NBA Free Agents 2014: Ideal Signing for Every Team This Summer

Bryant Knox@@BryantKnoxFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2014

NBA Free Agents 2014: Ideal Signing for Every Team This Summer

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    Greg Monroe will be a marquee free agent this offseason. Could the New Orleans Pelicans land him to play alongside Anthony Davis?
    Greg Monroe will be a marquee free agent this offseason. Could the New Orleans Pelicans land him to play alongside Anthony Davis?Dan Lippitt/Getty Images

    The NBA playoffs may have the attention of basketball fans everywhere, but it's free agency that has general managers planning for better, brighter futures.

    With the regular season behind us and the offseason nearing, teams are preparing for the 2014 free-agent class. Guys such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony could shake up the league if they opt out of their contracts, but it's the Eric Bledsoes and Greg Monroes who are looking at long-term deals one way or the other.

    For the time being, we'll avoid looking at players whom teams should re-sign. We all know the Heat want to keep the Big Three intact, but in this case the question in South Beach would be: Who can help enhance an already elite roster?

    No team is perfect, and that's why free agency is crucial. Every squad has the opportunity to improve, and every GM has a target this time of year.

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Atlanta Hawks: Gordon Hayward

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    So long as health turns in their favor, the Atlanta Hawks are in good shape when it comes to their frontcourt. However, the small forward position is where the team could use bolstering, and Gordon Hayward could be the guy to fill the void.

    Despite playing most of his minutes at the 2 this season, per, Hayward stands 6'8", 220 pounds. He played 46 percent of the Utah Jazz's total minutes at small forward during the regular season, and his career 36.5 percent deep-range average shows he can spread the floor despite an off year in 2013-14.

    Hayward is a restricted free agent, meaning Atlanta would have to make him a hefty offer. It could be money well spent, though, if Danny Ferry is willing to invest in a long-term piece who could be a great option behind the stars up front.

Boston Celtics: Jodie Meeks

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    The Boston Celtics need shooters. With the Los Angeles Lakers seemingly starting over, Jodie Meeks could become available as a free agent.

    With Kobe Bryant out most of the year, Meeks boosted his numbers across the board. He averaged 15.7 points on 40.1 percent three-point shooting, and in 33.2 minutes per contest he proved he can handle a heavy load on a relatively inexperienced roster.

    The problem here is that Meeks doesn't fit the defensive needs of the Celtics, but, then again, Boston has needs all over the rotation. The team finished 26th in terms of points per game, and Meeks would be someone who could boost that number if given decent minutes in the immediate future.

    At 26 years old, Meeks has room to grow, but the question is: How much? If the C's are willing to take a chance, they could test his potential by putting him alongside Rajon Rondo and seeing just how good he can be.

Brooklyn Nets: Shawn Marion

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    A lot of things are up in the air for the Brooklyn Nets. Can they retain Shaun Livingston? Will Paul Pierce re-sign? Will Kevin Garnett retire?

    These things must be answered before we can truly determine whom the team will target, but regardless of what happens over the next few months, Shawn Marion would be a strong fit in the Nets' organization.

    Although it may seem counterproductive to bring in another aging forward, think about it. If Pierce leaves, Marion could slide in at the 3. If Garnett retires and Brook Lopez is healthy, the veteran can play power forward.

    If all players stay and the team continues playing small ball, Marion can play either position at any time.

    Marion's best days are behind him, but that doesn't mean he's not valuable. Brooklyn can't offer him a massive paycheck, but it can give him a chance at a ring late in his career if all goes according to plan.

Charlotte Bobcats: Rudy Gay

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    The Charlotte Bobcats have gone from the worst team in the league to respectable in just one season. That's a monumental transformation considering where they were for so many years, but don't think they're satisfied with where they are today.

    If Charlotte is willing to spend big money on a free agent for the second summer in a row, Rudy Gay should be its primary target. Gay played efficient basketball after moving to the state of California, and with guys such as Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker already in Charlotte, there shouldn't be any worry about the swingman trying to take over.

    The Bobcats found success in 2013-14, but they're still hungry. This is a team that's still improving, and this type of signing could push them another step toward the top of the rankings out east.

Chicago Bulls: Carmelo Anthony

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    The Chicago Bulls are anemic on offense. They had the worst points-per-game average during the regular season, and the last time Derrick Rose was healthy for a full year they were just 19th in that same category.

