NBA 2011 Free Agents: Who Will Be Most Coveted?
The summer of 2010 had superstars LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Amar'e Stoudemire all change teams and shake up the balance in the NBA. The 2011 NBA free agents have the ability to do the same next summer. The question is, will these big name players be as willing to change scenery as this year's class?
Here are the five 2011 NBA free agents who will be most coveted next summer.
Tim Duncan—San Antonio Spurs
Even at 35 and with his best years behind him, many teams will be interested in perennial All-Star Tim Duncan next summer if he opts out of his contract.
Duncan could still give any team he signed with a double-double on most nights.
Duncan's career is winding down and he might opt to leave the Spurs for another club who has a better chance to win in the near future.
Carmelo Anthony—Denver Nuggets
Even this summer Carmelo Anthony has been a hot topic of conversation. Currently, he has an extension on the table from the Nuggets, but rumors are that he might want to be traded or sign elsewhere next summer.
Carmelo is a top 10 player in the NBA, who is the impact scorer many teams would covet.
With the NBA labor situation up in the air, Carmelo's new home is anyone's guess.
Tony Parker—San Antonio Spurs
Next summer, Tony Parker will be only 29 years old and many teams should be vying for his play-making abilities.
He is a very good shooter (49 percent for his career) and can finish around the hoop very well. There are not many elite point guards in the NBA, but Parker seems to fit the criteria.
Parker, a three-time All Star and former NBA champion, should get a lot of interest and money in the summer 2011.
David West—New Orleans Hornets
David West is one of the NBA's best unknown players. He is a solid defender, foul shooter, and can finish around the basket.
Many are unaware of how good West is, since he has been playing in New Orleans his whole career. It might be time next summer for West to take his talents to a big market and show the world what he can do.
If West opts out next summer for free agency, he will be a huge catch for a team looking for a versatile power forward.
Tayshaun Prince—Detroit Pistons
Coming out of college, Prince was not expected to produce much at the NBA level, but he has proved his critics wrong.
Prince has become known as one of the best defenders in the NBA during his career with the Detroit Pistions. He also has a solid scoring game inside and outside the arc.
Prince won a NBA Championship earlier in his career, and leaving Detroit might be the only way for him to win another in the near future.