NBA Free Agent Rankings and Predictions Corrections

Josh BAnalyst IJune 24, 2009

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If you haven't read my previous article, then you won't understand this one. My previous article was the top 25 NBA free agents and where I thought they'd end up and their price.

It's received a lot of criticism, which I don't mind. In fact, I encourage it as long as it's constructive.

I'm not going to change any of my opinions in this, but what I got were some comments saying that some of the signings I predicted would be salary cap infractions. After looking closely at salary cap rules, here are the updated predictions that couldn't have occurred before.


3. Carlos Boozer

My previous article had the Cavs signing him for $90 million over five years. This is actually possible if the contract is structured correctly.

Boozer just has to make $13 million or less in the first year of the contract, which is equal to the greatest salary that the Cavs are losing, Wally Szczerbiak.


5. Ben Gordon

Gordon was listed receiving a three-year deal, worth $45 million from the Thunder in my previous article. To not go over the soft cap, it would have to be more like three years, $40 million.


7. Allen Iverson

He won't get as much as $15 million as I stated earlier. To sign with the Pacers, $10 million seems more reasonable.


9. Al Harrington

The Suns are already over the cap. However, I could see the Knicks re-signing him for the money I suggested earlier: a three-year deal worth $36 million.


16. Marvin Williams

He will most likely receive less money than I suggested earlier. With the Timberwolves, he'd get, at most, a five-year deal worth $45 million. He will probably receive a back-loaded deal, but around $35-40 million seems more likely.


17. Trevor Ariza

Ariza actually can't sign with the Heat. The Heat actually can't really sign anyone unless they were on the team at season's end.

The Hawks seem like a reasonable team for him to end up signing with.


18. Raymond Felton

This is the one opinion I'll change. He should be making half of what I suggested.


Those are my changes from the old ones. To the critics of that article, I thank you. Some of my facts weren't straight and I needed to fix them. I stand by my opinions (besides Felton), but I just changed the deals that couldn't work.

Apply these deals to the old rankings and I hope it becomes a more enjoyable article.