NBA Free Agents 2012: Examining Most Valuable Players Left on Market

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2012

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There are no more superstars available. Any free agents signed at this point will be of the role player variety, but that doesn't mean they aren't valuable. Having depth is key during the long grind that is the NBA regular season.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the three best players still looking for a team. Since they haven't been signed yet, they should all provide pretty good value to whichever team takes them on, especially because there will be plenty of motivation due to the lack of interest.

 

Jodie Meeks

Meeks has established himself as an efficient scorer who would fit perfectly as a team's sixth man. He's shooting 41 percent, including 37 percent from beyond the arc, for his career. It's hard to believe no team has found a spot for him yet.

Although he's only averaged eight points per game, that's simply due to the limited playing time he's received. Every squad needs one player that can come off the bench and provide an immediate offensive spark. Meeks would fill that role perfectly.

Now that all of the main free agents are off the board his market should begin to heat up. If he can find a team willing to give him extended minutes off the bench, he will become one of the most cost-effective signings of the summer.

 

Carl Landry

In a league where reliable post players have become a rare commodity, it's surprising that one who once averaged 18 points and seven rebounds still finds himself looking for a team. That's the case for Landry, who spent last season with the New Orleans Hornets.

He doesn't have ideal size for the power forward position, but he more than makes up for it with his high work rate on the court. It's that type of energy which would make him a nice addition to a bench if he's unable to land a starting job.

One team that has shown interest in Landry is the Charlotte Bobcats. It would seem like a perfect fit, because the team has virtually no depth at power forward, which would give Landry the the chance to see the court a lot and prove to be an underrated pickup.

 

C.J. Miles

Miles has spent his entire career with the Utah Jazz after being drafted by the team in the second round back in 2005. The team decided not to re-sign him, however, and a market for his services has been slow to develop since the signing period opened.

It's hard to see why when you consider the lack of talent left available. Miles is a versatile player capable of playing small forward or shooting guard. He can knock down outside shots and has improved his defense since entering the NBA.

Miles has averaged at least nine points in each of the past four seasons despite limited minutes. He would seem like an ideal fit for a contender looking for a veteran presence to come off the bench. A good situation should arise if he remains patient.