Bernie: Summer 10', NBA's Race to Arms

In less than 24hrs, the landscape of the NBA may dramatically change. Thursday, July 1st, 2010 is the date that the war of signing free agents begins. Lets take a look at what these battling teams did to put themselves in this situation.

Cap Room: $34.17 million

The Build Up: 
Once Donnie Walsh was hired as team president in 2008, he executed a series of trades which quickly transformed the NBA's highest paid team, (Yes, more than the Lakers, Spurs or Mavericks!) to a franchise with great amount of cap room, with the ability to sign 2 superstars. Knicks traded many future draft picks to get this done, so this summer is make or break for the franchise.

Selling Points:
Even though the Knicks started the Summer of 2010 frenzy, they currently don't have any impressive players to attract Free Agents. The best thing the Knicks have going for them is that they  are the only team that can build their team from scratch.

Cap Room: $29.99 million

The Build Up: 
After the Nets became a mediocre playoff team, The GM decide to break up the core of the team: Jason Kidd, Vince Carter & Ricard Jefferson.The Nets traded this stars for young talented players & draft picks, meanwhile saving money for Summer 2010

Selling Points: 
The Nets have the best cast of young talent amongst the teams with cap room. Former All Star PG Devin Harris, Center Brook Lopez, SG Terrance Williams & Courtney Lee. The Nets recently added PF Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech) & SF Damian James (Texas) at Thursday's NBA Draft. Hiring Avery Johnson was a great move! He is a tough defensive guy and does things the Spurs way!

Cap Room: $29.17 million

The Build Up: 
The Bulls want to return back to championship contenders, something they haven't been since 98'. They traded John Salmons, Tyrus Thomas & Kirk Hinrich and let Ben Gorden go in 09', just to be able to sign 2 free agents to max contracts.

Selling Points:
The Bulls are a  first round exit playoff team and feel with Lebron and another star they will win the championship. They have a good core of players with emerging star PG Derrick Rose, SF Luol Deng, PF Taj Gibson & Joachim Noah.

Cap Room: $27.13 million (After signing Wade to the max contract)

The Build Up: 
After they won the 2006 champion, they veteran team disbursed leaving D-Wade with a sub average team. After 2 years of frustration Wade is demanding to Heat President Pat Riley, that he better surround him with a championship cast again

Selling Points: 
DWAYNE WADE. If Wade succeeds in recruiting Lebron & Chris Bosh then this team is a few role players away from the NBA Finals.

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