NBA Free Agency 2011: Predicting This Summer's Top 25 Free Agent Contracts

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IApril 27, 2011

NBA Free Agency 2011: Predicting This Summer's Top 25 Free Agent Contracts

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 23:  Nene #31 of the Denver Nuggets walks off the court following a 97-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 23, 2011 in Denver, Colo
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    Although not as heralded as 2010's version, the 2011 NBA free agent class is a good one nonetheless.

    There are many players who will demand larger contracts, and others who will keep earning the small bucks, deservedly so or not.

    In the upcoming slides, I will rank where I think the top 25 free agent contracts will be issued this offseason. The ranking is based solely on how much money the player will make on average during his respective new proposed deal.

    It will be another crazy summer in the NBA, and you have these guys to thank for it.

25. Nenad Krstic

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 23:  Nenad Krstic #4 of the Boston Celtics tries to talk with a referee after a foul call against him in the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 23, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Memphis Grizzlies d
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    Nenad Krstic, a piece of the Perkins-Green deal executed between the Celtics and the Thunder, might be out of Boston as soon as this summer as his $5.8 million per year deal is set to expire.

    Don't expect the Celtics (or any other willing team) to pay him more than $2 million.

    Final offer: One-year, $2 million

24. Shannon Brown

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 22:  Shannon Brown #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound during the game against the New Orleans Hornets in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the New Orleans Arena  on April 22,
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    Shannon Brown has become a solid scoring role player during his time as a Los Angeles Laker.

    He is making $2.2 million this season and has an option for $2.4 million for next season.

    I expect him to take it but not to give anything away beyond 2012.

    Final offer: One-year, $2.4 million

23. Tayshaun Prince

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 28:  Tayshaun Prince #22 of of the Detroit Pistons posts up LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on January 28, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by
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    Tayshaun Prince is no longer a main catalyst for a championship-contending team.

    That being said, he is still a decent player with the potential to be a great role player.

    He'd be a great fit on the Miami Heat, where depth at the small forward position is needed.

    Final offer: Two-year, $5 million

22. Arron Afflalo

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 25:  Arron Afflalo #6 of the Denver Nuggets wipes his face with his jersey as he awaits action against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at the Peps
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    Because J.R. Smith has made it known he wants out of Denver, that means Afflalo will most likely be the Nuggets' shooting guard of the future.

    The 25-year-old shooting guard has made a solid case for a long-term deal this season, averaging 12.6 points and playing some pretty stingy defense.

    Once he signs Denver's qualifying offer this summer, a long-term contract will be made public sometime within the next 15 months. He will be making oodles more than the $2.9 million he will make in the 2011-12 season.

    Final offer (for now): One-year, $2.9 million

21. Wilson Chandler

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 23:  Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets goes up for a layup against Nick Collison #4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Cente
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    The Nuggets' Wilson Chandler is one of the NBA's young underrated stars.

    Acquired in the Carmelo Anthony trade, Chandler has stepped up to the challenge and performed exceptionally well.

    Because all Denver has to do is get Chandler to sign his $3.1 million qualifying sheet, it is likely he'll be a Nugget next year, much like Afflalo.

    Beyond that? Only time will tell. For now, he'll have a one-year deal.

    Final offer: One-year, $3.1 million

20. Nick Young

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Nick Young #1 of the Washington Wizards during the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Verizon Center on March 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading
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    This year was a breakout season of sorts for Nick Young, as he averaged 17 points in 32 minutes this season for the Washington Wizards.

    Young's standing as a restricted free agent means that if he signs Washington's qualifying offer of $3.7 million, he will be set until 2012.

    That's exactly what the 6'7" USC product will do.

    Final offer: One-year, $3.7 million

19. Rodney Stuckey

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 19:  Rodney Stuckey #3 of the Detroit Pistons drives to the net as Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics defends on January 19, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,
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    Rodney Stuckey is your typical middle-of-the-pack point guard in the NBA. He averaged 15 points and five assists in 70 games this year.

    After an embarrassing season for the Pistons, it's unknown whether the 25-year-old will sign another deal with the team he's spent the duration of his career with.

    If he wants to sign for another mediocre year in Detroit, he will need to sign for $4 million.

    Otherwise he's out.

