Free agency and one opportunity for improvement

Published: June 28, 2011

I’m not looking at restricted free agents, because you almost certainly have to overpay those guys to get one and I won’t do that!

List of interesting (unrestricted) free agents 2011

Glen Davis – in the case West and/ or Landry are gone. Disslike!
Joel Przybilla – true center, but deffinitely no difference-maker. Disslike!
Tyson Chandler – better take him if you get him! I like!!!
DeShawn Stevenson – good defender/ three point shooter. The mavs needed him as a role player and he was able to deliver in that role. I like!!
Tracey McGrady – can he turn into a role player? If so, get him! Disslike!
Yao Ming – at the right prize, but he won’t be a 30+ minutes guy. I like!
Shannon Brown – constant starting SG? Maybe not! But brings enough tools to justify a signing. I like!
Micheal Redd – same like Yao, but sometimes you have to take a risk to get something in return. I like!
Kris Humphries – solid back-up, but no upside, no offense moves! Disslike!
Samuel Dalembert – bad character? True center, good athlete. Only alternative to Chandler (based on abilities). I like!
Alexis Ajinca – Best Upside of this years unrestricted Free Agents. No Center(although 7-2)! More of a (very) big SF. I would try to get him as a SF/ PF! I like!!!
Steve Novak – he can shoot! But what else? Disslike!
Josh Howard – why not? I like!

Ok, I could have dissliked the rest of the free agent crew, too, but I just tried to figure out the most interesting guys of this years group first, and then rated them by their usefulness.
The nba’s unrestricted free agents have one thing in common. They are all old! That’s a result of the restriction after a rookie contract of a first round pick expires!
There are only few slightly younger unrestricted free agents and the only one that is worth looking at is Alexis Ajinca. I believe Greg Oden is another guy I didn’t mention, but I wasn’t sure about his status, so I left him out.
Getting some of those old guys isn’t a very lucrative thing to me. Posey and Peja are still in my mind as a costly bad example. After the team didn’t draft last week, it would be nice to take a chance at one or two players, that weren’t able to show up in their carreer so far. Ajinca is one, who is affordable and possibly very useful. You just have to take him as he is to get something in return. No, he won’t ever bulk up and bang with Dwight Howard at center. He just isn’t a center at all. Maybe the team could get another guy like that via trade. It’s the best chance for improvement, and maybe the only one, too. Quality players at an affordable prize just won’t come to NO!! And generous owners will neither! The team already has enough veterans, let those old men get their pension elsewhere! The team can’t do it the way Dallas did! Of course, there are a lot reasons why Ajinca is probably a complete bust. To anticipate those comments, I have to mention the name JJ Barea. For somebody who was proclaimed as too small for the nba some years ago, the pest was a pretty good asset on the Mavs’ championchip team. It’s possible to work that way! Be smart Dell Demps!


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