2011 NBA Free Agent Shooting Guard Rankings

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With the NBA Lockout coming to an end, we now know that teams can start signing free agents on December 9th.  Like the NFL experienced once their lockout ended, there will be a frenzy period for teams to fill out rosters with the season tipping off on Christmas.

With the new labor agreement, there are some changes to NBA free agency.  A player can only receive a four-year maximum deal (five-year deal if they re-sign with their current team) and beginning in the 2013-14 season, teams will start receiving a harsher luxury tax penalty if they exceed the salary cap.  Teams will now only have three days to match an offer sheet for one of their restricted free agents.  Also, some names will be added to free agency after teams decide which players will be released under the one-time amnesty clause option.

With the salary cap expected to be around $58 million, half of the teams will under that number and have room to sign free agents.  Check out the bottom of the page to see which teams have space and how much.

Here is a look at the top free agent power forwards, where they might sign, and what kind of payday they will receive.

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Atlanta Hawks in Tough Salary Cap Situation

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.  The Atlanta Hawks regressed this past season and now find themselves in a tough salary cap situation thanks to the monster contract they gave Joe Johnson last summer.

By: David Kay

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2011 NBA Free Agent Shooting Guard Rankings

jamal crawford free agent

The 2011 NBA free agency period is very much in limbo with the potential of a lockout looming.  The rules of the game can completely change in terms of how long/how much a player’s contract can be depending on what is agreed upon by the owners and players association.  Regardless of what happens, here are my rankings for the free agent shooting guards this off-season and where they could possibly end up once all the dust is settled.

By: David Kay

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Hawks Jamal Crawford: Familiar, Worthy Adversary for Bulls

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Now that the Chicago Bulls have eliminated the Indiana Pacers, and Atlanta has dispatched Orlando, waiting for them in the second round is a very familiar potential opponent.

In just one year’s time, Atlanta Hawks’ guard Jamal Crawford has transitioned from playoff rookie with the nerves of a kid on Christmas Eve into a playoff assassin with the poise of a savvy veteran.

This change has resulted in Crawford helping to lead the Hawks to their current 3-1 lead over the Orlando Magic.

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Top 2011 NBA Free Agents

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The 2010 NBA free agent class was unlike anything we have seen in the history of the league; loaded with superstar talent switching homes and of course, “The Decision.”  The 2011 free agent class is going to be the exact opposite.  It is going to be weaker than a Survivor contestant on the 37th day of eating nothing more than mangoes and rice.

Since I first posted this article at the end of last July, a lot of the possible big names in the 2011 class have signed extensions that will prevent them from hitting the market.  That list includes Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah, Al Horford, and Tony Parker.  Here is an updated look at the very underwhelming crop of free agents that will be available this off-season.

UPDATED: 3/4/11

By: David Kay
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Atlanta Hawks Could Take Step Back

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I just do not have a good feeling about the Atlanta Hawks this season.  It stems from sitting baseline while covering game six of their first round playoff series in Milwaukee last year and disliking the chemistry and make-up of this team.  Of course a new coach could improve their attitude and I will likely be way off as the team once again surpasses the 50-win total.  But if I am right… I will definitely tell you, “I told you so.”

By: David Kay
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