Predicting Where Top Remaining NBA Free Agents Will Sign

Greg SwartzCleveland Cavaliers Lead WriterJuly 12, 2012

Predicting Where Top Remaining NBA Free Agents Will Sign

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    This year's free agency period is still in full swing, even though most of the biggest prizes are already signed.

    Still, talent remains across the board at multiple positions, with some of the top free agents looking for a home.

    Here are the top remaining free agents with rumors and best guesses on where they'll land.

Raymond Felton, PG

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    Free Agent Type: Unrestricted

    Age: 28

    2011-2012 Team: Portland Trail Blazers

    Predicted 2012-2013 Team: Houston Rockets

    Felton has seen his share of ups and downs during his seven-year career, but last year was one of his worst.

    Expected to guide an already good Blazers team to the playoffs, Felton instead fizzled. Portland traded off veterans Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby, only to draft Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard.

    While looking at Felton's potential suitors, it's safe to take the Blazers off the list. 

    The Houston Rockets have already lost two point guards this offseason to free agency and trade and had their offer sheet for Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin matched.

    Already with plenty of cap space, they recently amnestied Luis Scola in an attempt to acquire Dwight Howard and one of his overpriced teammates.

    With Ramon Sessions and D.J. Augustin recently signing contracts, Felton is the best point guard available, and the Rockets have the money and the need for a new floor general.

Antawn Jamison, PF

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    Free Agent Type: Unrestricted

    Age: 36

    2011-2012 Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Predicted 2012-2013 Team: Los Angeles Lakers

    Jamison has reportedly been receiving interest from the Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors, as he enters the last few years of his career.

    While he'd like to play for his hometown Bobcats sometime before his career ends, it's hard to imagine Jamison taking a step back, going from two tough seasons in Cleveland to playing for Charlotte.

    Expect Jamison to latch on to a contender for the veterans minimum before he ends his career in Charlotte.

    With the Lakers recently landing Steve Nash, joining the Lakers as a back-up to Pau Gasol may be too appealing to pass up.

Courtney Lee, SG

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    Free Agent Type: Unrestricted

    Age: 26

    2011-2012 Team: Houston Rockets

    Predicted 2012-2013 Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

    While the courtship between Lee and the Boston Celtics has been on-going, it appears the talks have cooled as of late.

    Boston has instead committed money to resigning Brandon Bass and Jeff Green, so it appears that the only way Lee could be acquired is through a sign-and-trade.  While this could happen, it grows more unlikely with each passing day.

    Enter the Timberwolves, who are in need of a shooting guard to provide insurance for Brandon Roy's comeback attempt.

    Lee would be a great addition to a team very much on the rise in the Western Conference.

Kris Humphries, PF

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    Free Agent Type: Unrestricted

    Age: 27

    2011-2012 Team: New Jersey Nets

    Predicted 2012-2013 Team: Charlotte Bobcats

    Humphries would be a welcome addition to the Bobcats, a team whose best post player is arguably Byron Mullens.

    Charlotte has plenty of cap space to add the double-double machine, and his offensive game would fit in nicely next to the defensive-minded Bismack Biyombo.

    It's possible the Nets could resign him, but if they could execute a sign-and-trade with the Bobcats to open up a trade exception to acquire additional talent, all parties involved would win.

JaVale McGee, C

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    Free Agent Type: Restricted

    Age: 24

    2011-2012 Team: Denver Nuggets

    Predicted 2012-2013 Team: Denver Nuggets

    McGee came over to the Nuggets in a trade for veteran big man Nene.  An athletic seven-footer with insane leaping abilities, McGee can change a game on the defensive side alone.

    The best restricted free agent left unsigned, McGee and the Nuggets are reportedly working on a new deal that would pay the 24-year-old $10 million per season.

    The Portland Trail Blazers could also be a factor, as they missed out on restricted free agent Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, despite offering a max deal.  Should they go much above the $10 million Denver is offering, it will be interesting to see if the Nuggets still want to match.

O.J. Mayo, SG

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    Free Agent Type: Unrestricted

    Age: 24

    2011-2012 Team: Memphis Grizzlies

    Predicted 2012-2013 Team: Phoenix Suns

    The Suns need a shooting guard, as evidenced by their offering Eric Gordon a max contract.

    The New Orleans Hornets will likely match the offer, thus forcing the Suns to look elsewhere for help at the two.  Enter O.J. Mayo, who for some reason still finds himself without a home despite being arguably the second best shooting guard on the market.

    The Suns have shown they're not afraid to spend money, already dishing out multi-year deals to Michael Beasley and Goran Dragic this offseason.

    When the Hornets match the offer to Gordon, expect Phoenix to get Mayo's agent on the phone.