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Third Update: NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em

Here is the latest check in on the standings of the NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em competition. After the now infamous “The Decision” debacle, where LeBron James announced he would crush the dreams of all Cleveland Cavalier fans and play with the Miami Heat, it was time for another update. Only two participants in the contest correctly guessed LeBron would take his talents to South Beach and the changes have affected the standings. Only two players remain in the free agent pool (Shaquille O’Neal and Tracy McGrady) so we are getting near the end of the competition. Here is the most up to date leader board and picks.

Place Name Previous Place Correct Points
1 Josh Cohen 5 8/14 630
2 Greg Brzozowski 1 8/14 605
3 Oden Hutchinson 2 9/14 595
4 Sal Licata 4 8/14 580
5 Steve Milwicz 3 7/14 575
6 Rob Devine 6 8/14 565
7 Stephen Brzozowski T-16 6/14 525
8 Michael Franko T-7 8/14 495
9 Jordan Rizzo T-7 6/14 485
10 Craig Filazzola 9 6/14 480
T-11 Will McPherson T-11 5/14 410
T-11 Benny Wade T-11 6/14 410
T-13 Alex Rosenbaum T-13 5/14 405
T-13 Jonathan Smith T-13 5/14 405
T-13 Jackson Brodie T-13 5/14 405
T-16 Christian Binder T-18 5/14 390
T-16 Brian Hoeg T-18 5/14 390
18 Rich Ryan T-18 6/14 365
19 Tom Waterman T-16 5/14 350
20 Alex Sherron T-20 4/14 320
21 Barry Greenstein T-20 3/14 260
22 Russell Varner T-22 3/14 230
23 Matt Curry T-22 2/14 170

Stephen Brzozowski

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Miami Heat YES
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 Washington Wizards X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Miami Heat X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 6/14                        Points: 525                                    Place: 7

Russell Varner

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New York Knicks X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets X
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Houston Rockets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 3/14                        Points: 230                                    Place: 22

Matt Curry

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New Jersey Nets X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Cleveland Cavaliers X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Oklahoma City Thunder X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Miami Heat X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 New York Knicks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Jersey Nets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 2/14                        Points: 170                                    Place: 23

Christian Binder

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New York Knicks X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Golden State Warriors X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Cleveland Cavaliers X

Total Correct: 5/14                        Points: 390                                    Place: T-16

Brian Hoeg

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New York Knicks X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat/Rap Career
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 5/14                        Points: 390                                    Place: T-16

Alex Sherron

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Portland Trail Blazers X
8 David Lee 80 New Orleans Hornets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Sacramento Kings X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Orleans Hornets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Houston Rockets X

Total Correct: 4/14                        Points: 320                                    Place: 20

Craig Filazzola

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 6/14                        Points: 480                                    Place: 10

Josh Cohen

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Miami Heat YES
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 Chicago Bulls X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Los Angeles Clippers X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Los Angeles Clippers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Jersey Nets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Los Angeles Clippers X
15 Raymond Felton 10 New Jersey Nets X
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 8/14                        Points: 630                                    Place: 1

Alex Rosenbaum

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Boston Celtics
14 Brendan Haywood 10 New York Knicks X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Los Angeles Clippers X

Total Correct: 5/14                        Points: 405                                    Place: T-13

Will McPherson

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Cleveland Cavaliers X
8 David Lee 80 Toronto Raptors X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Atlanta Hawks X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 5/14                        Points: 410                                    Place: T-11

Rob Devine

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New Jersey Nets X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 8/14                        Points: 565                                    Place: 6

Steve Milwicz

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Washington Wizards
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Chicago Bulls X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Cleveland Cavaliers X

Total Correct: 7/14                        Points: 575                                    Place: 5

Tom Waterman

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Los Angeles Clippers X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 Phoenix Suns X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 New York Knicks X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 New Jersey Nets X
16 John Salmons 10 Toronto Raptors X

Total Correct: 5/14                        Points: 350                                    Place: 19

Rich Ryan

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Cleveland Cavaliers X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 Chicago Bulls X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 New Jersey Nets
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Los Angeles Clippers X
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 6/14                        Points: 365                                    Place: 18

Sal Licata

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Lakers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Los Angeles Clippers X
16 John Salmons 10 New York Knicks X

Total Correct: 8/14                        Points: 580                                    Place: 4

