NBA Free Agents 2011: 10 Most Attractive Free Agents for Teams to Fight over
So far we've had two weeks cancelled, but that hopefully doesn't mean we won't still have an NBA season.
With that hope, there's still some free agents that need to be signed to contracts. NBA free agents, that is—not ones from Turkey or China.
Let's forget the fact that a bunch of rich guys are fighting over millions of dollars while the rest of us just want to see some basketball before the government repossesses our TVs.
Instead, Imagine the owners and teams are fighting over free agents. Sure, this year's crop is far from last year's, but there are still bargains to be had.
After all, bargains are a good thing in this economy.
2010 Stats: 8.1 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.5 BLKPG, 24.2 MPG in 80 games.
He's one of the last few reliable centers in the league: He'll block, rebound and even score.
Dalembert is a double-double threat—only three years removed from averaging a double-double for the Philadelphia 76ers.
He could be a great addition to any team, as he's a force in the post. He'll definitely be a good upgrade to teams looking for some help down low.
The New York Knicks would love to have him, and so would the Miami Heat. His contributions could make those teams even more dangerous.
2010-11 Stats: 10.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.1 BLKPG, 27.8 MPG in 74 games.
Here's the other good center that is currently available on the market.
The Dallas Mavericks attribute him to the change in their defensive mindset. He was also a big contributor to their championship team, being a defensive presence in the post—something most teams seem to be lacking these days.
Chandler is another double-double threat who's also a good clubhouse presence—one that makes sure the team actually plays defense.
Sounds like a match for the Knicks, right? Then again, the D-word isn't allowed in D'Antoni's presence, so that might not work out.
Other teams that would love to have him are the Miami Heat, of course, and Dallas. The Mavs would love to have him back, except they have to worry about Brendan Haywood's contract first.
2010-2011 Stats: 14.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.0 BLKPG, 28.2 MPG in 80 games.
Like I said, teams are looking for help from big men this year.
Nene's more of a scorer than Dalembert or Chandler, as he has yet to average double digits for rebounds and has only recently started averaging a block per game.
With that said, he's still a decent center and will be an upgrade to most teams' frontcourt.
Unless the Nuggets plan on using Blake Griffin's favorite target, Timofey Mozgov, they'll try to bring him back. Other teams interested could include the Knicks, the Heat, or even the New Jersey Nets, who would love to pair him with Brook Lopez.
2010-2011 Stats: 15.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.3 BLKPG, 33.3 MPG in 72 games.
Apparently, Isiah Thomas can make good decisions.
Chandler was the best Knicks player included in that Carmelo Anthony trade: He can play defense, he can shoot and he can finish at the rim.
1.3 BLKPG for a small forward is pretty good, despite most of them coming off the help defense.
He's a solid wingman who the Knicks regret letting go. At the same time, the Nuggets would be a fool not sign his $3.1 million qualifying sheet.
Too bad he'll be in China unless someone can get him out of there.
2010-2011 Stats: 7.6 PPG, 2.3 APG, 4.5 RPG, 29.0 MPG in 82 games.
Great defenders are hard to come by, so you can be sure Shane Battier will be coveted once the labor dispute is settled.
He's a good piece to supplement an already good team. As one of the league's better defenders, his defense will lead to easy scoring opportunities for his team while also giving the opponent a headache.
Any team in need of defense will make a play for him. So, basically, that's every team.
The Grizzlies want him back, but won't pay the mid-level exception he's looking for. The Heat have also expressed interest, as it seems they have realized they need more players than just LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
2010-2011 Stats: 8.7 PPG, 1.2 APG, 1.9 RPG, 19.1 MPG in 82 games.
He's been on the Lakers' bench for some time now and is itching to get a starting spot.
Brown's a decent enough defender and a pretty good shooter—not to mention he has amazing dunking skills.
He has a player option and may decide that it's time to leave the Lakers.
Then again, the only teams that would give him a starter's salary are probably non-contenders like the Cavaliers. The only contender that could use a shooting guard is probably the Chicago Bulls, but they may go for a cheaper option.
2010-2011 Stats: 14.2 PPG, 3.2 APG, 1.7 RPG, 30.2 MPG in 76 games.
Possibly the only player to consistently make four point plays, Crawford is also last year's winner of the Sixth Man of the Year Award.
He's known for his shooting skills and he'll be a great asset to any team looking to upgrade their offense.
The downside is that his value is solely based on his offense, as he can't do much else.
So, obviously, he'll be a great fit with the Knicks, and it's widely known that the Bulls need someone other than Derrick Rose to score.
The only question is whether or not he'll be a starter or even get a starter's salary.
2010-2011 Stats: 11.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, .502 FG, 26.4 MPG in 76 games.
Landry admirably filled in after David West went down with an injury. He's a relatively young but experienced option at the power forward position.
A good scorer in the post, the only downside to Landry is that he can grab a couple more rebounds per game.
He can help out teams in need of big men, but New Orleans will probably want him back as insurance for West. Reliable big men are in high demand, and Landry's one of the few solid options on the market.
2010-2011 Stats: 15.6 PPG, .395 3P percentage, 4.1 RPG, 33.9 MPG in 80 games.
Richardson is a veteran who can help out any team in need of a shooting guard.
He's a high flier, as evidenced by his back-to-back Slam Dunk Contest titles. He can also shoot the trey and be an efficient, high-volume scorer for his team.
His veteran presence would be invaluable to a team looking to make the playoffs.
Richardson can end up with the Bulls, who really need a shooting guard to help Rose with the scoring duties. The Magic may also want him back to make another run at the championship.
2010-2011 Stats: 11.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.7 BLKPG, 31.9 MPG in 81 games.
And we're back to the land of the in-demand centers.
Gasol will be the most sought-after free agent, simply because of his age, potential and skill.
He was a big factor for Memphis in those playoff games, and teams surely took note of that.
Gasol is a dominant presence in the post, offensively and defensively. His size and strength will make him a valuable piece to any playoff team—especially now that he's entering his prime.
Obviously, the Grizzlies will want him back, but other teams will try to bring him on board as well.
The Knicks have Gasol high on their list and the Heat need someone in the post.
So, whenever this labor dispute gets settled, you can be sure that Marc Gasol's name will be the first to get tossed around the rumor mill.