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Milwaukee Bucks' Carlos Delfino (10) drives against Detroit Pistons' Tayshaun Prince in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game. (April 13, 2012)

2012 NBA free agent rankings and tracker

Here is the best of the 2012 NBA free agent class, in order from top to bottom.
Updated July 30, 2012.
By Bobby Bonett

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UPDATE: Williams re-signed with the Nets. DERON WILLIAMS
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UPDATE: Williams re-signed with the Nets.
DERON WILLIAMS
Point guard, New Jersey Nets
2011-12 salary: $16.4 million
Unrestricted free agent
Pair Williams with a big man and you immediately have a title contender. He is an excellent facilitator, and has great range; when he catches fire on offense, you can't stop him.

UPDATE: Nash agreed to a 3-year, $27 million
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UPDATE: Nash agreed to a 3-year, $27 million contract as part of a sign-and-trade deal that sent him to the Lakers.
STEVE NASH

Point guard, Phoenix Suns
2011-12 salary: $11.7 million
Unrestricted free agent
At 38 years old, Nash is still one of the league's great point guards. He's still even a 50/40/90 threat. Nash has at least a couple of seasons left in him.

UPDATE: Gordon will return to the Hornets, who
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UPDATE: Gordon will return to the Hornets, who matched the Suns' 4-year, $58 million offer sheet.
ERIC GORDON

Point guard, New Orleans Hornets
2011-12 salary: $3.8 million
Restricted free agent
For all the flashes Gordon has shown, teams have to keep in mind he has battled injuries. He missed 20 games in 2009-10, 26 in 2010-11, and spent most of 2011-12 on the sidelines.

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UPDATE: Lopez agreed to a four-year, $60 million
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UPDATE: Lopez agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with the Nets.
BROOK LOPEZ

Center, New Jersey Nets
2011-12 salary: $3.1 million
Restricted free agent
Lopez will be coming off injury and an underwhelming 2010-11. Still, height (Lopez is 7’) commands a premium price in the NBA.

UPDATE: Hibbert is returning to the Pacers, who
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UPDATE: Hibbert is returning to the Pacers, who matched the Blazers' max offer.
ROY HIBBERT

Center, Indiana Pacers
2011-12 salary: $2.6 million
Restricted free agent
Hibbert is an improving rebounder, and is starting to pick up his offensive game. A 2012 All-Star, it's far from certain that he'll be back in Indiana.

UPDATE: Garneet signed a three-year, $34M deal with
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UPDATE: Garneet signed a three-year, $34M deal with the Celtics.
KEVIN GARNETT

Power forward, Boston Celtics
2011-12 salary: $21.2 million
Unrestricted free agent
Garnett is one of the best defensive power forwards in the game, and showed the ability to still produce at a high level on offense in the postseason..

UPDATE: Roy agreed to a deal with the
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UPDATE: Roy agreed to a deal with the Wolves. It is reportedly for two years and $10.4 million.
BRANDON ROY

Point guard, Portland Trail Blazers
2011-12 salary: $14.9 million (amnestied by the Blazers)
Chronic knee issues forced Brandon Roy to retire at just 26 during the 2010-11 season. But successful treatment on the knees have Roy thinking comeback. It's tough to forecast how the guard, who is averaging 19 points and 4.7 assists over his career, will play upon his return. But teams will be licking their chops, hopeful they can snag the three-time All-Star at a time he should just be entering his prime.

UPDATE: The Blazers matched the Timberwolves' 4-year qualifying
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UPDATE: The Blazers matched the Timberwolves' 4-year qualifying offer, meaning Batum will return to Portland.
NICOLAS BATUM

Small forward, Portland Trail Blazers
2011-12 salary: $2.2 million
Restricted free agent
Batum is improving on offense, shooting better than 40 percent from three this year. He's also young and a solid defender.

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UPDATE: Dragic agreed on a four-year, $34 million
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UPDATE: Dragic agreed on a four-year, $34 million deal with the Suns.
GORAN DRAGIC

Point guard, Houston Rockets
2011-12 salary: $2.1 million
Unrestricted free agent
Kyle Lowry's injury gave Dragic an opening. He took full advantage, showing he can be a consistent scoring threat that can run an offense. Seeing the Rockets excel with Dragic at the point, several teams will look to add the fourth-year pro as their point guard of the future.