Barry Greenstein

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Chicago Bulls X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New Jersey Nets X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Sacramento Kings X
8 David Lee 80 Phoenix Suns X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Atlanta Hawks X
16 John Salmons 10 New York Knicks X

Total Correct: 3/14                        Points: 260                                    Place: 21

Jordan Rizzo

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Toronto Raptors X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Memphis Grizzlies
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 6/14                        Points: 485                                    Place: 9

Oden Hutcherson

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Clippers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 9/14                        Points: 595                                    Place: 3

Michael Franko

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets X
8 David Lee 80 San Antonio Spurs X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Denver Nuggets
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Clippers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 8/14                        Points: 495                                    Place: 8

Benny Wayne

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets X
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks X
9 Rudy Gay 70 New York Knicks X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Cleveland Cavaliers X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 6/14                        Points: 410                                    Place: T-11

Jonathan Smith

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 Washington Wizards X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Oklahoma City Thunder X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Miami Heat X

Total Correct: 5/14                        Points: 405                                    Place: T-13

Greg Brzozowski

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls X
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks YES
15 Raymond Felton 10 Miami Heat X
16 John Salmons 10 Washington Wizards X

Total Correct: 8/14                        Points: 605                                    Place: 2

Jackson Brodie

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New York Knicks X
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets X
9 Rudy Gay 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics YES
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Oklahoma City Thunder X
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats X
16 John Salmons 10 Miami Heat X

Total Correct: 5/14                        Points: 405                                    Place: T-13

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mlb: fallout from the cliff lee deal

For the third time in the last year, Cliff Lee has been traded. This time, he’s headed to the Texas Rangers, who are currently in first place in the AL West with a record of 50-36. So what’s the deal on this?

For starters, I gotta give the Rangers props on pulling off this deal. Early Friday morning, the Yankees had an agreement in principle to acquire Lee for prospects Jesus Montero (no. 6 prospect in baseball), David Adams and a third prospect that was reported to be a right-handed pitcher. However, in the early afternoon, talks broke down presumably because of Adams’ health and the Mariners broke off discussions. The Rangers immediately jumped in and, within two hours, shipped first baseman Justin Smoak and a trio of prospects to Seattle for Lee.

As a Yankees fan, I was upset at first, but after some thought, I realized that this was probably for the best. I’m curious as to how Bud Selig let this trade go through given that the Rangers don’t currently have an owner and aren’t supposed to take on salary because MLB has to pick it up for the time being. Alright, so the Mariners chipped in $2.5M for Lee, but he’s still owed $2M by the Rangers…er…MLB. That aside, the Rangers gave up a sizeable amount for Lee even though they have the best farm system in the majors. Smoak isn’t having the best year (.209,  8 HR,  34 RBI in 235 ABs), but he is still considered one of the top switch-hitting prospects in baseball. The other guys they gave up were decent in the AA and AAA levels. But what does this mean for the Rangers? If they don’t make it to the World Series, this trade is a huge disappointment. Lee is a free agent in the offseason and there’s no way the Rangers could afford him (he reportedly is seeking CC Sabathia money) with the way the ownership situation is right now. Of course, the Yankees will be involved with Lee in the offseason, along with the Red Sox, Mets and several other teams.

Keeping the focus on this season, the Yankees missed out on Lee, but last night they became only the third team in AL history to have three starting pitchers with 11+ wins before the All-Star break. It’s not like they’re dying without him. Sure, he would’ve made the rotation one of the most formidable in baseball history, but you win some, you lose some. The Yankees have made it clear that they were only in on Lee because they covet him so much, so don’t expect them to get involved with guys like Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren or Ted Lilly. Their plan for this trade deadline is to acquire a veteran utility person with a good bat, someone like a Ty Wigginton of the Baltimore Orioles. I’m also proud of Brian Cashman because, as tempting as this deal must have been, in the end, he stuck with his philosophy of not trading prospects for impending free agents. He stuck to his guns when Johan Santana, Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia all hit the market in recent years and, whatever the reason for this deal breaking down, he stuck to them now.

