This summer has the potential to be the NBA’s biggest free agency in recent history. The Big Three in Miami could all opt out of their contracts, Carmelo Anthony just opted out of his contract, and Kevin Love will most likely be traded this summer.
The star power in those names that I just mentioned is monumental and all of those players have the potential of turning a good team into an NBA Championship contender. Imagine if Carmelo leaves New York and heads to Houston with James Harden and Dwight Howard or even if the Heat swung a deal for Melo to play with his buddy LeBron in Miami?
The scenarios are endless and as a result many fans are salivating at the potential blockbusters that await their franchise. Obviously if LeBron opts out of his contract, he will be the biggest player in the free agent sweepstakes, so let’s break down a few potential landing spots for him if he happens to opt out.
Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers will be getting a new owner very soon and most importantly one who isn’t a racist. Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is the frontrunner to become the new owner and that man is filthy rich. If he does in fact become the new owner of the Clippers, I don’t think the millions of dollars in luxury tax will scare him and I can see him giving LeBron a key to the Staples Centre. LeBron has never played with an All-Star point guard and if he teamed up with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Clippers games would be reminiscent to a gaming session of NBA Jam.
Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron has been rumoured to be wanting to play with a younger All-Star who will be hitting their prime soon, so who better than Kyrie Irving to team up with? Ever since LeBron torched the city of Cleveland with his decision and bolted to Miami, Cavs fans have tormented him. Regardless of this, I’m sure they would forgive him if he came back. Also, the Cavs have a decent young squad and will most likely be adding Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Emiid to their line-up, so there is a lot of potential there. Add LeBron James, re-sign Luol Deng, Spencer Hawes and add some depth, and that’s not a bad starting five of: Kyrie Irving (PG), Dion Waiters (SG), Luol Deng (SF), LeBron James (PF) and Spencer Hawes (C). Sure that’s quite the wishful thinking, but Cleveland could also use that number-one pick to draft a future All-Star, or even trade that pick and package a deal for Kevin Love or another All-Star, and just like that, Cleveland could be bound for a 2014-15 Championship run! This scenario is only possible if LeBron opts out of his current contract, and is about as likely as pigs flying but it’s fun to dream.
Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri is the greatest General Manager that Toronto has ever seen and he’s only been there for one year. Sprinkle in Global Ambassador Drake and there has got to be some under the table deal that sends LeBron to Toronto. King James could be the King of Canada if he came to Toronto, but lets be real, this is just the the inner Raptors fan in me talking.
All of these LeBron scenarios are fun, but he’ll probably stay in Miami for one more season before officially becoming a free agent next summer. Carmelo Anthony is the biggest free agent now after he just opted out of his contract, so lets briefly sum up the potential landing spots for him.
Houston Rockets: James Harden, Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony. Quite the fantasy team eh? Houston still needs to free some cap space, but this could be the deadliest combination for Melo and the biggest potential spot to get a ring.
Chicago Bulls: The Bulls also have cap troubles, but if they clear that up, this could be the best fit for Melo. He’ll be surrounded with a great coach in a system that plays strong defense, and not to mention he’ll have a ‘healthy’ Derrick Rose. Rose is a better player for Anthony to play with then Harden in Houston and playing in the Eastern Conference is a lot more beneficial.
Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers were in shambles last season but Carmelo could be the man to replace Kobe for the next decade. Being a Laker could be very iconic for Carmelo and if he doesn’t care about winning a ring immediately and would rather hangout on the beach, well then L.A is a good destination.
New York Knicks: Just because he opted out of his contract doesn’t mean that the Knicks are out of the equation. Melo will more than likely move to a different team, but Phil Jackson is a Jedi Master so there is potential that he will convince Melo to sign for less money. The 2015 NBA Free Agent class is even better than this seasons class, so if Jackson can convince Melo that the Knicks are going to blow up the team to clear space for a huge free agent to play with in New York in 2015, then there is still a chance.
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