The Calm Before the Storm: Where the Seven Top Free Agents Will Land

July 5th, 2010 by Brian Mosgaller Leave a reply »
After 72 hours of incessant rumor-mongering from the experts, pundits, talk radio aggravators, as well as all the guys at the local watering hole, a lull in free agency coverage has mercifully arrived. Of course, this doesn’t mean a complete halt to the reporting through anonymous sources—as we just heard yesterday about LeBron’s second “clarification” meeting with the Knicks—but at least we’re now drinking from a garden hose instead of a fire hydrant. And the other perk of this short pause in free agency mania is that it offers a needed moment of reflection to digest what we’ve seen transpire in the first three days of 2010 free agency, and to rationally engage in one last session of prediction prior to some actual signings sure to come this week. Thus far, the only reported agreements have been no-brainer returns that were expected—Dirk returning to Dallas, Paul Pierce re-upping in Beantown, and Joe Johnson sensibly taking the $119 million (about $27 million more than any other team could have offered) to stay in the ATL—as well as a few somewhat surprising resignings—John Salmons in Milwaukee and Rudy Gay&rsquo ...

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