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Which top NBA free agent should your team target
Where should Chris Paul go?
What do you think?
Will Chris Paul stay with the L.A. Clippers?
Could we see another big three in the making?
With most NBA teams on vacation it’s time for general managers from around the league to make a play at improving the teams roster. While many teams are and will be over the cap for years to come the next couple of years are sure to be fun. The next two years will find players like Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and more. Selecting the right free agent can boost your teams chances at contending for titles for years to come. So it’s time to look at some players who will be available this free agency period.
Chris Paul is certainly one of the top point guards in the NBA. He has the ability to score, set up teammates, and finish games. While most of his numbers were down last season with the L.A. Clippers, Chris Paul still lead his team to the playoffs and thought to be a favorite to make it to the finals out of the west. So where will Chris Paul go? I believe that he will resign with the Clippers. The L.A. Clippers will have some free money to invest in a shooter or two. With the right coach this will continue to be one of the top teams in the west.
But if he decides to leave the Clippers, there are still some good destinations to choose from. There is the Dallas Mavericks who have enough cash for both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. The three could make a deep run in the playoffs with their skill sets.
Will Howard stay with the Lakers?
After a season filled with injuries and unanswered questions Dwight Howard is still one of the top rated centers in the NBA. Howard’s points per game and rebounds per game took a small dip, but could improve depending on which team he decides to sign with. If the Lakers are willing to trade Pau Gasol, they could resign Dwight Howard and also add a shooter or two around him.
If he decides to leave Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas have the best chances of landing him. I believe that Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are almost like a package deal. If either player leaves L.A. it would have to be for the same destination for the two to have a chance of winning.
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Some people may not be familiar with Al Jefferson, but he is like the poor man’s version of Dwight Howard. The two have very similar numbers although Howard is a better shot blocker. Jefferson may be looking to follow in the footsteps of other former Jazz players and test out the free agent market to find a home. For a team who feels that they may not be in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, Jefferson would be a good addition for a team looking for a potential 20pt. 10reb. guy.
If he decides to leave the Utah Jazz, the Atlanta Hawks may be a good choice for the big man. If the Hawks are unable to resign Josh Smith, will give the team a top big man to battle teams like the Al JeffersonBulls Noah and the Pacers Hibbert. He could also give a try with a couple of bottom feeders in the eastern conference like the Wizards or the Cavaliers. The Cavs have the top pick in the draft as well as three other picks in this years up coming draft, a great young point guard in Kyrie Irving, and a strong need for a big man. Jefferson could also land in Dallas if the Mavericks are unable to land Dwight Howard.
In my opinion Josh Smith is the second most dynamic player in the NBA. He could play all 5 positions on the court, and with the right coach could elevate his game in the future. He can rebound, score, handle the ball, block shots, and standing at 6ft. 9in. is a match up problem for most players in the NBA. If a coach could get him to stop shooting so many three point shots and to use his god given abilities he could dominate the league next season.
With a new coaching staff in Atlanta they may look to harness his skill set. Josh Smith may find himself staying in Atlanta as he could demand a max contract and many teams may not want to dish out that that kind of salary on an unproven player. Houston could use Smith to not only help their floor spacing, but also to present opponents with match up problem. Josh Smith and Omer Asik would clog the lane on defense, and Smith would start the fast break with his ball handling. If the Pacers can not resign David West then Josh Smith could become the piece that the Pacers need to beat the Heat.
This years sixth man of the year has a player option in his contract that could see him become a free agent. With the New York Knicks falling short in the playoffs once again, J.R. Smith may want to leave the big apple for greener pastures. J.R. Smith averaged career highs in points per game(18.1) and rebounds per game(5.3) Last season with the Knicks, but struggled in the playoffs.
J.R. Smith may see fit to cash in early coming off of the best season of his career. Due to make 2.9mil. next season with the New York Knicks, there are allot of teams with enough salary car room for a good payday. The Oklahoma City Thunder may be a team seeking his services. With the loss of James Harden and Kevin Martin sure to leave via free agency, the Thunder may present the dream location if Smith wants to win.
Andrew Bynum who has not played since being traded from the L.A. Lakers has allot to prove this season, but where will it be. Will the Philadelphia 76ers let Bynum walk and move forward with someone else, or give this thing another shot. Many teams may find it hard to commit to a player with a history of knee problems and a poor work ethic. Could he end up back in L.A. if Dwight Howard decides not to resign with the Lakers.
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The full list of NBA free agents
Restricted free agents
Unrestricted free agents
C.J. Watson (P)
Ben Gordon (P)
Marreese Speights (P)
Shawn Marion (ETO)
O.J. Mayo (P)
Andre Iguodala (ETO)
Charlie Villanueva (P)
Andris Biedrins (ETO)
Richard Jefferson (P)
Carl Landry (P)
Brandon Rush (P)
Francisco Garcia (T)
Jodie Meeks (T)
Metta World Peace (ETO)
Jerryd Bayless (P)
Ray Allen (P)
Mario Chalmers (T)
James Jones (P)
Rashard Lewis (P)
Monta Ellis (P)
Dante Cunningham (T)
Andrei Kirilenko (P)
Roger Mason Jr.
Jason Smith (T)
J.R. Smith (P)
Hedo Turkoglu (ETO)
Kwame Brown (P)
Boris Diaw (P)
Patrick Mills (P)
Aaron Gray (P)
Linas Kleiza (P)
Marvin Williams (ETO)
Trevor Ariza (P)
Emeka Okafor (ETO)
ETO = Early Termination Option; P = Player Option; T = Team Option