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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NBA Free Agent roundup (7/10/12)

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While the NBA world awaits word on whether or not the Orlando Magic are actually going to give Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for ten cents on the dollar, there have been plenty of other major moves made via trade and free agency in the past couple of days.  Here is a breakdown of the latest player movement in this NBA off-season.

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Houston Rockets stockpiling draft picks in hope of landing Dwight Howard

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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has a reputation for acquiring assets.  That is apparently what he is planning on doing in the days leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft in hopes of landing Dwight Howard via trade from the Orlando Magic.  The Rockets have added a third first round draft pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves, sending swingman Chase Budinger north.

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Bulls.com: Pau Gasol interested in coming to Chicago

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The Chicago Bulls will have to take stock now of what they can and cannot do, as they will be sans Derrick Rose for most, if not all of the season. This changes their complexion and outlook completely. Bulls.com reporter Sam Smith proposes an idea that they might even play for the lottery, a la the San Antonio Spurs when David Robinson was hurt.

We all know that worked out amazingly, as the Spurs subsequently got Tim Duncan. But there’s another route to take as well- acquiring Pau Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers, possibly in a deal involving Luol Deng.

According to Smith as you’ll read below, Gasol wants out of L.A. and wants into Chicago. Oh and he and Kobe Bryant hate each other:

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5 Pau Gasol trade possibilities for the Los Angeles Lakers

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Paul Gasol was actually traded by the Los Angeles Lakers last off-season; until the league struck down the deal.  Now with the Lake Show being ousted from the Western Conference Playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Gasol receiving a ton of criticism for his performance in that series, you can bet your sweet derriere that off-season trade rumors will once again run rampant regarding the Spaniard.  Here are five trade possibilities and destinations where Gasol (who is due to make more $38 million during the next two seasons) could end up getting dealt to this summer.

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2012 NBA Trade Deadline: Bucks-Warriors trade benefits both teams

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With the NBA trade deadline approaching Thursday afternoon, the first domino has fallen in what has been a very quiet and uneventful week thus far.  Rumors were swirling about the Orlando Magic trying to acquire Monta Ellis in hopes of pairing him up with Dwight Howard.  Instead the Golden State Warriors have traded Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks in a five-player deal that will send Andrew Bogut to the Bay.

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5 players likely to be dealt by NBA Trade Deadline

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Plenty of names will be floated around in the next week-plus as the NBA trade deadline approaches on March 15th.  Here is a list of the five players I think will be dealt in the next week-plus and which teams might be interested in acquiring said player.  (I didn’t include Dwight Howard on this list because I don’t think the Orlando Magic pull the trigger on a deal.)
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Video: Suns Steve Nash gets lap dance from Nicki Minaj

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Steve Nash is playing at an All-Star level but could be dealt since Nash is in the final year of his contract and the Phoenix Suns are really struggling this season. As the NBA trade deadline approaches March 15th. the trade winds surrounding him swirl.

In the meantime, R&B singer Nicki Minaj gave Nash a little thrill. Minaj gave Steve Nash a lapdance during her set at Lil’ Wayne’s “I’m Still Music” tour last night at U.S. Airways Center

NBA Trade Deadline: Possible suitors for the Suns’ Steve Nash

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Plenty of names will be floated around in the next week-plus as the NBA trade deadline approaches on March 15th.  Over the next week, I am going to take a look at which players are likely to be dealt and what teams might be interested in acquiring said player.  Steve Nash is still playing at an All-Star level but could be dealt since Nash is in the final year of his contract and the Phoenix Suns are really struggling this season.
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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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