NBA Free Agents 2011: Top Big Men Available After Nene Signed with Nuggets

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IDecember 14, 2011

NBA Free Agents 2011: Top Big Men Available After Nene Signed with Nuggets

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    Now that Nene, this season's most coveted free agent, has re-signed with the Denver Nuggets, the crop of free agent big men has thinned out considerably.

    Teams looking for a game-changer or an impact type of guy may have waited too long. What's left on the market are a few big men that can help teams fill certain roles.

    Here's a look at what's left.

Samuel Dalembert

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    Dalembert is the top big man left on the market and his salary demands may have cost him a few opportunities so far.

    His market could be down to Dallas and Houston who both need a big man, but he may be looking at a one-year deal at this point.

Carl Landry

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    Landry doesn't offer up much in the form of rebounding or defense, but teams that are looking for scoring in the paint could have interest.

    While the New Orleans Hornets are still trying to figure out the Chris Paul situation, Landry is a guy that is open to returning to New Orleans regardless.

Kris Humphries

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    Usually big men that are coming off a season in which they posted career highs in averaging a double-double would create a good bit of interest, but the market on Humphries has been very quiet.

    So far the Nets are showing the most interest, but if they find a way to acquire Dwight Howard, there won't be money for Humphries.

Craig Smith

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    Smith is one of those role players available. He's not a real good shooter or scorer, but is a productive player that does a lot of the little things that coaches like.

    There hasn't been much of a market for him, but when some team eventually scoops him up they will get a decent player.

Troy Murphy

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    Murphy is a decent big man when healthy and is capable of giving teams some productive minutes off the bench.

    There's also no current market for him, but I'd expect him to find a home sometime before the season begins.