It’s funny how in the world of Social Media and the instantaneous reaction it feels like we’ve been enduring the process of NBA Free Agency for forever now, but in reality, teams have only legally been allowed to talk to players for 9 days. And players are only allowed to officially ink deals as of today, July 10th at 12:01 a.m. It only seems like forever since Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James opted out of their contracts because we talk about it every second of every day. Between sports talk radio, twitter, and the nonstop “updates” from Chris Broussard, Brian Windhorst, and Marc Stein on ESPN every 4 minutes, we have had Lebron speculation shoved down our throats all day long. And that’s all this is; speculation. Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and the rest of this years free agents are taking their time with their decisions, and rightfully so, as this is potentially the biggest decision of their lives.
We all know the rumors swirling around Lebron, Melo, and Chris Bosh: Lebron could return “home” to Cleveland (believe it or not Akron and Cleveland are not the same place), Chris Bosh could return “home” by going to the Houston Rockets (he’s actually from Dallas), and Melo can do the only thing he was ever going to do and stay in NY. There are many other outside possibilities of what is going to transpire, but I unlike the rest of the world, am going to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. That show should start today when Melo re-signs with the Knicks. I mean, cbssports.com already prematurely broke the story that Melo will be re-signing with the Knicks, but hey maybe he’ll go play for the coach-less Lakers (because that’s a real option).
The most unfortunate part in all of this is that when someone wins (as in winning their free agent of choice), someone else has to lose. And this is the part where you can bust out your violin for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is probably being duped once again. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice……you know how the rest of that one goes. Not only is Cleveland banking on Lebron’s desire to return home, but they are clearing cap space to ensure that they have enough money to sign Lebron James. Let me just say that the only way Lebron is going back to Cleveland is if Kevin Love somehow gets traded there this week and agrees to sign a long term deal. Good luck. As much fun as all this speculation is, we are just going to have to take a chill pill and wait out these decisions. Once again, if you actually pull out the calendar, we haven’t been waiting that long. The funniest part to all this is we are most likely going to watch all of this hype suddenly fizzle out when every major free agent ends up staying put. That would be funny wouldn’t it?
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