2010 NBA Free Agency: Top Bang for Your Buck Free Agents

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJuly 1, 2010

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Every offseason there are a select number of organizations that go out and sign a free-agent to a mediocre contract, and he ends up producing much more for the team than his contract would show .

Last season the Orlando Magic signed forward Matt Barnes to a two year, $3.2 million contract, with the second year being a player option.

Barnes started in 58 games for Orlando, posting 8.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 1.7 APG on 48.7 percent shooting, while being assigned to defend the top athletes in the league during the regular season and the playoffs (making a mere $1.6 million that year).

Bang for your buck much?

2010 Free Agency: Top Bang For Your Buck Free Agents

John Salmons (G/F)

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Salmons recently opted out of his final year with the Milwaukee Bucks and will quickly turn into a hot name, once teams realize that the top tier free-agents are untouchable.

In 30 games for the Bucks, Salmons averaged career highs in PPG, dropping just under 20 points per contest, while shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 86.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Salmons is a very good all around athlete who could fit in very well with any team in need of a solid role player, and most importantly, he can be signed for the mid-level.

Mike Miller (G/F)

Very similar to Salmons, Miller is a versatile player that should be in very high demand throughout the next few weeks.

Although Miller could be asking for a higher paycheck than Salmons, the truth of the matter is that he is now 30 years of age, with declines in averages over the last two seasons, in addition to durability concerns.

Regardless, Miller is the type of player that could gel in extremely well for whatever team he signs with and can ultimately produce all across the board.

Josh Howard (SF)

When talking about Josh Howard there are various pros and cons that you must take into consideration.

Pros: Josh Howard's career averages are 15.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.7 APG, and 1.1 SPG throughout a seven year career. During his prime in Dallas, he averaged as much as 20 PPG with seven RPG, proving that he can be an elite forward in the league.

Cons: Injuries have prevented Howard from playing during the last two seasons. In addition, J-Howard has behavior issues that could be a cancer in the locker room for teams.

Howard has potential to re-emerge as a top forward in the league if he could somehow limit his injuries and find the right team for which to compete.

Drew Gooden (PF/C)

Sources are saying that Drew Gooden has agreed to a five-year, $32 million contract with the Bucks, and if so, he is certainly a bang for your buck type of guy.

Gooden has potential to post double-doubles on a nightly basis and could really help the Bucks improve on what was a surprise season last year, especially with Corey Maggette on the roster as well.

Rasual Butler (SF)

Butler produced career highs in PPG and MPG last season when he played in all 82 games for the Los Angeles Clippers (while making less than $4 mill).

With small forwards in high demand for many teams this offseason, Butler could be a perfect fit at a great price, especially if the organization is in search of a three-point shooter.

Randy Foye (G)

The Wizards did not give Foye a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free-agent on July 1st. Foye is an above average point-guard who still has the upside to emerge as a top guard in the league, if given the opportunity.

During the 08'-09' season Foye posted 16.3 PPG and 4.3 APG while making under $4 million.

With teams like the Lakers searching for a solid point-guard, Foye could definitely be a bang for your buck type of player.

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