The 2012 NBA free agency is guaranteed to be interesting. This year’s potential free-agent class is not as heralded as the previous ones because it is void of many big-named players.
Looking at the class in its entirety, you might be able to find roughly seven or eight true difference-makers. I identify them as blue-chip free agents. They are Deron Williams, Roy Hibbert, Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett, Eric Gordon, Tim Duncan, Gerald Wallace and O.J. Mayo.
Of that list, only Williams and Wallace are unrestricted free agents who are under the age of 30.
Barring any trades between now and July 1, there will be 17 teams with at least $5 million to spend on roster upgrades. For the other 13 teams, a more frugal approach must be adhered to.
While many teams with cap space will jockey for the NBA’s top free agents, there will be many other available players that can prove vital to a team’s success. Some of these players you are very familiar with, but others have a smaller profile. Each of them fits a certain criteria: They are a relative bargain and value at their positions.
They will not break the bank, but they can fill your team’s biggest needs.