“Here we are now, entertain us.”
Kurt Cobain would have loved NBA free agency in the year 2016. It’s a bigger deal than the NBA Finals the month before (even a seven-game epic) and it’s part of why old, cantankerous sportswriters are so shocked by what millennial basketball fans care about. The inter-league player movement and the possibility of future greatness is what stokes the embers of an NBA fan’s heart these days, just not the actual greatness, because only one team gets to bask in that. Fans are too concerned with what their team might do the coming summer than how they fare in May.
On July 1, everyone has a shot at the 2017 title. Now, on July 5, only one team seems to have a shot, at least according to the hyper-reactive NBA Twitter hivemind. And general managers aren’t immune to going on tilt after a big signing, either. So, it’s not inconceivable the Cavs are looking at ways to sign Dwyane Wade in free agency.
Not inconceivable, but highly improbable. Enough so that if you hear some — probably intoxicated — fan in a Cavs jersey over the next two days loudly proclaiming a counter-move involving Dwyane Wade after Kevin Durant’s stunning free agency decision, know that they’re just blowing off steam and don’t really know what they’re talking about. Except, of course, if we’re dead wrong, which isn’t out of the question.
Sure, this might be accurate:
And, sure, perhaps Dwyane Wade, Dan Gilbert and LeBron James all boarded a chartered flight together in an effort to somehow enhance a team in the East that just won the 2016 NBA Title. All in order to more adequately battle the Four Horseman out West.
(Remember, this is the guy who spotted Gilbert’s plane going to Florida two summers ago when we were equally as snarky about the whole thing.)