So let’s look ahead to the postseason. I mean, that’s the point of all this, right? The Rangers rotation in a 5- or 7-game series will look something like this: Cliff Lee, Scott Feldman and C.J. Wilson. Lee of course is terrifying in the postseason, but of those three, he’s the only one who really poses a shutdown threat. If the season ended today, the Rangers would be facing the Rays and their probable rotation of David Price, Jeff Niemann and Matt Garza. I would take Niemann and Garza over Feldman and Wilson any day. We all know that the Rangers can hit…look at Josh Hamilton, Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz. But good pitching beats good hitting and honestly, I don’t think the Rangers have enough pitching to get by a team like the Rays or the Yankees.

With the trade deadline only a few weeks away, you can expect the Tigers to be in on a Dan Haren or a Ted Lilly and watch out for the Rays, who have some money to spend for the first time in their existence, to land either a big-name bat or a big-name starter. Either way, fans can expect a much tighter race this year than in recent memory.

Second Update: NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em

This is the second update for the standings of the NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em competition. These results have been updated after Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decided to play for the Miami Heat and Carlos Boozer agreed to a contract with the Chicago Bulls. The standings will be updated once again after LeBron James announces where he will play tomorrow night. Here is the leader board after nine players have announced where they will be playing next year.

Place Name Previous Place Correct Points
1 Greg Brzozowski T-2 7/9 595
2 Oden Hutcherson T-4 7/9 525
3 Steve Milwicz T-7 6/9 515
4 Sal Licata 12 6/9 510
5 Josh Cohen 1 7/9 505
6 Rob Devine 15 6/9 495
T-7 Jordan Rizzo T-7 5/9 425
T-7 Michael Franko T-2 6/9 425
9 Craig Filazzola T-13 5/9 420
10 Rich Ryan T-4 5/9 355
T-11 Will McPherson T-16 4/9 350
T-11 Benny Wade 6 5/9 350
T-13 Alex Rosenbaum T-7 4/9 345
T-13 Jonathan Smith T-7 4/9 345
T-13 Jackson Brodie T-7 4/9 345
T-16 Stephen Brzozowski T-16 4/9 340
T-16 Tom Waterman T-16 4/9 340
T-18 Christian Binder 21 4/9 330
T-18 Brian Hoeg T-13 4/9 330
T-20 Alex Sherron T-16 3/9 260
T-20 Barry Greenstein T-16 3/9 260
T-22 Russell Varner T-22 2/9 170
T-22 Matt Curry T-22 2/9 170

Stephen Brzozowski

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Miami Heat
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 Washington Wizards
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Miami Heat
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 4/9                        Points: 340                                    Place: T-16

Russell Varner

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New York Knicks X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets X
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Houston Rockets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 2/9                        Points: 170                                    Place: T-22

Matt Curry

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New Jersey Nets X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Cleveland Cavaliers X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Oklahoma City Thunder X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Miami Heat
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 New York Knicks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Jersey Nets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 2/9                        Points: 170                                    Place: T-22

Christian Binder

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New York Knicks X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Golden State Warriors
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Cleveland Cavaliers X

Total Correct: 4/9                        Points: 330                                    Place: T-18

Brian Hoeg

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New York Knicks
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat/Rap Career
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 4/9                        Points: 330                                    Place: T-18

Alex Sherron

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Portland Trail Blazers X
8 David Lee 80 New Orleans Hornets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Sacramento Kings X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Orleans Hornets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Houston Rockets X

Total Correct: 3/9                        Points: 260                                    Place: T-20

Craig Filazzola

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz X
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 5/9                        Points: 420                                    Place: 9

Josh Cohen

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Miami Heat
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 Chicago Bulls
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Los Angeles Clippers
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Los Angeles Clippers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Jersey Nets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Los Angeles Clippers
15 Raymond Felton 10 New Jersey Nets
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 7/9                        Points: 505                                    Place: 5

Alex Rosenbaum

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Boston Celtics
14 Brendan Haywood 10 New York Knicks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Los Angeles Clippers X

Total Correct: 4/9                        Points: 345                                    Place: T-13

Will McPherson

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Cleveland Cavaliers X
8 David Lee 80 Toronto Raptors
9 Rudy Gay 70 Atlanta Hawks X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 4/9                        Points: 350                                    Place: T-11

Rob Devine

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New Jersey Nets X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 6/9                        Points: 495                                    Place: 6

Steve Milwicz

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Washington Wizards
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Chicago Bulls
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Cleveland Cavaliers X

