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2011 NBA Free Agents: Shooting Guards

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A list of the top 2011 NBA Free Agent shooting 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. Jamal Crawford (UFA), Hawks.
    The Hawks have a ton of money tied up into the contracts of Joe Johnson, Al Horford, and Josh Smith, which likely makes Crawford too expensive to re-sign. He has been invaluable coming off the bench and could now be seeking a starting role which he won't see in Atlanta as long as Joe Johnson is around. Question is; will any team be willing to give him a big contract to come and be a starter?

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $24 million

    Possible Destinations: ATL, NJ, NO, WAS, SAC, DEN

  2. Nick Young (RFA), Wizards.
    Young blew up in his fourth season as a pro, nearly doubling his career scoring average. He will be due a raise from the $3.7 million owed on the final year of his rookie contract. If I am the Wizards, or any other team for that matter, I am not sure I would be ready to throw an expensive extension his way, especially since Young does not really contribute on the floor outside of scoring.

    Predicted Contract: 4 years, $26 million

    Possible Destinations: WAS, CHI, CLE, DAL, NO, DEN, NJ

  3. Marcus Thornton (RFA), Kings.
    After being in the doghouse in New Orleans at the start of last season, Thornton was great once he was dealt to the Kings, averaging 21.3 ppg. Considering Thornton is only entering his third year in the Association, there should be a nice payday in his very near future. I imagine he would want to sign somewhere he can start, since he would likely make more rather than settling for reserve money. Expect Sacramento to make a serious bid to re-sign him.

    Predicted Contract: 4 years, $24 million

    Possible Destinations: SAC, CLE, DAL, DEN, ATL, NJ, WAS, CHI, ORL

  4. Aaron Afflalo (RFA), Nuggets.
    The former UCLA Bruin had his best season in the NBA and is starting to realize his niche as a defender/three-point threat. The final year of his contract is worth less than three million dollars for 2011, so he will be due a bump in salary. Denver should try to ink him to an extension, if the price is right and another team does not grossly overpay for his services.

    Predicted Contract: 4 years, $20 million

    Possible Destinations: DEN, CLE, CHI, ORL, NO, NJ, WAS

  5. Jason Richardson (UFA), Magic.
    Richardson put up the worst numbers of his career once he was dealt to Orlando. Richardson is only 30 years old but probably will be sought after by playoff teams with their mid-level exception, which would be a serious cut in salary from the near $14.5 million he made this past season.

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $15 million

    Possible Destinations: ORL, DEN, NO, DAL, CLE, NJ, CHI

  6. J.R. Smith (UFA), Nuggets.
    Smith is loaded with talent and athleticism, but has yet to truly figure it out as a NBA player. His numbers took a bit of a dip last season, which might hurt his value a bit. At this point, Smith is still a bench player but can he help a team win a title? Currently overseas on one-year contract to play in China, Smith may not be let out of his contract until March, which makes for a sticky situation.

    Predicted Contract: 2 years, $8 million

    Possible Destinations: DEN, CLE, NJ, ATL, DAL, NY

  7. Tracy McGrady (UFA), Pistons.
    McGrady proved he still has some gas left in the tank as he actually put together a decent season in Detroit. McGrady played more games in the 2010-2011 than he did the past three seasons combined, which is an encouraging sign for a player who has been unable to stay healthy. McGrady should draw some interest as a role player and probably come at a rather affordable cost. I still would not expect any team to give him longer than a two-year deal due to his injury-riddled past.

    Predicted Contract: 2 years, $5 million

    Possible Destinations: MIA, CHI, DET, NY, DAL, NO, DEN, ATL

  8. DeShawn Stevenson (UFA), Mavericks.
    Stevenson started 54 games for the World Champions last season, so he can definitely bring value to some team. Dallas has a lot of free agents on the wing, but no cap space, meaning they will likely be aggressive in re-signing their own guys. If not, another contender would love to have Stevenson's physicality and three-point shooting off their bench.

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $9 million

    Possible Destinations: DAL, LAL, MIA, BOS, NY, NO, DEN, ATL

  9. Shannon Brown (UFA), Lakers.
    Brown struggled to find a niche in the league his first three seasons, but has developed into a valuable reserve for the Lakers the past two seasons. Los Angeles likely won't let him walk, but could be outbid by another contender looking to add a valuable reserve to their bench.

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $9 million

    Possible Destinations: LAL, SA, ORL, MIA, BOS, CHI, NY, DAL, ATL

  10. Michael Redd (UFA), Bucks.
    The lefty has played in just 28 games the past two seasons due to injury, and is well past his prime. However, expect a playoff team looking to take a flyer on a player who can hopefully prove that he is healthy to provide a scoring punch off the bench.

    Predicted Contract: 1 year, League Minimum

    Possible Destinations: MIA, BOS, CHI, NY, DAL, ATL, SA, ORL

Other Free Agent Shooting Guards: Marco Belinelli (RFA), Rasual Butler (UFA), Daequan Cook (RFA), Marquis Daniels (UFA), Chris Douglas-Roberts (UFA), Willie Green (UFA), Luther Head (UFA), Jason Kapono (UFA), Roger Mason (UFA), Anthony Parker (UFA), Sasha Pavlovic (UFA), Morris Peterson (UFA), Garrett Temple (UFA), Sasha Vujacic (UFA), Von Wafer (UFA), Kyle Weaver (UFA), Sonny Weems (RFA), Delonte West (UFA), Mario West (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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