NBA Free Agents 2012: Big Moves Buyers Must Make

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJuly 8, 2012

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The first week of the 2012 NBA free agency period is nearly in the books, but many of the biggest moves are still yet to be made.

We've seen some of the hottest names—Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Jason Terry, and many others—come off the board with big deals, but there are many top-notch players still looking for the right buyer.

On the other hand, there are many teams that have either missed out on their first options and are looking to achieve some sort of damage control, or are just looking to continue to add pieces in a strong year of free agency.

Let's take a look at the teams who should be the biggest buyers over the course of the next few days and the big moves that they must make to contend in 2012-13.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs' free agency period has gone from promising to disastrous in just a few short days, and they must move quickly to pick up the pieces. According to Jeff Caplan of ESPN, Ramon Sessions is now a high priority.

This should come as no surprise. After swinging and missing on Brooklyn's Williams and failing to retain Jason Kidd, Dallas is in desperate need of a floor general.

Sessions has shown enough promise in his five seasons in the NBA to be a formidable option for the Mavericks' starting role. He's averaged more than 11 points per game in three of his five years, with two of those coming in the last two seasons.

He also adds athleticism to an aging Mavericks' team that seemed stagnant at times last year and will be as strong on the defensive end as he will be offensively. Most importantly, they'll be seriously hurt at the position without Sessions in Maverick blue.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets tried, but failed, at acquiring Dwight Howard before the NBA draft, and now they're left pursuing a much-needed Jeremy Lin.

Lin brings a lot of positives to the table, and it's not hard to see why he's worth a four-year, $28.8 million contract. His driving ability is superb, as well as his outside shot and clutch decision-making abilities. 

On top of all that, he brings with him the unbridled attention and hype that he created throughout the midseason stretches of the 2011-12 season. 

Lin would help the Rockets to return to prominence in the Western Conference and Houston would give him the time and space to become the best player he can be. He can't do such a thing in New York, where he'd be overshadowed by their own stars in Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. 

Houston has already done all they can to sign Lin, but the move must be completed if the Rockets want any chance at becoming a solid playoff contender. 

New Orleans Hornets

The Hornets got one of the best young players in the NBA on their side in the Chris Paul deal just prior to last season's start, and they're unlikely to part with him now.

Even though the Suns agreed to a max contract with Gordon earlier this week, the Hornets have a right to match their offer since he's an unrestricted free agent. Gordon apparently isn't too happy about this (per USA Today). 

Either Gordon is living under a rock and didn't realize that New Orleans drafted two players who have the potential to reach legendary status (Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers), or he just simply doesn't want to be on a team that he could lead to many playoff victories.

Whatever the case may be, the Hornets can not lose Gordon. If they do, they pretty much traded away Paul for nothing.