Total Correct: 6/9                        Points: 515                                    Place: 3

Tom Waterman

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Los Angeles Clippers X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 Phoenix Suns
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 New York Knicks
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 New Jersey Nets
16 John Salmons 10 Toronto Raptors X

Total Correct: 4/9                        Points: 340                                    Place: T-16

Rich Ryan

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Cleveland Cavaliers X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 Chicago Bulls
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 New Jersey Nets
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Los Angeles Clippers
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 5/9                        Points: 355                                    Place: 10

Sal Licata

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Lakers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Los Angeles Clippers
16 John Salmons 10 New York Knicks X

Total Correct: 6/9                         Points: 510                                    Place: 4

Barry Greenstein

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Chicago Bulls X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New Jersey Nets X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Sacramento Kings X
8 David Lee 80 Phoenix Suns
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards
15 Raymond Felton 10 Atlanta Hawks
16 John Salmons 10 New York Knicks X

Total Correct: 3/9                        Points: 260                                    Place: T-20

Jordan Rizzo

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Toronto Raptors X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Memphis Grizzlies
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 5/9                        Points: 425                                    Place: T-7

Oden Hutcherson

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Clippers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 7/9                        Points: 525                                    Place: 2

Michael Franko

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets X
8 David Lee 80 San Antonio Spurs
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Denver Nuggets
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Clippers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 6/9                        Points: 425                                    Place: T-7

Benny Wayne

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets X
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 New York Knicks X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Cleveland Cavaliers
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 5/9                        Points: 350                                    Place: T-11

Jonathan Smith

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 Washington Wizards
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Oklahoma City Thunder
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Miami Heat X

Total Correct: 4/9                        Points: 345                                    Place: T-13

Greg Brzozowski

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat YES
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls YES
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Miami Heat
16 John Salmons 10 Washington Wizards X

Total Correct: 7/9                        Points: 595                                    Place: 1

Jackson Brodie

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New York Knicks
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat YES
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls X
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat X
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Oklahoma City Thunder
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Miami Heat X

Total Correct: 4/9                        Points: 345                                    Place: T-13

First Update: NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em

Here is the first look at the NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em standings. Results are through the Amar’e Stoudemire contract agreement.

Place Name Correct Points Top Answer Correct
1 Josh Cohen 6/6 405 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-2 Michael Franko 5/6 325 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-2 Greg Brzozowski 4/6 325 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-4 Rich Ryan 4/6 255 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-4 Oden Hutchinson 4/6 255 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
6 Benny Wade 4/6 250 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-7 Alex Rosenbaum 3/6 245 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-7 Steve Milwicz 3/6 245 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-7 Jordan Rizzo 3/6 245 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-7 Jonathan Smith 3/6 245 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-7 Jackson Brodie 3/6 245 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
12 Sal Licata 3/6 240 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-13 Brian Hoeg 3/6 230 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-13 Craig Filazzola 3/6 230 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
15 Rob Devine 3/6 225 Amar’e Stoudemire (85)
T-16 Stephen Brzozowski 2/6 160 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-16 Alex Sherron 2/6 160 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-16 Will McPherson 2/6 160 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-16 Tom Waterman 2/6 160 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
T-16 Barry Greenstein 2/6 160 Dirk Nowitzki (90)
21 Christian Binder 2/6 140 Rudy Gay/Yao Ming (70)
T-22 Russell Varner 1/6 70 Yao Ming (70)
T-22 Matt Curry 1/6 70 Yao Ming (70)

Stephen Brzozowski

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Miami Heat
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 Washington Wizards
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Miami Heat
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 2/6                        Points: 160                                    Place: T-16

Russell Varner

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New York Knicks X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Houston Rockets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 1/6                        Points: 70                                    Place: T-22

Matt Curry

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New Jersey Nets X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Cleveland Cavaliers
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Oklahoma City Thunder X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Miami Heat
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 New York Knicks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Jersey Nets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 1/6                        Points: 70                                    Place: T-22

Christian Binder

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New York Knicks X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Golden State Warriors
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Cleveland Cavaliers X

Total Correct: 2/6                        Points: 140                                    Place: 21

Brian Hoeg

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New York Knicks
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat/Rap Career
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 3/6                        Points: 230                                    Place: T-13

