Posted by Sekou Smith
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are already settled on Miami.
Joe Johnson is staying in Atlanta, Rudy Gay in Memphis, Paul Pierce in Boston and Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas.
Ray Allen is going back to Boston, Carlos Boozer is headed to Chicago and Amar’e Stoudemire is a lock for New York.
Even Kevin Durant has agreed to sign up for five more years in Oklahoma City.
The one remaining free agent chip on the board is the biggest one, LeBron James. And he’ll announce his free agent decision tonight during a prime time special on ESPN (at 9 p.m. ET).
In the meantime, the Hang Time Podcast must carry on with the business of basketball.
Two distinguished guests — NBA.com’s Fran Blinebury and TNT’s David Aldridge — joined us to discuss James, Wade, Bosh, the rest of the free agent class, Durant, rookies and the kickoff of summer league ball and a whole lot more on Episode 16 of the Hang Time Podcast. Plus, NBA.com’s DiGiorno Five On The Rise guru Jeff Case is with in the booth as a special guest co-host this week.
While no one is eager to step out on the ledge and predict where James might end up, there’s no denying this has been one of the strangest free agent summers in memory.
Blinebury and Aldridge combined have nearly 60 years of history covering the league. And neither man can remember seeing anything like what we have witnessed so far.
And we’ve still got that prime time special to go.
Here’s your cheat sheet:
0:00 – 7:15: Intro
7:15 – 23:20: Fran Blinebury talks free agency and Orlando Summer League
23:30 – 28:00: Why does Raptors nation hate Sekou?
30:35: David Aldridge talks the madness of the LeBron circus
32:30: Is LeBron tarnishing his image?
34:15: Is the new media generation the cause of all this madness?
35:30: Is Wade and Bosh enough for Miami?
37:00: What are other free agent dominos?
38:20: What will teams do that lose out on the big players?
40:00: What does all this mean to the Lakers?
42:40: Who are the biggest losers this summer without LeBron?
45:00- 52:00: Wrap-up
As always, we welcome your feedback (and that includes all of those Toronto Raptors fans still angry about that Bosh and Vince Carter item from earlier this week). Follow the Hang Time Podcast on Twitter and its host on Twitter.