Everyone seems pretty set on who they want to go after this summer but I thought I would put a couple names out there that nobody else seems to be mentioning that could be good for our future.
Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks – $8.6 million – Unrestricted
In the twilight of his career the man is a proven point guard, and could probably be had for the mid level exception.
Positives: He has stated he has no qualms about playing backup PG for a few more years as he still feels he has some game in him. He would be a great mentor for a new PG should we sign one (Dragic) or draft one (Marshall)
Chauncey Billups, L.A. Clippers – $2.0 million – Unrestricted
Positives: See Jason Kidd
Negatives: Achilles injuries are a bitch to get over when your young (some estimates are two years to be FULLY healed) let alone older. May not want to be part of a young team.
Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers – $7.6 million – Unrestricted
Positives: We all know what he does. And he could probably be had for less than the 7.6
Negatives: Not sure if there is a rule against resigning someone who just left your team.
Landry Fields, New York Knicks – $0.8 million – Unrestricted*
New York has an interesting situation. The need to throw money at Lin, JR smith. Imam Shumpert is a defensive nightmare and since Carmelo is taking all the shots and JR Smith is taking all the shots off the bench a decision will need to be made.
Positives: A solid all around player and great locker room guy
Mickael Pietrus, Boston Celtics – $1.2 million – Unrestricted
Positives: A solid defensive presence can shoot the 3. I was really excited when I heard we were getting him this year and very disappointing when we didn't He can start if necessary and is great off the bench
Marco Belinelli, New Orleans Hornets – $3.4 million – Unrestricted
Positives: A true SG that was misused in his time here. I wish he could have another shot here under the new system. I always liked the way he moved off the ball.
Anthony Parker, Cleveland Cavaliers – $2.3 million – Unrestricted
Positives: Class act, 3pt shooting, locker room guy. Solid backup that could start if necessary. Still has a few years of game in him.
Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns – $6.5 million – Unrestricted
Positives: A true defensive specialist. Could be used to help out a young MKG(if the gods bless us) or motivate and shape James Johnson. Would be playing on his last contract and would likely not command much in the way of salary.
Rasual Butler, Toronto Raptors – $1.2 million – Unrestricted
Positives: his ability to count to 5. a true game changer in terms of his clutch shooting...(If you hadn't figured out by now I was kidding, please attend my sarcasm training workshop)
Anyway these are but a few of the many free agents available. I chose to pick unrestricted free agents as it is the least messy in terms of acquiring them.
Feel free to contribute your own suggestions since the overwhelming majority of the time we never sign the guy everyone wants, we are far more likely to snag someone under the radar or at the end of their career.