Free Agent Bargain Shopping:
We all know the big names, but there are plenty of cheaper options on the open market here is a look at a few of the top potential bargains out there:
Raymond Felton PG- While Felton might be the top point guard on the open market he shouldn’t expect a major deal. Felton hasn’t lived up to his hype and turned into an elite point guard, but he isn’t without value. He’s better than probably half the starting point guards in the league and could interest a number of teams if he were to take a mid-level exception.
Ronnie Brewer SG/SF- Brewer is a bit of a surprise because I think everyone assumed the Grizzlies would make him a restricted free agent, but they decided against giving him a qualifying offer. Brewer can play both the 2 or the 3, though he struggles against the stronger SF’s in the league. He’s not an elite scorer, but defends well and can be a good starter if a team already has 2-3 top scoring options.
Travis Outlaw SF- Outlaw has always been a bit of an enigma, as he has never seemed to develop to his full potential, but has still shown he can be an effective NBA player. His best role might be off the bench, but should draw a lot of interest from teams looking for a solid SF.
Nate Robinson PG- Robinson is a point guard in name only, but he can be an effective volume scorer. He will never be a full time starter since he has about zero passing skills, but will be a nice scoring option for teams.
Udonis Haslem PF- Haslem will never be an 15-20 point scorer, but he can really help out a team as a defensive first power forward. He is a great defender and a tough rebounder, that should find a good bit of interest as teams fill out their rosters.
Mike Miller SG/SF- Miller is another tweener, though he lacks the athleticism of Brewer. What he lacks in athletic ability he makes up in size and basketball I.Q. Miller is an effective rebounder and solid ball handler who can distribute. His most dangerous asset is his shooting ability, Miller is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league, though he never takes nearly enough shots. Miller could use a big time scorer on his team, one that penetrates, which will give him a lot of open looks. If LeBron goes to Chicago, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Miller follow.
Josh Howard SF- It wasn’t too long ago when Howard was one of the emerging players in this league, while he might not have reached the elite status that doesn’t mean he’s not an effective NBA player. He can still score and while his efficiency has gone down he still offers upside. His defense has suffered some as well, but he can still guard most SF’s in the league. Howard is coming back from an ACL injury show he should come a lot cheaper and should be a great piece for a team looking to make a title run.