With so much attention being paid to the free-agent class of 2010, some teams are bound to miss out on landing their guy.
Teams like the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, and Chicago Bulls have depleted their rosters to clear cap space for marquee players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
The problem is that there are simply not enough of those big names to go around, leaving the remaining teams to focus on the 2011 class.
A potential lockout may distort free agency in 2011, but as it stands, the crop of talent in next year's free-agent class is deep with stars sure to make an impact on their respective teams.
Much of the future rides on the performances next season—be it the performance of the players or their teams. Here are the top 10 free agents who stand to be available in the summer of 2011.