After seasons where your team goes 15-67 or along those lines, your only reason to look forward is the free agent market. There are many talented free agents that your team could look in to, but only if you have cap room, which according to ESPN, those team would be the Memphis Grizzlies, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers, who would love to go after players such as Corey Maggette, Gilbert Arenas, and Antawn Jamison. Here are my rankings and predictions on the free agents to come tomorrow morning.
Unrestricted Free Agents:
1. Antawn Jamison - Even though Antawn Jamison is expected to sign a four-year deal worth approximately $11 million to remain with the Wizards next season, anything could happen. Jamison is the real deal. And if anyone should go after him, it should be the Sixers or Grizzlies, who both need a star big man. Jamison, last season, was one of very few players to average a 20-10 season. Even though he is 32, he is still has some game left in him, and that what makes him the No. 1 unrestricted free agent in 2008. And if I was him, I wouldn't return to Washington, just because I don't believe that can contend for a championship. At least in Philadelphia and Memphis, you can get in the playoffs and make something happen.
2. Gilbert Arenas - A teammate of Jamison's, Arenas is one of the best scorers in this league when healthy. I wouldn't want him on my club, but for a franchise in desperate need for a scoring superstar, ecspecially a point guard, Gilbert Arenas would be a great pickup. The Los Angeles Clippers, for example, would be a great team for Gilbert Arenas to go to. Apparently, Shaun Livingston isn't ready to jump back onto the court right now, and signing Gilbert Arenas would be good for them. Acctually, Smush Parker, Dan Dickau, and Shaun Livingston are all free agents, so that would open up room for more playing time. Anyway, both Jamison and Arenas are looking to resign with Washington.
3. Corey Maggette - He has been in so many trade rumors over the past couple of years. At this point, he is earning about $7 million per season, and he is expecting a major raise. Right now, I wouldn't suggest anyone sign this player if they already have a scoring wingman, but for teams that want to become contenders (Phoenix, Toronto, etc.), signing him or attempting a sign-and-trade would be a good idea. The Suns would possibly try to convince the Clippers to trade Maggette to them for Barbosa and/or Boris Diaw. At this point, I would do that if I was Los Angeles.
4. Beno Udrih - This kid is definately my sleeper pick next season. He has all the assets to become a consistant starting point guard in the league today. Don't be surprised to see him receive about a dozen full midlevel offers from teams around the league. He averaged a quiet 13 points last season with the Kings. Ever since Mike Bibby left for Atlanta, Udrih has really stepped up and played great. If this happened, Sacramento would be in a difficult situation at PG. There only other PGs are Anthony Johnson, a combo guard in Quincy Douby, and a rookie second-round selection in Sean Singletary. Don't be surprised if he decides to leave Sacramento.
5. James Posey - Boston would be very unfortunate to see Posey packing. He was a great player during their championship run a couple of weeks ago. I say if you are a playoff team, make a run at him. He is both a shooter and a lock-down defender, and that is what I like about him. Both New Orleans and Los Angeles (Lakers) have shown interest in him. If he joins New Orleans, he could just slip in right away into the rotation. On the other hand, some moves need to be made to see James Posey fit into the rotation for the Lakers. I say you trade Lamar Odom, Trevor Ariza, and a second round pick to Seattle for Chris Wilcox, Johan Petro, Donyell Marshall, and 2 future 1st round picks (1 in 2009 and 1 in 2010). Overall, James Posey would be a great pickup for any contender.