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2013 Restricted NBA Free Agents - July 29


We have already gone over our list of the top-10 Unrestricted 2013 NBA Free Agents. Here are the best restricted free agents who are scheduled to hit the market next summer. Don't forget: A team has the right to match any offer sheet a restricted free agent signs, so it is difficult to sign away a player.

  1. James Harden, Thunder.
    Oklahoma City enters next offseason as one of the more intriguing teams to watch. The Thunder has already given well-deserved monster extensions to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, but the team still has both Harden and Serge Ibaka coming up as restricted free agents.

    It will be interesting to see if Harden chooses to stay with in Oklahoma City - assuming it is willing to pay him in the ballpark of $13 million per year (the max contract for a restricted free agent), or if he desires to go elsewhere. Perhaps somewhere where he can maybe be the go-to option. My guess is the Thunder extend his deal during the season.

  2. Serge Ibaka, Thunder.
    Ibaka has developed into a well-rounded player as his offensive game gets more polished. He can be a force on the glass and as a shot-blocker, and at 22 years old, will only get better with time.

    Ibaka will cost at least $10 million per year, which would certainly put Oklahoma Curt in a tough salary-cap situation moving forward. I would not at all be surprised to see the Thunder get rid of Kendrick Perkins and try to keep both Harden and Ibaka.



  3. Stephen Curry, Warriors.
    Injuries really held Curry back last season and as a result, Golden State has been in no hurry to extend his deal. We all know Curry can stroke it from deep, but he still has not fully grasped what it takes to be a true NBA point guard. This upcoming season will be a huge measuring stick to see what types of offers Curry might generate next summer.

  4. Tyreke Evans, Kings.
    After an insane rookie campaign, Evans' production has dipped in each of the past two seasons. He still doesn't have a true NBA position, but his versatility and size does allow him to play the one, the two, or even the three.

    Still, there are question marks about Evans' ability to be a teammate, which might turn teams off from throwing a monster deal his way. He will need to have a solid bounce-back season to get his market value higher.

  5. Brandon Jennings, Bucks.
    There were already rumblings last season that Jennings wanted to test the market once his rookie contract expired. He certainly runs the show and it would be a huge loss for Milwaukee to just let him walk without getting anything in return.

    However, I am not sure the Bucks would be willing to cough up anywhere near max money to extend Jennings. I would not at all be shocked if he accepted his qualifying offer, played out his contract, and became an unrestricted free agent in 2014. It also wouldn't surprise me if Milwaukee dealt him at some point during the season.



  6. Ty Lawson, Nuggets.
    The former Tar Heel is the sparkplug of Denver's offensive attack and has consistently improved every season. He is massively underpaid as he is only slated to make $2.5 million in 2012-13, so look for the Nuggets to extend him sooner rather than later.

  7. DeMar DeRozan, Raptors.
    Having just signed Landry Fields and drafted Terrence Ross eighth overall, DeRozan might actually become expendable in Toronto. For the right price, I think some team could actually pry him away from the Raptors. I can't see any team overpaying for a shooting guard who is a career 21% three-point shooter though.



  8. Taj Gibson, Bulls.
    Seeing that Omer Asik just received a 3-year, $25 million contract from the Rockets, Gibson could follow suit next summer. He has become extremely valuable off the Bulls' bench and was one of the steals of the 2009 NBA Draft as the 26th overall pick.

    Asik's contract was too rich for Chicago to match, and a similar type offer sheet could yield the same result for Gibson. Another possibility that wouldn't shock me is if the Bulls amnestied Carlos Boozer in an attempt to keep Gibson and maybe add another piece.

  9. Jrue Holiday, 76ers.
    I am nowhere close to being sold on Holiday as a franchise NBA point guard. He is just 22 years old, but this upcoming season will be a huge determining factor into what his worth will be next summer. As you can see, there are several point guards ahead of him on this list, so Holiday might not be too highly coveted unless he has a breakout fourth season.

  10. Darren Collison, Mavericks.
    More than likely, Collison will not be extended a qualifying offer from Dallas as the team looks to clear as much cap space as possible for next offseason in hopes of making a run at Dwight Howard or Chris Paul. Unless Collison really shines with the Mavericks, he could be available for a very affordable price next summer to a team looking for a cheap starting point guard or a very talented young reserve.



Other restricted free agents of note: Tyler Hansbrough, Gerald Henderson, Wayne Ellington, Roddy Beaubois and Jeff Teague.



