NBA Free Agents 2012: 5 Veterans Teams Should Stay Away from

Talib BabbCorrespondent IJune 23, 2012

NBA Free Agents 2012: 5 Veterans Teams Should Stay Away from

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    Now that the season is over, it is time for teams to build for next season. One of the best ways to build is through free agency.

    However, teams can self-destruct with bad free agency acquisitions. Some players may not pan out like they hoped and the teams end up wasting money. Here are five players that teams should stay away from to avoid wasting money. 

Josh Howard

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    Utah Jazz forward Josh Howard is a player teams should not look to acquire. 

    In the past few years, Howard's production has dropped off. He once averaged nearly 20 points a game as a starter for the Mavericks a few seasons ago. Now he only averages 8 points a game off the bench.

    Howard's role has diminished over the years with his teams, and it would be very surprising if a team signs him long-term.

Baron Davis

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    The 12 year veteran Baron Davis will be a free agent this off-season and it looks like we will not see him in a jersey for a while. 

    The last time we saw Davis in action he tore his ACL and MCL. The usual recovery period for that is 12 months. At 33 years old, it is going to be hard for a player to take a year off. It may be very likely that his career ends on this bad note.

    If he does not choose to retire, it will be hard for a team to give him employment.

Gilbert Arenas

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    The former "Agent 0" has been in and out of free agency the past few seasons. It has been hard for teams to commit to him and this off-season will be no different.

    From knee injuries, to bad behavior, to his major ego, teams are reluctant to add him to their roster. Can you really blame them? Any team signing him long-term seems very unlikely.

Elton Brand

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    Elton Brand's best years are behind him, which is why teams will look the other way on him. Unfortunately, Brand has been riddled with injury throughout his career, hindering his production. 

    He is 33 years old, but moves like an old man on the court because of the many injuries he sustains. If teams will pick him up, expect him to have a diminished role in the team rotation.

Michael Redd

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    Michael Redd is another one of those players that has the bad knee bug. He has torn his ACL and MCL in his left knee not once, but twice.

    Redd has missed at least 10 games due to injury in the last six seasons. In his only season with Phoenix last year, he averaged 8 points a game off the bench. Redd's limited durability will lead teams to shy away from trying to acquire him.