Checking the NBA's backup plans

Checking the NBA's backup plans

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/02/2010 - 15:32
Ex-Bull John Salmons reportedly agreed to a five-year, $39 million deal to stay in Milwaukee. So the Bucks will keep Salmons, after adding Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden. Salmons is a good move. Not sure about the other two. Salmons is out, Joe Johnson is likely to re-sign with Atlanta and other players such as Rudy Gay, Channing Frye and Hakim Warrick are off the market. So this is a good time to look at who’s available besides the obvious list of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, David Lee, Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki (won’t leave Dallas) and Paul Pierce (won’t leave Boston). Some teams, such as Miami and New York, have rosters that are almost completely empty right now. Here are some of the second-tier players available: Ray Allen, SG, Celtics – Doc Rivers said he wants one more shot with this group of Celtics, so he’s counting on a return. Richard Jefferson, SF, Spurs – Didn’t help his high-maintenance rep by struggling in San Antonio. Shannon Brown, SG, Lakers – Is the Maywood native interested in starting at two-guard for the Bulls next year? Kyle Korver, SG, Jazz – Set NBA record for 3-point percentage last season. Brendan Haywood, C, Mavs – As one of the few centers available, he’ll be in demand, but has been wildly inconsistent throughout career. Travis Outlaw, SF, Clippers – Scored 33 against the Bulls in an ’09 game. Udonis Haslem, PF, Heat – Will Miami have any money left to pay him? Al Harrington, SF, Knicks – Averaged 17.7 points last season. Raymond Felton, PG, Bobcats – Averaged 7.4 assists two years ago. Mike Miller, SG/SF, Wizards – Apparently is in demand. He met with Knicks early and received interest from Lakers. Derek Fisher, SG, Lakers – Likely to keep firing for Lakers. Ronnie Brewer, SF/SG, Grizzlies – No qualifying offer from Memphis, so he’s unrestricted. Luke Ridnour, PG, Bucks – Not much defense, but can make things happen offensively. Brad Miller, C, Bulls – Should have a few good years left. Randy Foye, PG/SG, Wizards – Early draft pick in ’06 hasn’t blossomed. Shaquille O’Neal, C, Cavs – Last full season before he turns 40. Jermaine O’Neal, C, Heat – If Miami won’t have him back, who will? Rasual Butler, SF, Clippers – He’s got a nice outside touch. Larry Hughes, SG, Bobcats – Looking for somewhere he can have fun. Dorrell Wright, SF, Heat – If only he had followed through on that commitment to DePaul. Others of note: Matt Bonner, SF, Spurs; Roger Mason, SG, Spurs; Nate Robinson, PG/SG, Celtics; Marquis Daniels, SG, Celtics; Chris Duhon, PG, Knicks; Eddie House, SG, Knicks; Antoine Wright, SG, Raptors; Chuck Hayes, PF, Rockets; Craig Smith, PF, Clippers; Carlos Arroyo, PG, Heat. Restricted free agents: Josh Childress, SF, Hawks; J.J. Redick, SG, Magic; Tyrus Thomas, PF, Bobcats; Luis Scola, PF, Rockets; Kyle Lowry, PG, Rockets; Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, Jazz; Will Bynum, PG/SG, Pistons, Anthony Morrow, SG, Warriors; C.J. Watson, PG, Warriors; Jordan Farmar, PG/SG, Lakers; Linas Kleiza, SF, Nuggets. PLAYERS OFF THE MARKET Steve Blake, PG, Clippers – AGREES WITH LAKERS, four years, $16 million. John Salmons, SG, Bucks – STAYS WITH BUCKS, five years, $39 million. Channing Frye, SF, Suns – STAYS WITH SUNS, five years, $30 million. Hakim Warrick, PF, Bulls – AGREES WITH SUNS, four years, $18 million. Amir Johnson, PF, Raptors – STAYS WITH RAPTORS, five years, $34 million. Drew Gooden, PF, Clippers – AGREES WITH BUCKS, five years, $32 million. Rudy Gay, SF, Grizzlies – STAYS WITH GRIZZLIES, five years, $82 million. Darko Milicic, C, T’wolves – STAYS WITH WOLVES, four years, $20 million.
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