    If the Bulls were able to bring on Carmelo Anthony, those problems would be a secondary thought. His numbers speak for themselves, and from a contract standpoint, B/R's Grant Hughes explains how it can be done:

    No matter what Chicago does, it can't offer 'Melo the fifth year or extra cash the New York Knicks can. But by amnestying Carlos Boozer and trimming salary elsewhere, the Bulls can make a very competitive pitch in the neighborhood of $16 million-$18 million per year.

    More aggressive moves involving trades or buyouts could push that figure to nearly $20 million.

    From a basketball standpoint, Melo gives the Bulls the offense they need. The hope here is that the culture of Chicago gives Melo incentive to defend.

    Nothing is guaranteed in the NBA, but Gar Forman should be willing to take a chance. The city loves Rose, but the team needs to score points if it's going to contend in a top-heavy conference.

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James

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    Ideal doesn't always mean realistic, but in the case of LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers would be remiss to ignore him as a potential pickup.

    Since James left Cleveland, the Cavs' organization has been in flux. The team has seemingly plateaued with Kyrie Irving leading the way, and having missed the playoffs three years in a row, it's time for a change that could shake up the franchise.

    James' contract decision will keep teams on the edge of their seats until he decides to opt in or opt out. There are a few teams who will be watching what he does very closely. While Miami is obviously most invested, the Cavs should be just as curious.

    The narrative surrounding James to the Cavs has been covered up to this point, but we can't ignore the significance. Cleveland desperately needs a culture change, and with James being a different player today than he was before, he's just what the team needs with a hungry fanbase ready to win.

Dallas Mavericks: Marcin Gortat

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    The Dallas Mavericks will have Samuel Dalembert on the roster through at least the 2014-15 season, but adding a player like Marcin Gortat would be huge when it comes to establishing a low-post presence.

    Gortat is coming off a strong season and recognizes that his free-agent status is looming. "I'm hoping that at the end of the day I'm going to be able to pick the team where I will play," Gortat told TrueHoop's Kyle Weidie in March. "I hope there will be a team, let's put it this way first."

    Needless to say, there will be a team. In fact, there should be multiple teams, and if the Mavericks are smart, they'll be one of them.

    Dallas will have money to spend this offseason, and it's clear that retaining Dirk Nowitzki is priority No. 1. That said, looking at Gortat should be a no-brainer. Stealing him from the Washington Wizards will be the tricky part.

Denver Nuggets: Thabo Sefolosha

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    The Denver Nuggets aren't known for their defense.

    Well, actually they are, but it's not for endearing reasons.

    In 2013-14, Denver gave up 106.5 points per contest. That was the 28th-best mark in the league, and it's the reason it won just 36 games despite having the league's ninth-best scoring offense.

    Adding a player of Thabo Sefolosha's caliber won't help much on offense, but as you can tell that's not where the problems lie. His defense is what the team would seek, and it's something he could provide alongside players already accustomed to the Nuggets' pace.

    Acquiring Sefolosha could be tricky, seeing as Denver doesn't likely have the cash or winning record to tear him away from better offers. The Nuggets won't be No. 1 on Sefolosha's list, but they'd be remiss not to look his way once free agency begins.

Detroit Pistons: Luol Deng

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    Luol Deng hasn't been who the Cleveland Cavaliers thought he would be, but that doesn't mean he'd be a bad fit for the Detroit Pistons.

    In fact, he'd be a very good fit.

    Despite not being the lights-out shooter the team could desperately use, he's a natural small forward. He's used to being on a competitive roster with the Chicago Bulls, and he's an elite defender when healthy.

    Deng knows how to win when the right pieces are around him, and if the Pistons can balance the roster by trading Josh Smith—or more likely letting Greg Monroe walkhe'll be primed to help the rotation. Detroit will still need to look for a shooter, but with Deng occupying small forward, it won't have to overpay to get it in the form of a starter.

Golden State Warriors: Greg Oden

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    The Golden State Warriors don't have a lot of money to spend. For that reason, the team will likely look to re-sign Steve Blake and Jordan Crawford as its big moves of the summer.

    The Warriors have a number of players at the center position, but that's what makes it easy to sign Greg Oden. The big man has proven he can stay on a court without getting hurt (albeit in minimal minutes), but there's always going to be skepticism when it comes to giving him massive floor time.

