2012 NBA Free Agency: 8 Immediate Upgrades for Perennial Contenders

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2012 NBA Free Agency: 8 Immediate Upgrades for Perennial Contenders
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With Dwight Howard deciding not to exercise the early termination option in his contract, the expected crown jewel of the 2012 NBA free agency class will no longer be on the market. But even without Howard, there are quite a few restricted and unrestricted free agents that could potentially be difference makers for their future team.

While many teams will be clamoring for the services of Deron Williams, Steve Nash and Kevin Garnett, those franchises who think that they're just one player away may choose to go the low-profile route to strengthen their rotation. So with the official start of free agency less than three months away, let's take a look at a few under-the-radar pickups for contending teams.

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