Sunday , Jun , 07 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Who is the top free agent in the NBA Finals: Gortat, Brown, Ariza, Odom, or Turkoglu?

They’re playing for the glory of today and the riches of tomorrow. Key members of the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic are battling for more than a championship. As free agents in July, several players are using the NBA Finals as a showcase in hopes of securing a lucrative contract come summer. Winning an NBA Title is the ultimate. This is also a business. And a strong performance or big shot could convince a GM to sweeten the pot a little in what will surely be a tight free agent market …


Who is the top free agent in the NBA Finals: Gortat, Brown, Ariza, Odom, or Turkoglu?HoopsVibe regularly drops a list for fans to weigh-in on. We call this feature Listed … 

They’re playing for the glory of today and the riches of tomorrow.

Key members of the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic are battling for more than a championship. As free agents in July, several players are using the NBA Finals as a showcase in hopes of securing a lucrative contract come summer.

Winning an NBA Title is the ultimate. This is also a business. And a strong performance or big shot could convince a GM to sweeten the pot a little in what will surely be a tight free agent market.

In the long awaited return of Listed, HoopsVibe The Blog is ranking the five top free agents in the NBA Finals. Enjoy watching them now because they’ll likely be elsewhere next year.

5) Marcin Gortat … 

His name is difficult to pronounce, but his game is easy to admire. Gortat, a second year post from Poland, rebounds, defends, and competes every minute he’s filling in for Dwight Howard. The Euro has quickly established himself as a dependable backup and will fetch a significant raise on his current salary of less than a million dollars per season. 

4) Shannon Brown … 

Acquired at the trade deadline for his expiring contract, the muscular point guard is more than a cap throw-in. Brown can also play. The young pro has provided steady minutes off the bench and will make an excellent reserve table-setter. 

3) Trevor Ariza … 

He is fast emerging as one of the game’s best glue guys. Ariza does it all: score, defend, rebound, and intimidate. Unfortunately, the Lakers are already paying the luxury tax and probably can’t afford to re-sign him. Of course, as the playoffs have shown, they can’t afford to lose him, either. 

2) Lamar Odom … 

When aggressive, Odom is a star. He can play all five positions and is a double-double lock most nights. The ABC Broadcast team was right: the purple-and-gold is better when Andrew Bynum is sitting and Odom is playing. Unfortunately, this versatile veteran will have to take a massive pay cut to stay with the capped-out Lakers.

1) Hedo Turkoglu … 

After an amazing playoff, Turkoglu should exercise his option on next year and hit the open market in July. The Turkish swing, currently earning 6 million dollars per annum, could ask interested suitors to double his salary. After all, if Rashard Lewis pulls in 20 million dollars a year, then what’s Turkoglu’ s buzzer-beaters worth?

Who do you think is the top free agent in the NBA Finals? Why? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below and come back to HoopsVibe The Blog for more NBA tidbits. Photo courtesy of Keith Allison.