NBA Free Agents 2011: 9 Players Who Must Be Avoided at All Costs This Summer

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NBA Free Agents 2011: 9 Players Who Must Be Avoided at All Costs This Summer
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Year after year, NBA general managers give writers like Bill Simmons and Rick Reilly hundreds of thousands of words of material for atrocious free-agent signings.

Think Eddy Curry. Think Jerome James (poor New York Knicks fans). Teams (maybe it's just the Knicks?) just can't stay away from players who used to be good or should be good. Sometimes teams offer a perfectly serviceable player like Elton Brand far too much money, and he underperforms.

Free agency is not a science, but there are certain players that you'll never see a smart team sign.

The NBA is currently in a lockout, so free agency can't happen right now. But what David Stern and Co. do shouldn't stop us from endlessly speculating about free agency.

Here's the 2011 free agents who should be looked at with a conspicuous eye. Or just not signed at all. I guess it depends if you're the Knicks.

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