    Final offer: One-year, $4 million

18. Jason Richardson

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    ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 26:  Jason Richardson #23 of the Orlando Magic drives against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER:
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    Jason Richardson's current contract calls for $14 million per year, but there is no chance he will even sniff that in the following years.

    His game has declined and so has his overall value in the league.

    I can see a non-contender signing him to a three- or four-season deal.

    Final offer: Three-year, $12 million

17. Carl Landry

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26:  Carl Landry #24 of the New Orleans Hornets goes up for a layup in front of Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2
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    Currently making $3 million this season, Carl Landry is set to become a free agent, and he will eagerly await to see what his raise will be.

    I can see his pay nearly doubling, but at the same time, there's no real way to determine how much he will get paid because his solid value is just beginning to come to terms with reality.

    Final offer: Four-year, $19 million

16. Kenyon Martin

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 25:  Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder fouls Kenyon Martin #4 of the Denver Nuggets in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 25, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO U
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    Kenyon Martin's day as a fierce competitor are slowly dwindling as his 30s go by.

    Teams will be looking for defensive forces like K-Mart, and although he isn't exactly at his peak, he will draw in a lot of money.

    Someone who bids on Martin surely won't be sorry, and the former No.1 overall pick could etch a three-year deal.

    Final offer: Three-year, $15 million

15. Glen Davis

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Glen Davis #11 of the Boston Celtics controls a rebound against the New York Knicks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Th
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    Glen "Big Baby" Davis has been a phenomenal post player off the bench during his time in Boston, and one must wonder whether his time will continue in Beantown, or if he will go elsewhere.

    He is making $3.3 million this season, but he has proven he is worth more than that,

    Thus, some other team will offer him the long-term status and money that he simply won't be able to refuse.

    Final offer: Five-year, $27 million

14. Kris Humphries

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  Kris Humphries of the Nets goes around Andrea Bargnani of the Raptors during the NBA match between New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena on March 4, 2011 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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    Kris Humphries, a Hopkins, Minn., native, had a breakout season in 2010-11, averaging 10 points, 10.4 rebounds and better than a block per game.

    I expect Kim Kardashian's boyfriend to command a better salary than the current $3.2 million he is currently receiving from the Nets.

    It'll interesting to see if New Jersey will be willing to pay him that because they've made it known they want a superstar.

    Final offer: Three-year, $20 million

13. Shane Battier

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 17:  Forward Shane Battier #31 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts after a win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2011 at AT&T Center in San Antonio,
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    Shane Battier is one of the better athletic and defensive stoppers in the league.

    He's also one heck of a teammate and a guy whose rights will be shopped immensely this summer.

    I could easily see a player like him getting a four-year deal somewhere for a lot of money.

    Final offer: Four-year, $27 million

12. Greg Oden

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers dunks over Anthony Randolph #4 of the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on November 20, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    At 23 and already "four seasons" into his career, Greg Oden is destined to reach his full potential, something NBA fans have wanted to see for years.

    Although he has only played in 82 contests since joining the association, Oden will bring in big bucks if Portland decides not to sign his qualifying offer.

    He has tremendous upside and, whether we like to admit it or not, we have seen them.

    Final offer: Three-year, $22 million

11. Caron Butler

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    DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 15:  Forward Caron Butler #4 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on December 15, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is c
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    At 31, you can't accurately predict how much longer Caron Butler can play efficiently in this league.

    He is injury-prone, and he shouldn't expect to go near the $10 million figure he made this year.

    Somewhere around the $8 million per year or so will do.

    Final offer: Three-year, $24 million

10. Jeff Green

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 07: Jeff Green #8 of the Boston Celtics moves against Ronnie Brewer #11 of the Chicago Bulls at United Center on April 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 97-81. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and ag
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    Right at the trade deadline, Jeff Green and his rights were shipped to Boston in what looked like the biggest deadline on the clock.

    Green, an unrestricted free agent, is making $4.4 million this season, but you know that number has to go up next season.

    The C's have money, and they are set to not only sign his qualifying offer but to make him an integral part of their future, and for that, he will get a whopping check.

