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2011 NBA Free Agents: Why Lakers, Bulls and Knicks Must Make Massive Moves
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With the reports that a tentative agreement to end the lockout has been reached by the players and owners in the NBA, we can all start to look at offseason moves.

Now the rumors and speculations begin as we try to anticipate the moves that will be made when teams can start making offseason changes.

Many of the rumors come with the big name teams.

The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are just a few of the teams that are always in the middle of talks.

These three teams are filled with talent, but need one or two more pieces to help get them over the top to be true contenders for a championship.

Here are big moves that each team should make in the free-agent market.

 

Los Angeles Lakers

One of the early rumors, reported by ESPN, is that Cleveland point guard Baron Davis may be on the move to Los Angeles.

It's reported that if Davis becomes a free agent, he is interested in playing for either the Lakers or the Knicks.

With Phil Jackson out at L.A., the addition of a point guard will be needed with the loss of the triangle offense.

New coach Mike Brown has already said he plans on having the players run a little more on offense. It's something that may not fit for current starter Derek Fisher, who is 37.

Getting a new point guard should be at the top of the list. If the Lakers aren't going to make a trade, then grabbing one of the top free agents at the position is a must.

 

Chicago Bulls

Derek Rose may be one of the brightest young players in the NBA.

However, we saw last season that he can't do it alone. The Bulls need to add some key players to help Rose down the stretch.

Right now, it appears the majority of the rumors surrounding the Bulls are in trade talks.

O.J. Mayo, Marcus Thornton and even Dwight Howard have been mentioned in speculation. Obviously, there is no ground behind these moves, but there is always that possibility.

One free agent that has been mentioned as a solid addition for the team is shooting guard Jason Richardson.

Richardson has averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals in his career. He could help to take some offensive pressure off Rose.

 

New York Knicks

A while back there were talks that the Knicks had some interest in possibly acquiring center Marc Gasol.

If the Knicks were to pull the trigger, it could work out in a big way.

Gasol has a skill set that, from the outside looking in, appears to fit perfectly with the play of Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks showed last season they are prepared to go big in the free-agent market to once again become contenders in the league.

Gasol can match up against any center in the league and will give the Knicks the toughness on defense they seemed to lack last season.

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