NBA Free Agent Signings: Chandler, Young, Cook, Thornton

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Our resident NBA nerd David Kay is on vacation this week; in a much warmer place. However, being out of the country hasn’t stopped him from being on top of the news. He’s got a lot to say on what’s been going on with the league this week.

New York Knicks sign C Tyson Chandler to 4-year, $58 million contract

The Knicks land one of the most coveted free agents and add a true big man to compliment forwards Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.  Chandler will finally provide New York with a defensive minded big man who can rebound, block shots, and fill up space in the middle, and also allow Amare to stay at his natural power forward position.

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2011 NBA Free Agent Small 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 Small Forward Rankings

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Like the NFL is currently experiencing, the NBA free agency period is up in the air with a league lockout looming.  When teams are able to sign free agents, there are several veteran small forwards like Tayshaun Prince, Shane Battier, and Grant Hill who will hit the open market and can bring their experience to help a team try and make a run at the NBA title.  Here are my 2011 free agent small forward rankings.

By: David Kay

UPDATE: 6/30/11

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Will The Philadelphia 76ers Shop Andre Iguodala This Off-Season?

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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.  Expect to see a ton of trade rumors surrounding Andre Iguodala this off-season and the Philadelphia 76ers might be better off dealing him in hopes of adding a center or perimeter scorer.

By: David Kay

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