NBA Free Agents 2013: Restricted Free Agents Who Should Find New Teams

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2013

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Although it is sometimes difficult to get a restricted free agent to change teams, it is often worth the cost.

Last year, the Houston Rockets acquired both Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik by paying more than their original teams were willing to match, and each move paid off during the season.

There are potential impact players available this year as well if teams are willing to spend the money. 

A player like Brandon Jennings could be a great prize for a team looking for a young point guard. However, the Milwaukee Bucks will probably work harder to re-sign their player after missing out on Jeff Teague

On the other hand, these players are more likely to be available, and those with cap room should offer a contract to one of them. 


Gary Neal

It seems unlikely that the San Antonio Spurs would re-sign Gary Neal after signing Marco Belinelli this offseason. Although the two players are not exactly the same on the court, they would certainly cut into each other's playing time.

This should leave Neal to find another home next season. In reality, any contending squad should see what it costs to sign him.

The guard has proven to be an elite bench scorer throughout his three years in the league. In an average of 21.4 minutes per game in his career, he has scored 9.7 points per game while making 39.8 percent of his shots from deep.

There are plenty of teams who can use quick scoring off the bench, and those squads should try to acquire Neal this offseason.


Gerald Henderson

Although the Charlotte Bobcats wanted to sign Gerald Henderson, it now appears as though that will not happen, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!

This is good for Henderson, who deserves a chance to show what he can do on a better squad after two solid seasons in four years with one of the worst teams in basketball.

The shooting guard has averaged more than 15 points per game in each of the past two years while showcasing great slashing and the athleticism to finish at the rim. He is also an above-average defender at the position and could be a starter on most teams around the league.

While his scoring numbers would likely go down with more talent surrounding him, he could turn himself into a more efficient player who becomes a key part of a playoff run. Anyone on the brink of a postseason appearance would be smart to pursue the guard. 


Timofey Mozgov

The Denver Nuggets are another team that wants to re-sign its restricted free agent. According to Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post, the squad is hoping to keep Timofey Mozgov as a backup center.

However, the young player deserves more than he has been getting with the Nuggets.

Last season, Mozgov only played 8.9 minutes per game while sitting behind Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee. Although Koufos was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, management is adamant that McGee gets as much playing time as possible next year.

Still, Mozgov has always been an efficient rebounder, averaging 14 rebounds per 48 minutes last season and 12.6 in more time the year before. With a bigger role, he could make a huge impact for a squad that needs more help in the frontcourt.


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