Ben Gordon and Has-Beens Who Will Have Value in Offseason
Last night Ben Gordon showed he still has a little "something-something" in the tank when he hit on all nine of his three-pointers and scored an impressive 45 points against the Denver Nuggets in a losing effort.
It wasn't enough to get the Pistons a win, but it might have helped his cause.
Gordon is one of a few players who are "has-beens," (or should I say has Bens?) who have underperformed on their contract. He's due $12.4 million next year, but if he has a few more performances like this and shows he still has that scoring ability that he did in Chicago, he could play himself into some trade value this offseason.
Kirk Hinrich is another ex-Bull who is starting to get a little more playing time. He's been playing himself back into form of late. He's averaged 11 points and three assists over the last seven games and is hitting .428 from deep.
If Hinrich keeps up this rate, he could generate some interest as a free agent this summer.
Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are both well past their prime, but that doesn't mean they aren't still going to have value next year. Allen is the greatest three-point shooter of all time and is having his best year ever from deep, hitting .465. Certainly that is enough to generate some interest.
Garnett brings the same defensive intensity he always has and still has a year or two left in him. He may or may not be a starter next year, but he sure can bring value to a number of teams. It may depend on what he wants.
Which has-been has the most value this offseason?
Antawn Jamison keeps getting older, but he doesn't seem any worse for the wear. Even at 35 years old, he's still scoring 18.4 points ad grabbing 6.7 rebounds per game. His contract with Cleveland expires this year.
Jamison's a player that could give a contender in need of another wing (Chicago?) a huge boost. He's in the camp that might take less money for a chance at a ring.
Finally, Tim Duncan is one of those players that it is impossible to imagine in another uniform and I wouldn't even broach the subject if I hadn't seen Brett Favre wearing a Vikings uniform or most recently, Albert Pujols wearing an Angels uni.
Duncan would add a lot to any contending team, including the Spurs. It's doubtful he goes anywhere, but that doesn't mean teams won't ask about him.
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