Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
The NBA regular season is almost in the books with eight teams from each conference gearing up for a run at the NBA title, but a lot of teams will be going home early and doing everything they can do to make huge splash in the extremely talented free agent market this summer.
When free agency begins this summer, all eyes will be on LeBron James and whether or not he will re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers or go for the big market with the New York Knicks or the Los Angeles Clippers.
At this point time, LeBron will most likely end up staying with the Cavs, but he has left little indication on his plans and a lot speculation heading into the postseason.
Even though King James will get most of the attention this summer with a media circus in both New York and Cleveland, there are still a lot of big names that will become available for the highest. The three other names that are getting mentioned as game changing free agents this summer are Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amare Stoudemire.
Much like LeBron, these three players could help turn around an NBA franchise instantly will their arrival to a new team in the league, but there are also a few other players that could become available this summer that aren’t getting the attention they deserve.
The two players that come to mind are the San Antonio Spurs scoring machine Manu Ginobili and the Utah Jazz All-Star caliber big man Carlos Boozer.
These two players will be unrestricted free agents this offseason and will almost certainly get an offer from their current team, but neither the Spurs or the Jazz have reached out to their All-Star caliber players in order to sign them to a contract extension.
The Utah Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs would be foolish to let either one of these players go elsewhere, but Carlos Boozer would arguably be the one of the two players that has a bit more value at the time being due to his age.
Obviously the Utah Jazz will most likely do all they can do to sign their power forward in an effort to keep the lethal combination of Boozer and Williams intact, but one team that could show some serious interest in signing Carlos Boozer in the offseason is the New York Knicks.
This summer the New York Knicks will have the most money to wheel and deal with and they will have their sights set on some big name free agents like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amare Stoudemire.
If the Knicks can’t sign LeBron, who they seem extremely interested in, New York will most likely go after two big name players like Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks and Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz.