2012 NBA Free Agency: Overhyped Free Agents Not Worth Teams' Time

Soven BerySenior Analyst IMay 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 06: Kyle Korver #26 of the Chicago Bulls and Elton Brand #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers battle for position in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 6, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Every year NBA teams spend big in free agency on players that don’t live up to their hype.

This will continue to happen– but if teams just sit back and forget about the hype then they will be able to make a smart decision. 

Maybe grabbing a younger, lesser known player will be better in the long run. 

Here are a few free agents not worth a team's time. 


Ray Allen, Boston Celtics

Before all the Boston fans invade my house with pitchforks and homemade signs, I ask that you hear me out. I’m not saying that Ray Allen is bad. 

I have nothing but respect for what the sharpshooter has done in his 16-year career. 

But age is creeping up on Allen and injuries pose a threat to any potential team looking to take a chance on him.

He has a few seasons still left in the tank, but there are better and younger options out there. Allen commands a salary of $10 million. Eric Gordon of the New Orleans Hornets only requires a $5.1 million qualifying offer, and would be able to solidify a team for a longer period of time. 

A team can pick up O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies at a $7.4 million qualifying offer, or Nick Young at $3.7 million. How about Landry Fields at only $800,000? 

BOSTON, MA - MAY 10:  Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics loses the ball as Kirk Hinrich #6 of the Atlanta Hawks swats it away in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachuset
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The point is, Allen only has a few good years left in him and a franchise can pick up a long-term shooting guard for much less. 


Elton Brand, Philadelphia 76ers

Brand is averaging 18.3 career points and 9.4 career rebounds per game. This season though, he only averaged 11 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. 

At 33 years old, this is not the same player that you would like to remember. 

Since arriving in Philadelphia, Brand has reached career lows in points, rebounds, blocks, free throw percentage and minutes per game. 

A career resurgence would be ludicrous. 

At a $17.1 million salary, teams would be smart to forget about the good old days and pass on Brand. 


Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns

After 16 years in the NBA, Grant is nearing the end of his career. Maybe he can sign with a contender and provide veteran leadership down the stretch, but no other team should sign him. 

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I love Grant Hill as a player, but the hype from earlier in his career may dupe some team into making a regrettable decision. 

At $6.5 million, there are better players available.

Chase Budinger can develop into a solid player and is only valued at $900,000. Portland Trail Blazer Nic Batum has a qualifying offer of only $3.2 million. 

Hill played well down the stretch for Phoenix, but teams would be foolish to look at that sample size and offer Hill a large contract. 

His 10.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game are both career lows. 

Teams would be smart to sign a younger and less hyped player.