The moratorium is over! Doesn’t have the same ring as, ‘The King has returned!’ does it? Now that the King holding the key to unlocking free agency mayhem has made his most defiant of decisions, the rest of the NBA is scrambling, reacting, and the such. LeBron James going back to Cleveland may just be the biggest news story all year, perhaps the biggest sports story since the King left Ohio for South Beach four years ago. What happens next is free agency fallout, or a free-for-all, if you will. The Chicago Bulls sit poised to make moves, but as we learned back in 2010 – making moves doesn’t equate to the right moves being made.
The good news is that this time around Chicago didn’t have all their eggs in one basket for a superstar talent, unlike in 2010. Swinging and missing isn’t how this free agency period should be taken if the Bulls do end up not signing Carmelo Anthony. For the Miami Heat however, they’ve all but assuredly come up empty after losing LeBron, after four straight finals runs fueled by the Big Three. Interesting sidebar – how will NBA history look back at those four wondrous years in Miami? Food for thought.
Anyway, with Chris Bosh’s decision seemingly adjoined with LeBron’s by media reports, it’s now being reported Bosh has re-signed with the Heat. So that leaves the third wheel and Oak Lawn’s very own Dwyane Wade. Wade plays the position that Chicago has most desperately desired an upgrade for, for years. Jimmy Butler is a gem, and his defense is marvelous, but the guy has been playing out of position his whole career – he’s not a two.
The notion of D-Wade coming to Chicago scares a fan base all too familiar with bad knees and faded out superstars, and Wade fits the bill for both of those categories. With the announcement of Chris Bosh signing for another five years with Miami, reports say Wade’s deal appears to be imminent. Miami’s not going down without a fight, but that big sigh of relief you just heard is from the entire city of Chicago. So Wade’s out of the picture.
Where’s Chicago go from here? The market for remaining two guards is thin and inexplicably expensive (Ben Gordon stand up!). Nick Young just re-signed with the Lakers, Lance Stephenson is too erratic for the Bulls taste, and Ray Allen and Vince Carter are 38 and 37 respectively. Chicago (*fingers crossed*) won’t just spend to spend, but they’re still one or two sizable moves away from feeling confident with their roster going into the 2014-2015 season.
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