nearly beating the Lakers in the playoffs last season, they just need a couple more pieces to be contenders. And they are willing to spend that big money if it means big success. But if my gut feeling is wrong, look for Boozer to join the CHICAGO BULLS.
Dirk Nowitzki - Dirk opted out of the final year in his contract with the Mavericks. I only think he is doing so because he wants a new 3-4 year deal in Dallas. He is the face of the franchise, and Mark Cuban has treated Nowitzki very well, and he wants to stay that way. The DALLAS MAVERICKS re-sign Nowitzki.
Paul Pierce - Paul Pierce is in the same exact boat as Nowitzki. Pierce wants to remain a Celtic, and with the announcement that Doc Rivers will remain Boston’s head coach for at least a little while longer, Pierce will undoubtedly continue with the BOSTON CELTICS and get a 3-4 year contract.
Amare Stoudemire - Amare Stoudemire to me is one of the most interesting moves this season. I feel like Stoudemire definitely wants to be a premier player on his team, but isn’t necessarily as focused on a championship as some of these other players. I think that Stoudemire reunites with former head coach Mike D’Antoni as a part of the NEW YORK KNICKS.
Ray Allen - Ray Allen, if moved, will be the biggest move this offseason. I think he will go somewhere else though he had a great run in Boston…but where? I think the Cavaliers will really push hard to sign Ray Allen, probably acquiring him by a sign-and-trade involving the Celtics. I personally feel he ends up a member of the CLEVELAND CAVALIERS.
Dwyane Wade - Wade isn’t going to go anywhere. He is the biggest priority of the Heat to keep there, and he will easily be paid what he desires. He stays with the MIAMI HEAT.
Joe Johnson - Joe Johnson was offered a maximum contract by Atlanta earlier today. However, the New Jersey Nets really should desire Johnson’s services. If they were smart they would go after him quickly. And they have the money to do so, as Johnson would easily become the face of a young but talented organization. Johnson heads north to the NEW JERSEY NETS.
Chris Bosh - When the Heat sign and trade away Jermaine O’Neal as I have said, that is one of the three or four players the Heat will be trading to get this guy. Bosh can get the contract he wants and play alongside Dwyane Wade in Miami. I think he definitely takes the deal and becomes part of the MIAMI HEAT.
LeBron James - There are going to be so many different pitches for this guy. And everything I have picked so far rests on where LeBron goes. New York has the most money, New Jersey has Jay-Z, Miami has Dwyane Wade, Chicago has Derrick Rose….But Cleveland…Cleveland has a legacy in tact ASSUMING that Dan Gilbert, Cavaliers owner, is willing to spend a little money. It is worth going into the luxury tax to keep LeBron as a part of the Cleveland organization. Cleveland could trade away three or four guys in exchange for a Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire. And if Shaquille O’Neal gets resigned, Ray Allen gets signed, and they bring in another efficient and consistent player like Raymond Felton or Nate Robinson that’s up for free agency, LeBron would probably want to stay put. Cleveland made the conference semi-finals without any of these big players. If they bring in another two or three bigger names, LeBron could win a championship there. Dan Gilbert just has to let LeBron have more say in this process if he wants it to work. I think if at least some moves are made, LeBron stays with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Daily News has these lines for the NBA free agents everyone is talking about. Can’t believe Cleveland is the favorite for Lebon. Knicks and Amar[‘]e makes sense since we’re not gonna get ‘Bron and hold on a second I gotta go cry.
I’m utterly shocked my favorite NBA blog is espousing this silly Lebron in Jordan’s shadow BS. I don’t really think Lebron collapsed under pressure in game 5. More likely, he was already looking forward to midnight tonight. That’s not exactly what you want in a superstar, but his supporting cast was so bad, you can’t really blame him. Do you remember who supported Jordan from 1984 to 1990?
the main reason the Cavaliers aren’t really contenders for his services aside from “You can never leave home,” arguments, and the extra money, is he can’t win with them. Nobody could.
Back to my main point—Lebron has a tendency to throw me into tangents (whoops he did it again). The Michael Jordan legacy isn’t a negative, I it’s a positive. Lebron idolized MJ, just like Wade did growing up in the South Side, and to play in his shadow would be a treat. Remember, James wanted to retire the #23 jersey across the entire NBA last year. Most of us have heard the stories about James going to Gibson’s steakhouse and asking for MJ’s old waiter etc after playing in Chicago. Does that sound like someone scared of MJ’s legacy? Chicago is the best option. He doesn’t want to be the Robin to Wade’s Batman, and in Miami that’s the only possibility since it’s D-Wade’s town. The Knicks are a joke (sob), and the Nets play in Newark. I think it’s gonna be Chicago.
