Free agents

LeBron James: Where’s he going? (poll)

by on Jul.08, 2010, under Free agents

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade

Will we be seeing a lot more of this in 2010-11? (The Canadian Press)

With “sources” pointing to the Miami Heat as the favorite to land LeBron James, and “sources” saying the King will celebrate his decision in South Beach this weekend, it seems all but official that James will join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Florida next season.

But we have already bitten on media-driven head fakes many times this summer, and it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that this is yet another one.

I, for one, am quite excited for the announcement tonight — in a shameful way. A giddiness is building up in me, akin to what I’ve felt for past season finales of guilty pleasures like “American Idol.” (continue reading…)

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Quick takes: Wade, Bosh in Miami, Boozer in Chicago

by on Jul.07, 2010, under Free agents, Quick hits

Dwyane Wade

Wade is staying in Miami and he'll have a very capable sidekick in Bosh. Will the duo become a trio by Thursday evening? (Keith Allison/Flickr)

Two-thirds of the dream trio that has been the recipient of so much attention this summer have finally decided on their future.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh announced today that they plan to sign with the Miami Heat.

From a fantasy standpoint, it’s not all that exciting — yet. It’s too early to jump to concrete conclusions on Wade and Bosh’s values next season, since we don’t know who else will (or will not) sign with their squad. As it stands, the Heat only have Wade, Bosh, Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley on its payroll. If they fill out that roster with a bunch of minor role players, Wade and Bosh remain fantasy studs, though their stats might take a slight baby step back.

If, however, Wade and Bosh are joined by LeBron James, all three dudes will see their values take a material hit. (continue reading…)

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Quick take: Amar’e Stoudemire to Knicks (poll)

by on Jul.06, 2010, under Free agents, Quick hits

Amar'e Stoudemire heads to the Knicks

Stoudemire's wallet is now this big -- but his fantasy value has shrunk. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Amar’e Stoudemire is (almost officially) a New York Knick. The coveted big man is ready to put his signature on a five-year contract that will net him nearly $100 million. This clearly has implications for his fantasy value, which surged in the latter part of last season. While his wallet might have gotten a lot fatter, his fantasy value has done the opposite.

More in-depth analysis of this and other big free agency signings will come once contracts are made official after Thursday, but for now, here’s a quick rundown of why STAT will have a down fantasy season, with the current Knicks roster:

  • he won’t have a point guard who plays anywhere near the level of Steve Nash
  • he’ll have to adjust to playing with another point guard
  • defenses will be able to hone in on shutting him down on a thinner team than his former Suns
  • the clock continues to tick until his next serious injury
  • the looming threat of post-contract blues

What do you think? Is Stoudemire guaranteed to take a step back for fantasy owners this season, or is he set to finally take off in an offense that’s more centered around him? Let us know in the poll below. (continue reading…)

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NBA free agency: Twitter and a poll

by on Jul.01, 2010, under Free agents, Other

If you want quick updates on NBA free agency throughout the days to come, feel free to follow this blog on Twitter: @fbasketballblog.com

Or you can click on this cute button:

Follow me on Twitter!

Or you can just shift your eyes to the right and click on the Twitter panel in the right sidebar.

I’ll be tweeting and re-tweeting about the latest happenings and non-happenings. If anything big happens, I’ll flesh it out here on the site — with a fantasy perspective, of course.

Also, here’s a quick poll for you to kill some time as we wait upon the chips to start falling into place: (continue reading…)

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2010 Free agents: ‘Volatility Index’

by on Jun.30, 2010, under Free agents

LeBron James NY

It's almost the hour that LeBron's been dreaming of for years. New York: get ready to be disappointed! (Flickr/david_shankbone)

It’s almost here. No, not Justin Bieber’s 18th birthday – the official start of this summer’s NBA free agency season, of course.

While many of us are probably ready to just get it all over with already, if you’re a fantasy addict you’re already thinking about how decisions made in the next few days will affect their draft positions in the fall.

Here’s a quick look at this blog’s very first and very own “Volatility Index.” Taking into account factors like probability of landing with certain teams and potential teammates next season, this is a list of projections about how volatile each of these key fantasy players are on the eve of free agency, along with a quick and dirty prediction of where each player will actually land. We’ll use a scale of 0 (fantasy value totally stable) to 10 (fantasy value totally unpredictable). (continue reading…)

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