Boston Celtics heading towards a youth movement this off-season?

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Despite coming within a game of advancing to the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics are approaching a potential crossroads this off-season with veterans Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen hitting the free agent market.  The question facing the C’s front office is to re-sign their veterans or look towards the future.

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2011 NBA Free Agent Power Forward 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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2011 NBA Free Agent Power Forward Rankings

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There is no Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, or Carlos Boozer in this off-season of NBA free agent power fowards like there was a summer ago.  However, Mr. Kim Kardashian (aka Kris Humphries) is on the market as too is David West who announced that he will opt out of the final year of his deal with the New Orleans Hornets.  Here are my free agent power forward rankings and a list of which teams could be interested in their services.

UPDATED: 6/28/11

By: David Kay

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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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