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07-17-2010, 12:11 AM
NBA Fanhouse by Tom Ziller

As NBA free agency calms down, the list of available impact players dwindles. Only two players who entered the 2010 free agent period in FanHouse's top 20 remain unsigned, and only nine in the complete top 50 are available.

Let's take a look at those nine top available free agents.

Shaquille O'Neal

The Most Dominant Ever still hasn't caught on with a team, as, according to FanHouse's Chris Tomasson, the Hawks have decided against signing Shaq. There's little to no chance he returns to Cleveland -- Byron Scott wants his team to run and has named Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson frontcourt starters -- and even less chance he pops up in Miami next to Chris "RuPaul" Bosh and former teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Has O'Neal burned enough bridges to be left out in the cold? Someone has to pick him up; he can still play a bit, and he's one of few NBA players whose name resonates with even the most casual, oblivious Americans.

Richard Jefferson

The masses chortled when Jefferson opted out of a $15 million paycheck for 2011-12 in order to join the free agent party. But when exorbitant salaries began to be thrown about in the first week of the market, the chortles stopped and Jefferson looked like a genius. The money's dried up now, and those chortles have roared back. No teams seem willing to bet Jefferson's bad 2009-10 performance in San Antonio can be chalked up to a bad fit. This isn't to say Jefferson can't still pull out a lucrative full mid-level exception somewhere -- the Mavericks still have their MLE after being left at the altar by Udonis Haslem and Al Harrington.

Matt Barnes

Barnes will soon be off this list; he has told his Twitter followers he would announce his decision today. (Where'd I leave those chortles?) Barnes has seemingly been pushed out of Orlando by Quentin Richardson. A gritty defender and rebounder, he fits on basically any team aiming for the playoffs with so much as 25 minutes to spare at the wing positions.

Josh Howard

Howard's camp has seemingly been attempting to drum up interest for the aging small forward with a recent history of injury problems, but no team looks to be biting. Howard has also been a plus defender, and once was a nice (if inefficient) scorer. He's honestly more of a name than a talent at this point, which isn't to say he isn't talented but that he's not nearly as talented as this point as most people think.

Roger Mason, Jr.

Mason hasn't drawn a fraction of the interest Mike Miller did, which is unfortunate, because Miller doesn't do much more than Mason at this point and RMJ looks to be much cheaper. Mason could be the offensive version of Barnes: a capable anonymous scorer for a playoff team.

Brad Miller

Miller, the 34-year-old two-time All-Star, has reportedly been talking to Chicago and Houston, willing to end his career a bench player on a good team. Miami likely needs one more big man, and while a spry NBA D-League prospect would be a better gamble, Miller's savvy and skill might be a nice fit with the star-laden Heat.

07-17-2010, 12:16 AM
roger mason big FA???wow am surprised.....coz people really value chokers