The world has been waiting for Lebron James to make his decision, and we all now know, Lebron will be returning to Cleveland. He informed the world in a heart-felt letter saying “Who am I to hold a grudge?” A 180 degree turn from “The Decision”, and while we know what this means for the Cavs, we will now be waiting to see the shockwaves sent around the league.
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First things first, NBA free agency will officially re-commence. All of the major players (including Greg Monroe) had been waiting on this momentous decision from Lebron, and now that it has been made the pieces will begin to fall into place. It seems Chris Bosh will be heading out to Houston, and Dwyane Wade will remain in Miami. The original “Big Three” may be broken up, but that may not stop a new big three from forming in Cleveland.
The Cavs will be working to create the best supporting cast possible around Lebron which may consist of adding guys like Ray Allen, Mike Miller, and possibly Kevin Love. Everyone knows Love is available for the right price, and that price may just be Andrew Wiggins, and some other assets (including a first round pick from Miami that could now prove to be very valuable.)
Either way the Cavs will now be a very formidable opponent in the Central, and the division is looking like the NBA’s SEC. With the Cavs and Bulls looking to improve, and the Pacers coming off consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances the Pistons now have their work cut out for them. The East still won’t compare with the top to bottom talent of the west, but the central division will no doubt be one of the most physical in the league, and will now include the best player in the world.
One thing we do know for sure is that Greg Monroe won’t be heading to Cleveland, which many said was possible if the Cavs didn’t land Lebron. The Pistons and Monroe are said to be discussing a long term deal, but the elephant in the room is still Josh Smith. The trio of Monroe, Smith, and Andre Drummond simply can’t happen again this season, and if the Pistons did sign Monroe they would absolutely need to have a trade partner lined up for Smith. Some reports had Smith going to Sacramento in a deal for Isaiah Thomas, but that is becoming increasingly unlikely. While there is interest coming from the Pistons it doesn’t appear to be mutual as Thomas is said to prefer to play for the Lakers or Mavericks.
The Pistons have, for the most part, made their smaller deals already with the additions of Jodie Meeks, Cartier Martin, and Aaron Gray, now it’s time to take care of the big guy. Stan Van Gundy has maintained throughout free agency that Monroe’s contract is the most important thing they must handle, and now that Lebron has made a decision free agency will fly back in to action. The offers are going to be coming for Monroe, and the Pistons must decide how truly important Monroe is for their future.Tags: Basketball, Detroit, Detroit Pistons, Greg Monroe, Lebron James, NBA, Stan Van Gundy