Wednesday , Aug , 13 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Best of the rest free agents: Where will P.J. Brown, Juan Dixon, Mike Finley, & Jannero Pargo sign?

The names got their money weeks ago. Right now, leftover free agents are desperately searching for a contract, knowing their leverage decreases the longer they stay on the open market. It’s different for GMs. Early July, when free agency hits, is crazy. Front office suits play Ari Gold and throw small fortunes at the best available talent. Come August, those same clubs scour the bargain bin for cheap veterans or slept-on prospects …

Best of the rest free agents: Where will P.J. Brown, Juan Dixon, Mike Finley, & Jannero Pargo sign?The names got their money weeks ago. Right now, leftover free agents are desperately searching for a contract, knowing their leverage decreases the longer they stay on the open market.

It’s different for GMs. Early July, when free agency hits, is crazy. Front office suits play Ari Gold and throw small fortunes at the best available talent. Come August, those same clubs scour the bargain bin for cheap veterans or slept-on prospects.

That said several players could be of service. Here’s a look at the top leftover free agents and where they’ll end up.

P.J. Brown

Strengths: The wily post was great for the Celtics during their championship run. Brown can defend, rebound, block shots, and, very occasionally, nail a big jump shot.

Projected salary: veteran’s minimum.

Potential homes: He’ll only suit up for a contender. And Brown could stay on the sideline until mid-season; after all, Boston pulled him out of quasi-retirement last spring.

Juan Dixon

Strengths: This combo guard always stays prepared regardless of playing time. He also stretches defenses with his range and brings toughness to the second-unit.

Projected salary: veteran’s minimum.

Potential homes: Dixon will be a last minute depth addition to some team’s bench.

Michael Finley 

Strengths: Every club can use a former All-Star with an outside stroke and great size. ‘Fin’ also has championship bling and a professional attitude.

Projected salary: veteran’s minimum or half the mid-level exception.

Potential homes: Re-signing with San Antonio is an option. Contenders like Detroit and Boston have interest, too.

Jannero Pargo

Strengths: Pargo is instant offense. The spark plug can score from the one or two spot, which makes him an ideal third guard. He’s a potential sixth man of the year.

Projected salary: slightly more than half the mid-level exception.

Potential homes: Last week, San Antonio was the front-runner, but Phoenix and New Orleans are also possibilities.

Where will these free agents sign? Would another free agent be a better fit for your team? If so, who? Get at us in the comment box below and come back to HoopsVibe The Blog for more NBA tidbits. Photo courtesy of jmtimages.