The NBA has made a lot of noise during the off season. As the regular season approaches, lets take a look back on the major transactions that occurred over the much talked about 2010 off season.
In possibly the worst PR stunt in the history of the NBA LeBron James made his “decision” on a nationally televised broadcast by ESPN. The self proclaimed “King” announced he would be taking his talents to South Beach to join other NBA all stars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Now known as “Miami Thrice”, The Heat are serious contenders to have a date with the World Championships in June.
The Miami Heat will have to survive against the Celtics before they start thinking about championship rings. Boston acquired 15 time All-Star Shaquille O’Neal in August. At 38 years old O’Neal is the oldest active player currently in the NBA. O’Neal joins an impressive Boston roster which includes Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo. The Celtics are the reining Eastern Conference Champions.
Shaquille O’Neal was not the only NBA standout to sign with a different team this summer. The NBA off season was also full of free agency and trades. Former free agent Amare Stoudemire and 5 time All Star signed a hefty 5 year $99.7 million contract with the New York Knicks in July. While two-time All Star forward Carlos Boozer signed a 5 year $80 million deal with the Chicago Bulls.
The Western Conference stayed relatively quite during the off season. The Los Angeles Lakers went under the radar compared to the much talked about Eastern Conference. The defending World Champions did make a couple of changes that deepened their roster. The Lakers signed point guard Steve Blake for 4 seasons, guaranteeing him $16 million. Instead of signing a long term contract with the Orlando Magic, Matt Barnes signed a one-year $1.7 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
There is a lot of uncertainty heading into the 2010/2011 NBA season. It will be interesting to find out if all of the off season transactions paid off. Tune in for the season opener’s on Tuesday October 26th to see how it all unfolds.