UPDATE: The Bucks and Ilyasova agreed on a
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UPDATE: The Bucks and Ilyasova agreed on a five-year, $45 million deal.
ERSAN ILYASOVA

Small forward, Milwaukee Bucks
2011-12 salary: $2.5 million
Unrestricted free agent
An athletic big, Ilyasova typically averages nearly a double-double per 36 minutes, and has looked like a top tier big man in spurts this season.

UPDATE: Duncan signed a three-year, $36 million deal
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UPDATE: Duncan signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Spurs.
TIM DUNCAN

Power forward, San Antonio Spurs
2011-12 salary: $21.3 million
Unrestricted free agent
The chances Duncan leaves the Spurs grow slimmer by the day. But would enough cash force the future Hall of Famer to at least consider relocating?

UPDATE: Anderson was sent to the New Orleans
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UPDATE: Anderson was sent to the New Orleans Hornets as part of a sign-and-trade deal.
RYAN ANDERSON

Power forward, Orlando Magic
2011-12 salary: $2.2 million
Restricted free agent
The Magic have handed Anderson more minutes, and he hasn’t disappointed, maintaining or improving on much of his stats per 36 minutes. He’s a good rebounder and one of the league's best 3-point shooters.

UPDATE: McGee is returning to the Nuggets on
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UPDATE: McGee is returning to the Nuggets on a reported four-year, $44 million deal.
JAVALE MCGEE

Center, Denver Nuggets
2011-12 salary: $2.5 million
Restricted free agent
McGee has incredible talent and athleticism, but he hasn’t been easy to coach in his first several years in the league.

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UPDATE: Gerald Wallace and the Nets agreed on
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UPDATE: Gerald Wallace and the Nets agreed on a four-year, $40 million contract.
GERALD WALLACE
Small forward, New Jersey Nets
2011-12 salary: $9.5 million
Unrestricted free agent
Wallace, a proven veteran, will give you 15-17 points per game over a season and is a terrific defender.

UPDATE: Allen agreed on a 3-year, $9.5 million
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UPDATE: Allen agreed on a 3-year, $9.5 million offer with the Heat.
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RAY ALLEN

Shooting guard, Boston Celtics
2011-12 salary: $10.0 million
Unrestricted free agent
You can’t teach Allen’s touch, and for that alone, the veteran is still in high demand for a short-term deal . . . assuming his ankle heals up in the offseason.

UPDATE: Miller and the Nuggets agreed on a
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UPDATE: Miller and the Nuggets agreed on a three-year deal.
ANDRE MILLER

Point guard, Denver Nuggets
2011-12 salary: $7.8 million
Unrestricted free agent
Miller, a great floor manager, is the perfect solution for a contender without a point guard.

UPDATE: Lin agreed to a three-year, $25.1 million
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UPDATE: Lin agreed to a three-year, $25.1 million deal with the Houston Rockets.
JEREMY LIN

Point guard, Knicks
2011-12 salary: $762,195
Restricted free agent
Lin's fearless, can run the pick and roll, and is an offensive threat. He obviously doesn't have the longest track record, but Lin has given every indication that he can be a top tier point guard.

UPDATE: The Hawks reportedly offered Williams a multi-year
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UPDATE: The Hawks reportedly offered Williams a multi-year contract.
LOU WILLIAMS
Shooting guard, Philadelphia 76ers
2011-12 salary: $5.9 million
Unrestricted free agent
Williams, Philly's sixth man, had good range -- he's shooting better than 35 percent from three -- and could continue to grow if given the opportunity to start.

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UPDATE: Terry and the Boston Celtics agreed on
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UPDATE: Terry and the Boston Celtics agreed on a three-year deal at the full mid-level exception.
JASON TERRY

Shooting guard, Dallas Mavericks
2011-12 salary: $11.4 million
Restricted free agent
Terry is a poor man’s Ray Allen, a guard teams will look to add for his shooting touch. He's also one of the game's better scorers in the clutch.

