Brace yourselves, hoops junkies: A new season of team switching, money grabbing, and major ass-kissing has begun, and we're very much into it!
This year's NBA Free Agency literally just opened, but we've already lost track of all the transactions that took place in the first 24 hours. There's Marcin Gortat agreeing to a five-year, $60 million deal with the Washington Wizards. There's also Jodie Meeks unexpectedly landing a blockbuster deal (for his stature) with the Detroit Pistons. And then there's Shaun Livingston, who finally secured his first ever big bucks contract with the Golden State Warriors.
But to land the services of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade? That's a whole new ball game right there. Believe us when we tell you that teams will shed blood, spit money, and swallow their pride just to have any of these names in their roster. Desperado moves up ahead!
So how can you tell if a player belongs in this category? You know teams are desperate to snag a player when...
... When a team produces a movie about a player's life. Just ask Lance Stephenson, who attended an impromptu private midnight screening of an Indiana Pacers-produced film that depicts his journey from the streets to the NBA. According to NBC Sports, Stephenson had no idea about the whole thing, and that the film was so good that it made his loved ones cry. Nice one, Indiana!
... When a radio station dedicates a day's worth of air time to a player. Just ask LeBron James, who may or may not have spent the last 24 hours listening to Miami sports radio station WQAM's pleas. Last July 1, the station celebrated "LeBron-A-Thon" and encouraged their listeners to share their fondest memories of LeBron and make a donation to a local Boys and Girls Club. Seems like a worthy cause.
... When a free agent star player postpones his plans for another player's sake. The Detroit Pistons have already offered Isaiah Thomas a three-year, $24 million contract, but the Sacramento Kings guard insists that he will not commit to anything until Kyle Lowry decides whether or not he wants to play in Sacramento. In short: If the Kings fail to land Lowry, Thomas is more than willing to ignore other offers and resume his duties.
... When a player's All-Star teammates give up half of their moolah just so he could get maximum moolah. Rumors are circulating that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are willing to settle within the $11 million to $12 million range next season to give James the max contract he seeks. Several agents are dismissing it as pure bullcrap, but we've seen it happen with Boston's Big Three before.