NBA Free Agency 2011: Evict or Enough? Free Agents Likely to Move This Summer

Kristian Winfield@@KrisWinfield_Correspondent IIIApril 23, 2011

NBA Free Agency 2011: Evict or Enough? Free Agents Likely to Move This Summer

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    Unless he got fouled, this shot is outrageous.
    Unless he got fouled, this shot is outrageous.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Time is up!

    Some NBA teams have waited to long for their players to pay their rent, and it's time to start handing out these eviction letters.

    Other playes have stayed in their humble abode for awhile, but it just isn't what they expected it to be.

    Which players will be looking for new homes in the summer? 

Erick Dampier (Miami Heat)

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    He has no clue what to do with the ball right now.
    He has no clue what to do with the ball right now.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    I watched Erick Dampier miss a wide open, two-handed layup under the rim with no defense around him earlier this season.

    I know he's getting old, but it's time for him to find a new home. Maybe it's time to retire.

Mickael Pietrus (Phoenix Suns)

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 13:  Mickael Pietrus #12 of the Phoenix Suns attempts a three point shot over Chris Duhon #25 of the Orlando Magic during the NBA game at US Airways Center on March 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Magic defeated the Suns 111-88. NOTE
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    No one's heard a peep out of Mickael Pietrus since the trade deadline deal that sent him to Phoenix.

    One thing's for sure: He is not fitting in.

    Air France has yet to take off in Phoenix and is only putting up 7.4 points per game as a member of the team.

    It's time the former Orlando sixth man take his talents somewhere else, like New York or back to Orlando.

Goran Dragic (Houston Rockets)

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    PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 17:  Goran Dragic #2 of the Phoenix Suns drives the ball past Rodrigue Beaubois #3 of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA game at US Airways Center on February 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges
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    By being reluctantly removed from underneath Steve Nash's golden wing, Goran Dragic was robbed of the bright future that was in store for him. 

    The picture was already set: Dragic would inherit Nash's throne, becoming the player the Suns needed to bring them back to playoff contention. 

    But that plan was ruined when the Phoenix front office moved him to Houston for the speedster, Aaron Brooks.

    Dragic might still have a chance at making a name for himself, again, but his role as a backup to Kyle Lowry doesn't give him enough playing time nor the exposure that he needs to fully develop into the budding star we all know he can be.

    Dragic needs to move, IMMEDIATELY, to a team that needs a point guard.

    What would he look like in a Bobcats jersey?

Leandro Barbosa (Toronto Raptors)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  #20 Leandro Barbosa of the Raptors scores during the NBA match between New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena on March 4, 2011 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by
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    The 2006-2007 recipient of the Sixth Man of the Year Award, Leandro Barbosa is going through some growing pains as part of a losing team with the Toronto Raptors.

    Barbosa's points have steadily declined since that award-winning year, and he's not the same player he used to be.

    He's still incredibly fast and has a knack of finding the bucket when attacking the basket, but his 34 percent shooting from deep is the second lowest of his career. 

    A pretty decent combo guard in the NBA, the Brazilian Blur needs to be someplace new.

    What do you think about New Orleans as the next stop for the once dominant bench scorer? 

Tracy McGrady (Detroit Pistons)

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    AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 23:  Tracy McGrady #1 of the Detroit Pistons looks for an open teammate between Mike Bibby #0 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2011 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Miami won the game 100-9
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    Let's face it, T-Mac isn't, and never will be the same T-Mac of the Orlando Magic or Toronto Raptors. You can argue that he's grabbing boards and playing the facilitator role, but he's clearly not the same player he was a few years ago.

    A player rattled by injury and age, Tracy McGrady needs to move somewhere this summer and salvage whatever dignity and pride he has left as an NBA player. 

    If he's not going to retire this year, which is another valid option, McGrady needs to move to a team that could use his veteran wisdom more than anything.

    He's not a shooter, which is one of the most important things for injured or aging guards. T-Mac was all athleticism, and now that that's gone, his career is dwindling away as well.

    I'm sure the Pistons don't want him around anymore; he should probably move to Cleveland, Minnesota, or the Los Angeles Clippers so he can rub off on some of the younger players.

Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY - OCTOBER 29:  Michael Redd #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket past Chris Wilcox #54 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center on October 29, 2008 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Bucks won 98-87.  NOTE TO USER: User expres
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    Michael Redd is nothing more than empty cap space. He's always injured and his $18.3 million contract is preventing the team from picking up more talent via the free agency.

    Redd's time is up.

    The former All Star has missed too many rent payments, and the landlord has had enough. It's time for him to gather his things and get out of town.

    If he can prove that he's still got his jumper and isn't completely injury prone, he can probably find a job in New York or New Jersey.

Rodney Stuckey (Detroit Pistons)

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    AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 23: Rodney Stuckey #3 Detroit Pistons gets in for a dunk between Chris Bosh #1 and LeBron James #6 of the  Miami Heat at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2011 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Miami won the game 100-94. NOTE TO US
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    Rodney Stuckey deserves a better team than the Detroit Pistons.

    An exceptional slashing guard with a developed mid range jump shot, Stuckey could be a huge plus for a team like the Portland Trail Blazers or the Charlotte Bobcats.

    The Pistons franchise has gone down the drain; he shouldn't let them take his career with them.

    Get out of there while you still can, Stuckey!

Jason Richardson (Orlando Magic)

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    ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 19:  Jason Richardson #23 of the Orlando Magic shoots over Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks of the Orlando Magic during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2011 at the Amway Arena i
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    Jason Richardson's been slacking this entire season. At 13.9 points per game as a member of the Orlando Magic, J-Rich's production is at a career-low.

    He could probably find a job in Denver or maybe even Charlotte, but he's got to get out of Orlando if he wants to salvage his name.

Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers)

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers blocks a shot by Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on November 20, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    If Greg Oden was healthy, so many questions would be answered for this Portland Trail Blazers squad. His injury left a huge gap that Marcus Camby has done an adequate job a filling, but it's still a gap nonetheless.

    Oden needs to prove he's healthy or he's gone. Plain and simple. He owes months worth of rent and is being given a grace period to pay his dues before he's put out of the Garden.

    Oden's got to prove his worth or his career might be over.

    There won't be many other teams that are willing to gamble on a pair of walking crutches. 

J.R. Smith (Denver Nuggets)

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 23:  J.R. Smith #5 of the Denver Nuggets passes the ball against the defense of DeJuan Blair #45 of the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center on March 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Spurs 115-112. NOTE TO USER: U
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    Who didn't expect J.R. Smith to be on this list?

    Smith's been on George Karl's bad side for the longest. His disobedience, immaturity, and inconsistency have taken a toll on the cancer-surviving coach, and enough is enough.

    Smith could easily be the best player on the court when the Nuggets play. He's got the unparalleled athletic ability and range that starts at the main door to the arena.

    What he doesn't have is maturity—which I thought would have come by now, in his seventh year in the league—nor does he possess the wisdom to know which shots are excessive. 

    J.R. Smith could end up being detrimental to the Denver Nuggets as they move forward, so it's time they give him the pink slip and his one-month notice. He doesn't have to go home, but he's got to get out of Denver.

    Smith, in my opinion, would thrive in a position where he could be the focal point of the organization. Somewhere like Utah or Minnesota, where he could play alongside a dominant big man.

    Hopefully this will be a humbling experience for him, or else he's going to find himself wandering by the wayside very soon.