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Dime Magazine Makes A Bold Prediction

So much attention was paid to New York’s recruiting pitch to LeBron James at MSG last month — like bringing in the newly-crowned champion Yankees to sit courtside and chat up The King — that it mostly buried the fact that Miami probably outdid NYC one week later when LeBron visited their gym. The Heat brought in Penny Hardaway (LBJ’s favorite player growing up), plus Jordan and Pippen (the Bulls were his favorite team), and gave ‘Bron a first-hand reminder of what it would be like to play with Dwyane Wade.

The whole thing was a microcosm of how the free-agent summer of 2010 has been covered: New York gets all the hype and intrigue, while everybody forgets that Miami, among other advantages, has just as much cap room and at least a competitive level of marketing appeal to offer big-name targets. (I don’t know about you, but I don’t get the impression D-Wade and Shaq were hurting for endorsement opportunities in Miami.)

In Pat Riley’s perfect world, the Heat will re-sign Wade and team him with LeBron in 2010, and Riley will retire with more rings than Phil Jackson, Larry King and Bilbo Baggins combined.

But every pipe dream needs a backup plan. And in the unlikelihood that Miami lands two A-List superstars, I’m making a prediction: Rudy Gay will sign with the Heat.

As much money as NBA teams spend on collecting game film and sending scouts on the road, you can’t overestimate what it means for the front office decision-makers to see a player perform in-person. As I watched Gay drop 41 points on Miami’s home court yesterday, channeling Harold Miner and James White with some of his dunks, I could just picture team owner Micky Arison shooting Riley glances like, “Can we get this kid?”

Showing off all of the skills that earned him Reggie Lewis comparisons growing up in Baltimore and Pippen comparisons coming out of UConn, Rudy at once exposed Miami’s biggest weakness (small forward) and showed exactly how he’d fill the void in a second-star role next to Wade or whoever the Heat spends its max dollars on.

This much I do know: When the time comes, Gay’s people will laugh at Memphis’ $4.4 million qualifying offer, and the cash-strapped Grizzlies won’t match any big-money offer he gets as a restricted free agent. I also know Gay has been losing 70% of his games playing in half-empty arenas for a team with zero mainstream appeal his entire pro career. Looking at the teams that have big money to spend (Nets, Knicks, Heat, Bulls, Wolves, Thunder, Clippers), Miami offers Rudy the best combination of potentially playing for a winner, getting some attention, and getting major paid.

A lot has been made recently about Wade’s future plans, primarily because the Heat have been losing (like last night’s 28-point defeat to the Grizzlies). At least initially, however, Wade will lean toward staying with the Heat. One, they can pay him the most money. Two, Miami is one of the few “destination” spots in the League, a place where free agents want to sign and guys hope to get traded to no matter how good or bad the team is, simply because of all the city has to offer.

But the best way for Riley and Arison to keep Wade on their side is to put a title-contending team around him. They’ll roll out the red carpet and rally girls for Bosh and Amar’e and LeBron and the usual suspects, but my gut tells me they’ll ultimately get Rudy Gay’s name on the dotted line. Not that it’s anything to be disappointed about.

In your gut, which teams do you feel will land 2010’s big-name free agents? (LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Johnson, Amar’e, Boozer, Ginobili, Gay, Ray Allen, Shaq, T-Mac, Iverson, etc.)

http://dimemag.com/2009/12/next-stop-for-rudy-gay-miami/


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I think this is a very

I think this is a very interesting prediction, but also a very possible one...

Memphis doesnt show to much enthusiasm in re-signing Gay, and Gay may not be to enthuasiastic about staying, although he'll be a restricted free agent, hes going to want to explore his options, and working alongside Wade is a great option, Chalmers, Wade, Gay, Beasley, and O'Neal(cheap), could be a major improvement compared to the direction they're heading in now...

Its something to look into, though

Thoughts?