UPDATE: Hill and the Pacers agreed on a
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UPDATE: Hill and the Pacers agreed on a five-year deal.
GEORGE HILL

Shooting guard, Indiana Pacers
2011-12 salary: $2.1 million
Restricted free agent
Hill is a combo guard, keeping him from being a true free-agent prize. He may be able to step in as No. 3 scorer with good range.

UPDATE: Mayo and the Mavericks agreed on a
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UPDATE: Mayo and the Mavericks agreed on a two-year deal.
O.J. MAYO
Shooting guard, Memphis Grizzlies
2011-12 salary: $5.6 million
Unrestricted free agent
It took Mayo some time to adjust to coming off the bench. But he's been a key cog in the Grizzlies' success, and looks to really be developing as a basketball player, both on offense (16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds per 36 minutes) and defense (career-best 103 defensive rating).

UPDATE: Smith and the Knicks agreed on a
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UPDATE: Smith and the Knicks agreed on a two-year, $5.6 million deal.
J.R. SMITH
Shooting guard, Knicks
2011-12 salary: $2.4 million
Unrestricted free agent
Smith expressed intentions to sign a long-term deal with the Knicks. Then again, the streaky scorer, used as a spark plug off the bench last season, tweeted "Damn didn't know this [many] people didn't want me in #NY might just get what you asking for!" after the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs,

UPDATE: The Mavericks exercised their team option, keeping
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UPDATE: The Mavericks exercised their team option, keeping Carter with the club for two more years.
VINCE CARTER

Shooting guard, Dallas Mavericks
2011-12 salary: $4.0 million
Team option
Carter, who turns 36 next season, has reinvented himself as a 3-point sharpshooter. He'd be best suited as a spark off the bench, but has proven in 2011-12 that he can still start.

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UPDATE: Lee was sent to the Celtics as
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UPDATE: Lee was sent to the Celtics as part of a sign-and-trade deal.
COURTNEY LEE

Shooting guard, Houston Rockets
2011-12 salary: $2.2 million
Restricted free agent
Lee looks to have taken the next step in 2011-12, his PER, field goal percentage and 3-point percentage all tracking toward career highs.

UPDATE: Sessions agreed to a two-year deal with
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UPDATE: Sessions agreed to a two-year deal with the Bobcats.
RAMON SESSIONS
Point guard, Los Angeles Lakers
2011-12 salary: $4.3 million
Player option ($4.6 mil)
Sessions might not have delivered the Lakers a championship, but he did put up decent, efficient numbers, shooting 47.9 percent from the floor in 23 games with Los Angeles.

UPDATE: Humphries agreed to a two-year deal to
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UPDATE: Humphries agreed to a two-year deal to stay with the Nets.
KRIS HUMPHRIES

Power forward, New Jersey Nets
2011-12 salary: $8.0 million
Unrestricted free agent
Humphries didn't fall off from his break out 2010-11 season, averaging career bests in points (13.8) and rebounds (11.0) for New Jersey. Teams were hesitant to sign the 27-year-old last season; will that change with one more good season and one less reality show under his belt?

UPDATE: Crawford and the Clippers agreed on a
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UPDATE: Crawford and the Clippers agreed on a four-year deal.
JAMAL CRAWFORD

Shooting guard, Portland Trail Blazers
2011-12 salary: $5.0 million
Unrestricted free agent
Pair Will teams still view the 31-year-old as an elite outside threat after 2011-12? In his lone season in Portland, Crawford connected on a career-worst 30.8 percent of three-point attempts, and shot just 38.4 percent from the field. Still, he's averaged at least 16 points per 36 minutes every season since 2006-07.

UPDATE: Kirilenko agreed to a two-year, $20 million
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UPDATE: Kirilenko agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Timberwolves.
ANDREI KIRILENKO

2011-12 salary: Played in Russia
Unrestricted free agent
A former All-Star, Kirilenko may opt to return to the NBA after a season with CSKA Moscow. Each of his last four seasons in the NBA, Kirilenko averaged around 11 points per game.

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UPDATE: Beasley and the Suns agreed on a
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UPDATE: Beasley and the Suns agreed on a three-year, $18 million deal.
MICHAEL BEASLEY
Small forward, Minnesota Timberwolves
2011-12 salary: $6.3 million
Unrestricted free agent
Beasley is a wild card: he has shown he can score in spurts on offense, but his basketball IQ still seems very low.

