Saturday , Sep , 01 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Best Available NBA Free Agents: Charlie Bell, Earl Boykins, Devin Brown, P.J. Brown, Troy Hudson, Sasha Pavlovic, Chris Webber, Corliss Williamson, & Anderson Varejao

Right now, for the NBA’s few remaining free agents, the summer season resembles a painful game of musical chairs. They’re all hoping to have a roster spot when the music finally stops come mid-September. Some won’t. They’ll head to Europe or the NBDL, praying an NBA GM will call and offer another shot at The Association …

Right now, for the NBA’s few remaining free agents, the summer season resembles a painful game of musical chairs.  They’re all hoping to have a roster spot when the music finally stops come mid-September. Some won’t. They’ll head to Europe or the NBDL, praying an NBA GM will call and offer another shot at The Association.

Don’t get it twisted. Useful free agents are still available. And they can be had for a bargain. So, without further delay, here are the best available free agents:

Player: Charlie Bell, restricted free agent.
Last team: .
The Deal: The Bucks have left Bell to twist in the wind. The muscular guard played all 82 games last year and averaged over 13 points. Today, word broke that Bell is considering heading back to Europe. That would be a shame. He’s a great third guard.

Player:
, unrestricted free agent.
Last team: .
The Deal: He’s a spark plug, an undersized point guard, who changes games with his energy and speed. Unfortunately, Boykins mistimed the market by opting-out of his existing contract in hopes of securing a raise. No dice. Look for Boykins to sign for the veteran’s minimum.

Player: Devin Brown, unrestricted free agent.
Last team: Oklahoma City Hornets.
The Deal:  I don’t get this. Brown is a quality player and person. Last year, he did everything the Hornets asked, playing multiple positions and averaging double figure points. For some reason, no GM has given him a contract. Maybe I’m missing something here.

Player: P.J. Brown, unrestricted free agent.
Last team: Chicago Bulls.
The Deal: Want a spot-starter? Want someone to rebound and defend? Then Brown is your man. Right now, the wily vet is a hot commodity and has received several offers for next season. Problem is he’s 38 years old and may call it a career.

Player: Troy Hudson, unrestricted free agent.
Last team: Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Deal: Hudson, like Kevin Garnett, has been freed from the frozen tundra of Minnesota. After some tough seasons, and even tougher record sales, the point guard/rapper is a risk. But he could be worth the gamble.

Player: , restricted free agent.
Last team: .
The Deal: After warming the pine for his first few seasons, Pavlovic finally got some run last season. But he’s a restricted free agent and the Cavs seem intent on squeezing him.

Player: Chris Webber, unrestricted free agent.
Last team: .
The Deal: C-Webb will return to the Pistons or sign with the Mavericks. However, both teams appear to have their rosters set for next season. Webber may have to consider other teams, like the Magic, or call it a career.

Player: , unrestricted free agent.
Last team: .
The Deal: ‘The Big Nasty’ will set a positive example in practice and his professionalism rubs off on others. Williamson can still contribute in limited minutes, too.

Player: , restricted free agent.
Last team: .
The Deal: Same situation as Pavlovic, ‘Sideshow Bob’ can rebound, defend, and score. But, as a restricted free agent in a slow market, he has little leverage.

Who do you see as the best remaining free agent? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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