NBA Free Agents 2011: 4 Teams Better off Saving Their Money for Next Summer
This year's sub-par free agent class remains on hold as the lockout continues. No upper-echelon players are coming off of the books this offseason, but teams are still anxious for the signing period to finally begin.
There are teams who can make big improvements from this shallow collection of free agents, but some teams should refrain from looking into making big signings this time around.
Some teams would be smart to save their money now, and possibly look to use it next year.
New Jersey Nets
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The New Jersey Nets have been rebuilding over the last few seasons. They made a huge step in that effort by trading for Deron Williams back in February.
One of their most urgent situations at the moment is keeping the standout point guard in the Tri-State Area, and out of blue and orange, once his contract expires next July.
You would think they need to make a few signings this summer to improve the team and keep Williams pleased. Well, that might not be the best option in the big picture.
There are no home-run signings they could make this summer. Next year, they have a fighter's chance at bringing in Dwight Howard, and saving up and taking a chance on that is a better move than being stuck with more average players.
For right now they should make a few trades, and give their current group a full season together to see how well they play. Next summer is where they should be active in the free-agent market.
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Chemistry was one of the main issues with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. They just couldn't all get on the same page, and their record reflected that.
Even though they have gotten rid of a few players who did not fit well, John Salmons and Corey Maggette, Stephen Jackson has been added to the mix. They would be wise not to add even more players to try to mesh together through free agency.
They need to get their teamwork in order this season, and then add a piece or two in next summer's free agent group.
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The Detroit Pistons seem to have no clear direction. They have made numerous questionable decisions over the last three years or so, and they have not produced a lot of good basketball recently.
Now is not the time to sign players and waste money. They are not going to make the playoffs even with any free agent acquisitions, especially with this year's choices.
Keeping their wallet closed and building through drafts should be their route for the near future.
Los Angeles Lakers
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After a disappointing end to the season two months ago, the Los Angeles Lakers will look to improve the roster going into this season. Signing anyone should not be the way to go however.
They are already pretty tied up with heavy contracts, and adding more to that wouldn't be wise.
They should stand pat with what they have and give it another shot under new head coach Mike Brown. If they want to shake it up a little, then trading has to be the option.
Going after Dwight Howard next year, however, is worth taking a hit to the cap space.