Here’s something I never hear anyone talk about. Why doesn’t he sign one year deals with teams for the rest of his career? It would be the summer of 2010 EVERY SUMMER!.
ESPN’s insiders and respective nerds breakdown the top 10 free agents and where they think they’ll go. Most assume that LeBron James is going to Chicago and Wade staying put in the M.I.-Ya -Yo.
The most interesting thing, at least to me, is Chris Sheridan’s theory/thought about Paul Pierce coming to the Clippers. How does Pierce go from being a potential lifer in Boston to becoming Kobe’s arena step brother? I know that Pierce is an L.A. kid, but I’m not sure if the ciudad will welcome back with open arms.
Also, Phoenix people, call the Suns and demand that they go after Dirkius Circus this off season. Imagine Dirk running and gunning with Nash again? Ah, good times.
And finally, why would LeBron James go to the Bulls? I understand that the Bulls are a good team that James could make better, but how can he be successful while standing in the shadows of Jordan? If James collapsed under the pressure in game 5 of the Boston series, how can you expect him to rise to the occasion with the Bulls? The Bulls legacy/dynasty is tied specifically to one player unlike say the Lakers and Celtics’ legacies.
I just hope Rudy Gay gets a max contract from the Clippers.
“This Thursday, LeBron James begins his free agency. And he’s being courted by Chicago, Miami, Dallas, New Jersey, and the L.A. Clippers. Of course, according to the NBA rules, those teams can only offer him 95 million dollars over five years, while his current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, can give him 125 million dollars over six years. Meaning we will soon have the answer to the eternal question: would anyone choose to live in Cleveland for 30 million dollars?”—
STEPHEN COLBERT, slightly off on his math but still making a funny, on The Colbert Report.
I’ll be in and out of watching the draft, but I’m going to get my thoughts down in one post.
For some reason ESPN has Chris Duhon as the Knicks starting PG in the “lineup” for next season. Every time I see it I call 311.
Al-Farouq Aminu is going to regret those glasses.
For some reason Utah using the Knicks’ pick on Gordon Heyward makes me feel much better.
How mad was Indy that Utah took the white guy? I thought they were going to take Cole (not the guy from Martin) with that pick. They took Paul George. He looks like T-Mac. Not on the court, on the face.
Cole Aldrich may have just replaced Kendrick Perkins as the most country player in the league. Aaand Ric Bucher says he’s getting traded to OKC. Where he’ll fit in very well (with the fans). I guess they need size. But I don’t want anyone interfering with me watching Serge Ibaka next season.
Jay Bilas just described Xavier Henry, who went 12th to Memphis as “sort of left handed.” Really Jay? That’s what you and your law degree come up with? Jokes aside, nice pick as a replacement for Rudy Gay, who will sign a max deal with the Knicks at 12:01 am on July 1.
I don’t understand why the draft isn’t another round or two. Wouldn’t that help the D-League? Isn’t there a lot of talent left when the draft is over? I’m not asking for a baseball number of rounds, but I think we could go 3 or 4.
Wait, ESPN hired a Steve Lavin lookalike?
I love how unpolished these guys are. Don’t lose this! Keep mumbling!
Unrelated: my brother bought a share in a pig farm or something. We are having ribs for dinner. This is an amazing thing.
I despise the ESPYs.
Ric Bucher just gave us news of a Baby Yao! No, not like a nickname for another giant chinese guy. I mean Mr. and Mrs. Yao had a baby.
I love the Patrick Patterson pick for Houston. I think this means Jordan Hill is not the answer. To anything. For anyone. That’s not fair actually, he could still be good. It will just be very depressing.
Big pick coming up for the Deer, America’s second favorite team. I like the Larry Sanders pick. Get some length up in there (that’s what she said).
OK, these people are making me change the channel. But I’ll regain control. I always do (don’t).
I got another few minutes. Luke Babbitt, to Minny. Luke, I hardly knew ye.
He kind of looks like a brunette Kyle Singler.
I think I hear a vuvuzela in the stands. Either I’m going crazy or there is a hilarious fan in the audience.
Chicago just took Seraphin so they don’t have to take a cap hit. Dirty motherfuckers (this is why the Knicks should not have bought the Toney Douglas pick last draft).
Why is Kevin Durant in black and white? It’s like watching Pleasantville backwards.
