A number of valuable free agents will become available to NBA teams with cap space this summer, but league GMs need to be wary of potential busts during the free-agency period.
There were a variety of signings in 2012 that worked out tremendously for certain teams. For instance, Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans), Omer Asik (Houston Rockets) and Matt Barnes/Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers) all contributed in big ways after signing their new deals.
Clearly there were teams that succeeded in the offseason.
But the other side of the coin was also well represented.
Gerald Wallace had a putrid season after re-signing with the Brooklyn Nets, Jason Terry struggled in his first season in Boston and Michael Beasley was an absolute cancer for the Phoenix Suns after signing a three-year deal. Those names fail to include free-agent signings that sputtered due to injuries like Steve Nash and Eric Gordon.
Even Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert failed to justify a max contract for four months before turning it on in March, April and the postseason.
As is often the case, NBA free agency provided a variety successes and failures in 2012. The offseason in 2013 will likely see more of the same.
Hindsight is 20/20, but what players should NBA GMs look to avoid in 2013?