UPDATE: Jamison agreed to a one-year deal with
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UPDATE: Jamison agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers.
ANTAWN JAMISON

Small forward, Cleveland Cavaliers
2011-12 salary: $15.1 million
Unrestricted free agent
Jamison, 35, is still an above-average scorer. A prime target for contenders looking for someone short-term.

UPDATE: Augustin signed a free agent deal with
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UPDATE: Augustin signed a free agent deal with the Pacers.
D.J. AUGUSTIN

Point guard, Charlotte Bobcats
2011-12 salary: $3.2 million
Restricted free agent
It has been a trying season for Augustin as he captains an anemic Bobcats offense. He needs to be smarter from the field; his shooting percentage has hovered around 40 percent for much of his four-year career.

UPDATE: Brooks signed with the Kings. The deal
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UPDATE: Brooks signed with the Kings. The deal is reportedly worth $6.6 million over two years.
AARON BROOKS

Point guard, Phoenix Suns
Unrestricted free agent
Brooks should return to the league after a year overseas. Just two short years ago, Brooks looked like a major up-and-comer, averaging 19.6 points per game during the 2009-10 season. Can he return to that form?

UPDATE: Mahinmi was sent to the Pacers as
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UPDATE: Mahinmi was sent to the Pacers as part of a sign-and-trade deal.
IAN MAHINMI

Center, Dallas Mavericks
2011-12 salary: $0.9 million
Unrestricted free agent
Given the chance to start, Mahinmi would average a double-double. He's a good defender, and in his four seasons, when he's on the court, his teams have thrived.

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UPDATE: According to reports, Foye signed a one-year
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UPDATE: According to reports, Foye signed a one-year deal with the Jazz.
RANDY FOYE

Shooting guard, Los Angeles Clippers
2011-12 salary: $4.3 million
Unrestricted free agent
Foye had nights where he looked liked a true scorer -- he scored at least 20 points nine times -- and nights where he was more or less invisible -- he scored in single digits 27 times. He's not a starter, but a career 36.6 percent three-point shooter, Foye gives you an outside threat.

UPDATE: Young agreed to a one-year, $6 million
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UPDATE: Young agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with the 76ers.
NICK YOUNG

Shooting guard, Los Angeles Clippers
2011-12 salary: $3.7 million
Unrestricted free agent
Young didn't quite blossom into the scoring threat the Clippers hoped, but he is just one year removed from averaging 17.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting.

UPDATE: Asik signed a three-year, $25.1 million deal
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UPDATE: Asik signed a three-year, $25.1 million deal with the Rockets.
OMER ASIK

Center, Chicago Bulls
2011-12 salary: $1.9 million
Restricted free agent
Asik’s minutes are limited in Chicago, but he has averaged more than 11 rebounds per 36 minutes in just over a season.

UPDATE: Kidd and the Knicks agreed on a
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UPDATE: Kidd and the Knicks agreed on a three-year, $9 million deal.
JASON KIDD

Point guard, Dallas Mavericks
2011-12 salary: $8.5 million
Unrestricted free agent
How much does Kidd have left? Turning 39 next season, his already limited offensive game continues to deteriorate. Still, he is a threat from three, and has a ton of experience.

UPDATE: Allen signed a two-year, $6 million deal
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UPDATE: Allen signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the 76ers.
LAVOY ALLEN

Power forward, Philadelphia 76ers
2011-12 salary: $0.5 million
Restricted free agent
Allen made a name for himself in the postseason, averaging 6.3 points and 4.9 boards in just 19.7 minutes per game. He should develop into a very solid four.

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UPDATE: Novak and the Knicks agreed on a
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UPDATE: Novak and the Knicks agreed on a four-year, $15 million deal.
STEVE NOVAK

Small forward, Knicks
2011-12 salary: $1 million
Unrestricted free agent
Find Novak open beyond the arc in the corner, and you've got three easy points. Given more minutes, it's not crazy to think Novak could score a very efficient 15 points per game.

