While NHL free agency hasn’t quite dazzled the way it sometimes does, the NBA has a really good thing going these days and it should come to a head very soon.
The NBA’s free agent class features some of the best players in the game right now, including LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, and the three of them have been scheming for a while now as to where they might all end up.
While it’s customary for teams to line up to meet players and try to woo them, it’s not as common to see the big three of an FA class get together to discuss who is going where – and the latest of those meetings goes later today.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday night that James, Wade and Bosh will hold a conference call today to try and inch closer to final decisions.
Here’s how it’s shaking down, starting with the Canadian interest: In terms of a sign-and-trade (which would benefit the Raptors), the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the way in the Chris Bosh sweepstakes. ESPN reports Toronto would get Anderson Varejao and/or J.J. Hickson, Delonte West and maybe Anthony Parker as well as a potential draft pick for Bosh. LeBron James has apparently tried to lure Bosh to the Cavs, but he isn’t too keen on moving to Ohio.
Dwayne Wade could easily end up back in Miami (as they could offer him more money), but he likely won’t do so unless he’s bringing a player like Bosh or James along with him. His other options seem to be New Jersey or Chicago, where he has family and where the team is already set up pretty nicely.
As for King James, well the city of Cleveland wants him bad but so does everyone else. Just like Wade, the Bulls and Nets seem to be his other two main options.
Some people out in the blogosphere, like Brooks over at Sports by Brooks, are speculating that all of these meetings we keep hearing about with LeBron and various teams are nothing more than sports reality TV. He thinks James “never had any intention of leaving the comfort of Cleveland” despite the big act.
I guess we’ll find out for sure on Thursday night when ESPN hosts a one-hour special that will conclude with James’ decision – my god it does sound like reality TV, doesn’t it? Which team will get the rose, or the key, or immunity until the next round of free agency?
While we’re on the topic, have you seen any of the pleas from people in Cleveland to get James to stay?
Cleveland.com reports one local company has offered to produce a massive world-class fireworks show for him if he stays, while another is offering him free beer for life.
Then there was Betty White’s attempt at wooing LBJ, and of course, Clevelanders for LeBron James: