Who are the top free agent point guards of 2009?
A recession, shrinking salary cap, and the anticipation of next year’s free agent class means the open market could be tough sledding for players. While nobody is going broke (unless you’re one of the countless players who can’t handle his finances), the max contracts won’t be flying like past summers …
Each week, HoopsVibe The Blog drops a basketball related list for fans to weigh-in on. We call it ‘Listed’ …
It will be a toned down affair. Big time.
When the clock hits midnight on Tuesday, a subdued version of the NBA free agent dance will begin. Of course, GMs, players, and Jerry Maguire clones will all be trying to cut deals. Except this year there will be a lot less of one thing: money.
A recession, shrinking salary cap, and the anticipation of next year’s free agent class means the open market could be tough sledding for players. While nobody is going broke (unless you’re one of the countless players who can’t handle his bank), the max contracts won’t be flying like past summers.
Still, this free agent class has many intriguing point guards. Several interesting table-setters could be had for a discount. In this edition of ‘Listed’, HoopsVibe The Blog is breaking down the top free agents at the one-spot. As always, read the post and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below.
1. Jason Kidd
Before retiring and entering the hoops Hall of Fame, J-Kidd will attract a bevy of offers from teams. Only contenders need apply. For years, Los Angeles has been a possibility, but Cleveland could use a little size and playmaking in their backcourt.
2. Mike Bibby
He’s a solid option. Bibby is one the game’s top shooting point guards, especially when running the pick-and-roll or cutting off the ball near the wing. Even with such fine marksmanship, he’ll likely be taking a cut from his 14 million dollar per season salary.
3. Andre Miller
Like Bibby, ‘Dre’ is good but not great. A ‘strong’ point guard, Miller easily averages 15 points and double-figure assists, but struggles to stretch opposing defenses with his poor range. Still, a great pick up for a young developing team.
4. Shannon Brown (technically a restricted free agent, but won’t receive a qualifying offer.)
After getting traded to Los Angeles late last year, the young pro quickly gained the trust of Zen Master Phil Jackson and earned a spot in the rotation. Possessing a rare combination of size, strength, and speed, Brown could develop into a top back up. Maybe more?
5. Stephon Marbury and Allen Iverson
Both are combo guards. Both are controversial. And both are at a crossroads in their careers. Teams will take a flyer on these two, but the days of max contracts and star billing may be over for ‘Starbury’ and ‘The Answer’.
Restricted Free Agent Options …
Ray Felton: He could return to Charlotte, but only at an affordable price.
Nate Robinson: A fan favourite in New York. Kryptonite can get a little out of control.
Ramon Sessions: A spunky, interesting table-setter, who was recently qualified by Milwaukee, so the Bucks can match any offer.
What restricted and unrestricted free agents would you like for your team? Get at us in the comment box below with thoughts and return to HoopsVibe The Blog for more NBA tidbits.Photo courtesy of dominiqueb.