The NBA has a ways to go before we get there, but when we arrive, let the free-for-all begin.
Players like Nene, Tyson Chandler, Jason Richardson and Jamal Crawford are going to be hot commodities in what is sure to be a frantic free-agency period. With the way NFL free agency is going—namely, warp-speed and super fun for fans—the thought of a similar situation for the NBA will keep diehards salivating until that fateful day when the lockout ends.
As an NFL fan, was there any other offseason time in the history of football as fun as these last two weeks? As an NBA fan, was there anything even remotely intriguing about the lockout except for the fact that this same exact scenario (that is playing out with the NFL) could present itself in the near future?
Obviously, the answer to both is a definitive NO.
NBA fans can take some comfort in knowing that when this godforsaken lockout is over and Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant stop talking about playing overseas, there could be a few seriously exhilarating weeks of a shortened NBA free agency.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the 12 best unrestricted free agents available, their latest news and what their strengths, weaknesses and overall grades are.
NBA fans, be patient. In the end, it will be all worth it. (Famous last words...)
*All latest news taken from Rotoworld
**Check out Part Two here, where I take a look at the top-12 Restricted Free Agents