We are just two-and-a-half months away from free agent season, and the 2012 class has many desirable stars that could help push several teams toward title contention.
While this year's class of free agents isn't nearly as sexy as the class of 2010 featuring LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer, there are still several NBA standouts who could lead a team to an NBA championship.
Here are four stars who will be on new teams by the end of the summer.
Eric Gordon, New Orleans Hornets
The young star has had his share of injuries since being drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2008, but his potential is undeniable. Though he has missed over 50 games over the span of his three-year career, when healthy, he is one of the most explosive players in the league.
The 6'3", 215-pound powerfully built guard is a natural-born scorer, which was shown by his 22.4 PPG average last season. In only his second game back this season, last Friday against the San Antonio Spurs, he exploded for 31 points. Expect his hometown Indiana Pacers to come calling this summer, as they desperately could use an explosive scorer.
Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
The Celtics scorer may be 36 years old, but he is still one of the best scorers in the entire league. On the year, he is averaging 14.2 points per game and is always capable of nailing the dagger shot to win a game.
At this point in his career, he is content with contributing off the bench while being able to chase another championship ring. A few teams that seem like likely candidates for just that would be the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both are extremely talented squads who could use a veteran, clutch shooting leader to put them at the next level.
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
At the ripe old age of 38, Steve Nash still toys with the league like it is his own personal playground. This season, the NBA legend is averaging 12.8 points and 11.1 assists per game, showing everyone that age doesn't have the same effect on him as it does most players.
He is still one of the five best point guards in the NBA, and many teams will try to lure the Suns star away from Phoenix.
Kris Humphries, New Jersey Nets
Although he is known more for Kim Kardashian than his NBA career, don't be fooled, the former Minnesota Golden Gopher has transformed himself into one of the best low-post players in the NBA. This season, he is averaging 13.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game and has shown a significantly improved back-to-the-basket game.
With his standout 2011-2012 season in the books, he may have played himself out of the New Jersey Nets' price range. It's rather clear that the Nets still want him, but so could several other teams in need of a consistent big man.
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