NBA Free Agency: Tracy McGrady and 6 Free Agents No One Is Talking About
Tyson Chandler, David West and Jamal Crawford are probably the biggest names in the free agency this offseason.
Couple that with one of the weakest NBA drafts in a long time, and teams are going to start digging into the dregs of the free agency pool for some talent.
Here's a few players that aren't getting as much attention as they should be, and are definitely worth a contract offer.
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Once you get past all of the tattoos and the unnecessary thee-point gesturing, DeShawn Stevenson is a solid player for any team in the NBA.
He tends to let his emotions get the best of him at times, but there's no doubting his three-point shooting skills and his lock down defense. Stevenson can guard the quickest and craftiest of guards in the NBA and if he's left open beyond the arc, you can bet it's going in.
I would actually like to see DeShawn Stevenson in a Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks jersey next season.
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When David West went down with a season-ending knee injury, the Hornets made a gutsy move and traded Marcus Thornton to the Sacramento Kings for Carl Landry. In hindsight, the trade wasn't the smartest idea.
Thornton went on a tear once he got to Sacramento, including a 42-point, 41-minute explosion, and averaged 21.3 points as a King, but Landry filled his role as a Power Forward to replace West.
Landry isn't the greatest rebounder, nor is he a terrorizing defensive presence, but at times, he's got a knack for putting the ball in the basket. He's got a working 12-15 foot jumper, and in the Playoffs, Landry increased his scoring to 15.8 points per game.
He might not be a game changer, but Carl Landry would be a great "glue guy" for a team in need of a big man. How about Milwaukee for a possible change of scenery?
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Kris Humphries, to me, was the second-best player on the New Jersey Nets behind Deron Williams. (Yes, I said it.)
Sure Brook Lopez put up pretty good numbers at the Center, but Humphries did all of the garbage and hustle work, including the one thing Lopez lacked the most! Rebounding!
Humphries averaged 10.1 points and 10.4 rebounds, ranking him fifth in the NBA at crashing the boards. A guy willing to do the dirty work like him will have contract offers from every team in the league.
Since the New Orleans Hornets are "rebuilding," why not put Kris Humphries in the center of whatever equation they might be calculating over there?
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Caron Butler might have been injured for more than the majority of the 2010-2011 season, but there's no doubt that he's still a high-octane scorer in the NBA.
Coming off of a torn tendon in his knee, Butler is sure to put up points for whatever team gives him a contract. A slasher with a great mid range game, he gives defenses hell when he puts the ball on the floor. It's apparent that the Mavericks aren't going to give him another go.
How would Caron Butler fit into a Los Angeles Clippers offense?
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Michael Redd's been nothing short of disappointing since his recent run-in with knee injuries. Excluding his first three years in the NBA, Redd averaged 21 points or better each season until his first knee injury in the 2008-2009 season. That's four and a half straight seasons of top tier scoring.
Regardless, I believe every injured player has at least one comeback in them. We saw it in Brandon Roy in that ridiculous comeback he led in the Playoffs this year, and now we're ready to see one come from Michael Redd.
If a team gambles on him, he might not have the quickness he used to, but he'll still have his incredibly deadly three-point range. Maybe Denver could use him for a scoring punch off the bench?
Am I the only person who's been waiting to see one last stand from Tracy McGrady?
I can't be. I want T-Mac!
Not this 50-year old man who can barely play a quarter without begging for some Gatorade. No, I want the dynamic scorer who used to take over games whenever he felt. I want the T-Mac who instilled fear into the hearts of each and every big man clogging the lanes. I want the All Star T-Mac back into action!
McGrady's only 32 years old. Kobe's the same age and we still she shades of the past with his ferocious dunks. It would be incredibly satisfying to see Tracy McGrady take over the scoring load for one last season. And even if it's not the same athletic fashion we're used to seeing, at least give him a chance to make something happen on the offensive side of the ball.
To make it a bit sweeter, I want T-Mac to get signed to the Phoenix Suns, so that he and Vinsanity can have one last cousin-to-cousin off the backboard alley-oop to one another.