2014 NBA Free Agency Preview

2014 NBA Free Agency Preview

2014 NBA Free Agency Preview
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NBA Free Agency begins on Tuesday at 12:01amET and this could be one of the most frenzied periods in NBA off-season history. The names Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Eric Bledsoe, Lance Stephenson and Greg Monroe are all names that could be moved on Tuesday, though most likely many of the top stars could be staying. We'll preview the NBA Free Agency period and the top players who could be moved.

1) LeBron James: James took a major cut to leave Cleveland and join the "Big Three" in 2010. Now he's looking for the max which means most teams can't afford him and the other two will have to take sizable pay cuts. James already has two rings with Miami and four Finals trips so "the decision" has worked out fine.
Prediction: He stays in Miami

2) Carmelo Anthony: The New York Knicks' former star has many suitors including Miami. He is one of the top scorers in the NBA and even though the money is green, if he really wants to win, why would he go back to a Knicks' team that appears to be rebuilding? Dallas is a team that is an option, but they are extremely old and probably not going to contend in the West. That leaves Miami and Chicago, where he could contend if the money and is situation is right. That situation in Chicago has to do with Derrick Rose's health and after two injury-marred seasons, who knows? It's still a quality team without him but are they the Heat? That's a team that he'll probably have to take a pay cut to play for.
Prediction: Chicago.

3) Eric Bledsoe: Bledsoe is just 24 and coming off a career year with the Phoenix Suns, averaging 17.7 points and 5.5 assists. He's a combo guard who fit well with Goran Dragic. The Suns drafted Tyler Ennis just in case they would lose Bledsoe, but most likely, it will take a max contract to signed one of the more athletic, young guards in the NBA. He's also a restricted free agent, which means the Suns can match any deal.
Prediction: Phoenix

4) Kyle Lowry: The Toronto Raptors could be a team to watch in the Eastern Conference if they can hang on to Lowry. This is a team that finished third pace in the conference and Lowry (17.9 points, 7.4 assists) was a big part of it. But Miami is reportedly pushing for the 28-year old because they desperately need a point guard despite drafting Shabazz Napier in last week's draft. If LeBron James wants him....
Prediction: Miami

5) Lance Stephenson: The Pacers were a scary team due to Stephenson's improvement and they imploded partially due to his enigmatic qualities. He is a talented guard who can handle the ball, create and defend. But whether he's worth the headache is another story. He averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists last year. The Pacers appear to want him back because he's a 23-year old talented guard and they don't have much else in the backcourt.
Prediction: Indiana.

6) Dwyane Wade: The future Hall of Fame looked like a D-League player during the NBA Finals but when he was healthy, he was still a productive player, averaging 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Whether he ever finds his old self, it doesn't really matter. He isn't leaving the Miami Heat because he has three rings and while he may be on the decline, he'll have a chip on his shoulder next season. He may have to take more of a Ray Allen role and that means coming off the bench.
Prediction: Miami

7) Greg Monroe: The talented Detroit center is on a team where a younger alternative is also there (Andre Drummond). The 24-year old is a skilled big man who can play either post position but he forces Josh Smith to play small forward, where he's not well-suited. Stan Van Gundy would like to have him back and attempt to deal Smith. Monroe has to improve his defense and Van Gundy is the coach to help him. The Pistons just don't appear to be a great fit, even though he probably can get the most money there.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers

8) Chris Bosh: The 6-11 big man averaged 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds for Miami last season. But is he going to want to be the third spoke in the wheel again or does he want to go back to being a big fish in a small pond? He seems to fit better as the No. 2 option and can make a lot more money elsewhere.
Prediction: Miami

9) Marcin Gortat: The Polish Machine helped Washington advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade. He averaged 13 points and 9.9 rebounds in the playoffs. Washington is putting on a full-court press in attempt to re-sign him and why not? They traded their first-round pick in this year's draft for Gortat and there are very few quality centers available.They aren't the only team interested as Miami apparently wants in.
Prediction: Washington

10) Trevor Ariza: The well-travelled small forward is coming off a very good season, averaging 14.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. He's turned into a very good corner three-point shooter and is one of the top perimeter defenders in the league. Miami is also involved as well and would like his three-point shooting (40.7 percent). But with backup Martell Webster out 3-5 months after back surgery, Washington needs him more than ever.
Prediction: Washington

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