Top 20 2013 NBA free agents

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The 2013 group of NBA free agents is a lot deeper and more talented than last year’s crop.  Star players like Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Josh Smith will be available this summer and there are several teams that have put themselves in position to make some major splashes in free agency.  Here is a look at the Top 20 NBA free agents for this off-season.

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Top ten 2013 unrestricted NBA free agents

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Now that the dust has pretty much settled on the 2012 NBA free agency period, we can look ahead to next summer when big names like Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are slated to hit the open market.  Here is a look at the top ten unrestricted free agents for the 2013 NBA off-seasonClick here for a list of the top NBA restricted free agents in 2013.
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L.A. Clippers Trade for Chris Paul; Roll the Dice on Future

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As I suggested in this article back in May, the Los Angeles Clippers seemed to be a realistic trade partner for the New Orleans Hornets and Chris Paul.  After a week of rumors and vetoed trade proposals by David Stern, CP3 has finally been dealt to the Clips for three players headlined by Eric Gordon along with a first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  It is a risky deal for L.A. who somewhat mortgages their future with the hope that Paul will stick with the Clippers and not leave via free agency in the summer.

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Five Players Most Likely to be Traded Once NBA Lockout Ends

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The NBA Lockout has frozen everything exciting about the off-season; no trades, no free agency, no “The Decisions.”  And depending on what is negotiated by the owners and players in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the rules of free agency and trades could forever be altered; especially if a discussed hard salary cap is in fact instated.

Once the lockout does end, there should be a plethora of moves both in free agency and via trades as teams will likely have to scramble to fill out their rosters before the season begins.  Here is a look at the five players most likely to be traded whenever the lockout does come to an end.

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Should the New Orleans Hornets Trade Chris Paul this Summer?

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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 dilemma with the New Orleans Hornets this off-season; what to do with Chris Paul.

By: David Kay

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How Clippers Could Get Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

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The following is a result of me being bored at 2:30 a.m. and playing around on ESPN’s Trade MachineBill Simmons may be the Picasso of the Trade Machine, but I am the Michaelangelo.  Before you light me up in the comment box below, let me just clarify: I am not saying this trade idea will happen, should happen, or ever could happen, but it at least got me thinking, “Hmmmm…”

In the new-found era of super-teams in the NBA, I cannot help but think that the next duo of players to follow the Miami Heat, LeBron/Wade/Bosh blueprint and join forces for one franchise will be Chris Paul and Dwight Howard who both could become free agents in the summer of 2012.  Here is a crazy, wild, insane, probably never going to happen brainstorm; what if the Los Angeles Clippers made a push to acquire CP3 and Howard, and team them up with Blake Griffin to form a megapower?

By: David Kay

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2011 NBA Free Agent Point Guard Rankings

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Not many NBA teams will be in search of acquiring a point guard via free agency this summer which is a good thing since the crop of 2011 NBA free agent point guards is weaker than “The Situation’s” game.  That will all change in summer of 2012 when Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups, and Raymond Felton are all scheduled to hit the open market.  Until then, here are the top free agent point guards for this off-season.

By: David Kay

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Chris Paul Trade Possibilities

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Chris Paul is reportedly unhappy and wants out of New Orleans. The face of the Hornets apparently does not think the franchise has made the necessary moves to surround him with the talent needed to make a run at an NBA title and will sit down with management Monday to discuss his future. The end result could involve CP3 demanding a trade out of the bayou in hopes of pulling a LeBron James and aligning himself with another top tier player.

Rumored wish lists have begun to surface about where Paul would like to end up if the trigger is in fact pulled on a trade. New York and Orlando seem to his preferred destinations with Dallas and Portland also being discussed. Allow me to put my trade machine expertise to work and throw out some potential deals like Ron Burgundy throwing out sexual advances at Veronica Corningstone.

(Note: In no way I am supporting any of these trades or saying the Hornets would or should make these deals. They are clearly possible offers that would benefit all parties involved. So don’t leave a comment claiming I am an idiot for proposing these deals. Thank you.)

By: David Kay
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