Alex Sherron

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Portland Trail Blazers
8 David Lee 80 New Orleans Hornets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Sacramento Kings X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Orleans Hornets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Houston Rockets X

Total Correct: 2/6                        Points: 160                                    Place: T-16

Craig Filazzola

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 3/6                        Points: 230                                    Place: T-13

Josh Cohen

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Miami Heat
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat
8 David Lee 80 Chicago Bulls
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Los Angeles Clippers
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Los Angeles Clippers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Jersey Nets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Los Angeles Clippers
15 Raymond Felton 10 New Jersey Nets
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 6/6                        Points: 405                                    Place: 1

Alex Rosenbaum

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Boston Celtics
14 Brendan Haywood 10 New York Knicks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Los Angeles Clippers X

Total Correct: 3/6                        Points: 245                                    Place: T-7

Will McPherson

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Cleveland Cavaliers
8 David Lee 80 Toronto Raptors
9 Rudy Gay 70 Atlanta Hawks X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 2/6                        Points: 160                                    Place: T-16

Rob Devine

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New Jersey Nets X
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 3/6                        Points: 225                                    Place: 15

Steve Milwicz

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Washington Wizards
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Chicago Bulls
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Cleveland Cavaliers X

Total Correct: 3/6                        Points: 245                                    Place: T-7

Tom Waterman

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Los Angeles Clippers X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 Phoenix Suns
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 New York Knicks
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 New Jersey Nets
16 John Salmons 10 Toronto Raptors X

Total Correct: 2/6                        Points: 160                                    Place: T-16

Rich Ryan

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Cleveland Cavaliers
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat
8 David Lee 80 Chicago Bulls
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 New Jersey Nets
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Los Angeles Clippers
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 4/6                        Points: 255                                    Place: T-4

Sal Licata

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns X
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Lakers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Los Angeles Clippers
16 John Salmons 10 New York Knicks X

Total Correct: 3/6                         Points: 240                                    Place: 12

Barry Greenstein

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Chicago Bulls X
6 Joe Johnson 80 New Jersey Nets X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Sacramento Kings
8 David Lee 80 Phoenix Suns
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards
15 Raymond Felton 10 Atlanta Hawks
16 John Salmons 10 New York Knicks X

Total Correct: 2/6                        Points: 160                                    Place: T-16

Jordan Rizzo

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Toronto Raptors
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Memphis Grizzlies
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings X

Total Correct: 3/6                        Points: 245                                    Place: T-7

Oden Hutcherson

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Clippers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 4/6                        Points: 255                                    Place: T-4

Michael Franko

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets
8 David Lee 80 San Antonio Spurs
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies YES
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Denver Nuggets
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Clippers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 5/6                        Points: 325                                    Place: T-2

Benny Wayne

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat X
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 New York Knicks X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Cleveland Cavaliers
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks YES

Total Correct: 4/6                        Points: 250                                    Points: 6

Jonathan Smith

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat
8 David Lee 80 Washington Wizards
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Oklahoma City Thunder
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Miami Heat X

Total Correct: 3/6                        Points: 245                                    Place: T-7

Greg Brzozowski

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks YES
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Miami Heat
16 John Salmons 10 Washington Wizards X

Total Correct: 4/6                        Points: 325                                    Place: T-2

Jackson Brodie

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New York Knicks
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks YES
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks YES
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks X
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Los Angeles Clippers X
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets YES
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Oklahoma City Thunder
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Miami Heat X

Total Correct: 3/6                        Points: 245                                    Place: T-7

NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em Selections

After I posted last week’s blog about the competition I created, making a game out of this summers NBA Free Agent Class (which frankly, has become a game in itself with all the “sources”, inflated contracts, and now the LeBron James Selection show on ESPN at 9:00 Thursday) I got a lot of responses from readers as they sent in their selections for where some of the NBA’s best will be playing next year. Listed below are all of the entries for the first ever, NBA Free Agent Pick ‘Em competition. New standings will be posted throughout the free agent period until all players have signed and/or the season begins. Without further ado, here are the official picks made by the contestants:

Stephen Brzozowski

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Miami Heat
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 Washington Wizards
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Miami Heat
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings

Russell Varner

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New York Knicks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Houston Rockets
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings

Matt Curry

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New Jersey Nets
4 Chris Bosh 90 Cleveland Cavaliers
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Oklahoma City Thunder
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Miami Heat
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 New York Knicks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Jersey Nets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings

