Well, it is still all quiet on the Cavalier front. Obviously, we didn’t expect that to change until the draft actually begins, if at all. But things are not quiet around the rest of the league. The Chicago Bulls have traded Kirk Hinrich to the Washington Wizards in an attempt to have enough cap space to sign two giant free agents. The deal will reportedly get the Bulls from the $20 million free range to the $30 million range according to ESPN. But that’s not all.
The Miami Heat, are emerging as the free agency dark horse all of a sudden. The Heat traded their pick and Daequan Cook yesterday to Oklahoma City to save cap space. Now, ESPN is reporting that Miami is also looking to buy out James Jones’ deal, which could give the Heat just under $30 million to spend on free agents. Oh, and they can of course bring back Dwyane Wade too.
The Cavs aren’t done just yet, but they certainly have reason to be scared. The Cavaliers can always pay LeBron James more money than anyone else can. The Cavaliers can also continue to promise to improve the team. The scary thing if you are in LeBron’s camp is looking at the power balance shifting in the East so drastically. Assuming the Heat and Bulls both now sign two top free agents to go with Dwyane Wade, and Rose and Noah, respectively, LeBron will know that he needs to compete with those teams year in and year out. That is, of course, unless he takes the attitude of, “If you can’t beat em, might as well join em.”
I don’t expect the Cavs to just sit idle throughout this process, but the hill is getting steeper and steeper by the day.