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Free-agency 4th of July weekend winners

Posted on: July 5, 2010 1:26 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 1:28 pm
After the first weekend of the most important free-agency period in history, and one of the wildest, who were the winners and losers?


New York Knicks: They continued their rally from Friday by getting a second conversation with LeBron James' people Saturday night. Chicago is the only team we know of to get a second meeting with a max agent or his representatives. On top of that, they're zeroing in on Amar'e Stoudemire. The Knicks have done a complete 180 in the last four days, and look like they're going to be improving at some level in the first week of free agency.

Cleveland Cavaliers: They had to make their shot count. Seven years of hard work and dedication could have been eliminated if they hadn't made a significant pitch when they met with LeBron James Saturday morning. They didn't pitch him a billion dollars or a super team, but they did do a pretty good job of making an appeal to his sense of drama:

David Lee: Dude's getting paid . Lee had meetings with the Timberwolves, who have already proven they love to overpay frontcourt players. The Knicks are looking to use him as a sign-and-trade option to land a major player, which keeps his value high in that scenario. And he gets out from under the Knicks who haven't really valued him much despite his contributions. Win-win weekend for Lee.


Miami Heat:
They haven't even gotten a meeting with their own free agent yet. The Chris Bosh rumors have cooled off, and Amar'e is headed for New York by all indications. The Heat are still in this thing, but it's their lack of activity over the weekend that makes you think they lost some ground this weekend. The next four days are going to crucial for them.

Chicago Bulls:
They got a second meeting with Wade. They pushed up their meeting with LeBron. They gambled huge to try and pull off a coup over the weekend, and they missed. The Bulls have some great signs, including the latest from ESPN's Chad Ford that Wade's divorce may be leaning him that way .

Joe Johnson:
How could a guy that signed a max-max contract lose? Because he's nearly guaranteed that he won't win a championship in his career. In four years he's going to be one of the worst contracts in the NBA, constantly shopped around as the Hawks try to get out from the crushing yoke they've put on themselves. And Johnson will be facing all the responsibility thereof. Hope he can comfort himself in the gigantic bed made of cash.


Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 6:30 pm

Free-agency 4th of July weekend winners

Forgot to add in the post above...who wrote this drivel?  If I wrote it, I guess I wouldn't want it attributed to me either.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 6:29 pm

Free-agency 4th of July weekend winners

All of the big FAs are still out there.  How are any teams losers yet?  Stupid article.  What was the point of this piece?  Get in some fluff before your deadline was up?  Stop waiting until the last minute to figure out what you're going to write for the day.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2010 6:02 pm

Free-agency 4th of July weekend winners

video was nice, might even make me feel a little guilty when the Knicks sign him.  that guilt will go away after his first title in NY though.  to anyone who thinks he's going to Cleveland- if it were all based on emotion and love of his town, he'd have signed already, don't be foolish.  if he was this nice guy whose dream was to rejuvenate his home town- why put the city on the edge like this for no reason.  a'mare will sign, then LBJ, sign and trade for tony parker and this bus will be headed all the way to the title

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 5:31 pm

Free-agency 4th of July weekend winners

That video was incredible.  Im not even a Lebron fan, but that literally choked me up to see the depth of love that Cleveland has for him.  He should not leave Cleveland, he should not leave his home. His legacy will begin and end with his decision to stay loyal to his home town community. Should he choose to stay, and win a championship it will only prove to everyone out there that Lebron James did not have to sacrifice success in order to uphold a standard of loyalty that was true in his heart.

Some things are bigger than just the game of basketball, and this decision is one of them.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2010 4:28 pm

Free-agency 4th of July weekend winners

I just love when athletes say they just want to win... come on jj you just sold yourself... and with all this hype in free agency it has been interesting to say the least.  i have never seen such a crop of talented players. cant wait to see how it all ends up. GO LAKERS!!!!!

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2010 4:25 pm

Free-agency 4th of July weekend winners

oh gee your the greatest, just the most bestest...come on man how old are you? and the greatest???? cant be that great you dont even know how to spell his damn name

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 3:52 pm

Free-agency 4th of July weekend winners

I doubt JJ will have too hard of a time comforting himself with his $120 mil. I'm also sure he knows that signing with Atlanta gives him a minimal chance at a ring, at best, if any at all.

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2010 3:33 pm

Free-agency 4th of July weekend winners

haha grow a pair.  wow.

Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2010 3:29 pm

Free-agency 4th of July weekend winners

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