    If Golden State can pitch Oden on a bright future, he could be a cheap acquisition with an upside. We know he's never going to live up to the status of being a No. 1 pick, but he's shown he can block and alter shots at the rim on a regular basis.

    Oden wouldn't have to be a second-string player behind Andrew Bogut, but he would be insurance further down the depth chart. This would be a low-risk pickup for a team already in contention, especially if Golden State could get him on the cheap.

Houston Rockets: Trevor Ariza

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    The Houston Rockets were linked to Carmelo Anthony this past season, but as B/R's Dan Favale put it:

    Learning curves are always needed when combining two-plus luminaries, as we saw with the Miami Heat in 2010. But Houston's transition projects to be harder because out of Harden, Anthony and Howard, only one (Howard) can be considered a two-way player, and only one (Harden) is a bona fide distributor.

    If GM Daryl Morey aborts the plan to bring in another superstar, Trevor Ariza will be waiting. He's a 28-year-old veteran who is having a bounce-back year, and he's a perimeter defender who would help balance an offense-oriented roster.

    The question here is whether Ariza would be willing to accept a role off the bench. Assuming Chandler Parsons doesn't sign a big deal elsewhere (or move to the 4), Ariza becomes a glue guy.

    The Rockets gave up the eighth-most points in the regular season, and Ariza would help if he'll accept a smaller role on a contending team.

Indiana Pacers: P.J. Tucker

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    The Indiana Pacers traded Danny Granger, and now they have a glaring hole at backup small forward.

    Funny how that works out.

    Despite not knowing the futures of Lance Stephenson or Evan Turner, we can look at Indiana's roster and see that it needs help at the 3. Paul George is clearly an MVP candidate when playing at his best, but depth is important, especially for such a dangerously weak offensive unit.

    P.J. Tucker hasn't made a name for himself among most casual fans, but he's done enough to become a fan favorite on the Phoenix Suns. At 6'6", the small forward averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds this season, all while shooting 38.7 percent from behind the arc.

    Snatching Tucker from Phoenix could be difficult because of his restricted status, but the Suns are also dealing with a more crucial situation surrounding Eric Bledsoe. Indiana could force Phoenix's hand early, giving it a shot at one of the shrewder signings of the summer.

Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Andersen

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    The Los Angeles Clippers are a very good team. Don't take that away from them. 

    The problem is that they need the right role players to become great, and in this case, that means finally bringing on a big man who can protect the rim off the bench.

    Needless to say, Chris Andersen can be just that. He's been an integral piece in the Miami Heat's four-year run, and he's the kind of relentless defender who won't be bullied down low.

    Miami's plan this summer is to re-sign and replace its 13 unrestricted free agents en route to another championship run in 2015. But for LA, Andersen is the kind of player who can fill a gap, giving the Clippers the next piece to their own championship puzzle.

Los Angeles Lakers: Luol Deng

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    When it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers, 2015 will be their target for free-agent superstars—not 2014. Unless LeBron James opts out and decides he wants to play for LA, the Lakers will put their eggs in the baskets of Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and the others who will be free agents one year from this July.

    According to Sam Amick of USA TodayLuol Deng is "definitely on the Lakers' radar." Taking it one step further, B/R's Dan Favale makes the point, "If he's snagged at $10 million annually, and the Lakers maintain maximum financial flexibility by not taking on any more long-term salary, Love remains a realistic option."

    Deng hasn't been a franchise-changing player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, meaning his value is up in the air. If Los Angeles can get him for the right price, it will improve their chances in 2014, while helping set up the blueprint for a return to prominence one year later.

Memphis Grizzlies: Brandon Rush

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    The Memphis Grizzlies signing Brandon Rush wouldn't cause a huge stir in most NBA circles. Casual fans might not even notice it, which would be fine for anyone in the Grizzlies' organization.

    This type of move wouldn't be one that gets people talking the next day, but it would be one that gives the Grizzlies something they need: shooting.

    On the year, Memphis was 35.3 percent from the three-point line. That number was good enough for 19th in the league, but the team was just 27th in terms of overall scoring.

    Rush isn't the kind of player who's going to get you 20 points per game, but he is a career 40.9 percent long-range shooter. If Mike Miller leaves, this could be the guy to replace him on the perimeter en route to another run at the postseason.

