By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on July 1, 2014
The 2014 NBA free agency begins today, as numerous players across the league are prepared to listen to what teams have to say about them. It’s a great time to be alive for the big-named free agents who are seeking maximum contracts. For that reason, here’s a look at the top five players in free agency who are expected to make a splash in the ensuing weeks.
Despite his worn out knees and the fact that he doesn’t have much time left in the NBA, Dwyane Wade is still an electric player who is a big-time difference maker when he needs to be. His non-existence in the 2014 NBA Finals definitely hurt the Miami Heat’s chances of winning it all. However, he has still proved to be a great offensive threat when he’s healthy enough to do so. Expect Wade to re-sign with the Heat.
Chris Bosh is a tremendous athlete who can handle his own on offense and defense. To strictly look at his numbers is ridiculous because LeBron James and Wade take care of most of the offensive production. With that being said, Bosh still puts up great numbers and is a threat almost anywhere on the court. He’s a key piece to the “Big Three,” which is why there’s no reason for him to sign anywhere outside of Miami, although he will get offers.
Dirk Nowitzki is one of the best big men in the game. His ability to knock down shots from anywhere makes him a huge threat. Not to mention, being a top-10 scorer in NBA history makes his presence legitimate. At this point, there’s no way he leaves the Dallas Mavericks, as long as Mark Cuban holds up his end of the deal by surrounding Nowitzki with talented players to make another championship run.
Many believe Carmelo Anthony will re-sign with the New York Knicks, but I believe there’s no way that happens. Anthony wants to win titles now. Unfortunately, the Knicks are still too far away for that to happen. Look for Anthony, who put up staggering numbers in 2013-14, to sign with an organization that can give him a chance to collect a ring as early as next season. The Chicago Bulls, Mavericks, and Heat are all legitimate possibilities.
Did you really expect to see anyone else at No. 1 on this list? James is the best player in the league and will keep that status for many years to come. Despite winning two titles with the Heat, he’s eager to collect more so he can be considered the greatest who ever played when it’s all said and done. Re-signing with the Heat is the obvious choice, but don’t be surprised if he finds a new home that can offer him more opportunities to win rings.
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