View Full Version : Top-10 NBA Free Agents: 2009

07-27-2008, 07:36 PM
1) Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Early Termination Option: owed $47.8 million thru 2011
You may have heard of this guy, he's pretty good. However, attempting to predict what Kobe might be thinking or which way he might be leaning 11 months from now is an exercise in futility. A year ago at this time, after all the public posturing and trade demands, most everyone assumed Kobe would choose to bolt once he had the opportunity to leave LA freely, but now he is coming off his first MVP award and a (albeit disappointing) trip to the NBA Finals. With a huge, potentially dominating frontline of Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum, the future seems very promising in La La Land. Thus, you have to believe Kobe would be content finishing his career in LA, but as we have learned with Kobe, nothing can be taken for granted. There will be some added pressure on the rest of his teammates and the organization as a whole to build off and improve upon the success they experienced last season. If the Lakers were to take a step backwards in '08-'09, things could get dramatic in Hollywood. The most likely scenario is him opting out of his current contract and, and after some harmless flirting with Chicago and a few other teams, eventually agreeing to another long-term max-money contract with the Lakers. Either way, it should be interesting to see this drama unfold. As we saw with Baron Davis and Elton Brand last month, shocking decisions can be made in the 11th hour.

2) Carlos Boozer Utah Jazz
Player Option: owed $12.6 million for 2009-2010 season
He's just 26-years-old and has already proven himself an elite NBA talent, worthy of max-money, after averaging 21 points and 11 boards per game over the last two seasons. Thus, with the amount of coin he could collect by signing a long-term contract for the maximum allowable salary, it is all but certain that Boozer will opt out of the final year of his current contract. The question is where Boozer will choose to spend the prime of his career. Each and every team with cap space will make a run at him, and even many of those without room will look to finesse a sign-and-trade. The most prevalent rumors associated with Boozer has him landing in South Beach with D Wade and the Miami HEAT. Boozer, who lives in Miami, has stated he would like to return to Utah but will keep his options open.

3) Shawn Marion Miami HEAT
If you study the statistics, The Matrix has been one of the NBA's most productive and efficient players this decade. His well-rounded game stuffs the stats sheet like very few others. He can defend, rebound, shoot the three, block shots, score in transition, etc. Still, he will be 31 at the start of the 09-10 campaign, and his production has tailed off slightly the last two seasons. It will be interesting to see how he fares in Miami next year. Some believe his production was a byproduct of the Suns high-octane offense and style of play. This was something that clearly bothered Marion, and as a result, last February he welcomed a mid-season trade from a championship contender (at the time) to a last place team with no playoff aspirations. Assuming he is 100% healthy, he will have a full season to prove the naysayers wrong. Expect him to be super-motivated by the allure of a hefty, long-term contract waiting in the wings.

4) Steve Nash Phoenix Suns
Team Option: owed $13.1 million for the 2009-2010 season
Very safe to assume that the Suns will pick up the relatively affordable $13 million dollar option and keep the former MVP in the Valley of the Sun for at least one more season. Nash would then become and unrestricted FA following the '09-'10 season, joining the unbelievable free-agent class of 2010.

5) Mehmet Okur Utah Jazz
Early Termination Option owed $9 million for the 2009-2010 season
It was considered somewhat of a gamble when the Jazz offered Okur a big contract after he served as a role player in Detroit during the early stages of his career, but that gamble has paid off handsomely for Utah as Okur has developed into a versatile and productive big man. With Boozer, Okur, and Kyle Korver all possibly opting out of their contracts next summer, Utah will have some very tough financial decisions to make.


07-27-2008, 07:38 PM
Boozer is the top target because Kobe ain't going nowhere.

07-27-2008, 07:43 PM
^Yeah I say Kobe won't leave the Lakers long as Zen is coach

Rockets Fanatic
07-27-2008, 07:52 PM
Its an insult that AI is not in the top 5 of that list

07-27-2008, 08:21 PM
im pretty sure the title says top 10.... wheres the other 5?

07-27-2008, 08:24 PM
i didnt want to post all of it. click on the link for the other 5

07-27-2008, 08:24 PM
im pretty sure the title says top 10.... wheres the other 5?

It's called clicking on the link to finish reading...

07-27-2008, 09:14 PM
i find hoopworld funny

King Koopa
07-27-2008, 09:27 PM
Its an insult that AI is not in the top 5 of that list

Because hes going to be 34.

07-27-2008, 09:28 PM
It's called clicking on the link to finish reading...

its not "called" anything actually there chief

07-27-2008, 09:35 PM
thats a fair list....although I expect Bynum will be a lot higher by years end. You cant tell me more people wont be interested in a 20 year old up and coming center then a 35 year old AI or 31 year old Shawn marion...

07-27-2008, 10:02 PM
Its an insult that AI is not in the top 5 of that list

wow i guess mehmet okur is better now

07-27-2008, 11:34 PM
My prediction is that Marion is the only one in that list that switches teams, but you never know what Kobe's thinking.