The NBA free-agency period is quickly approaching and the discussion of which players will go to which teams is already starting to heat up. The focus is mainly on how teams will benefit from having new players or keeping their old players. There isn't usually a whole lot of talk about what that decision will mean for the player himself.
There are a solid handful of players in the 2012 free-agent class who will get the greatest benefit from moving on from their current teams. With the way the NBA collective bargaining agreement is set up, money does not generally factor into this. If a player is solely looking for money, their current team often will have the upper hand in negotiations, and the player will stay.
For the players looking past money and towards an improved situation, there will be several teams out there waiting with open arms.
The following is a list of free agents who would be crazy to head back to the place they played last season.