2009 NBA Free Agent Signing: Staying or Going?

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 2, 2009

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Since the 2009 NBA Free Agent signing began two days ago, there have only been two major signings thus far (Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva).

With the rest of the off-season in front of us, there will be multiple free agent signings from now until then as organizations hope to turn their teams into championship contenders.

For teams that are already contenders, a free agent signing or two can push their value to the cream of the crop.


Staying or Going?

Hedo Turkoglu (SF/PF, ORL)—Going

After declining the Magic's more than generous contract, Vince Carter was traded to Orlando, giving Turkoglu exactly what he wanted: an opportunity to make his "$10 million per season."

The Magic cannot afford to offer Turkoglu anything near the hefty contract that they did prior to the trade, so Turk is off the books for Orlando.

The Blazers and Raptors are the top two teams in the race for Turkoglu. Toronto is supposedly offering him a five-year $60 million contract, while the Blazers have a proposal of a five-year deal in which he would receive around $50 million.


Rasheed Wallace (PF/C, DET)—Going

News has been circulating about Wallace and the possibilities of where he can end up next season. As of right now, it seems like the only teams that are pursuing Wallace are the top contending organizations in the league.

The Cavs, Magic, and Spurs have all expressed interest in the 34-year-old veteran, and he is bound to be signed by one of the three teams mentioned above during the off-season.


Ron Artest (SF, HOU)—Going

Similar to Sheed, Artest's rare talent seems to be virtually unmatchable in this year's free agency, and quite possibly the missing key to many teams success.

As of right now, it looks as if the only teams really in contention for Artest are the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, and Orlando Magic.

Although, the Cavaliers look like the leading front runners at the moment.


Lamar Odom (PF, LAL)—Staying

If you take a look at Lamar Odom, he is literally one-of-a-kind. He has the ability to do absolutely everything on the NBA court, and when Odom plays good, the Lakers win.

This is clearly an obvious re-sign for Los Angeles due to the fact that you cannot find Odom's extraordinary talent anywhere else.

As for Trevor Ariza, he will most likely not be returning in a Laker's uniform next season.


Paul Millsap (PF, UTA)—Going

Since Carlos Boozer went against his own words and decided to not opt out of his contract, the Jazz will have to pay a serious luxury tax if they want to re-sign the future superstar Paul Millsap.

Millsap showed his tremendous overall talent when Boozer was injured for most of the 2008-09 season, and can expect a contract giving him anywhere from $9-11 million per season.

With Millsap being a restricted free-agent, Utah has the power to match any offer the power-forward receives.

Oklahoma City has engaged in discussion for Millsap, and could possibly sign him within the next few days to weeks.


Brandon Bass (PF, DAL)—Going

With the Mavericks more concerned about re-signing the Brett Favre of the NBA (Jason Kidd, 36) than a future All-Star in Brandon Bass, it seems more and more likely that BB will not be returning to the Mavericks' roster next season.

A few teams have spoken to Bass. The two organizations we know for a fact have are the Orlando Magic and the New Orleans Hornets.

Bass would be placed into Orlando's starting lineup at the four spot, while he would be forced to come off the bench as a backup to David West if he decided to head back to the Hornets organization.


Andre Miller (PG, PHI)—Staying

First, it was the Blazers that were focusing on signing the veteran point-guard Andre Miller, but with all the attention shifting to Hedo Turkoglu, it looks like Miller could be returning to the Sixers lineup before the start of next year.

Not much has been heard about Miller except for the fact that Philly does not want to give him more than a two-year contract.

Meanwhile, Miller wants a contract somewhere between three to four years, receiving around $10 million per season.

Stay tuned for more on the Miller news.