The top NBA veteran free agents have the luxury of picking and choosing among championship contenders during the signing period. While their best days are behind them, these players' decisions could affect the title picture heading into the 2012-13 NBA season.
These former stars have made plenty of money during their time in the NBA, but some are still trying to capture that elusive ring (or trying to win another). They are willing to sacrifice a large salary to contend for a championship as the door closes on their basketball careers.
Steve Nash was the latest marquee veteran to move to a contender when he agreed to a sign-and-trade that sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers. The top franchises have made their pitches to convince the top remaining players. Now all they have to do is wait.
As the summer heats up, so does the 2012 NBA free-agency period. Here is a look at the best bargains who will sign for a shot at the Larry O'Brien Trophy.