NBA free agency 2010 finally began yesterday. The start of NBA free agency 2010 was the most anticipated day in years, although NBA free agency still isn’t in full swing. Although LeBron James and the other superstars are now eligible to join other teams, they can’t sign with them until next week. As such, although July 1 was on everybody’s calendar, it was a day in which nothing happened on the James front. The first day of NBA free agency 2010 was just filled with rumors, speculation and James watching – like every day for the last several months.
Most everyone agrees that nothing serious will happen until James chooses a team. After that happens, the Cavaliers will either rejoice, or James’ new team will then get another big name for him. As for those who lose out, they can move toward their backup plans and players, if they have any.
The start of NBA free agency 2010 meant teams could officially make pitches to James. Yesterday had the New York area kick things off, as Knicks and Nets representatives came to see him. However, for all the Knicks have done to prepare for this moment, they are considered huge longshots now. In fact, the Nets, of all teams, may have a better shot, due to owners Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov.
Still, the big NBA free agency 2010 favorites remain the Bulls and Heat, who will make their official pitches soon enough. Since James has claimed that he will decide by Monday, everything is on a standstill until then. For those fed up with James overshadowing everything, they may only have a few more days to put up with his indecision.
There are other things going on during NBA free agency 2010, however. Joe Johnson may be set to sign a $119 million contract to stay in Atlanta, while Memphis’ Rudy Gay could stay for $82 million. Paul Pierce is also rumored to stay in Boston, while Lakers coach Phil Jackson is sticking around as well. The only major figure to leave his team so far is Drew Gooden, who left the Clippers for $32 million from the Bucks.
For all of the NBA free agency 2010 hype, it could still be for a lot of nothing. James could easily stay in Cleveland, while Dwayne Wade is probably going to remain in Miami. Many of the other superstars could also stick with their old teams, instead of forming super teams elsewhere. But, once again, it likely all hinges on what James does on Monday.
Yahoo Sports- “Free agent buzz: Johnson gets max offer”
NBA Examiner- “Recap: Day 1 of NBA free agency”