NBA 2013 Free Agent Class - Best Ever?

5/30/13 in NBA   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) listens to fans heckle in the final minutes of their 115-105 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsWhile there may not be a LeBron-sized signing like there was back in 2010, the amount of depth and star-power in this year’s draft class undoubtedly has a solid leg-up on the year of “The Decision.”  The amount of players that can take a team from being a middle-of-the packer to a contender is simply amazing, and then beyond that class, there’s a big range of players that can fill key roles with new teams. 
 
So without any further introduction, let’s just take a look at the players that could find themselves in a new home this summer…
 
The Cream of the Crop - The top prizes in this year’s free agency class
 
Chris Paul, PG, 28 years old
 
Probably the biggest name of the free agent market since LeBron, CP3 could very well be back in Los Angeles next year, but there’s a lot of money and interest in Atlanta and Dallas and even a few whispers that the Knicks may be making a move so stay tuned!
 
Dwight Howard, C, 27
 
Again, there’s a good possibility Howard won’t find himself a new team next year, but with the nightmare that was the 2012-2013 season in Los Angeles, Howard could very well see what kind of offers he gets from suitors such as Atlanta and Houston.
 
Apr 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) dunks the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the first half during game three in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Philips Arena.The Hawks defeated the Pacers 90-69. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsGame-Changers - Calling them consolation prizes is something of an understatement, these guys can take their teams to the next level given the right situation.
 
Josh Smith, F, 27
 
If Atlanta strikes out on the two biggest names on the market, there’s a solid chance Smith will get a max-contract from the team he’s played his whole career with.  But think about how much of a difference he could bring to teams missing a key component to their offense as well as a defensive stopper - Cleveland, Houston, maybe New York again?
 
Paul Millsap, PF, 28
 
There’s just nothing negative you can say about the 28-year-old Millsap.  He plays his heart out on both ends of the floor and always puts his team in better position to win - again Atlanta is one of the rumored suitors as well as Houston if the Jazz don’t hold on to him.
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5/30/13   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Pat wrote:
I remember there was this one time when Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and a few other guys were all free agents at the same time.

Ha, those guys aren't bad!  But the depth this year is really amazing, so many players that can turn decent teams into competitors, don't you think???

5/30/13   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

I remember there was this one time when Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and a few other guys were all free agents at the same time.