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Top 10 NBA free agents 2013

Dwight Howard talks to the media.

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Newsday's Al Iannazzone ranks the top 10 NBA free agents heading into the NBA's 2013 free agency period, which begins July 1. Teams can't sign players until July 10, but agreements can be reached right away.

DWIGHT HOWARD There are billboards all around L.A.
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DWIGHT HOWARD
There are billboards all around L.A. and signs urging Howard to stay with the Lakers, but he reportedly doesn’t like Mike D’Antoni’s offense, so he could pass up more money to sign elsewhere. The Rockets appear to be the frontrunner, but the Mavericks and Hawks will make their pitches. |

CHRIS PAUL The Hawks and Mavericks had visions
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CHRIS PAUL
The Hawks and Mavericks had visions of bringing in Paul and Howard as a package deal, but it would be stunning if Paul left the Clippers and what they’re building. The Clippers made their sales pitch to keep the superstar point guard in L.A. by bringing in Doc Rivers as coach. |

JOSH SMITH He wants out of Atlanta, although
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JOSH SMITH
He wants out of Atlanta, although the Hawks can give him the most money. He wouldn’t mind teaming with Howard but might wind up with a team that Howard spurns. |

MONTA ELLIS An explosive scorer, he opted out
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MONTA ELLIS
An explosive scorer, he opted out of $11 million owed to him and might not get that much now. But teams will be interested for the right price. |

ANDRE IGUODALA To opt out of $16.1 million,
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ANDRE IGUODALA
To opt out of $16.1 million, he must not like the Nuggets’ direction, but he’ll get a multiyear deal and help a team with his versatility and defense. |

AL JEFFERSON He could leave Utah if the
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AL JEFFERSON
He could leave Utah if the Jazz builds with big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, but he could take a pay cut from the $15 million he made this past season. |

PAUL MILLSAP The other Jazz frontcourt player who
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PAUL MILLSAP
The other Jazz frontcourt player who will be sought after and might not stick in Utah, depending on its plan. |

ANDREW BYNUM Injury-plagued center didn’t play last season,
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ANDREW BYNUM
Injury-plagued center didn’t play last season, but some team will take a chance after doing plenty of research on his medical condition. |

DAVID WEST He isn’t the All-Star he was
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DAVID WEST
He isn’t the All-Star he was when he played with Paul, but teams love West’s toughness, work ethic and leadership. It’s hard to see Indiana letting him go. |

J.R. SMITH The Knicks hope to re-sign him
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J.R. SMITH
The Knicks hope to re-sign him and he wants to stay in New York, but teams such as the Bucks and Suns could offer more for the Sixth Man of the Year.

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