The NBA basketball fireworks started early as three top players that fans and owner alike are in love with; LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh became free agents at 12:01am EST on July 1st. Pat Riley President, of the Miami Heat, is trying to add both Bosh and LeBron to his roster while trying to convince Wade to stay on with the Heat and Riley is not alone in his efforts.
In trying to convince Wade to stay with the Heat and forget pursuing NBA free agency, Miami-Dade County officially changed its name and logo to Miami-Wade County during their campaign called “We Want Wade” week running until July 8th. Even Burnie, the Mascot of the Heat, is getting in the act by living above the main entrance to the AmericanAirlines Arena during this week, showing it 24 hours a day live on Heat.com, a take-off of the movie “The Truman Show” starring Jim Carrey. But will this be enough to keep Wade in Dade, especially after he meets with the Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks who are also in love with the star.
As for the Toronto Raptors keeping Chris Bosh; Bryan Colangelo, General Manager of the Raptors has said “As we look at Chris as a potential free agent, our own free agent, wanting to re-sign him, I still have that intention and desire, but it’s becoming more and more clear that that’s not going to happen. Now we need to decide what the best way is to come out of this.” Bosh has plans to meet with the Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets and the Miami Heat.
And while Lebron James decides which team to sign with during the free agency period, will his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, who plan to meet with him on Saturday, be able to keep him now that Byron Scott has agreed to become Cleveland’s next coach. Will the influence of Jay-Z, part owner of the Nets, be enough to bring him to New Jersey or has the Knicks coach, Mike D’Antoni, proved that New York, New York, is a wonderful town and the place for him.
The Miami Heat, the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Clippers are also courting the former Cavalier during the NBA free agency period so it will be interesting to see which team James falls in love with. Bet 2011 NBA Championship odds at Bodog sportsbook with a 10% bonus and 110% poker bonus.