The 2012 NBA free-agency class has a bunch of players worth holding onto, but only at the right price.
While a star like Deron Williams has already proven his worth as a max-contract player, the rest of this year's field isn't so easy to peg.
Young, restricted free agents who have begun to prove themselves are especially difficult to gauge. Are up-and-comers like Nic Batum, Eric Gordon and Roy Hibbert worth maximum dollars to their home teams?
Are they on the cusp of superstardom, ready to be paid as such? Or, are they simply very good players who have already reached their ceilings?
What if a suitor offers a huge, alluring deal? Will the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Hornets and Indiana Pacers, respectively, let their prized assets walk for so opulent a price?
Unrestricted free agents don't make it any easier. Veteran point guards like Steve Nash, Andre Miller, Chauncey Billups and Jason Kidd would all be valuable contributors to any contending team. Yet, how much is left in the tank, and are those guys willing to accept reduced, supporting roles?
Are proven rotation guys like Kris Humphries, Lou Williams and D.J. Augustin worth a pay raise, or have they too already reached their limits?
NBA featured columnist Joel C. Cordes and NBA assistant editor Ethan Norof play "Deal or No Deal" with some of this year's most intriguing free agent names. You can catch the guys and additional NBA free agency conversation on Court Vision's "Basketball by Association" podcast.
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