Where do these FAs go?
I'd guess the intangibles guys like Prince, Battier etc will go to a contender, I'd like the Knicks to take one of them for their experience and defence. Both would probably get around MLE offers or upwards.
Caron Butler may get an offer from Dallas or could get around MLE from several teams.
Tmac has shown some glimpses lately that some form is returning so any contender wanting an experienced scorer from the bench who can carry the ball may consider him but a lot may depend on what sort of salary he will look for.
Carl Landry someone suggested the Cavs or even back to Houston, possible cut price replacement for David West if he bails out of NOH perhaps?
Jrich will depend on what sort of money he is looking for I'd guess?
Mike Redd probably needs to start playing again before any offer can be made.
Kenyon Martin has had lots of injury issues, last summerhe said he wanted to remain in Denver but if they rebuild I'd guess he'd move on unless he was asked to mentor any young big they may draft. He could probably get a veteran's minimum from a contender but with his injury past teamsmay look for a more durable player. I could maybe see him retiring at the end of this season and taking on work as an analyst on TV perhaps.
I pray Indy don't black ball T.J. Ford out of the league. He is still a starter.
Caron will likely resign for less very much Like Josh Howard after his injury...I can see Tayshuan get a great deal from one of the California teams not named the Lakers...early pick...the Clippers...wild card Nuggets...T MAC would be great in La with Kobe, but The Bulls, Jazz and Celtic may also be good fits...Battier and the Spurs seem perfect for each other, Landry could be Zac's replacement in Memphis or signed to huge deal with the Pacers...J Rich could be a Bull or Jazz...both need shooters like Richardson...Redd would be a tier 3 free agent...The Jazz could cheap him for cheap, I see Redd in Cleveland though...TJ Ford will be someone's backup. But the Kings may start him over Udrih...K Mart could land in Washington or Detroit...Jr Smith could be Granger's sidekick in Indiana, they need a two guard and I don't believe in Born Ready, Crawford could be the 3rd best free agent after Melo and Z Bo...he'll get a good deal from New Jersey if they don't pursue Carmelo Anthony...Harris and Crawford wouldn't be very efficient but they'll score lots of points and lead an exiting team with Favors/Lopez plus top 5 pick and young roster with cap space...
The Free agent thing is kind of a toss up until after the trade deadline. I am thinking Butler stays put because he is tired of losing and Dallas are winning and would probably pay him close to the amount he could get anywhere else but hey maybe Houston makes a push with Yao possibly accepting less money.
TMac is showing that he could be recover from him knee injuries maybe on some Grant Hill type stuff and have a second career push. I am thinking he will go to a winning team where he can get at least 20 to 25 minutes.
Chicago could take another look at him now that he has shown he is healthy and Utah may also make a pitch but I doubt he goes there. Redd does look like a Jazz pick up because it seems not a lot of players want to go there unless they have to.
Cleveland will probably overpay some player to come to them possibly ZBo, they could then trade Hickson and pieces for help at the 2 guard spot or the 3 spot depending on who they draft.
JR Smith may take more money to play in Cleveland possibly because I can't see a lot of team taking that risk because of his past unless they can get him for cheap.
Caron probably stays with the Mavs IMO.
Tayshaun I think goes to LAC. I've had him pegged there since they started winning.
TMac ends up in LAL before all is said and done. For all the overhaul I expect in the offseason, another title and it's more than likely keep the core together one more year. Tmac brings the secondary playmaker they lack for one more year until Ron Artest,Steve Blake, and LO are on their last legs and Fish retires.
Battier will probably go to Boston to fill the James Posey role from a few years back. Seems too perfect a fit, no?
Landry I'm not so sure about as he will likely be moved at the deadline and could likely sign an extension with whoever he is traded to.
JRich stays in Orlando at a smaller contract slightly above MLE depending on the new CBA.
Redd might not even play so this one I'm not sure about. As of now my guesses are Bos, Mia, Orl.
TJ Ford seems like a good fit with GS, but could find offers from teams lacking pg play such as LAL and MIA.
Kenyon, seems like the type of player who is going to be expecting a bigger payday than he's worth, but will ultimately end up in MIA I think.
JR Smith would be nice in an off-ball Reggie Miller type role in their offense. Cavs, Sixers, MIA, LAL, Char all options as well.
Jamaal could ultimately be resigned if they could find a taker for Marvin Williams contract using Jeff TEague as extra bait. Teams needing a dynamic scorer/playmaker could look at him with MLE or more if you're willing to overpay like the Cavs.
Caron Butler- Resigns with Dallas
Tayshaun Prince- Goes to a up and coming team with a need for veteran leadership and defense, Kings, Clippers?
Tmac- Goes to a contender as a possible missing piece, Lakers? Mavs?
Shane Battier- Goes to a contender in a bid to win a ring, a team that requires urgent defense. Boston?
Carl Landry- Depends who wants him, A contender wouldn't really need him. Most likely a team down in the lower rungs of the league. Cleveland?
Jrich- Resigns with Orlando.
Mike Redd- Goes to a team looking to make some noise in the playoffs. Atlanta? Clippers?
TJ Ford- A team in the lower rungs with a desperate need for a starting quality PG, Sacramento maybe, Minnesota?
Kenyon Martin- Backup forward on a playoff team. Knicks?
JR Smith- Either goes to a bad team looking for minutes, resigns with Denver, or a team needing the missing piece thinks he has what it takes to get them over the hump. Mavericks could be a good fit.
Jamal Crawford- Playoff team that needs instant scoring, Utah?
Battier to Boston would be a perfect match and give them another lockdown defender but would Danny Ainge want to give someone like Battier a long term contract given his age and as they have so many veterans expiring in 2012. Prince would be a great fit for the Clippers but will surely get interest from more obvious contenders yet him having won a title means he doesn't have to chance a ring like some of the other guys.
Battier and Prince for MLE you can put on almost any contender, Miami for either again would be a good fit but I figure that Miami chases a big man with their MLE this summer. Either of Battier or Prince for OKC would be a good fit as both could play around Durant and Green and both would bring experience to a young team and with Durant you get more shots at the title longer term.
JR Smith as a shooter and scorer and even Jamal Crawford could be the sort of bench depth that the Knicks will look at as both are scorers and shooters who would fit into the D'Antoni system.
I suggested that K-Mart may retire when I realised he was now 33 years old, I'd forgotten he was a Senior when he was drafted and had assumed he was 30 to 31 years old. As iguapops says, K-Mart may have a shock when he finds out what sort of offers he will get maybe only veteran's minimum especially if it is for more than a year. If he is prepared to accept that sort of money then he will get interest from a contender needing a solid rotational big man but not one needing him to play big minutes every night. Otherwise he may get a chance to help mentor a young big on a rebuilding team, Rod Thorn drafted him at NJ so could possibly take him to Philly or K-Mart could even go back to NJ, he could help Favours to develop and maybe teach Brook Lopez how to rebound.
Thought about that with Kenyon as well. Also, I was think Battier at MLE for two years similar to the JO signing. And If J.O. were to be traded this year at the deadline, I could really see Kenyon ending up there as well. Hopefully LA doesn't intend on going after old ass players again. They're starting to build the way they did for Kobe-Shaq by getting older established players. Time to start getting a little youth. Just can't be the type of youth Farmar, or Vujacic brought.