I do not like trading Luke Babbitt Minnesota. I do not like it. Martell Webster, not a game changer. Nobody’s been walking around saying, man, if only the Wolves had a shooter, they’d be set! I think you’ve got to take some shots at the endzone Mr. Kahn. Or you’re going to have to go back to practicing law.
I hate the Avery Bradley pick by Boston. Because it’s a damn good pick.
OK, I lost now. We’re watching Top Chef. Don’t tell anyone.
I’m watching Draftcast right now. Not the same. Just as boring, but not nearly as amusing.
Bledsoe to LAC via trade. Nicely done.
Who the hell is Elliot Williams? Oh, the guy from Memphis. No idea. Anyway, we’re at the point where I’m rooting for guys I’ve never heard of to get picked so the Knicks have a chance at names I know. We’re at at 21 and Hobson is still on the board. Only 17 picks to go (or something like that). Twitter says JVG is not impressed with this pick.
Trevor Booker to Minnesota. Don’t know him. Kahn’s hit parade continues. So let’s review. I’m live blogging myself watching “draftcast” and I don’t know who any of the players are.
I would say the Daniel Orton spelunking expedition is the least surprising draft day occurrence I have ever been a part of. Am I a part of this?
I am literally on the edge of my chair hoping Hobson doesn’t get picked. And I have maybe seen him play one time. This is so weird.
For the record, if I was Orlando I would do the VC for Gilbert trade. I’d rather have a gun in the locker room than an unarmed VC.
It is amazing the way twitter beats ESPN.com to every pick and trade. Picks are moving all over the place. I can’t keep up.
Experts all over twitter are into the Greivis Vasquez pick. Frank Isola just said Knicks were into him and that he’s pals with Johan Santana. Weird, cool.
I realize what I’m feeling right now - long on opinions, poorly informed - I feel Bill Simmons! Watch this: Karate Kid, Ewing Theory, Kevin McHale/Larry Bird, “I know, I was at that game,” fake boobs, Big Papi, Ewing Theory (I said it twice on purpose).
Knicks pick is only 7 away. Lots of good players left (according to the information I have assimilated over the last week, during conference tournaments and March Madness). Alabi, Whiteside, Armon Johnson, Ebanks and Hobson are all still on the board. Someone’s got to take the German guy soon.
And German guy goes to the Nets. And rights are sold to OKC. How many guys are on this team? Is he playing in a HS gym? What are those highlights? Is that my YMHA? (Note the H).
Just don’t take Lance Stephenson Donnie, please. It’s a bad idea.
I see that 300-lb weight next to Dexter Pittman who Miami just drafted, and I do not like it. Aside from Shaq, who’s ever been good and weighed above three bills?
Look, I’m just going to say it. Avery Johnson is annoying. He is just bothersome. That’s it.
Damn. Whiteside to SAC. And Armon Johnson to Portland. Knicks better hurry up and pick. According to Fran Frascilia, Nemanja Bjelica is 6’10”, handles the ball like a point and passes like Toni Kukoc. And some vaguely racist shit about how Serbians are poor and work their asses off. Fran, relax.
Knicks are two picks away! This is brutal. Terrico White to Detroit. One more pick and they’re up. I heard they wanted Hobson and thought he’d go in the 20s. Now he’s one pick away. It’s Milwaukee. They don’t feel like my second favorite team now. They’re picking and it’s…it’s Hobson. Fuck me. Although Bilas just hammered the kid. Kind of makes me like him better.
The Knicks take Andy Rautins from Syracuse? I’m sorry. But that’s not someone I had on my board. Him I’ve seen play. Not into this. Think he could have been picked up as an FA.
WHO THE FUCK IS THAT GUY? Landry Fields? Who the fuck is Landry Fields?
Why do I do this? They just showed a shot of people running out of the arena and screaming into towels. A guy in a Knicks wig and facepaint with his hands up and his jaw-dropped. Hey, Knicks - if the guy in the wig is questioning you, you are doing very badly.
This from Chad Ford on twitter: Knicks take Landry Fields with their second pick. Fields wasn’t in my Top 100. First time a team drafts a player out of my Top 100 in yrs.
Fuck us man. I’m out of here. I’m not joking, I’m fucking angry. What the fuck. Give us something SOMETIME.
Great Piece today from TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott about William Wesley. Worth the read, so you can make your own “Worldwide Wes” jokes as he’s steering Lebron to ____________. And yes, the picture above is the first one that shows up in google image search. It’s him at the Malice in the Palace holding back(?) Ron Ron.
According to CBS Sports, Corey Maggette is headed towards Latrell Sprewell’s favorite relaxation spot in a move that sends the Warriors Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell. In return the Bucks, get Magette’s penchant for offense, a wife that looks way too put together to be married to Corey Maggette, and his 3 yr/$31 million contract.
