NBA FREE AGENCY: AND THE WINNER IS…
First day of NBA Free Agency and looks like the Knicks and the Nets got the jump on Lebron with the first meetings with the King. Seems like the Hawks are gonna give Joe Johnson a $120 million, 6 year contract. That’s gotta go up as one of the most ridiculous contracts ever. I like Joe Johnson, but he’s nothing but a #3 option. This guy can’t lead a team to a Championship. He didn’t do it with the Suns and hasn’t done it with all that firepower the Hawks have.
I am kinda pumped to see where Lebron is going. I’m gonna be very disappointed if this guy stays in Cleveland. If I’m Lebron, Chicago or the New York is probably the best situation. Chicago because they have the best chance in winning if Lebron goes there. A Derek Rose/Lebron combo would be deadly for the next decade. New York would be a good choice because other than LA, its the best place to live. I LOVE the city of New York. Sure the Knicks are in shambles and sure they have a subpar front office. BUT… Lebron on that teams puts ’em straight into the playoffs. If they re-sign David Lee and 1 more free agent (Stoudamire/Bosh/Boozer) the Knicks will be favorites to come out of the East. I’m not sure of the cap implications, but New York better make something BIG happen.
If I’m Dwayne Wade, I’m leaving Miami too. Look at Kevin Garnett. He spent most his life being “loyal” to the Timberwolves and got nowhere. He finally left, and got 1 ring. 1 ring for possibly one of the greatest power forwards to every play the game is a SHAME. Dwayne Wade needs to think about going to Chicago too. It’s a great fit for him. Miami needs A LOT of pieces to become a real contender.
Chris Bosh is one guy who is definitely leaving his team. This guy’s a stud. He’s going to make his team an instant playoff contender, and if they are already, a finals favorite. I see him going to either Miami to play with Bosh or the Knicks. If I’m Bosh, money’s a secondary issue. I look to see where Lebron and Wade land. Teaming up with Lebron is the first choice unless Chicago puts out an offer he can’t refuse. Playing alongside Wade is cool, but in Miami they’re nothing but a second round playoff bust.
I’m pumped about this offseason. Hopefully, teams don’t blow their chances of landing someone big by panicking and pissing money away on the wrong talent. No offense to Joe Johnson, but he’s just not the man. No offense to Darko Milicic, but why the hell would the T-Wolves offer him a 4 yr, 20 million offer? This kid’s been in the league for 7 years, a #2 pick in the draft, and his best year, averaged 8 points and 5.4 rebounds a game. This is why the T-Wolves suck. Not Darko’s fault, just managements fault. Congrats to Darko for getting his.
P.S. I would love to see Dirk Nowitzki end up somewhere else. He’s a good players in a bad system.