This is the last week of the season for the NBA. My prediction seems to be falling into place. I thought this series would go seven games and Miami would just squeak it out. I will say, however, San Antonio has looked like the better team, but when James and Wade really turn it on they look almost unstoppable. After the Spurs won the first game I saw the series alternating game to game. There are a lot of catch 22s here in the last two games. In this series, I think it will be very difficult for either team to win two games in a row. But if the Spurs want to win I think they need to wrap things up in game six. If they go to a game seven I could see LeBron just becoming a monster and not letting his team lose. The thing that is going against Miami is the fact that in order to win the series they have to do something they havenít so far, and that is win two in a row. I will stick with my original prediction of the Heat in seven, but this is a great series and either team deserves to win.
Now that I have given my little synopsis of the NBA finals I want to turn my attention to free agency. The way I see it is that this year there are two big free agents on the market, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. I, as a Maverick fan, know that Mark Cuban is probably doing his best to lure both high profile guys his way. Let me give my brief opinion on both players. Dwight Howard seems to be a nice guy and worries too much what other people might think of him. That is the only reason I can think of why he opted into another year with Orlando when he did. I donít know that he needs to carry a franchise. I think he would be best suited somewhere he can be the second star on a team.
Now onto Chris Paul. I donít think it matters what team he goes to; he would make that team better. He is one of the top three, if not the best point guard in the league right now. I donít see that changing a lot in the next five years.
Now the idea that the Mavs could get both seemed kind of crazy, and I still donít think the odds are great, but it is not impossible. Chris Paul could make more money if he stays in LA and Howard could make a lot more if he agrees to a sign and trade. But the interesting thing to me is that I heard both players would like to play with one another. That leaves an outside chance that they could come to the Mavs. There may not be a better franchise in the league right now with as much cap room as the Mavericks. Pairing them with Dirk Nowitzki would put the Mavs as one of the top teams in the West, if not the team to beat.
Adding Howard would be nice, but the Mavs still desperately need skill at the one position, and if I could only get one of the players, I would rather have Paul. However, I wonít be surprised if the Mavs go into next year without a big free agent splash. That has been the case the last couple of years since they won the Championship.