Miami Heat: Danny Granger

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    The overall look of the Miami Heat is about to change. Barring a catastrophic shake-up by the Big Three, the core group will return, but it will be the veterans and role players who must be replaced in the offseason.

    If Danny Granger opts out of his deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Heat would be smart to look his way. He's the type of player who's gone from All-Star to reserve, and he recognizes that at 31 years old winning is a top priority.

    According to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Register, Granger has said, "We’ve both made a lot of money," referring to himself and Hedo Turkoglu. "It’s just about winning now," Granger continued, giving teams like the Heat hope that they can bring in a veteran scorer at a minimal cost. 

Milwaukee Bucks: Kyle Lowry

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    The Milwaukee Bucks are going to have money to spend this summer, and they'd be sorely mistaken not to target someone of Kyle Lowry's caliber.

    Step one for Milwaukee's shake-up will take place when it makes its pick in the upcoming draft. Pairing a top-four prospect alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo will help this organization drastically, but it's going to take time for this franchise to achieve anything more than relevance. 

    That is, unless it adds a big-time player in free agency, leapfrogging much of the watered-down Eastern Conference.

    Enter Lowry.

    Milwaukee could look at a player like Greg Monroe here, but between his restricted status and the hope that Larry Sanders lives up to his contract, Lowry becomes first on the big board. The point guard is coming off a career year, and the Bucks would be smart to throw money his way this summer and see what happens.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Shawn Marion

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    The Minnesota Timberwolves have a problem. They need to convince Kevin Love to stay beyond the length of his contract, but they don't have the cap space to bring in a significant piece this summer.

    They also need to fix a weakness on the perimeter, making Shawn Marion a temporary solution.

    If the Wolves can convince Marion to join Minnesota at a discounted price (an admittedly difficult task considering the recent struggles), it will have someone who can step in and contribute on the defensive end. It's true that he's not as quick as he once was, but he's still a long, athletic swingman who can disrupt offensive players on a nightly basis.

    Minnesota has a lot of work to do if it's going to keep Love, and while Marion won't do the trick, he will help them immediately. Getting a guy like Marion could get this team into the playoffs, which has been the ultimate goal during Love's career up to this point.

New Orleans Pelicans: Greg Monroe

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    The New Orleans Pelicans have been through numerous changes over the past few season. The playoffs appear to be on the horizon, but their roster moves haven't expedited that process as quickly as some would hope. 

    If New Orleans is able to add Greg Monroe to the mix, it will find the perfect complement to Anthony Davis. Davis has proven he's an elite defender just two years into his career, while Monroe has yet to prove he's even decent on that end of the floor.

    The move to bring in Monroe will require shedding salary, but that shouldn't be a deal-breaker. Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans are expendable, and swapping one of them for cap relief would go a long way toward bringing in another piece.

    Monroe's defensive blemishes would be masked by Davis' skills, giving New Orleans new breath in a fight for the postseason. The Pelicans aren't quite there yet, but the right deal could move them out of 12th place and into fringe status for 2014-15.

New York Knicks: Pau Gasol

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    Remember what Pau Gasol was able to do with Phil Jackson on his side? Get ready for Round 2 if the two meet up in The Big Apple.

    With Jackson in the front office and Gasol in the twilight of his career, the relationship between the two won't be the same as it was before. However, with Steve Kerr already rumored to The Empire State, via Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports, the triangle offense may be in full force if the former point guard takes over as head coach.

    Gasol may be in final years of his career, but he's not done yet. According to, the big man posted a PER (per 48 minutes) of 20.0 at the 4 and 20.5 at the 5. He also averaged 17.4 points and 9.5 rebounds in the 60 games that he played during 2013-14. 

    Priority No. 1 is retaining Carmelo Anthony, but New York must be ready to move on if necessary. Gasol should be a target, and he should be a realistic one with the Zen Master running the show.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Paul Pierce

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    As weird as it might look if it actually happened, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul Pierce would make a good pairing in the 2014-15 season.

    Although Pierce may receive a bigger offer elsewhere, the veteran would be smart to consider a mid-level exception from OKC. The Thunder are the Western Conference's premier team alongside the San Antonio Spurs, and with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way, Oklahoma City can be a true contender for Pierce to join.

