With free agency in the NBA underway, where will the top players go? Let us know if you agree with a few of our predictions to follow. —Cedric “BIG CED” Thornton
LEBRON JAMES: Miami Heat
Obviously the biggest fish that needs to be caught. After losing the championship this year, who knows what is going through James’ mind, but, when he opted-out, it sent shock-waves through the universe.
If I were a betting man, I’d say he goes back to Cleveland or he stays put in Miami.
CARMELO ANTHONY: New York Knicks
Right before LeBron James opted-out of his contract, all the attention was on Melo and where he will land. Disappointment is probably the most accurate word when it comes to how the Knick season played out after showing promise the previous year.
If I were a betting man, I’d say he’s going nowhere.. But, to the bank.
ERIC BLEDSOE: Phoenix Suns
A restricted free agent, Bledsoe had his best season yet. Although he isn’t mentioned in the higher echelon of players yet, he is still young and has potential to be even better.
If I were a betting man, even if he is offered a contract elsewhere, the Suns will match and he stays in uniform.
DWYANE WADE: Miami Heat
Ok, so, technically, he is not a free agent, but, just like LeBron, he has the option to opt-out, either way, Wade will end his career in a Miami Heat uniform. If loyalty doesn’t keep him there, his banged up body most certainly will.
If I were a betting man, well, you just read what I wrote…
ZACH RANDOLPH: Memphis Grizzlies
Randolph is having a steady career and I don’t see why that would stop or even slow down now. He has a player option that would pay him $16.5 million, so, you do the math!
If I were a betting man, I’d say he stays put.
LANCE STEPHENSON: Indiana Pacers
An unrestricted free agent, he is sure to get suitors, but, some may be scared off by his behavior and antics. Blowing in LeBron’s ears during the playoffs just magnified one of the reasons a team may back off as he has shown that he can play with the big dogs.
If I were a betting man, I’d say Larry Bird brings him back, based on talent alone.
PAUL PIERCE: Brooklyn Nets
After losing in the playoffs, it sounded as if Pierce was basically letting the world know that he still has some game left in him and not to give up on him. I’m thinking that he doesn’t have a real preference, as long as a check can be cashed.
If I were a betting man, I’d say if Garnett decides not to come back, then he may be playing elsewhere.