    Final offer: Four-year, $33 million

9. Jamal Crawford

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    ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 26:  Jamal Crawford #11 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against the Orlando Magic during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: Us
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    Jamal Crawford is perhaps the NBA's most valued bench performer, and come this summer, people will realize what an asset he is.

    He is currently making $10.8 million this season, but he might take a dip in his salary just to play for a contender—say, the Chicago Bulls?

    It's a perfect fit, and Chicago might be willing to pay him $9 million per year to do it.

    Final offer: Four-year, $36 million

8. Samuel Dalembert

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 21: Samuel Dalembert #10 of the Sacramento Kings dunks the ball over Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 21, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Kings 132-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ack
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    Samuel Dalembert definitely isn't worth the $12 million he is earning this season.

    In order to ensure he can lock a two-or-so-year deal, he will need to shave a few million off each year.

    Only then will the possible number of suitors skyrocket for the 7-foot Canadian.

    Final offer: Two-year, $18.5 million

7. Yao Ming

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26:  Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets looks on during their opening night game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agre
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    Let's be honest: Yao Ming is going to draw in a lot of money regardless of where he ends up.

    He is one of only a handful of players who can singlehandedly change a franchise financially. Heck, even Houston might re-sign him.

    With that, teams won't be shy to give him big bucks, even if he is terribly injury-prone.

    Final offer: Three-year, $28 million

6. Andrei Kirilenko

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket past Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half at Staples Center on January 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowl
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    Andrei Kirilenko, for reasons unbeknownst to me, is making $17.8 million in his final season on his Utah Jazz contract.

    If the 30-year-old thinks he will draw anything close to that number in the coming years, he is off his rocker.

    Still, he could—and probably will—attract the attention of a suitor who is willing to pay him eight figures.

    Final offer: Three-year, $32 million

5. Tyson Chandler

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    DALLAS, TX - APRIL 25:  Center Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2011 at American Airl
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    Tyson Chandler has been a force all season long for the Mavericks in the paint, averaging 10 points and nine rebounds.

    Statistics don't tell Chandler's story correctly though, as he is one of the best post defenders in the league and is well worth the $11 million he is making this season.

    So why not keep pace and say the 28-year-old can earn that three seasons in a row?

    Final offer: Three-year, $33 million

4. Marc Gasol

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    MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 23:  Marc Gasol #33 of the  Memphis Grizzlies celebrates during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in Game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 23, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee
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    Marc Gasol loves and embraces his role on the Memphis Grizzlies with true passion and grit.

    The re-signing of Zach Randolph by the Grizz is a clear sign of the future in the city, and there is a strong chance Pau's younger brother might be packing his bags this summer.

    If Memphis doesn't sign his qualifying sheet, there is one destination that could become a real possibility for the seven-footer—New York.

    Think about it: the Knicks need post play and defense, and Gasol provides both of these vital needs.

    If the Knickerbockers are looking to contend within the next few years, they will need a quality top-five center like Gasol. He might cost almost $10 million per year, but he's well worth it.

    Final offer: Three-year, $35 million

3. Nene Hilario

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 25:  Nick Collison #4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder tries to get off a shot but is fouled by Nene Hilario #31 of the Denver Nuggets in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at the Pe
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    Nene has become a force to reckon with in the paint in the Rockies, and he is worth the $11 million he is currently making.

    Despite the fact he technically has a player option for next season, Nene isn't going anywhere beyond that, unless he gets a much better offer. He's been in Denver his entire career (nine seasons), and that probably won't change.

    Final offer: Four-year, $49 million

2. David West

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 07: David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets moves against Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hornets 85-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges
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    As with most New Orleans Hornets' players, David West is vastly underrated.

    He has a player option of over $7 million waiting on the table, but I think West will come to his senses and realize his skills can be used elsewhere, thus earning him more money.

    I think around $13 million or so per year would be solid.

    Final offer: Three-year, $40 million

1. Tim Duncan

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 20:  Forward Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs walks off the court after fouling out against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2011 at AT&T Center
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    Because Tim Duncan can technically opt out of his contract if he so chooses, he makes this list.

    However, the chances that someone will pick up Duncan's hefty $21.3 million one-year contract is highly unlikely.

    The greatest power forward of all-time will likely stay in the city he built for the remainder of his career.

    Final offer: One-year, $21.3 million