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NBA / Jun 16, 2010 / 1:15 pm

Top 10 Free Agents In The NBA Finals

Paul Pierce, Dime #5

Take your pick on the storyline you want to cover before Thursday’s Game 7, but if you ask me, the biggest story that no one is talking about is that 16 of the 30 players in the NBA Finals are going to be free agents after the season. With that in mind, we break down the Top 10 free agents in the NBA Finals.

1. Paul Pierce (Early Termination Option)
Depending on the type of game that Pierce has on Thursday, he very well could be the MVP of the NBA Finals. And while I don’t think anyone can picture him in another uniform, he’ll have to weigh his options once the season ends. What will most likely happen is that Pierce gets an extension under the current CBA, but don’t put it past some teams to make a run at him.

2. Ray Allen (Unrestricted)
One of the best shooters to ever play the game, Allen will definitely get some money thrown his way this summer despite his age. Whether or not the Celtics win Game 7 will most likely affect his decision, but any team searching for a veteran scoring presence would be crazy not to chase him.

3. Nate Robinson (Unrestricted)
Once Nate Robinson became “Donkey,” the free agency buzz began to percolate. Despite his ups and downs all season, the kid can play. And it’s no surprise that rumors have already started that the Lakers might be interested this summer. If you ask me, the team that will offer Nate the most money is a non-playoff one, so it will be up to him to choose playing time over loot.

4. Shannon Brown (Player Option)
It’s been known for a while now that Brown is going to most likely decline his player option and test the free agency waters this summer. And after a huge Game 6 last night, he’s probably trying to get an invite the the Free Agent Summit that “isn’t” happening. While Brown isn’t on that level by any means, he is an exciting young player that should fill some seats.

5. Jordan Farmar (Restricted)
Farmar is in for a rude awakening. Even though Derek Fisher is an unrestricted free agent, the Lakers don’t see him as the starting point guard for the Lake Show. And if he doesn’t get the love from the only team he’s ever played for, he’ll most likely end up as a backup somewhere else. Then again, maybe the Pacers like him.

6. Tony Allen (Unrestricted)
He’s definitely not as good as he could have been (before the injury), but Allen has proven to be a capable defender. Any team that needs a wing to guard the other team’s best player will give him a look. For some reason I see him landing in Denver. Don’t ask me why.

7. Derek Fisher (Unrestricted)
Yes, Fisher can’t seem to guard anybody. And yes, he also is the Lakers’ biggest liability on the floor at times. But at the end of the day, you want this guy on your team. While Fisher has made it clear that he wants to stay in L.A., it will be interesting to see how many years he has left in him. He’s slowly going the route of Sam Cassell and Brian Shaw.

8. Josh Powell (Unrestricted)
He’s shown glimpses in his five years in the League, and he’s Kobe‘s dude – so that has to say something. At only 27 years old, he’s definitely got a lot left in the tank, and could be a serviceable piece to a playoff team. It’d be interesting to see what he could do if he got starter minutes.

9. Marquis Daniels (Unrestricted)
I know what you’re think, and no, I’m not crazy. Daniels was a solid NBA player until he joined the Celtics this year, and he’ll definitely get another shot elsewhere. He needs redemption after this year.

10. D.J. Mbenga (Unrestricted)
When I asked everyone in the office to choose No. 10 from the last five remaining candidates, the general consensus was that I should make a Top 9. But I think you have to give it to Mbenga here. At 7-feet tall, he’s definitely a presence in the paint, although his role will most likely never change from what he’s done in Los Angeles to date.

The rest: Michael Finley (Unrestricted), Tony Gaffney (Unrestricted), Oliver Lafayette (Unrestricted), Adam Morrison (Restricted), Brian Scalabrine (Unrestricted) and Shelden Williams (Unrestricted)

What do you think?

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  • http://LakersNation.com Lakers Nation

    We Keep Fisher, Powell and Brown . . . Jordan is a goner . . . . Morrison and Mbenga will be let go as well . . . mark it

  • atticusmitch

    @ Lakers Nation:

    Brown has already said he is peacing out of LA. We should def keep Fisher, Farmar and Powell. Farmar mite leave but I doubt it cause he is a LA kid. Powell better stay cause he actually contributes during the regular season is a pretty good player once he gets playing time.

  • http://myspace.com/40sand9s Loc

    Players 9-15 could be the worst team in NBA history if they tried. They’d probably get rolled in the Thailand Professional league.

  • Showtime

    Hell no, we love DJ! Congo Cash stays

  • Joe’s Momma

    I thought Tony Gaffney has a team option for next year?

    Either way, Pierce might not get that extension due to the uncertainty of the next CBA.

    Benga needs to be back in LA. Low price and serves a need. A big who plays D and is a legit 7 footer.

    Morrison is gone, Tony Allen is staying if Boston gives him a simliar deal he got last time, about 2 yrs for 2.5 per.

    Jesus Shuttlesworth is gonna be back, Boston is over the cap and wont be able to get a starting 2 unless they go after Mike Miller or a simliar 3rd tier free agent.

    Fish is back in LA for the min.

    Unless someone offers Farmar something, he will be back in LA.

    S. Brown is harder to figure, someone might go after him, but beware, he might not get more than what he is currently getting, about 2 per.

    Both teams will look almost identical next year. Maybe the scrubs will be gone, but the top 10-12 players on each side will be back.

  • dano

    Dude i love mbenga, dude tries hard, athletic (has a black belt in some marital art, forgot which one), and has no fear (although his “ratio of blocks to getting viciously dunked on” is like 1:6.5). From what ive seen in practice video and warmups, dude can even hit a j from time to time. Honestly think he just needs some more playing time than “up by 25, three minutes to go, put him in.” Could be a serviceable backup on a team looking to get into the playoffs somewhere.

  • dano

    Also keep in mind he’s on the team with the deepest front court in the league.

  • BiG_RoB_n_cali

    @Joe’s Momma

    I think your pretty much on the money man.

  • Detroit Dave

    Shannon Brown would really fit in with OKC or Denver.

  • ReddiRed

    I’d gladly take MBenga for the low low on the Pistons.
    I know he gets banged on from time to time, but honestly, anyone would if they contested the amount of shots he contests……..well, maybe no as much, but still.

  • Gerry

    Mbenga is the best player who ever played the game!!!

  • dimemagreader

    I don’t blame Farmar for leaving if he does. His style of play is not a good fit for the triangle offense. He can’t flourish under PJ system.

    Actually, no player flourishes under PJ’s system.

  • A.R.

    @ dimemagreader

    anybody who truly cares about the game of basketball wouldn’t give a damn about “flourishing” under the man’s system. It seems if you stick around long enough your guaranteed a ring at some point under his system.

  • MrAlmostCluth

    Where all those free agents end up will all depend on the outcome of tomorrow’s game. Until then, all speculation is just a wild guess.

  • j

    im pretty sure tony gaffney is a restricted agent

  • kool bro

    shannon brown gettin good money somewhere, watch, dont keep ur hopes up lakers