A Huge Offseason Looming for all NBA Teams
I know the playoffs have not even arrived yet, but it's never too early to start looking ahead. Especially this year, where we have one of the best free agent classes of - dare I say it - all time. It's safe to say that not all of the potential signings will leave their current clubs, but if enough of them bolt for greener pastures, it could potentially change the landscape of the entire league. We have some of the biggest names in the game, some of whom are still in their prime and could turn any team into a playoff, or perhaps, title contender. Let's look at some of the key guys who every team should have on their radar.
Is the King on the Move?
At the top of every list is Lebron James, he's in the midst of another great season and could end up winning another championship this year. What happens after these playoffs is anyone's guess. He has the option to leave Miami and has already been rumored to New York, back to Cleveland and even to play alongside Kobe in Los Angeles. A lot of these are probably just dreams and will never turn into reality, but the truth is Lebron is a huge asset and will likely end up somewhere else next season.
While we are on the topic of Lebron, it's worth mentioning that both D Wade and Chris Bosh are heading to the free agent market as well. Personally, I think Wade retires as a member of the Heat, but there are whispers that he could follow Lebron elsewhere. Stay tuned on that. As far as Bosh goes, he has his championship and he's going to try and get paid again. He might still be able to be the man somewhere, but he'd be a perfect #2 for an already contending team.
If the big three move all at once, Miami would be basically starting over. They have a very weak foundation to build on, but
would have a mountain of cash available to go after some other big names in this year's crop.
The Melo Situation
Sitting in a similar scenario as Lebron, Carmelo Anthony has the option to leave the Knicks this offseason if he so chooses - and if he does, who could possibly blame him? I'm not one to cast the blame for New York's awful season solely on his shoulders. Most teams in the league would love to have someone with his scoring ability. In a dream world, maybe Lebron bolts to play on New York's big stage which should be enough to entice Carmelo to stay put.
Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Outside of the guys already mentioned we have a list of free agents large enough to build a contender with. Greg Monroe, who quietly has become one of the better centers in the entire league will be a restricted free agent come June. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki will be on the market and could provide some great support for a contending team, even in his older years if he doesn't re-up with the Mavs. Tim Duncan could technically end up on the market, but he is all but a lock to end his career in San Antonio.
Some other names we could see available include Eric Bledsoe, Gordon Hayward, Pau Gasoland Lance Stephenson. Even Luol Deng and Zach Randolph could end up elsewhere.
As a fan of the game, here is hoping the wealth gets spread around and brings more parody to the league. We don't need any more time with the Eastern Conference only owning six teams over .500. Couple this free agency class with one of the deepest draft classes in the past few years and this could be the summer that your team finally turns it around. What do you want to see your team do this summer? Sound off in the comments below!
The guest post was submitted by Simon, a sports writer working for Bigfreebet.co.uk
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