    From OKC's perspective, it could always use more leadership. We know where Durant and Westbrook are when it comes to stardom, but neither has a championship to their name at this point in their careers.

    For Pierce, a smaller role would behoove him at this juncture.

    When it comes down to it, this is all about winning. Both Pierce and the Thunder want to win a championship, and together they'd have a great shot at making it happen.

Orlando Magic: Mario Chalmers

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    The Orlando Magic may have found their point guard of the future in Victor Oladipo, but depth is going to be a problem unless they plan to play him 48 minutes a night.

    The Miami Heat have a lot of work to do this summer. With virtually their entire crew up for contract renewals, there's a chance Mario Chalmers gets tossed aside.

    If this is the case, Orlando could swoop in with an offer. The Magic don't have championship rings to show Chalmers in their pitch, but they do have the promise of a young roster filled with potential.

    If Orlando successfully nabbed Chalmers, it would be getting a solid shooter to help with its perimeter deficiencies. The 27-year-old shot 38.5 percent from downtown this season, and he scored 9.8 points to go along with 4.9 assists.

    The culture would be different from one locker room to the next, but Chalmers would bring his own leadership with him from Miami. Orlando could use a guy like this on its roster, as it's hoping for development from its youngsters immediately.

Philadelphia 76ers: Kirk Hinrich

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    The Philadelphia 76ers could bypass the upcoming free-agent class in hopes of tanking another season, but the question has to be: How can this organization improve long term while also instilling a winning culture?

    Kirk Hinrich may not be the fix-all solution some Philly fans want, but he'd be a great addition. Not only would he give the Sixers a solid perimeter presence on both ends of the floor, but he'd bring with him veteran tricks to pass along to Michael Carter-Williams.

    At 33 years old, Hinrich would be earning money that some fans would rather see go toward youth. Remember, though, his contract would be shrewd compared to a Lance Stephenson, Greg Monroe or anyone else craving max (or mini-max) money. 

    Combine that with the notion that he might help convert MCW into a real-life jump shooter, and you've got a solid investment. Hinrich has been a reliable player for a long time, and that's not likely to change at this point in his career.

Phoenix Suns: Lance Stephenson

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    The Phoenix Suns are in a good situation. They exceeded every expectation in 2013-14, and for that reason, they're a more desirable free-agent destination than most anticipated.

    With that idea in mind, Phoenix wants to keep Eric Bledsoe. According to Adam Green of, general manager Ryan McDonough has already stated:

    He's played well enough and is deserving enough of an extension where I think it would be a waste of time for another team to throw an offer at him and tie up their cap space while other free agents are going off the board.

    The team isn't ready to let Bledsoe go, but if a significant offer scares Phoenix away, Lance Stephenson would be an ideal target.

    Unlike Bledsoe, Stephenson's overall production shouldn't warrant a potential max-money deal. That said, his defense would be invaluable to a team that was just 21st in points allowed.

    According to, the 23-year-old allowed a PER (per 48 minutes) of just 11.0 at 2-guard this season, which combined with his improving offense would create for an ideal player in Phoenix's system.

Portland Trail Blazers: Jermaine O'Neal

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    According to, the Portland Trail Blazers' bench was 26th in points, 24th in rebounds and 29th in blocks this season. Joel Freeland played surprisingly well behind Robin Lopez, but Thomas Robinson and Meyers Leonard gave Terry Stotts more headaches than productive minutes.

    The Blazers haven't given up on the bigs altogether, but bringing in a veteran presence might help them learn while also giving the team a better shot at immediate success.

    When it comes to Jermaine O'Neal, the big man has already said he'd welcome a return to the organization that drafted him. According to Chris Haynes of, the 35-year-old was “very open” to playing for Portland in 2013-14. The center went on to say:

    LaMarcus [Aldridge] and Damian [Lillard] along with [Nicolas] Batum are some great pieces to build around. All they need to do is shore up the bench and add a paint presence on defense and they'll be right there. It's hard to put that type of stress on your starting five and I know I can help ease some of that stress.

    One year later, the Blazers are improved, yet they're still looking for a rim protector. O'Neal could be that last line of defense on a more proven team next season.

Sacramento Kings: Avery Bradley

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    The Sacramento Kings won't have much cap space unless Rudy Gay signs elsewhere. The 27-year-old is playing his best basketball, and while the Kings would like to retain him, there's always the chance he receives a toxic offer once July hits.

