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Trades and extensions will be the talk this summer

Updated: July 6, 2006, 12:22 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The NBA opens for free-agent business one minute past midnight Friday.

The wide-open NBA.

Miami's stunning ascent from a 52-win regular season to a championship, with an aggressively assembled team that even Pat Riley admits was built for the now, is likely to spark a flurry of bold moves this summer. From contenders and even noncontenders.

After the most unpredictable playoffs in memory, it makes sense. Teams in both conferences are bound to believe more than ever, as Riley ...

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