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Dwight Howard Trade Analysis - 8/10
Restricted 2013 NBA Free Agents - 7/29
Unrestricted 2013 NBA Free Agents - 7/28
2012 NBA Offseason Winners - 7/23
2012 NBA Offseason Losers - 7/21
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/13
Outstanding 2013 NBA Draft Trades - 7/12
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/10
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/6
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/4
Atlanta Hawks' Trades Recap - 7/3
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/2
2012 NBA Draft Winners - 6/30
2012 NBA Draft Losers - 6/30
NBA Trade Analysis - 6/28
NBA Trade Analysis - 6/27
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2012 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: John Henson One of NBA Draft's Most Overrated Players - 6/25
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Oreana 01-05-2014 04:10 am xxx.xxx.xxx.103 (total posts: 1)
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ok maybe I should spifcey... It does not come with any one particular colour. When people talk about British/European/Caucasian people and don't acknowledge that they have strong cultural backgrounds, well I personally find that as offensive and as racist.
Raisudeen 01-05-2014 12:38 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.66 (total posts: 1)
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You have no idea how excited I would be to win this ring! I am the bigsget ring person, & love collecting them! I would def. wear my ysl arty ring or any other statement ring to compliment it*I've been following your blog for a while, since I saw it on bloglovin' & would be so happy if I had the chance to win something I love*Mariamy_yosh@sbcglobal.net
Gabby 01-04-2014 11:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.74 (total posts: 1)
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Aparepntly this is what the esteemed Willis was talkin' 'bout.
Geri 01-04-2014 06:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.145 (total posts: 1)
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I don't think people shulod see this post as discriminating against their culture. Fashion is CULTURE, art, music, etc...Some people need to look deeper about fashion and see that it's used to express feelings and that persons way of life, just like Native America. Yes I agree that people shulod not buy cultural things from chain stores as it is taking something which belongs to a community and they are getting nothing for it, whereas as if you buy from the community this would be helping them. However I do see why some people are getting offended, but these pictures are showing appreciation of this culture and in no way discriminating against it. Some people may want to enlighten themselves by reading about Native America and see why some may be upset by this..The work is beautiful and I think you show great appreciation to this culture :)
Buffee 01-04-2014 05:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.17 (total posts: 1)
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As Charlie Sheen says, this article is "WNN!INGI"
Margaret 01-04-2014 05:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.244 (total posts: 1)
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totally love the ring its amazing....I'd pbaobrly wear it with my john lennon ring and a whole bunch more,or looped through a chain and hung round ma neckor looped through an earring and worn in one earthe possibilities are endless...love your blogxxx
Alufred 01-04-2014 04:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.11 (total posts: 1)
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This dress is amazing, and I think you pearid in with the perfect shoes. I just discovered your blog, and I really admire how you make high street pieces look so high end - that's real style! Looking forward to keeping up with your looks!- Catherine at The Spring
Liridona 01-04-2014 04:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.86 (total posts: 1)
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ooooh this is the first time i saw this dress looking good on annoye... was really not sure about it as the bust line looked a bit funny but boy, you make it look really pretty..
Jordan 01-04-2014 03:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.158 (total posts: 1)
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These pictures are truly bufatieul, and I can easily see why they were meant as a tribute to the native american culture! I don't understand how anyone could find them offencive at all - they're so gorgeous and artistic!! Love your work, and I can't wait to see the rest :)
Nahide 01-04-2014 08:40 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.95 (total posts: 1)
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Both this card and your previous post, are absleutoly stunning...and please don't apologize for the paper. I could never tire of something that pretty.. lolGood luck in the challenge, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!Love Emma xxx
William 01-04-2014 01:07 am xxx.xxx.xxx.165 (total posts: 7)
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All-star weekend as in 3 point coetnst, skills challenge, dunk coetnst, and H.O.R.S.E.We also want to see real player DNA/Reactions by what the player act like in real life if the get mad at ref or stay quiet they should act the same on the game. players should look like they're about to fight show players starting players running out the locker room and giving the other players on the bench high 5 s. show players warming up in their team jump suit, team shirt and pants, or something like that. Show players talking to reporters at the end of game on create legend mode. Show players walking into the locker room. show players to watch out for during the before game warm up.
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Patti 01-03-2014 08:00 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.73 (total posts: 7)
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As an obsessive NCAA fan, I'm pleesad to see you note that the college game is superior to the NBA. I gotta say, though, I'd recommend not pinning your hopes on Illinois they've lost a key player to injury and they got destroyed in the big 10 tournament. Add that to the fact that Big 10 teams almost always underperform in the big dance, and you've got to wonder how they're going to even make it out of the first round. But you know do what you will! ;)
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