    In this scenario, let's remain optimistic. We know there's a very real chance Gay could leave, and we know that Isaiah Thomas could fall into that category as well. But with the Kings already talented, let's consider Avery Bradley someone who could come in and be a glue guy right away with the roster as is.

    At this point in his career, Bradley is a defensive specialist. He's holding his opponents to a PER (per 48 minutes) of just 15.2, per, and to top it off, he averaged a career-high 14.9 points per game.

    The Kings will have the opportunity to bring in someone with a much bigger name if Gay and Thomas leave, but Bradley should be on their big board regardless. This is the kind of guy who can make a big difference without a big name. To a Sacramento team that gave up 103.4 points per game this season, those types of players shouldn't go unnoticed.

San Antonio Spurs: Chris Kaman

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    Chris Kaman didn't do himself any favors by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. He never found his way into the rotation, and his discontent with the situation was well-documented

    Unfortunately for Kaman, his struggle of a year will likely result in discounted offers in free agency. However, if a team like the San Antonio Spurs came along with a modest offer, it might convince him that playing time and championship aspirations are worth more than money at this juncture.

    With Tim Duncan aging, and possibly considering retirement, according to's Matt Moore, Kaman could earn a spot in San Antonio's rotation. Aron Baynes and Matt Bonner are also free agents, making Kaman a target whether Duncan chooses to stick around another year or not.

    If anyone knows how to get production out of his bench, it's Gregg Popovich. The future Hall of Famer would know how to use Kaman, and he'd know how to keep him happy in a secondary role during a championship run.

    Kaman still has stuff left in his tank; we just didn't see it in 2013-14. This move would give him a chance to show it, and you have to believe he'd welcome that opportunity.

Toronto Raptors: Ed Davis

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    When Ed Davis was traded from the Toronto Raptors in 2013, it came as a shock to the big man. "When it first happened, I was hurt," he told Eric Koreen of the National Post. "Coming in the locker room, it was tough on me. But that’s over with. I’m just looking forward to this team and going to the playoffs."

    Davis may have been hurt, but if he's truly looking for a good situation in free agency, he'll look north to the team that traded him. Bryan Colangelo is out, Masai Ujiri is in and the Raptors are the No. 3 team out east with money to spend in free agency.

    Toronto has Kyle Lowry in mind when it comes to offseason priorities, but bringing in a big shouldn't be too far down the list. The team would be wise to look the way of Pau Gasol or Greg Monroe, but depending on how much Lowry costs the team, it may or may not have the money required to make such a splash.

    Money aside, fans would love to see Davis back where he started. He's yet to reach his potential, but it's tough to believe he's hit his ceiling at age 24.

    This would be a fun reunion to watch take place, and it could lead to very good things for both parties down the road.

Utah Jazz: Shaun Livingston

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    Shaun Livingston is making a name for himself again in the NBA. At 28 years old, the journeyman averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 26 minutes, and he recorded a PER of 14.52 while shooting 48.3 percent from the field.

    At 6'7", 175 pounds, Livingston is one of the more unique point guards in the game, but he'd help fill out a roster need for the Utah Jazz at backup point guard.

    Despite having a whole slew of cash to spend this summer, the Jazz aren't likely to attract a top-tier free agent. Not only does Utah suffer from being a small market, but chances are players such as Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter could eat up the spending money.

    Livingston has played well enough to earn a new deal, but he's clearly not a max-money player. That combination bodes well for Utah, and Livingston should be on its radar come July.

Washington Wizards: Greivis Vasquez

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    The Washington Wizards don't need a great point guard with John Wall running the show, but why pass on a very good one if he becomes an option in free agency?

    Greivis Vasquez played well throughout much of this season. At 27 years old, he posted averages of 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in just 21.5 minutes per game.

    Washington has gotten good production out of Andre Miller, but at 38 years old he's obviously not a long-term option as the backup. Vasquez would come in and not only give the team production right away, he'd help the franchise build toward the future.

    Whether the Wizards have enough money to nab Vasquez is another question. It will likely come down to retaining guys such as Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza. Retaining those two will be a priority, but it never hurts to have a contingency plan.

    Even if Gortat and Ariza stick around, the team would be foolish to assume it has nothing to entice Vasquez. A modest offer from a competing team is still an offer, and that's what the Wizards should use if need be.