The NBA lockout is preventing teams from engaging in a high-priced summer of free agency. That's bad news for those who thrived in their contract years and expected big money this June.
While LeBron James and Chris Bosh reaped the benefits of free agency in 2010, the big names of this year's class like Jamal Crawford, J.R. Smith and Nene aren't hearing any offers thanks to the lockout. These guys will probably get their money eventually as they've been contributors for a long time.
Short, Puerto Rican point guards (ring a bell?) who may have broken out in the playoffs are at risk because of the diminishing memory of their accomplishments.
And of course, old players are at risk because of their aching joints and arthritic bones. Yao Ming knows about those all too well.
With each day that passes, the value of certain free agents falls. Here are five fallers for the (hopeful) 2011-2012 season.