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I just don't see LeBron
I just don't see LeBron going to Miami. Now Rudy Gay is a definite possibility. 
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I don't know about everybody
I don't know about everybody else but I am ready for 2010 free agency haha. I want to see all the big names go to different teams. It makes things more interesting. Spices up the league a bit. Even though in reality most players stay with their original team for the simple reason of more money.
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i just don't see how lebron

i just don't see how lebron and d-wade would work both players dominate the ball to much

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i think it could work

i think it could work because of how unselfish lebron is.if shaq and kobe can work then i think those 2 can work. ive seen 3 20ppg scorers work on a team before

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i dont see it working

i dont see it working because of beasly he already doesnt get enough touches now with another star he would be wasting his talents so they should go after a big so he can play on the wing and maximize his potential

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LeBron and Wade can play

LeBron and Wade can play together because they're both amazing and unselfish passers. I don't think either one of them would have a problem checking their egos at the door.

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yeah but beasley doesnt

yeah but beasley doesnt complain about not getting alot of touchs. he seems pretty content and i doubt hed have a problem with lebron and wade getting more shots then him if they are winning and get a title. after that if he has a problem with it he would probably ask for a trade or sign somewhere else. and beasley could still get around 18ppg with both of them there or even more by attacking the offensive glass on rebounds or from lebrons court vision or from the defenses keying in on bron and wade

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Rudy Gay to the Heat would

Rudy Gay to the Heat would be a decent possibility if they can keep Wade.

Lebron and Wade would work though, both are unselfish and are as competitive as they come. They would be almost unfair on a team together, they would have to have alot of tough defenders and spot-up shooters though.....

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move mike to the bench and

move mike to the bench and bring in another power foward and amere ,boozer,or bosh

and beasly can have a manu/jr smith role come in and be efficient score and rebound

i think wade is going to wait to see where other players sign and the moves the heat makes b4 he decides to stay or leave

but 1 suspect move or a good offer wade is out

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move mike to the bench and

move mike to the bench and bring in another power foward and amere ,boozer,or bosh

and beasly can have a manu/jr smith role come in and be efficient score and rebound

i think wade is going to wait to see where other players sign and the moves the heat makes b4 he decides to stay or leave

but 1 suspect move or a good offer wade is out

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now i do think beasley would

now i do think beasley would have a problem coming off the bench though. i actually like the rudy gay idea as well . i do think there number 2 target is either bosh or boozer

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Ray Allen

The Celtics are way over the cap, so they don't have any money to spend via free-agency. It only makes sense to re-sign Allen since they have Bird Rights to him. It'd make no sense if they didn't re-sign him because it's not like they have the money to sign another player to replace him. I'm almost 100% positive he'll be back with the Celtics.

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from what i hear they want

from what i hear they want to resin him but he wants more then what they think he's worth. i forget what it is but i think at the time i thought it was too much also. i think the years were too long for the celtics taste

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Ray's making $18,776,860

Ray's making $18,776,860 this season. I think a $20 million/2 year deal should get it done.

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how bout this

if they can get Gay, I imagine they will want to play more uptempo. So I think, re-sign Wade/O'Neal/Haslem, sign Gay, move Beasley to the 4, and I honestly think that can work. And if they can sign somebody like Flip Murray, a guard off the bench who can fill it up, along with Haslem off the bench for toughness, they can make a run.

Jus my opinion, what do you guys think?

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they wont overpay for gay

they wont overpay for gay and i doubt if the grizz are gonna let gay walk

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How can you guys think LBJ

How can you guys think LBJ and Wade can play together. Both are extremely selfish players, but that's what makes them so effective...they dominate the ball and that's how they produce, take the ball out of either one of their hands and they aren't the same players anymore, plus there's no way LBJ would want to share a spotlight with Wade, he wants to be the undisputed #1 option, leader, center of attention and he wouldn't join a team with a guy who's been in the league longer then he has and has a ring. Riley knows this so stop having wet dreams about these guys playing together.

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wade has not been in the

wade has not been in the league longer then Lebron. And yes, lebron would want to be the man. But so would Wade. Both of them are alpha dogs and would want the last shot, so don't act like it is lebrons fault they don't join up.

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WADE AND LEBRON CAME IN THE

WADE AND LEBRON CAME IN THE SAME YEAR

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