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2011 NBA Free Agents: Point Guards

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A list of the top 2011 NBA Free Agent point guards.


With the NBA Lockout coming to an end, we now know that teams can start signing free agents on December 9th. Like the NFL experienced once their lockout ended, there will be a frenzy period for teams to fill out rosters with the season tipping off on Christmas.

With the new labor agreement, there are some changes to free agency. A player can only receive a four-year maximum deal (a five-year maximum if they re-sign with their current team) and beginning in the 2013-14 season, teams will start receiving a harsher luxury tax penalty if they exceed the salary cap. Teams will now only have three days to match an offer sheet for one of their restricted free agents. Also, some names will be added to free agency after teams decide which players will be released under the one-time amnesty clause option.

  1. J.J. Barea (UFA), Mavericks.
    Barea was a terrific backup to Jason Kidd this past season, especially with Roddy Beaubois injured for a good portion of the year. Barea bringing great energy off the bench played a huge role in helping Dallas win the NBA title. Several teams should get in on the bidding for him to be their backup, and the Mavericks will do everything they can to keep him around.

    Predicted Contract: 4 years, $20 million

    Possible Destinations: DAL, TOR, BOS, MIA, UTAH

  2. Aaron Brooks (RFA), Suns.
    The Suns gave up a first round pick to acquire Brooks before the deadline, so you would have to think that they figure he could be their Steve Nash of the future. The final year of his rookie deal is worth slightly less than three million dollars, and he was looking for an extension with the Rockets last summer that never came. Brooks is one of several NBA players currently locked into a contract in China and likely won't be able to come to the States until March.

    Predicted Contract: Plays out final year of rookie contract

    Possible Destinations: PHX, SAC, MIA

  3. Rodney Stuckey (RFA), Pistons.
    Stuckey is a restricted free agent, and I cannot imagine another team throwing a whole lot of money his way in hopes of luring him away from Detroit. With that being said, I don't think Stuckey is the long-term solution at the point for the Pistons, especially since they used their first-round pick on Brandon Knight.

    Predicted Contract: Plays out final year of rookie contract

    Possible Destinations: DET

  4. Mario Chalmers (RFA), Heat.
    Chalmers is only entering his third year in the league, so there is still room for him to grow, especially when you consider how he was thrust into a starting role during his rookie season. The Heat will likely look to improve their point guard play, but if they cannot do so, Chalmers could be back in Miami. If not, look for a team with a veteran point guard to bring Chalmers in as a backup.

    Predicted Contract: 2 years, $5 million

    Possible Destinations: MIA, GS, SAC, UTAH

  5. Mike Bibby (UFA), Heat.
    This is where the MASSIVE drop off comes into play for the free agent point guards. Bibby has a year or two left on his legs, but not as a starting point guard. His experience will be attractive for playoff teams looking for a solid backup who is postseason tested. If Miami is unable to find an upgrade at the one, he could be headed back to South Beach.

    Predicted Contract: 1 year, League Minimum

    Possible Destinations: MIA, BOS, MIL, UTAH, GS, WAS

  6. T.J. Ford (UFA), Pacers.
    Ford sorely needs a change of scenery, and I would be shocked if he returns to Indiana. Ford is only entering his eighth season in the league and is just two years removed from averaging 14.3 points, 5.3 assists per game. The former Texas Longhorn could be a valuable reserve if he finds the right landing spot.

    Predicted Contract: 1 year, League Minimum

    Possible Destinations: WAS, UTAH, BOS, MIA, SAC, GS

  7. Patrick Mills (RFA), Blazers.
    Add Mills to the list of players stuck in their contract in China and likely not returning to the NBA until March. He will likely return to Portland when his overseas deal is complete and become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

    Predicted Contract: Plays out rookie contract

    Possible Destinations: POR

  8. Carlos Arroyo (UFA), Celtics.
    Arroyo did start 42 games for the Heat this past season but ended up getting released, which doesn't say much about his ability to be a starting point guard in the league. He is a serviceable backup and should find a home, but there is the possibility of Arroyo going overseas like he did during the 2008-2009 season.

    Predicted Contract: 1 year, league minimum

    Possible Destinations: BOS, SAC, WAS, NY, SA, DAL, IND, UTAH

  9. Earl Watson (UFA), Jazz.
    Watson is nothing special but does understand how to be a serviceable point guard, and could help out a playoff team or a club with a young starter.

    Predicted Contract: 1 year, league minimum

    Possible Destinations: UTAH, WAS, BOS, MIL, SAC, SA

  10. Sebastian Telfair (UFA), Timberwolves.
    It is almost embarrassing that Telfair is ranked on this list, but then again, the free agent class of point guards is painfully bad. At this point of his career, the potential that people keep waiting to see has probably passed. He should get a backup job somewhere, but may have to settle for a spot as a team's third point guard.

