The time is almost upon us. Starting at midnight tonight the talks and rumors about which free agent is going where is going to go (as a friend of mine put it earlier today) ‘from crazy to insane'. Am I the only person who is more excited for July 8th then July 1st? I feel like the only thing that is going to happen starting at midnight is that the rumor mill is going to be working overtime.
We're going to hear ‘this team is talking to this guy' and ‘that team is trying to lure that guy away from the other team' and so on. The reports are going to be coming fast and furiously, and there will absolutely be conflicting stories. But hey...this is the day that we've been waiting for. Why? Because it means that very soon we're likely going to have one of the most talked about teams in the NBA.
Whether it be LeBron, Bosh, Amare, Joe Johnson, Boozer, David Lee...there is going to be some combination of big name guys who can produce for the Heat that will be teaming up with Dwyane Wade to create what should be a title contending team for years to come.
You can use this entry as your forum to bring up rumors, opinions or whatever you guys want to post about as we get closer and closer to the start of free agency. In the meantime, here are the latest rumors going around
The Heat is apparently the front-runners to land Chris Bosh. This coming from an NBA player agent who represents several players who are free agents this summer. It's well known that Bosh would like to be involved in a sign and trade deal so that he can sign a longer contract and make more money, and I'm sure the Raptors aren't against that idea so that they wouldn't lose Bosh to free agency and gain nothing in return.
Granted, all the Heat has to offer is Beasley, Chalmers and the rights to deal with Joel Anthony (who happens to be a Canadian citizen and plays for their National team). But for Toronto, they could be at the point where they'll take just about anything for Bosh just so they don't end up losing him and getting nothing but a big hole in their lineup in return.
Here are a couple comments from Bosh in the last day or so:
On a Toronto radio station: "I've been saying all along, anybody that says they know what's happening is nonsense. There are all sorts of different things you could talk about, different pictures you could paint."
On his Twitter account: "After all these years. Just 24 hrs left. Wow. I'm getting anxious." and "It funny how years come down to hours and minutes."
Personally, if the Heat doesn't get Bosh I'd look for their second choice in the 4/5 position range to be Carlos Boozer. Why? He'd be a cheaper option, he wants to play in Miami and he is the kind of player that Pat Riley and co. absolutely loves. He hustles on defense and rebounds like crazy, things that Amare Stoudemire does not do. Remember how he looked in the playoffs? Yeah...that's not something I see the Heat being interested in, especially for the price that Amare is likely to be signing for.
Anyhoo...that's just my take, and you'll get plenty more of it as the week progresses. For now, we'll just have to sit back and wait to see what happens in the next day. This is the time that Heat fans have been waiting for. We're going to be in the center of the NBA spotlight, so enjoy it! Let's just keep our fingers crossed that all the ‘Heat-hype' doesn't end up becoming a giant letdown, though I honestly cant see that happening. Stay tuned!