During this years trade deadline, Geoff Petrie dumped Kevin Martin's long term contract in what seems to be an attempt to lure a big name free agent this off-season. With nearly $20 million to spend in free agency (after paying our first round draft pick) the Kings have enough money to sign almost any player, including Lebron James. Although unlikely to be in the Lebron sweepatakes, let's take a look at the list of NBA superstars and all stars that will become free agents after the 2009-2010 season, analyzing who would want to play for the Kings that we could obtain financially.Superstars:
The Superstars that will re-sign with their present team:
Paul Pierce- Pierce has played his entire career in Boston and has been the face of the franchise for 11 years. The Celtics have a few young prospects that could emerge as contenders once the Big Three break apart. In the end, I see Pierce remaining a Celtic and sign a nice contract to stay with the team until his day of retirement.
Dirk Nowitzki- Nowitzki is the franchise of his team and the Mavericks have become serious contenders in the West, once again. I expect Nowitzki to re-sign with the Mavericks for such a big contract that he will never even think about going to another team.
Yao Ming- With the departure of Tracy McGrady, the Rockets have made a statement that they are building around Aaron Brooks and Yao Ming. Don't expect Yao to leave for anywhere else.
Lebron James- Now that Cleveland has acquired some help in Antawn Jamison, Lebron is set with a contending team for years to come. Whether he resigns with Cleveland or not, the King will not be wearing a Kings uniform next year.
Dwayne Wade- Wade seems unhappy that Miami won't surround him with help like Cleveland did for Lebron, hence Miami's run for Amare. I see Wade either resigning with Miami along with Amare or signing in Chicago, but not Sacramento.
So out of the seven actual free-agent superstars during the 2010 off-season, five can be counted out for options for the Kings. That leaves Amare Stoudemire and Chris Bosh.
Amare Stoudemire- Geoff Petrie obviously would like to have Amare Stoudemire, as he acquired about the Power Forward throughout the trade deadline. Amare will most definitely not remain a Sun, with the Kings as a possibility.
Chris Bosh- Probably the most desired free agent for the Kings. He wants to win while being "The Man." We can pay him enough to lure him away from Toronto, but what does he think about the Kings' young talent?
He thinks highly of our young squad, and I can see Bosh as "The MAN" here leading us to an NBA title.
As a rebuilding team, the Kings must factor in the age of their marquee free agent, so you can count out:
Steve Nash- 35 years old
Shaquille O'Neal- 37 years old
Kenyon Martin- 31 years old
Marcus Camby- 35 years old
Ray Allen- 33 years old
Tracy McGrady- 30 years old
Manu Ginobli- 31 years old
Among the younger all-star free agents, Joe Johnson (27 years old), Michael Redd (29 years old), Josh Howard (29 years old), John Salmons (29 years old), and Richard Jefferson (28 years old), you can count out Redd, Howard, Salmons, and Jefferson. That leaves Joe Johnson.
Joe Johnson- The Atlanta Hawks are a cheap franchise, who are known not to pay their players, so there is a possibility that the Hawks let this All-Star go. I would love to see Joe Johnson pairedup with Tyreke, as he JJ would probably love it as well.
Sifting through the 2010 free agent class, there are three possible candidates that the Kings may acquire. What do you guys think? Who do you guys like? Any people that I have not mentioned?