A list of the top 2010 NBA Free Agent shooting guards.
Dwyane Wade (PO), Heat. Age: 28.
With Chicago seemingly set on signing LeBron and Bosh, it appears most likely D-Wade will be returning to South Beach. That will depend on who the Heat can bring to Miami to provide him some much needed help. If they can?t convince Amare or Boozer to re-locate to Florida, Wade himself might find a new home. New York and New Jersey seem like the two other possible destinations unless some team swoops in with a ?too good to pass up? sign-and-trade offer. But Miami can offer him more than any team so they have the upper hand.
Predicted Contract: Max value (6 years, $125 if he re-signs. 5 years, $95 if he signs elsewhere.)
Possible Destinations: MIA, CHI, NY
Joe Johnson (UFA), Hawks. Age: 28.
After the way the Hawks were embarrassed in the second round of the playoffs by the Magic, I cannot see Johnson returning to the Hawks. The latest buzz has New York focusing their efforts on signing Johnson and Amare since they feel ?Bron and Bosh are Chicago-bound. I wouldn?t pay Johnson the max value contract but the Knicks or whoever signs him will be desperate for his services and will cash in on a serious payday.
Predicted Contract: 5 years, $95 million
Possible Destinations: NY, NJ, ATL, LAC, CHI, MIA, HOU
Ray Allen (UFA), Celtics. Age: 34.
This postseason, Allen has proved he still has some gas left in his tank. With the Celtics making it to the NBA Finals, the chances of him returning to Boston have increased. However, some team with a ton of cap space who misses out on LeBron, Wade, or Johnson could throw a ton of money at Allen as a Plan D. I think Allen will want to play for a contender this late in his career and will be hesitant in signing with a franchise undergoing a facelift.
Predicted Contract: 3 years, $36 million
Possible Destinations: BOS, NY, CHI, MIA
John Salmons (ETO), Bucks. Age: 30.
After a terrific stretch run with the Bucks, Salmons hinted that he will likely terminate the final year of his contract that would pay him $5.8 million and become a free agent. He could benefit from one of the teams who fail to land one of the marquee free agents as they might turn to panic mode and overpay for his services. I would expect the Bucks to try and re-sign him as Michael Redd is in the final year of his deal and might not be ready at the start of the season due as he rehabs from a torn ACL.
Predicted Contract: 4 years, $30 million
Possible Destinations: MIL, SAC, MIN, NJ, NY, MIA
Michael Redd (ETO), Bucks. Age: 30.
Coming off another season-ending injury, Redd has the option to terminate the final year of his contract worth $18.3 million. There is no way on God's green earth that Redd would even entertain the thought of turning down that type of money as he would be lucky to earn a third of that in a single season if he decided to test the market.
Predicted Contract: picks up final year on deal
Possible Destinations: MIL
Kyle Korver (UFA), Jazz. Age: 29.
Korver shot a ridiculous 56 percent from three this past season and with every team in need of a sharp-shooter off the bench, he should be a hot commodity this offseason. Utah will likely make a strong bid to re-sign him, but expect a few contenders to offer up their entire mid-level exception in hopes of landing his services.
Predicted Contract: 4 years, $26 million
Possible Destinations: UTAH, PHX, LAC, MIA, CHI, NY, NJ
Mike Miller (UFA), Wizards. Age: 30.
Miller bounced back after a woeful 2008-09 season in Minnesota, shooting the ball much better for the Wizards. For a team in need of an outside shooter coming off the bench, Miller would be a guy to go after. At 30 years old, I'd hope he realizes that he is not a starter on a playoff team and accepts his fate as a dangerous reserve gunner.
Predicted Contract: 3 years, $17 million
Possible Destinations: PHX, BOS, SA, LAC, CHI, MIA, UTAH
J.J. Redick (RFA), Magic. Age: 25.
The former Dukie is entering the final year of his rookie contract that would net him about $3.9 million next season. I would imagine the Magic extend the qualifying offer as Redick has become a valuable bench player and might possibly even try to offer him a contract extension. If Redick chooses to sign a contract offer with another team, Orlando has the right to match that deal which I would expect them to unless some team massively overpays him.
Predicted Contract: Accepts qualifying offer
Possible Destinations: ORL
Randy Foye (RFA), Wizards. Age: 26.
The Wizards have to decide whether or not they want to extend the qualifying offer to Foye who could earn $4.8 million in the final year of his rookie contract. Since Washington has Gilbert Arenas, drafted John Wall with the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and traded for Kirk Hinrich, Foye could be expendable. I don?t see any other team wanting to make a long-term investment on Foye so it will be interesting to see what happens.
Predicted Contract: Accepts qualifying offer
Possible Destinations: WAS
Wesley Matthews (RFA), Jazz. Age: 23.
From undrafted free agent to guarding Kobe Bryant in the second round of the NBA Playoffs; Matthews worked his way into a starting spot for the Jazz this past season. He is due a nice pay raise but has said that he wants to stay loyal to Utah since they gave him a chance when no other teams would. Matthews is a perfect Jerry Sloan-type player in that he plays hard on the defensive end and doesn't try to do too much in the half-court offensive sets.
Predicted Contract: 3 year, $9 million extension
Possible Destinations: UTAH
Other Free Agent Shooting Guards: Ronnie Brewer (RFA), Shannon Brown (PO), Raja Bell (UFA), Quentin Richardson (UFA), Ronald Murray (UFA), DeShawn Stevenson (PO), Larry Hughes (UFA), Tony Allen (UFA), Marquis Daniels (UFA), Ricky Davis (UFA), Jannero Pargo (UFA), Luther Head (UFA), Eddie House (UFA), J.R Giddens (TO), Bill Walker (TO), Devin Brown (UFA), Mario West (UFA), Mardy Collins (QO), Keith Bogans (UFA), Garrett Temple (UFA), Alonzo Gee (TO), Malik Hairston (TO)