Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) stand side by side during the fourth quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. The Heat defeated the Knicks 106-91. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: Indecision 2014

Happy Friday, Boston Celtics fans!

Well, signing day in the NBA has come and gone, and the two biggest names in this year’s free agency market have still yet to commit.

Of course, I’m talking about Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, who seem to be playing a game of chicken with each other.  “You sign first!”  “No, YOU sign first!”

Yawn.  Could someone just pick as team?

This Tweet sums up how ridiculous the whole Indecision 2014 story has gotten:

 

Rumor has it LeBron feels bad about his infamous Decision, which forced Cleveland Cavaliers fans to wait, just to have their hopes dashed.  To make up for this, LeBron is . . . making Cleveland AND Miami fans wait, just to have their hopes dashed!   Of course, this piece over at the Sporting News claims you can’t blame King James for making everyone wait so long:

It’s easy to see why James is torn.

Whether it was one of Gilbert’s planes coming to South Florida, or movers packing up James’ luxury cars from his Coconut Grove, Florida home, or reports that a cupcake shop in Ohio had heard from people that James had already decided to return to Cleveland, any nugget of information sets the rumor mill into overdrive.

But his camp says he has all the information needed to make a decision.

Boo-hoo.  Pick a team, LeBron, and then live with  the ramifications of your eventual decision:

Trying to lay out all of the repercussions of James’ choice on a clean flowchart would be impossible, as the interlocking fates of his friends, teammates, potential future teammates, fellow All-Stars and chief competitors would criss-cross so thoroughly the result would look something like what happens when you leave a two-year-old unsupervised with a box of 128 crayons.

With those complexities in mind, and with a nod to Kevin Bacon, the following is a look at James’ “Six Degrees of Separation,” an attempt to provide some level of order to the uncertainty that has engulfed the NBA for more than a week.

 I don’t give ESPN credit for much – because they don’t deserve it, honestly – but at least they got this right: with so many players seemingly using a dart board to determine their future team, your best shot at determining where they are going to go is to take a spin in the Player Movement Predictor game!  Although to be honest, that is a terrible name.

I spun and sent LeBron to LA . . . to play with the Clippers.  Just so you know.  And after four spins, Kevin Love seems a lock to go to Golden State (4-for-4).  Jinx!

As for ‘Melo, it seems more and more likely that he will return to New York . . .  but taking a cue from LeBron, Carmelo isn’t making things easy on Knicks fans

There are some other juicy stories unfolding around the NBA, such as this one: first Gordon Hayward put the pressure on his current team, now Chandler Parsons has done the same with his, as Parsons has inked an offer sheet from Dallas – will Houston match it?

For those of who more likely to watch the Summer League action than stare at Twitter all day for NBA free agency rumors, check out these lessons learned from Summer League, Day 6.

Finally, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who is set to become a free agent in 2015, voiced his faith in Danny Ainge the other day, and discussed his plans for free agency, as well.  Interesting, no?

Hope you enjoyed the reads!

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