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NBA Free Agency 2012: 8 Toxic Players Contending Teams Must Avoid

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NBA Free Agency 2012: 8 Toxic Players Contending Teams Must Avoid
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Delonte West has a history of off-court issues, and on-court inconsistency.

Congratulations to the Miami Heat. 

Now that that's out of the way, it's officially the start of NBA free agency. 

The actual period when teams can sign free agents doesn't start until July 11, 2012. The rumors and discussions? Those can start now

There are always lots of free agents. Some, such as Deron Williams, will be highly coveted by many teams. 

Then there are the under-the-radar free agents. 

Just as some players possess positive intangibles, others can bring baggage, negativity or just a skill set that's woefully overrated.

On a team that's striving merely to have a respectable season in 2012-2013, those qualities can be overlooked in the name of saving money, rolling the dice on potential or upside.

On a team seeking to contend for an NBA championship, these players carry much higher risk. They're not locks to ruin a season, but they've proven to be at times more trouble than they're worth. For that reason, contenders may want to proceed with caution when these names come up.  

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