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NBA free agency predictions?
July 1 marks the beginning of NBA free agency, and what a time it should be. LeBron James is available. So are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, James' and Bosh's fellow Big Three member Dwyane Wade and -- perhaps briefly, if he re-signs as expected -- Dirk Nowitzki. That's not to mention restricted free agents such as Eric Bledsoe and Gordon Hayward, plus trade targets like Kevin Love. What will happen when the players start moving?
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Welcome to LeBron James Free Agent Frenzy 2.0. Yes, the two-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, making him available to effectively everyone.
Naturally, everyone is interested. And we don't just mean NBA teams.
Sure, fans of all Association teams are dreaming of LeBron in their colors ...
Mad Libs: LeBron taking his talents to (insert city name). pic.twitter.com/jRUJnAKS0A— Jeff D Lowe (@JeffDLowe) June 24, 2014
... but some interesting proposals hit the Internet from all sorts of teams and institutions.
Naturally, the former football player generated some NFL interest:
Meanwhile, some hockey teams also expressed interest (extra points to the Blue Jackets for the subtlety of their pitch).
.@KingJames follow for DM— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) June 24, 2014
Also vying for LeBron's services: the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, the United States' rugby sevens team and perhaps the most popular unit in all of America right now:
Let's not forget the Brazos Valley Bombers, a summer collegiate baseball team that -- wait. We don't remember including your team in our SportsNation poll!
Finally, Major League Soccer showed an undeniable appreciation for King James -- but not the one you're thinking of. That would be James Rodriguez, aka James, a Colombian midfielder who has sparked his side to three straight wins in the 2014 World Cup.
LeBron James opts out
LeBron James wasted very little time in deciding to opt out of his contract with the Heat, doing so almost a week before the June 30 deadline. James' decision gives both him and the Heat a number of options -- he can decide whether he wants to take his talents elsewhere, while the Heat have the chance to restructure his contract. The Big Three era might be over -- or it could just be entering a new and better stage, with the possibility of adding Carmelo Anthony to the mix.
Where will Carmelo Anthony go?
The expected has happened, as Carmelo Anthony opted out of his contract to become a free agent this summer. This would make him the biggest name -- so far -- on the market, with the Chicago Bulls considered a primary option. Where will he end up? Would you want your favorite team to sign him?
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End of the Big Three in Miami?
The Miami Heat's Big Three set out for a three-peat this season. Instead, they got hammered by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, leading many to speculate that this might be the end of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all together in South Florida. Then again, there are some suggestions all three could stay -- and be joined by Carmelo Anthony. What do you expect to see?