It was a compelling yet somewhat helpless 10-day period for those in the NBA community not named LeBron James.
One man controlled the entire free agent market with his decision, and when James decided to sign a four-year maximum contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the market began raining with signings, flooding what was a barren landscape.
What the current collective bargaining agreement has done is allow just a few standout players who deserve maximum salaries to control the markets for the mid- and lower-level players.
Paul Pierce had been waiting for more definitive interest for the past 10 days before reaching a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards, it was reported Saturday. The Brooklyn Nets, salary cap strapped, weren’t sure they want to pay Pierce’s $9 million-per-season demand to bring him back. His deal with the Wizards includes a player option in the second year.
Chris Bosh waited on James to determine whether to pursue a contract with the Houston Rockets or return to the Miami Heat. Bosh decided to return to the Heat, just hours after James committed to Cleveland.
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