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NBA Free Agency 2012: Genius Pickups Contenders Must Make to Perfect Rotations
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Free agent Grant Hill is the kind of player over whom contenders are oft to drool.

The 39-year-old plays defense, understands his role and can knock down some mid-range jumpers when needed. He's no longer a star at this stage in his career, and perhaps he's not even a starter.

But, when you're already on the verge of winning a title, adding another star is rarely an attainable nor essential priority. It also helps that veterans who have already made bank on their NBA careers will come at a more affordable price.

These are the kinds of considerations that have brought the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers knocking on Hill's door.

Other contenders find themselves in similar need of that elusive, extra piece. With little cap room to spend and sign-and-trade avenues frequently limited, those pieces won't necessarily be no-brainers. Sometimes they take a little digging.

Here are five matches that would help give contenders even more edge.

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