Christian Binder

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New York Knicks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz
8 David Lee 80 Dallas Mavericks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Golden State Warriors
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Cleveland Cavaliers

Brian Hoeg

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New York Knicks
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat/Rap Career
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Toronto Raptors
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings

Alex Sherron

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Portland Trail Blazers
8 David Lee 80 New Orleans Hornets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Sacramento Kings
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Orleans Hornets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Houston Rockets

Craig Filazzola

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New Jersey Nets
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Utah Jazz
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Sacramento Kings
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings

Josh Cohen

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Miami Heat
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat
8 David Lee 80 Chicago Bulls
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Los Angeles Clippers
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Los Angeles Clippers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New Jersey Nets
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Los Angeles Clippers
15 Raymond Felton 10 New Jersey Nets
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks

Alex Rosenbaum

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Boston Celtics
14 Brendan Haywood 10 New York Knicks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Los Angeles Clippers

Will McPherson

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Cleveland Cavaliers
8 David Lee 80 Toronto Raptors
9 Rudy Gay 70 Atlanta Hawks
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings

Rob Devine

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 New Jersey Nets
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings

Steve Milwicz

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Washington Wizards
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Chicago Bulls
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Cleveland Cavaliers

Tom Waterman

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Los Angeles Clippers
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 Phoenix Suns
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 New York Knicks
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 New Jersey Nets
16 John Salmons 10 Toronto Raptors

Rich Ryan

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Cleveland Cavaliers
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat
8 David Lee 80 Chicago Bulls
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 New Jersey Nets
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Los Angeles Clippers
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks

Sal Licata

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Phoenix Suns
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Lakers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Los Angeles Clippers
16 John Salmons 10 New York Knicks

Barry Greenstein

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 New York Knicks
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Chicago Bulls
6 Joe Johnson 80 New Jersey Nets
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Sacramento Kings
8 David Lee 80 Phoenix Suns
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies
10 Yao Ming 70 Los Angeles Clippers
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Miami Heat
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards
15 Raymond Felton 10 Atlanta Hawks
16 John Salmons 10 New York Knicks

Jordan Rizzo

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Toronto Raptors
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Retire
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Memphis Grizzlies
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Washington Wizards
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Sacramento Kings

Oden Hutcherson

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 New Jersey Nets
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Clippers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks

Michael Franko

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets
8 David Lee 80 San Antonio Spurs
9 Rudy Gay 70 Memphis Grizzlies
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Denver Nuggets
13 Tracy McGrady 50 Los Angeles Clippers
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks

Benny Wayne

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 Miami Heat
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 New Jersey Nets
8 David Lee 80 New York Knicks
9 Rudy Gay 70 New York Knicks
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Dallas Mavericks
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Cleveland Cavaliers
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Milwaukee Bucks

Jonathan Smith

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New Jersey Nets
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat
8 David Lee 80 Washington Wizards
9 Rudy Gay 70 Chicago Bulls
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 None
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Oklahoma City Thunder
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Miami Heat

Greg Brzozowski

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 Chicago Bulls
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Miami Heat
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 Atlanta Hawks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Chicago Bulls
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Los Angeles Clippers
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Chicago Bulls
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Dallas Mavericks
15 Raymond Felton 10 Miami Heat
16 John Salmons 10 Washington Wizards

Jackson Brodie

# Free Agent Player Points Team He Will Sign With Correct
1 LeBron James 125 New York Knicks
2 Dwyane Wade 100 Miami Heat
3 Dirk Nowitzki 90 Dallas Mavericks
4 Chris Bosh 90 Chicago Bulls
5 Amar’e Stoudemire 85 New York Knicks
6 Joe Johnson 80 New York Knicks
7 Carlos Boozer 80 Miami Heat
8 David Lee 80 New Jersey Nets
9 Rudy Gay 70 Los Angeles Clippers
10 Yao Ming 70 Houston Rockets
11 Ray Allen 60 Boston Celtics
12 Shaquille O’Neal 50 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Tracy McGrady 50 New York Knicks
14 Brendan Haywood 10 Oklahoma City Thunder
15 Raymond Felton 10 Charlotte Bobcats
16 John Salmons 10 Miami Heat