NBA Free Agent Class Update

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IApril 29, 2009

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The playoffs are weeks away from being over, and then the NBA Draft talk will take over.

In between those two events though, the NBA free-agent class of 2009 will begin to get some serious attention from teams in need of making changes for next year. breaks down the top 10 free agents(restricted and unrestricted), and give our latest update on who could possibly be interested, and how much they could be getting:

10. Andre Miller (Philadelphia 76ers)

The Sixers' point guard is one of the veterans leading Philly in their playoff battle with the Orlando Magic. Miller will draw interest from teams who may have a young point guard currently, but want to have a veteran there to be a mentor.

Miller may not wow you like some of the young guards making noise in the playoffs right now, but he definitely wont make mistakes to cost you a game either.

Likely Contract - Two to three years, $5 million per year.
Likely Teams - Sixers still the favorites, Grizzlies and Blazers are potential options.

9. Mike Bibby (Atlanta Hawks)

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The Hawks point guard may be the first of many guards that are casualties to the new economy. The Hawks have to prioritize who they are trying to keep, between Bibby, swingman Marvin Williams, or a max-deal for Joe Johnson next summer.

The odds that they will be able to retain tall three are not good. While Bibby has been instrumental in keeping the Hawks a playoff team, if his price goes too high, his days in ATL could be done.

Likely Contract - Three years, $6 million per year.
Likely Teams - Hawks, Mavericks, Pistons.

8. Allen Iverson (Detroit Pistons)

The Allen Iverson era ended about a month and a half ago in Detroit, and his value this off season has been dropping quickly.

Iverson will certainly not get the big money he is used too; however, hopefully he will focus on getting in a situation that will be best for him.

Likely Contract - Mid-level exception.
Likely Teams - Magic, Bobcats, Hawks, Sixers.

7. Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando Magic)

Turkoglu has been the Magic’s go-to guy in crunch time over the past few post seasons, and his big shot in Game Four against Philly saved the Magic’s season.

Turkoglu has said he will opt out to test the waters, and many feel he will look towards heading back to Sacramento, where his career once flourished.

Likely Contract - Three years,  $6 to $7 million per year.
Likely Teams
- Sacramento.

6. Trevor Ariza (Los Angeles Lakers)

The Lakers most improved player has become a vital piece of Phil Jackson’s plans, and should the Lakers win the NBA Title this summer, he should see his price increase quite a bit.

With Lakers forward Luke Walton on the shelf for the postseason, Ariza’s play will be key not only for the Lakers chances in winning it all, but for himself getting a long-term deal.

Likely Contract - Four years, $5 million per year.
Likely Team - Lakers.

5. Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers)

Odom, like Ariza, has a lot riding on this postseason himself. He has adjusted to coming off the bench, and flourished in his role. The Lakers would not be where they are without Odom, and there is really no wing player available that offers the skillset that Odom has.

Likely Contract - Mid-level exception.
Likely Team - Lakers.

4. Ron Artest (Houston Rockets)

Artest has found a home in Houston, where he and Yao Ming have the Rockets within one game of the second round for the first time in years. With Tracy McGrady potentially done as a Rocket, Artest’s value is huge.

Likely Contact - Four years, $7 million per year.
Likely Team - Rockets.

3. Ben Gordon (Chicago Bulls)

When Ben Gordon turned down a $50 million dollar extension to stay in Chicago a few years ago, many people laughed. Fresh off an amazing series against the Celtics, Gordon may have earned himself another big payday. The Bulls have talent all over the place, and the odds of BG staying in Chicago is slim.

Likely Contract - Five years, $10 million per year.
Likely Teams - Pistons, Bobcats, Raptors.

2. Shawn Marion (Toronto Raptors)

The Matrix has said he is looking forward to free agency, and being able to select where he wants to play. Marion may be expecting some big money, but his offers could be a big-time reality check.

Marion will have to decide whether he wants the money, or a chance to play for a title.

Likely Contract - Four years, $6 million per year.
Likely Team - Raptors, Pacers.

1. Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz)

The Utah Jazz All-Star forward has said for months he is going to be opting out, and while his list of potential suitors may have shrunk somewhat, Boozer will still command a big payday.

Likely Contact - Four years, $10 million per year.
Likely Teams - Pistons, Grizzlies.

Note: The following restricted free agents/early contract termination option players are expected to be retained by their current teams, and were not added in this list.

Paul Millsap, Jazz
Ramon Sessions, Bucks
Glen Davis, Celtics
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
Mehmet Okur, Jazz
Steve Nash, Suns
Al Harrington, Knicks
Jamal Crawford, Warriors