Down, the road the Pistons becomes the driving force of big-time free agency as soon as Iverson’s contract comes off the books next summer. The Pistons will combine a winning environment, one of the most respected general managers in the game, and — depending on salary cap levels that are yet to be set, and extensions that may yet be given to existing Pistons — likely enough cap space to sign two free agent players to max contracts over the next summers of 2009 and 2010.
Feast your eyes on this list of players who will be available. 2010 free agents include LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Ray Allen, Tyson Chandler, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Redd.
The two that jump out to me are, of course, Chris Bosh and LeBron James. They played together nicely on Team USA, and now Dumars can at least entertain the notion of signing not one of those two, but both.
Let’s say both the Cavs and Pistons offer both James and Bosh the maximum allowed. Who do you think they’d sign with (assuming they want to play together). The Cavs will have a 27 year old point guard in Mo Williams and a 21 year old big man to play power forward to Bosh’s center in JJ Hickson (nevermind the fact that they’re coming off of back-to-back championships! har!). Now remember, the Cavs can offer James more than any team in the league.
So, where do you think they’re signing, Detroit or Cleveland?
(and seriously, LeBron’s quest for big city stardom is going to lead him to Detroit? Really? You think Nike is going to give him extra money to move to Mo-town? This shit is getting stupid)