With all the headlines and spotlight on the 2010 Free Agency class, it is easy to get hyped up over the potential BOOM that will come from the end of this summer. The entire landscape of the NBA could change and in one off-season alone, its not out of the realm of possibility that a team could go from mediocre franchise to the next dynasty if the chips fall in the right place. If you are a fan of the Knicks, Bulls, Heat, Nets, Clippers, heck even someone like the Wizards who are thrilled coming off the John Wall pick, this time of the year is especially enjoyable and there is a ton to be excited about. But what about those teams not involved in the Free Agent frenzy? What about those teams who won't be experiencing the glory and heartbreak of this 2010 Free Agent Class. Mainly what about those teams who will be HURT by the 2010 Free Agency bonanza.
Yep, Im looking at you Raptors fans, maybe Mavs fans, and especially possibly you Cavs fans. As a Suns fan, I feel your pain. In all reality I look at this 2010 Free Agency with great distaste as it should mark the end of the Amar'e Stoudemire era in Phoenix and the return to non-contender of my beloved Suns. Sure we'll get money to spend when STAT leaves, but we're not bringing in any major players. We're not taking a step forward at all when he leaves. Our franchise is getting SHREDDED by the 2010 Free Agency class. While NBA teams rise to power, franchises are risen from the dead, and new potential all-time duos are being paired up, the fans I mentioned prior will only watch as our franchises fade into mediocrity.
The Phoenix Suns had a great chance to play for an NBA title this past and came up short to the Los Angleas Lakers. And other Suns fans like myself were hoping this would mark the beginning of a return to prominence and a step forward for a franchise searching for its first NBA title. But it will likely all be for naught because the Phoenix Suns owner is cheap and the Suns can't just trade picks and random players to make cap space (also because that same cheap owner already gave away enough picks for $). Sure, teams like the Suns, Mavs, etc. may have enough talent to make the playoffs still, but there's no enjoyment to this parade known as the 2010 free agent class. It's all just unfortunate news we have to listen to over and over.
So while you fans in Chicago, New York, Miami, New Jersey, etc. celebrate or cry when your 2010 Free Agency bonanza ends and you either look forward to future success and a change for the better or a future of "what-if's" when you look back at this off-season, just remember, some teams never had a chance.
And as a fan of one of those teams, all I can say is.....
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