NBA Free Agents 2013: High-Value Talent Teams Must Target

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIJuly 1, 2013

April 09, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward Carl Landry (7) gestures after scoring a basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

This offseason in the NBA features plenty of good talent in free agency, and there are a few great players that a lot of teams will be targeting over the next couple of weeks.

Some players will probably be heading back to their old teams, but there are others that will be looking for changes of scenery and hopefully deep playoff runs.

For those that are very skilled players, there’s one thing that they can be ready for.

They’re about to get paid.

Just last season, Jeremy Lin was able to grab a three-year deal worth $25 million from the Houston Rockets, and I’m sure he was just fine with that after sleeping on his teammate’s couch a little over a year ago. 

To be honest, teams will overpay in free agency, but that’s not a bad thing. They’ll be getting good players that can potentially turn their teams around, even if they do get paid more than they’re worth.

Now, let’s look at some of these valuable players that will be garnering plenty of interest now that free agency has officially begun.


Al Jefferson

Seriously, why aren’t people talking more about Jefferson being a free agent?  This has been a man that’s played at a high level for years, shooting an even 50 percent from the field over his career as one of the more consistent centers in the league.

Last season wasn’t even the greatest year for Jefferson, but he still put up great numbers.  He finished with 17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game with a player efficiency rating of 20.99.

Jefferson has been playing since 2004, but he’s only 28 years old. He has plenty left in the tank, and a younger team could get a very good veteran presence in the locker room that could help lead the team.

Any team that takes a look at Jefferson could very well be getting a guy that instantly makes it a playoff contender. With a few good pieces surrounding him, Jefferson can make a team very dangerous.


Andre Iguodala

If a team is looking for a good scorer on the wing that can play all-around-solid basketball, Iguodala might be one of the best options on the market.

The numbers from last year are solid. He finished with 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, shooting 45.1 percent in the process.

He may not have the most points per game out there, but that’s because he’s not been the guy that his team has completely depended on to score. 

Along with a respectable offensive game, AI can also play solid defense. According to, he had a defensive rating of 98 during the 2011-2012 season.

Any team that’s looking for a wing player and has the cap room should try to bring this guy in. His overall game makes him a great candidate to come in and score or just play well on both sides of the floor.


Carl Landry

It seems strange putting a former Purdue Boilermaker on this list, but Landry certainly has the skills and production to be a valuable player at the power-forward position.

Keep in mind that Landry only started two games and averaged 23.2 minutes per game, and then look at the numbers he put up.  He had 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field.

For a bench player, those are some pretty solid numbers.

There are plenty of teams that could use a starting or backup power forward.  He’s played at a high level coming off of the bench his entire career, and another new team could finally give him the opportunity to start and become one of the better power forwards in the league.