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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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Felton 06-29-2011 12:47 pm (total posts: 1)
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I'm surprised by West's opting out. He really stepped up in 2011 especially versus 2010. What length of contract do you think he will get? 3 years and $30 million?
PogoMaster 06-28-2011 05:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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I am sorry I just had to comment on your Troy Murphy likely destinations....if he ends up in Indiana, I will personally come find you and place a (good) check for $3,000,000.00 in your hand. There is NO way he ends up back in Indy as anything other than an usher at Conseco.
THE "TRUTH" 06-28-2011 05:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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Yao Ming will end up in MIAMI. Nia Long likes Florida plus Yao likes warm weather.
mprofetta 06-24-2011 08:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think Dallas should be included in the "likely destinations" list for Grant Hill. They'll need a defensive-minded wing should Stevenson leave and what better place for Hill to finish his career than Dallas, where he'll be in the hunt for that elusive ring and where his Dad played football?
noone 05-30-2011 02:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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these shooting guards aren't as good as i expected they would be Nick Young, Jamal Crawford and Tracy Mcgrady is just a waste of teams times these 3 players can't play defense at all so if you are defensive mind coach they would be thinking in their minds that a child would be put to better use than these guys
GREGORY DAVIS 05-23-2011 08:26 pm (total posts: 1)
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Ziggy 05-23-2011 10:27 am (total posts: 1)
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Thanks for sharing. Awalys good to find a real expert.
Gabrielle 05-22-2011 04:52 am (total posts: 1)
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IJWTS wow! Why can't I think of thgnis like that?
carlos 05-20-2011 04:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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either marc gasol and deandre jordan will be RFA restricted free agents
Chris 05-20-2011 01:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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Dalembert will sign with Miami. He is a perfect fit and has been quoted saying he would love to play here.
Sasquash 05-16-2011 02:30 pm (total posts: 2)
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I think you should stick to football Walt. Iggy will be traded. My guess would be for C.Kaman. The money is close. The Clippers have DeAndre Jordan who they should resign. They need a solid 3 and Iggy is that. Kaman fills a hole for the Sixers, and more importantly only has a year left on his deal (I think). The sixers could then put T.Young and/or E.Turner(hes a NBA 3 not a NBA 2) at the 3. While the sixers may miss Iggy for his defense, this would allow there young players more playing time and free up some money after Kaman's deal is up.
ARKE 05-15-2011 03:57 pm (total posts: 2)
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WOW kid you dont even know what your talking about.
Brandon 05-15-2011 03:55 pm (total posts: 2)
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OK the Oklahoma City Thunder need a big man. Serge Ibaka is good on defense but on offense he needs a little polishing. If we trade him away we could get a young talented SF as in a draft pick or a LaMArcus Aldridge.
p0cketaces 05-12-2011 09:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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Somebody is Ripping Walter off
John 05-12-2011 05:17 pm (total posts: 1)
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I understand miami is in a salary cap bind but how are none of the centers even on their radar.. A major need of theirs is a shot blocking rebounding minded center. Your description of Dalembert fits that perfectly.

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