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My journey through NBA free agency

By Curtis Lundstrom
On April 22, 2014

Back in December, I posted the following status to Facebook:

“I’ve made a decision. As much as I hate the NBA, I am now officially on the market for an NBA team.

This decision won’t be made prematurely. All options will be weighed. Whatever team picks me won’t be getting just another one-and-done guy. They’ll be getting a franchise fan.

My free agency is officially under way. Have at it teams and fans, and may the best team win.”

In the months since, I have narrowed the list of 30 NBA teams down to seven which are still in the running. It’s been four months of friends campaigning for their respective teams via social media.

During my life I have lived in Salt Lake, Boston and Denver, so naturally the Jazz, Celtics and Nuggets are still on the draft board.

Other teams in the running still include — in alphabetical order — the Mavericks, Spurs, Suns and Thunder.

I’ve got pros and cons for each of the remaining seven teams, but most importantly I have legitimate reasons — reasons, plural — to declare fanship for any of these teams.

I’m convinced that if I’m ever going to get past my great loathing for the NBA, it will be because I become a fan of a specific team.

The question remains however, which one?

One of my biggest hurdles throughout my free agency dilemma has been that there seems to be one or two players on each team I’m a fan of, and not an organization or team feel. I’ve also struggled to find a team in which I wouldn’t be accused of being a bandwagon fan for joining their fanbase.

When I do decide, feel free to attend my commitment announcement party — complete with team hats and contract signing.

Curtis Lundstrom is a junior majoring in journalism and communications. When he’s not hating on the NBA, he’s aspiring to officiate college basketball and bowl a perfect 300. Send contract offers and team interview request to or tweet him @CurtisLundstrom.

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