This summer will showcase the most talented free agent market in NBA history as some of the best players in the league will be available to the highest bidder come July 1st. Even though there will be many talented players becoming available this summer, there are two names that stick out amongst the rest.
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) will be by far the two big-name free agents this summer which will get more attention than any others, but all eyes will be on LeBron has he is the more likely of the two to be leaving his current team.
Dwyane Wade will almost certainly field many offers from teams like the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, but he seems more partial to stay with the Miami Heat as he just wants to see Pat Riley bring in some talent to help him lead this team back to title contender status.
If Pat Riley fails to bring in a big-name free agent like Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire, D-Wade will almost certainly leave town with New York or Chicago being his most likely destination.
As for LeBron James, he is in a similar situation with the Cleveland Cavaliers as he just wants to win, but needs the supporting cast around him. This past offseason and during the regular season, Cavs GM Danny Ferry did all he could to surround LeBron with the talented players like future hall of famer Shaquille O’Neal and All-Star caliber forward Antawn Jamison.
Even though Shaq and Jamison seemed to be the missing pieces to the puzzle in Cleveland, LeBron and company failed to lead the Cavs to victory in the playoffs as they were knocked out in the second round by the defensive minded Boston Celtics.
Coming into the NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers were predicted to cruise through their Eastern Conference opponents, including the Orlando Magic who knocked them out last season and make it all the way the NBA Finals.
Much like last season, many people were anticipating a possible Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals matchup with Kobe Bryant going head to head with LeBron James. This was thought to be a matchup between the two best teams in the league and the two best players, but once again, like last season, the Cavs failed to live up to expectations.
Now LeBron James has perhaps the biggest decision of his life to make as he has to decide which team to sign with and ultimately try and lead to an NBA title.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Boston Celtics, everyone thought that LeBron would be leaning towards leaving Cleveland and possibly signing with the New York Knicks, but recently King James was interviewed on Larry King Live and asked if there was a team that had an “edge” on the competition to sign him.
Even though LeBron most likely wouldn’t give any indication on his intentions regardless, he did say that he loves Cleveland
and the Cavs without a doubt have the “edge” in re-signing him this summer.