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Free Agency Feeding Frenzy

Monday, July 09, 2012


 

George Hill G – Pacers

 

The Pacers re-signed Hill to a five-year deal, leaving many Pacers thinking they overpaid, but the Indianapolis native is only going to get better and can play both guard spots.  There’s a pretty decent chance he could start over Darren Collison on opening night, which would obviously give his fantasy value a boost.

 

Corey Maggette SF – Pistons

 

Maggette is an injury waiting to happen and will now hobble around for the Pistons after he was traded for Ben Gordon.  He can still play and get to the line, and will be worth late look in most drafts. But if your goal is to land healthy players on draft night, Maggette’s probably not your guy.

 

Ben Gordon SG – Bobcats

 

Gordon’s disastrous run in Detroit is over and he’ll aim for a fresh start in Charlotte.  Luckily, Gordon is accustomed to coming off the bench, which is what his role will likely be, playing behind Gerald Henderson.

 

Lou Williams SG - Free Agent

 

We don't know where Williams is going to sign, but he won't be back in Philadelphia.  He was a great scorer off the bench for the Sixers last season, but until we find out where he's going, it's tough to tell if he'll be worth drafting again this year.  The Suns look like a viable option for Sweet Lou. 

 

Chris Kaman C – Free Agent

 

The Blazers will be giving Kaman a close look, but don’t be surprised if they end up throwing rookie Meyers Leonard into the fire and letting him learn on the fly as a rookie.  Kaman will be worth owning if he can stay healthy (points, boards, blocks), but is now officially on the downside of his career.

 

JaVale McGee C – Free Agent

 

McGee should now get a lot of attention from Denver and the Blazers after they missed out on Roy Hibbert.  He’s an athletic freak with the basketball IQ of a pineapple, but I still love watching (and owning) him. 

 

Raymond Felton PG – Free Agent

 

Felton looked like he was headed to the Knicks but the Jason Kidd deal shot that deal in the foot.  We haven’t heard much about where Felton might be heading, but with Houston and Dallas hurting at PG, either one is possible.

 

Marcus Camby C – Free Agent

 

Camby has been rumored to be in a sign-and-trade to the Knicks, and the latest report from Adrian Wojnarowski is that it’s all but a done deal.  He’ll backup both Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire, which is probably good news for his knees, but bad news for his fantasy value.  Even though he won’t be worth using a high pick on, the blocked shots he’ll likely post will make him worth a look in deeper, two-center leagues.

 

Quick Hits

 

Aaron Brooks PG - Rockets? – The Rockets are interested in Brooks and he could be a sleeper if he starts in Houston, who lost Dragic and Lowry.

 

Emeka Okafor PF/C – Wizards – Okafor says he’ll be healthy, but he’ll have to share time with Nene, and he’s simply no longer trustworthy.

 

Trevor Ariza SF – Wizards – Ariza should start at SF for the Wizards, but his shaky shooting will remain a concern.  However, if he ever gets his shot to fall consistently, he does enough of everything to be a very nice value pick late.

 

Jameer Nelson PG – Magic – Nelson re-upped with the Magic, but it remains to be seen whom exactly he’ll be passing the ball to.

 

J.J. Redick SG – Magic – Redick opted in with the Magic and could (finally) start at SG.  If he does, he’ll hit a ton of threes.

 

Jeff Green SF – Celtics – Green is ready to resume his career with the Celtics, but I want to see the final roster and how he looks in training camp before getting excited.  He’ll back up Paul Pierce, either way.

 

Nick Young SG – Sixers – Young will replace Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks in Philly, while I suspect Evan Turner will play a lot of minutes at both point guard and shooting guard. 

 

Marvin Williams SF – Jazz – If he can hit a 15-footer consistently, combined with a new start in Utah, Williams could have his best season ever, but still probably isn’t worth drafting until the later rounds.

 

Ersan Ilyasova PF – Bucks – He’ll be back with the Bucks, where power forwards are usually timeshared into oblivion.

 

Spencer Hawes C – Sixers – He re-signed with the Sixers and should start at center if his Achilles problems are behind him.  He got off to a great start last season and should be considered a sleeper.

 

Antawn Jamison PF – Bobcats, Warriors? – There are rumors about him signing with both teams, but he is officially starting to run out of gas.

 

Rashard Lewis SF – Free Agent – Being targeted by the Heat and would be another great get if Miami can pull it off.

 

Jason Thompson – Kings – The Kings re-signed the big man, which is interesting because they drafted Thomas Robinson, and still have DeMarcus Cousins and Chuck Hayes.

 

Injury Update

 

Dwyane Wade – Knee Surgery – Wade will miss the Olympics, but should be ready for the new season.

 

Tony Parker – Eye Injury – He’s been cleared to play in the Olympics, thus a disaster has been avoided.

 

Joakim Noah – Ankle Injury – Will miss Olympics and the injury could linger into training camp.

 

Josh Smith  - Trade Request – He has a standing trade request with the Hawks, but unless Dwight Howard is involved, he doesn’t appear to be going anywhere – yet. 



Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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