The NBA trade deadline has passed, and the NBA season is now winding down to the point where teams are trying to hunt down playoff spots.
But not all teams are just looking for a playoff spot. Many teams are already looking slightly further into the future and GMs may be starting to think about which players their team could sign in the offseason.
Some teams will attempt to build their team by courting top free agents, but many teams that are very close to being contenders will look to add that one last piece that could push them to the top. Adding veterans is important, not only for the skills the player possesses, but also for his leadership in the locker room and ability to mentor younger players. Veterans bring experience to a team and teach younger players how to win. Also, unrestricted free agents on the wrong side of 30 can generally be signed fairly cheap.
They may not be the best of the upcoming free-agent class, but here are 10 veteran free agents who still have a few years left in which they can provide teams with not only talent but also leadership.