NBA free agency 2010 has been years in the making. In fact, NBA free agency 2010 got more press than the finals, due to this NBA free agent class. Since LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and countless more stars had their contracts run out this year, everything has revolved around them. Or, more accurately, it has revolved around James, and whether he will leave Cleveland – and who might join him somewhere else. But, after months of speculation, the NBA free agency 2010 period is finally here, so the superstars will actually have to make decisions soon.
This day has been feared by Cleveland, and anticipated by Chicago, Miami and New York, for a few years now. As of 12:01 a.m. today, LeBron James is free to join any team he wants. However, James and the other free agents cannot sign new contracts with anyone for another week.
This makes the first week of NBA free agency 2010 more of a courtship, although that’s what has been going on for the last several months. Teams, cities and celebrities have begged James to join them, or to stay in Cleveland. The perception is that, when James makes his decision, the likes of Wade, Bosh, Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer and many more will be influenced.
There have already been denied rumors that James, Wade and Bosh could all play together for the Heat. Yet, the NBA free agency 2010 period could form other Dream Team-like combinations. If James is going to join another team, that franchise would need another big star or two to sweeten the deal. The Bulls, Heat, Knicks and others have all freed up cap space to do just that, but now they have to come through.
Word is that James will make his decision by Monday, which would finally bring a quick end to this drama. The NBA free agency 2010 rush has been dominated by James – even moreso after the Cavaliers were knocked out of the playoffs. Even the NBA Finals were overshadowed by James at times, although he wasn’t playing. This intense hype, combined with James’ failures to win a ring again, have caused some PR backlash already.
That would mean nothing in the city that got James – and Cleveland still hopes to be that town. The Cavaliers made their pitch by reportedly getting Bryon Scott as their new head coach today. Scott has been a proven winner with the Nets and Hornets, so the Cavaliers hope James keeps that in mind.
The NBA free agency 2010 hype has promised nothing less than the reshaping of the whole NBA. However, now that it’s here, it has to deliver. College football was supposed to be reshaped forever with conference realignments, but, when Texas stayed in the Big 12, nothing really changed. Could it be the same for the NBA if James stays in Cleveland?
Associated Press- “LeBron leads free-agent crop ready to change NBA”
Yahoo Sports- “Byron Scott will coach the Cleveland Cavaliers”