By Jacob Kornhauser on July 1, 2014
NBA free agency is officially underway and the courting has begun. Several teams with cap space and even some without it will try to lure the league's top free agents to their towns. Based on best fit, ability to earn a high salary and supporting cast, here is where each top five free agent will land when it's all said and done.
Dirk is the face of the Mavericks and it's hard to imagine him signing somewhere else this offseason. They have plenty of cap space and they can either give him a supporting player or give him more money than he really deserves. Either way, he should be playing in a Mavericks uniform next season.
The Suns have plenty of money to spend and being realistic, they aren't going to land any top tier free agents. That being said, they may have to settle for Gasol, who can probably earn more money in Phoenix than anywhere else. Even so, he could make them a playoff team in 2014.
LeBron has made it known he wants to finally be the highest paid player on his team and that's a sign the Big Three are staying together. He should get a maximum salary while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will have to work out their individual figures. Since the assumption is that all three are going back to Miami, Wade and Bosh are being left off this list at risk of redundancy.
Stephenson is likely best suited as the main attraction on his team. He could actually be a star on the Hornets while keeping them in the playoff picture. It's unknown how his personality would play out with an even bigger role on a team, but he's too exciting a talent for a young developing team like the Hornets to pass on.
If Carmelo is serious about wanting to be put in the best position to win championships, he will sign with the Bulls. Especially if the team can manage to keep Taj Gibson while giving Anthony his money, the Bulls will be a formidable challenge to the Heat in the Eastern Conference. At this point, it appears that Anthony will either end up back in New York or in the Second City.
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