Big chips are about to fall in NBA free agency. Is their fate actually in the hands of somebody unexpected?
Bosh may decide fates of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony
It’s strange. Typically the biggest names in NBA free agency hold the rest of the market hostage until they sign their deals. However, 2014 may go down as an anomaly. With each passing hour experts believe that it may be in fact Chris Bosh, the supposed least able member of the Big Three, who decides the fates of teammate LeBron James and fellow superstar Carmelo Anthony.
The reason being is because Bosh has serious interest from Houston. Were he to head west and not re-sign in Miami as many expect, it would open the door for any number of scenarios. The most interesting would involve James not returning to the Heat and instead joining Cleveland, who has become a late threat. Or it could involve the blockbuster notion of Anthony taking Bosh’s spot on the Heat roster, allowing he and James to join forces in South Beach.
Bulls not afraid to push forward with Derrick Rose and backup plans
One team that has clearly not let the Carmelo Anthony and James bonanza interrupt their NBA free agency business are the Chicago Bulls. After making what was reportedly a very effective pitch to Anthony early in the process, the team has moved on to other business that could represent clear backup plans in case they aren’t able to lure the forward from New York. Among the ideas include signing European star Nikola Mirotic and making a run at veteran forward Pau Gasol in hopes of giving point guard Derrick Rose more offensive help. That doesn’t include the open dialogue they’ve had with other interesting names like Chandler Parsons and Paul Pierce. Never mind their continued pursuit of disgruntled Minnesota star Kevin Love.
Roy Hibbert descent with Pacers has been as swift as rise
It really is amazing how quickly a career can shift in sports. Many people hailed the rise of All-Star Roy Hibbert as one of the keys that would get the Indiana Pacers their first championship since 1973. Despite being one of the best defenders at his position in the game, his decline over the second half of the 2013-2014 season was so dramatic that trade speculation has surfaced. Things hit rock bottom in the playoffs when Hibbert went scoreless in two-straight games against Atlanta. His ineffectiveness was palpable, and very concerning to a Pacers team who thought the 27-year old was the key part of their core. Now he may be on his way out.