    Predicted Contract: 1 year, league minimum

    Possible Destinations: WAS, BOS, MIL, SAC, UTAH

Other Free Agent Point Guards: Marcus Banks (UFA), Earl Boykins (UFA), Anthony Carter (UFA), Sherron Collins (UFA), Antonio Daniels (UFA), Pooh Jeter (UFA), Acie Law (UFA), Jannero Pargo (UFA), Chris Quinn (UFA), Ronnie Price (UFA), Mustafa Shakur (UFA), Ben Uzoh (UFA)

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Auth 06-30-2012 05:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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Laineka 06-30-2012 05:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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Mastufah 06-30-2012 02:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Mavericks may have found the biggest slpeeer in the draft.I'm a big Jeremy Lin fan, and not just because he's a future pastor/minister. At the 2010 Portsmouth Invitation (similar to the NFL's pre-draft Senior Bowl) against future NBA draft picks, Jeremy Lin averaged 10 points, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 60% FG percentage. In 2008 in 7 games (some multiple) against Colorado, George Washington, UConn, and BC, he averaged 20 points, 5 rebs, 5 assists, and 3 steals, even though the other team was double or triple teaming him all game as the only good player for Harvard. In 2009 against UConn and BC twice he averaged 27 points, 5 rebs, 5 assists, and 3 steals, again while double or triple teamed. His entire life Jeremy Lin has constantly faced obstacles and discrimination (not to mention racial slurs) in the basketball world, because of his race. He was California's basketball State Player of the Year after taking an unknown HS team to take the championship over powerhouse Mater Dei, yet was offered no Division-I basketball scholarship from any school. Harvard was the only school to give him a spot, and with no scholarship. I don't think it ever happened before that a Player of the Year in a huge state like California, didn't get any college scholarship offers to play. Then, at Harvard, all he did was break all sorts of conference records, put Harvard on the map without any other legit player on the team, and this year finished as a finalist for both the John Wooden and Bob Cousy Award, for best D-I college player and best D-I guard in the country. If his last name were different, he might have gotten a chance to start at a different college and become a 1st round pick. He is taller than Avery Bradley, and just as athletic if you look at his dunks, blocks, and steals playing against players who were picked in the draft.For those not familiar with him, here are some ESPN, Time Magazine, and Washington Post,8599,1951044, the poster Rex': Jeremy Lin plays an extremely unselfish game and makes his team's better, but you can't blame him for those losses. His Harvard team had literally no other decent players, and basketball is a team game. Everyone saw how far Cornell went this year in the March Madness tournament (Sweet 16), with 3 legit NBA prospects. Against Cornell, Jeremy's Harvard team was no match, but Jeremy had 24 points on 7 for 12 shooting. He was hardly shut down' by Cornell, he simply had no help.
kate 05-31-2012 03:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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Looks like GS Warriors will have to draft a SF.
With all their picks maybe they can move up and get Kidd-Gilchrist
Ernest Manigo Jr. 12-19-2011 10:53 am (total posts: 1)
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Notice that Amare Stoudemire literally carried the knicks alone towards the play-offs before Chauncey and Carmelo arrived.

Notice Carmelo almost won a game alone in the play-offs alone without Chauncey and Amare last season

Notice that Amare and Chauncey has help now with Center Tyson Chandler, the single person who is the reason why Mavs did well

So now, Knicks need a small forward like a a Scottie Pippin to help Carmelo and a point guard that can get the ball to Amare and Chauncey

Knick can win it all this season, they do not have to wait til next year!!
dfresh 12-09-2011 05:18 am (total posts: 1)
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the knicks best deal would be Dalembert for his rebounds and block shoots he fits well with that team good trade package for next year Howard
Tallin 08-18-2011 07:39 am (total posts: 1)
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Big help, big help. And superlative news of cuorse.
Alex 07-05-2011 12:39 am (total posts: 1)
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This info is the cat’s pjaaams!
me 07-03-2011 12:53 pm (total posts: 2)
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if somehow the heat can swing NENE...... they would never ever ever lose a game. definitely the #1 FA center, maybe in basketball, for teams that would rather not have d12s horrible shooting
wow.... 07-03-2011 12:51 pm (total posts: 2)
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prince may be the worst player on this entire list, including most of the free agents!
SMCGael 06-29-2011 11:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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I am all for the Kings signing Patty Mills. He has good ball handling skills, extremely quick, good mid range shot, can shoot the three, skilled passer, a true leader. I would love to see this fellow SMC Gael play for the Kings.

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