Well, it has become pretty clear that Nene is going to be the No. 1 free agent out there, and somebody is going to give him a max deal. The Nuggets, Nets, Warriors, Rockets, Pacers, Clippers and Trail Blazers were among the teams that contacted his representatives yesterday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting.
If you need a pure scorer, Jamal Crawford is the No. 1 option, and here were a LOT of teams impressed by what J.J. Berea brought to the Dallas Mavericks in their championship push.
If you need a rebounder, Kris Humphries is coming off a career year. And if you need a center but cannot afford Nene, the leftovers run the gamut — Tyson Chandler, Samuel Dalembert, Joel Przybilla, Kurt Thomas, Kwame Brown and Aaron Grey.
But what if you want a value buy, someone who will upgrade your team’s talent base without you having to break the bank (something similar to the Memphis Grizzlies signing of Tony Allen prior to last season) in order to get him?
Here are my five hidden gems in the free agent class of 2011.
All will become available beginning Dec. 9, and all are being discussed now that team executives and agents were cleared Wednesday to begin speaking about free agents.
1. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Bucks (Restricted)
Every team needs a defensive stopper, correct? (Yes, even you, Mike D’Antoni). Mbah a Moute is the one guy out there this fall who can bring what Allen brought to the Grizzlies last season, and there is a chance the Bucks will not match because of the investment they have already made in Drew Gooden (four years and $26 million remaining on his contract) and their bigger need for a backup center to play behind Andrew Bogut.