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NBA Free Agency 2011: Shane Battier and Other Role Players Teams Should Sign

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Shane Battier and Other Role Players Teams Should Sign
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The NBA is in a precarious labor situation as the end of the season approaches.  The potential stoppage of games resulting from a lockout is a serious concern for all parties, as is the annual period of free agency, beginning in July.

The give and take of collective bargaining negotiations will affect the course of free agency for years to come.  Whether the owners get their desired limit on contract length and a hard salary cap will drastically change the kind of deals we see happening in free agency.

This is especially relevant to several reliable role players with expiring contracts.  No one knows exactly what they will be able to command on the open market.  One thing is for sure, however: the lavish and overpaid contracts of free agencies past will be much less prevalent under a new CBA.  

Regardless of their market value, here are a handful of notable free agents that many teams will heavily pursue this summer.

 

(For a breakdown of impact scorers who will be on the market this summer, check out another discussion of free agency)  

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