UPDATE: Thompson and the Kings agreed on a
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UPDATE: Thompson and the Kings agreed on a multi-year deal.
JASON THOMPSON

Power forward, Sacramento Kings
2011-12 salary: $3.0 million
Restricted free agent
Next to Boogie Cousins, Thompson has shown flashes of a solid power forward. With more minutes, he could be a double-double machine.

UPDATE: Hawes and the 76ers agreed on a
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UPDATE: Hawes and the 76ers agreed on a two-year deal worth a reported $13 million.
SPENCER HAWES

Center, Philadelphia 76ers
2011-12 salary: $4.0 million
Unrestricted free agent
Injuries limited Hawes this year, who after a spectacular start to the season, regresed to his career averages. His numbers per 36 minutes are at a career high, but nowhere near where they were at the start of the season.

UPDATE: Fields and the Toronto Raptors agreed to
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UPDATE: Fields and the Toronto Raptors agreed to a three-year deal.
LANDRY FIELDS

Shooting guard, Knicks
2011-12 salary: $0.8 million
Unrestricted free agent
Fields' shot selection needs work, but he offers hustle minutes and can get rebounds.

UPDATE: Hickson agreed to a one-year deal to
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UPDATE: Hickson agreed to a one-year deal to remain with the Blazers.
J.J. HICKSON

Power forward, Portland Trail Blazers
2011-12 salary: $2.4 million
Restricted free agent
Was Sacramento just a bad move? Since landing in Portland, Hickson is back to being a high-efficiency scorer. Will someone take a chance with him?

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UPDATE: Bass agreed on a three-year, $20 million
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UPDATE: Bass agreed on a three-year, $20 million deal to return to the Celtics.
BRANDON BASS
Power forward, Boston Celtics
2011-12 salary: $4.0 million
Unrestricted free agent
Bass is capable of providing tough hustle minutes. He can score in spurts and is a decent big man off the bench.

UPDATE: The Spurs and Green agreed on a
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UPDATE: The Spurs and Green agreed on a three-year, $12 million deal
DANNY GREEN

Small forward, San Antonio Spurs
2011-12 salary: $0.9 million
Restricted free agent
The North Babylon native earned a spot in Gregg Popovich's rotation, was promoted to the starting lineup, and averaged 14.3 points per 36 minutes while shooting 43.6 percent from three. Just 25 at the start of next season, he'll continue to develop.

UPDATE: Kaman tweeted that he will sign with
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UPDATE: Kaman tweeted that he will sign with the Mavericks.
CHRIS KAMAN

Center, New Orleans Hornets
2011-12 salary: $12.2 million
Unrestricted free agent
Kaman’s game and health have been inconsistent. When he’s at 100 percent, he can average 15 points and 10 rebounds as a starter. How likely is that at age 30, though?

UPDATE: Landry reportedly agreed to a two-year, $8
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UPDATE: Landry reportedly agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Warriors.
CARL LANDRY

Small forward, New Orleans Hornets
2011-12 salary: $9.0 million
Unrestricted free agent
Landry's shooting percentage has dipped each year in the league. He's also battling injuries, which have hurt his production.

UPDATE: Felton is on his way to the
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UPDATE: Felton is on his way to the Knicks via a sign-and-trade deal.
RAYMOND FELTON

Point guard, Portland Trail Blazers
2011-12 salary: $7.5 million
Unrestricted free agent
While a coaching change temporarily sparked Felton, his conditioning and inconsistency will prevent him from scoring a big payday.

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UPDATE: Speights and the Grizzlies agreed on a
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UPDATE: Speights and the Grizzlies agreed on a two-year, $9 million deal.
MARREESE SPEIGHTS

Power forward, Memphis Grizzlies
2011-12 salary: $2.7 million
Restricted free agent
Speights is looking for a career resurgence after falling out of favor in Philly. His numbers per 36 minutes are impressive: He’s averaged 17 points and close to 9 rebounds in his career.

JODIE MEEKS Shooting guard, Philadelphia 76ers 2011-12 salary:
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JODIE MEEKS
Shooting guard, Philadelphia 76ers
2011-12 salary: $0.9 million
Unrestricted free agent
Meeks spends most of his time beyond the arc on offense, with over 50 percent of his shots the last two seasons coming from three.

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