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NBA Free Agents 2012: 5 Restricted Free Agents Who Will Be Switching Teams
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The 2012 NBA offseason is off to a crazy start, and there are still plenty of interesting players on the market, headlined by a talented group of restricted free agents.

For all of you amateur fans out there, a restricted free agent is subject to his team's Right of First Refusal, which means that team can match any offer made to the player and keep the player. The team has three days to match the offer once it is made to the player.

If the restricted free agent's team does not make a qualifying offer on them, then the team loses the Right of First Refusal and the player becomes an unrestricted free agent.

For example, the Memphis Grizzlies decided not to extend a qualifying offer to shooting guard O.J. Mayo, who now becomes one of the more intriguing unrestricted free agents on the market.

Most restricted free agents end up back with their original team, but sometimes a team simply can't afford to match an offer sheet or don't want the player on their team anymore.

Here is a look at five current restricted free agents who could be switching teams this offseason. 

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