The biggest free agent market in all of sports is about to unfold in July. Names including Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Joe Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, David Lee, etc could all be switching places in July if an offer to stay isn’t accepted.
Ray Allen and Shaquille O’Neal might be interested in moving places but both players have only a few more seasons to go in the NBA before retirement. Don’t count them out of the free agent party; it seems that their best bet would be staying put. Along with Shaquille O’Neal and Ray Allen Dwayne Wade, Yao Ming, Paul Pierce, Luis Scola, John Salmons, Brendan Haywood, JJ Redick, Jordan Farmar, Randy Foye, and Kyle Lowry could be staying in the same city.
Dirk Nowitzki on the other hand has been in Dallas his entire career and the Mavericks aren’t ready to lose their franchise player. If Dirk wanders away from the Mavericks, any plans of contending are out of the questions, unless Mark Cuban finds a new superstar to come to Dallas.
The Knicks desperately want Lebron but its obvious Lebron doesn’t want to sign with the Knicks when he has better options in front of him. Chicago has loads of young talent already and with addition of one big man – Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, or Carlos Boozer and Lebron James the Chicago Bulls are a true contender in the East. Miami isn’t about to let go of Dwayne Wade and although the Heat wouldn’t be able to sign much other than Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Lebron James could make a deadly combo in South Beach. The only other real option for Lebron is going to the Los Angeles Clippers and giving Kobe a run for his money, partnering with rookie Blake Griffin and veteran guard Baron Davis.
Where the rest could land:
Joe Johnson to the New York Knicks is a very likely scenario if New York falls short of the Lebron sweepstakes. David Lee to the Nets teaming up with center Brook Lopez would give the Nets one of the best front court’s in the NBA. Big men Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, and Carlos Boozer have a small chance of staying in their respective cities while going to Chicago or Miami isn’t out of the question.
Other notable restricted free agents:
Rudy Gay, Josh Childress, Tyrus Thomas, Ronnie Brewer, Linas Kleiza, Wesley Matthews
Other notable unrestricted free agents: Raymond Felton, Udonis Haslem, Richard Jefferson, Travis Outlaw, Nate Robinson, Al Harington, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mike Miller, Matt Barnes, Josh Howard, Jermaine O’Neal, Steve Blake, Amir Johnson, Luke Ridnour, Kyle Korver, Channing Frye, Roger Mason Jr, Matt Bonner, Tony Allen, Brad Miller, and Carlos Arroyo.