Here’s hoping that Maggette works out for them if Salmons takes off.
Holy shit, Gadzuric is set to make over $7 million next year…
Gadzuric will make $7.2 million in the final year of a massive contract that Hammond inherited from the team’s previous front office.
The Lake Erie Crushers plan to offer James a maximum contract under Frontier League rules on “Keep LBJ in the C-L-E Night” next week. The team said the contract is worth $1,600 a month and will include a host family so the NBA superstar won’t have the “stress of a potential commute” from Akron. Also available will be a luxury suite.
The Crushers will wear Cavaliers-themed jerseys June 30 and each player will wear No. 6 to honor James’ switch from No. 23. The team is renaming its park LeBron James Field at All Pro Freight Stadium for the game. Anyone named LeBron gets free tickets.
One title and people are going on and on about the Lakers being the greatest franchise of all time? Do people not forget that even with the victory in game 7 against the Lakers, they’re still 1-7 against the Celtics in game 7’s. Maybe someone should interview Bill Russell about this abomination. Red is rolling over in his grave and crushing the victory cigar he’s been smoking in heaven.
ESPN NBA Franchise Rankings:#1 Lakers is the greatest franchise in NBA history.
(no, it’s not the bulls nor spurs. and definitely not the celtics)
Magic. Kareem. The Logo. Kobe. Shaq. When it comes to superstars, the Lakers are so far out in front of everybody else it’s not even funny — their all-time starting five would crush any other team’s; in fact, it might be better than that of the rest of the league’s put together. So star-studded is their legacy that I left Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and George Mikan off my five-man team that opened this paragraph, also neglecting the likes of James Worthy, Bob McAdoo and Gail Goodrich.
And those big names won, too. Although the Celtics have more championships, the Lakers have more of everything else — wins, playoff wins, playoff series wins and conference titles. About the only thing that hurts L.A. in the all-time rankings is the penalty for relocating from Minnesota to Los Angeles in the 1950s.
So the NBA finished up two nights ago, and as I sat amongst a crowd of people I only half-knew and thought about the game, I figured that I would wake up the next day with a hang-over and life would go on. That’s exactly what happened; although, the hangover wasn’t nearly that bad, as I had sweated out a lot of the beer and bourbon during the game.
Kobe Bryant was the NBA Finals MVP, even when it was apparent to many NBA analysts and writers, that Pau Gasol should have taken top billing. I’ll leave out the typical Kobe harangue, since his team won. He shot 6-24 and admitted afterward that he was pressing.
The Celtics Ray Allen had another horrific game in these NBA Finals. It’s like game 2 happened in a vacuum and all the air has been let in. Not sure what happened to him over the week that followed, but if he had given even 50% of what he was capable, the Celtics would be champions.
As for game 7 itself, I’m still not sure what happened. The Celtics had a 12 point lead at some point in the 3rd quarter, and then whoosh. It vanished, and this with Kobe Bryant (the supposed messiah of game 7’s) shooting terribly.
I know a lot of Celtics fans are destroyed by this loss, and I can understand why. You had it. Granted, it will be easy to play the Kendrick Perkins card, but Rasheed was OK—although terrible rebounding the ball, which is where Perkins flourishes. Paul Pierce didn’t shoot so well either, and Garnett didn’t want to take over. It all came crashing down.
The Lakers, meanwhile, played with a toughness media commentators have always chided them for lacking. When I say Lakers, I mean everybody but Kobe Bryant, who played tragically awful in this game, to the point where, if they had lost, then every sportswriter in the country would be clamoring to write the definitive “Where does this leave Kobe in the historical sense” post.
It could have been a failure along the lines of any recent collapse from a heralded player, and I know a lot of writers, myself included, would have enjoyed saying “I told you so.” But the Lakers won.
Why do I get the feeling that people are already thinking about the Lakers winning again next year?
Oh well, on to free agency, which people have been more psyched about anyway. As if the actual game of basketball must take a back seat to where the fuck Lebron goes.
Damn, I hope he chooses New York. It’s gonna be a crappy place to live if he doesn’t. At least I don’t live in LA.
The deal was agreed to on Tuesday night and the two teams have been working out details Thursday morning. Barring some last-minute hitch the trade should be completed as early as Thursday afternoon, according to the sources.
Thoughts? Will Evan Turner be dawning the royal blue, white & red next year?
I think I can sum up everyone’s thoughts when I say the entire landscape of the NBA just changed DRAMATICALLY.