NBA free agency shifts powerhouse teams

After the NBA Finals there is one other event most highly anticipated: NBA Free Agency.

Free agency allows players to move his or her talents freely to another team without worrying about a binding contract with his or her current team.

Contract opt-outs and discussion of trades began making headlines on many newspapers and sport broadcasts at midnight Monday.

One of the players teams have their eye on is Los Angeles Laker center Dwight Howard. In the 2012-13 season, Howard averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. He stands at 6’ 11” and is a definite force on offense and defense.

The Houston Rockets expressed interest in Howard before the beginning of free agency.

Once the free agency began, the Rockets traded former Kansas Jayhawk Thomas Robinson to the Portland Trail Blazers for two second-round draft picks and the rights to international players Marko Todorovic and Kostas Papanikolau.

Speculation and rumors have surfaced that the Rockets completed the trade with the Trail Blazers in order to make room in the salary cap to offer Howard the highest salary amount that the cap will allow.

Howard has already met with several teams including the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Lakers and others to see which each club had to offer.

The Boston Celtics have made headlines with the trade of star players and head coach Doc Rivers. The Celtics made a deal with the Brooklyn Nets to gain former Kansas Jayhawk guard Paul Pierce, forward Kevin Garnett and guard Jason Terry.

In return, the Celtics will obtain forwards Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace with first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Coach Rivers was essentially “traded” to the Los Angeles Clippers for a 2015 first-round draft pick. Rivers comes to talented roster including, guards Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups and forwards Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom and Matt Barnes.

With free agency just beginning, fans can set their eyes set to watch where Howard will choose and other top-talented players beginning the 2013-14 season.