The 2012 NBA free agency period has been highly exciting, with huge storylines unfolding and many highly-touted players choosing new homes. Many of the top remaining players just so happen to be at the position of highest need: point guard.
The biggest name—Brooklyn Nets star Deron Williams—is already off the board, which has caused teams to shift their focus to the names below him.
And you will be shocked at some of the names still available after this crazy week of free agency.
With experienced floor generals like Steve Nash and Jason Kidd finding new homes with the Lakers and Knicks, respectively, the teams still looking to fill a void at point guard will have to look for younger players still in their primes (or entering them).
Jeremy Lin, Raymond Felton and Ramon Sessions are the very best point guards still available and are shopping themselves out to many suitors.
Let's see where they'll most likely land.
Just a year ago, Jeremy Lin was all too worried about finding a single team to give him a chance at proving himself.
Well, he got that, and due to his stellar play that began an international storyline, he'll be landing with a significant new deal to either the Rockets or Knicks. According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter, Lin has agreed to a massive offer sheet.
Because Lin is a restricted free agent, the Knicks will still have the ability to match the offer sheet and retain Lin in The Big Apple. But with Raymond Felton emerging as a favorite to join the Knicks, he posts a better chance for the Knicks to win.
Besides, Lin is better suited for the Rockets system, which will allow him to be one of the main scorers and will allow him to be a scorer first and passer second.
Most likely destination: Houston Rockets
Felton has had a trivial past few seasons, having been bounced around to three teams in the last season and a half. But he hasn't compromised his skill and effectiveness as a point guard throughout all of the turmoil.
He only spent 54 games in 2010-11 with the Knicks, but he enjoyed career-best numbers in points (17.1) and assists (9) per game. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported Thursday that the Knicks are frontrunners to land Felton.
Knicks have emerged as favorites to sign Raymond Felton, the Daily News has learned.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) July 5, 2012
At 28 years of age, Felton is at the peak of his prime and needs to be exploited in a system that fits him. Even though he was in New York in the pre-Carmelo Anthony days, his facilitation skills and ability to pass first but also score as a close second will make him a perfect fit with the Knicks.
I understand signing Lin to the offer sheet as it's not an absurd price, but I can't buy that New York will compromise on-court success for the added hype (that could ultimately be a distraction) that Lin brings. With 479 career starts, Felton is the way to go for the Knickerbockers.
Most likely destination: New York Knicks
Nobody was spurned more by the Steve Nash to L.A. deal than Ramon Sessions, who suddenly finds himself out of a situation that many of us expected to be a great fit.
Now, Sessions is fielding offers from the Dallas Mavericks, who are in desperate need of some offseason damage control after striking out with Deron Williams and Jason Kidd, among others.
They waited until things fell through with their first few plans, but according to Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas, the Mavs are targeting the five-year pro.
"After Kidd reached his decision to move on, the Mavs again reached out to Sessions, the 26-year-old point guard that was traded from Cleveland to the Lakers at the trade deadline last season. Sessions, the source said, is seeking a starting job and security."- via ESPN Dallas
There's no doubt that Sessions should jump on this opportunity to join the Mavericks. It's unfortunate for him that he never truly got his chance to shine in Los Angeles, but after a lackluster postseason, it's not surprising how the Lakers saw a significant upgrade with the two-time MVP Nash.
Dallas has dug themselves into a hole in the last few offseasons and aren't title contenders, but they still have a chance to make the playoffs and continue to make noise in the Western Conference if they work on a solid nucleus to give Dirk Nowitzki one last run. Sessions has shown his worth in the league and should be a solid starter for some time.
Most likely destination: Dallas Mavericks