Dime’s 2011 NBA Free Agent Tracker

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko

Whereas last summer reshaped the NBA and as a byproduct of that, helped usher in the extended lockout, the upcoming abbreviated free agency period won’t include a single franchise player. There are probably no future Hall of Famers available. Hell, there might not even be a single All-Star out there. But what is being given up will be replaced in a frenzy. The signings and player movement will be fast and furious, and without any sure things, there will be plenty of opportunities to criticize GMs who panic and throw ridiculous contracts at simply average players.

So if you need help keeping up, we’ve got your back just as we did last year (after you see this year’s list, check out the 2010 free agent class. So different).

For Dime‘s 2011 Free Agent Tracker, we put together the master list of every free agent in the League, then we broke them up into tiers: From the franchise-caliber superstars (not) down to the guys scrapping for jobs who could find themselves in Europe or the D-League next season. Throughout the free agency period, we’ll keep the list updated with info on who is talking to which teams, who’s signed, who’s sealed, and who’s delivered. With training camps now getting underway very soon and mostly everybody starting to formulize a plan, here’s the latest update (R = restricted free agent):

TIER 1

Franchise superstars. You don’t just build teams around these guys, you build championship-caliber teams. They aren’t just the face of your franchise, they’re the icons who may end up with their statue outside the arena someday.

NOBODY

TIER 2

Maybe not full-on superstars, but they’re at least All-Star material. They could be the focal point of an OK team, but you’d rather have them as a No. 2 or No. 3 on a great team.

Probably… NOBODY

TIER 3

Solid starters who could crack All-Star level given the right circumstances. They can help carry certain teams and will take over a game here and there, but at this point they’re ideally a third option at best.

*Chauncey Billupsclaimed off amnesty waiver wire by L.A. Clippers
*Tyson Chandler – signed four-year, $56 million deal with New York (via three-team trade)
*Marc Gasol (R) – signed four-year, $55 million offer sheet with Houston; Memphis matched
*Nenesigned five-year, $67 million deal with Denver
*David West – signed two-year, $20 million with Indiana

TIER 4

High-class role players. Most likely starters, they are 100 times more valuable on championship-contending teams than they are on middle-of-the-pack or teams going nowhere.

*Arron Afflalo (R) – signed five-year, $43 million deal with Denver
*Caron Butlersigned three-year, $24 million deal with L.A. Clippers
*Wilson Chandler (R) – signed in China with no opt-out clause
*Jamal Crawfordsigned two-year, $10 million deal with Portland
*Richard Hamilton – signed three-year, $15 million deal with Chicago
*Grant Hillsigned one-year, $6.5 million deal with Phoenix
*DeAndre Jordan (R) – signed four-year, $43 million offer sheet with Golden State; L.A. Clippers matched
*Andrei Kirilenkolatest info
*Tayshaun Princesigned four-year, $27 million deal with Detroit
*Jason Richardson – signed four-year, $25 million deal with Orlando
*Rodney Stuckey (R) – signed three-year, $25 million deal with Detroit
*Marcus Thornton (R) – signed four-year, $31 million deal with Sacramento
*Thaddeus Young (R)signed five-year, $43 million deal with Philadelphia

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TIER 5

Definite role players. Good bench guys or borderline starters, their teams will win games if they do their specific jobs.

*Gilbert Arenaswish list
*J.J. Bareasigned four-year, $19 million deal with Minnesota
*Shane Battiersigned three-year, $9 million with Miami
*Keith Bogans
*Aaron Brooks – signed in China with no opt-out clause
*Mario Chalmers (R)signed with Miami
*Samuel Dalembertsigned two-year, $14 million deal with Houston
*Glen Davissigned four-year, $26 million deal with Orlando (via sign-and-trade)
*Mike Dunleavysigned two-year, $7.5 million deal with Milwaukee
*Jeff Green (R) – signed one-year, $9 million deal with Boston
*Spencer Hawes (R) – signed one-year, $4.6 million deal with Philadelphia
*Chuck Hayes – signed four-year, $22.4 million deal with Sacramento
*Josh Howard – signed one-year deal with Utah
*Kris Humphriessigned one-year, $7-8 million deal with New Jersey
*Carl Landry – signed one-year, $9 million deal with New Orleans
*Kenyon Martin – signed one-year, $2.7 million deal in China with no opt-out clause
*Luc Mbah a Moute (R) – signed four-year, $19 million offer sheet with Denver; Milwaukee matched
*Greg Oden (R)signed one-year, $8.9 million deal with Portland
*J.R. Smith – signed one-year, $3 million deal in China with no opt-out clause
*Delonte Westsigned one-year deal with Dallas
*Reggie Williams – signed two-year, $5 million deal with Charlotte
*Nick Young (R) – signed one-year, $3.7 million deal with Washington

TIER 6

Nothing to break the luxury tax for, but they should have an NBA job come training camp. Whether it’s shooting, defense, bringing the ball past mid-court without turning it over, or using six fouls, they usually can do at least one thing well enough to stay in the mix. The guys that frustrated streetball pros hate.

*Carlos Arroyo – signed in Turkey
*Marco Belinelli (R) – signed one-year, $3.4 million with New Orleans
*Mike Bibby – signed one-year, $1.4 million deal with New York
*Kwame Brown – signed one-year, $7 million deal with Golden State
*Shannon Brown – signed one-year, $3.5 million deal with Phoenix
*Vince Cartersigned three-year deal with Dallas
*Jason Collins – signed with Atlanta
*Daequan Cook (R) – signed two-year, $7.5 million deal with Oklahoma City
*Dante Cunningham (R) – signed three-year, $6 million offer sheet with Memphis; Charlotte doesn’t match
*Marquis Daniels – signed one-year deal with Boston
*Baron Davis – signed one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with New York
*Chris Douglas-Roberts – signed in Italy with no opt-out clause
*Maurice Evans – signed with Washington
*Reggie Evans – signed one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with L.A. Clippers
*Kyrylo Fesenko – signed one-year deal with Golden State
*T.J. Ford – signed one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with San Antonio
*Jeff Foster – signed one-year deal with Indiana
*Aaron Gray – signed one-year deal with Toronto
*Willie Green – signed with Atlanta
*Jared Jeffries – signed one-year deal with New York
*Jonas Jerebko (R) – signed four-year, $16-million deal with Detroit
*Yi Jianlian – signed in China with Guangdong, but contract does include opt-out
*James Jones – signed three-year deal with Miami
*Jason Kapono – signed one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with L.A. Lakers
*Nenad Krstic – signed two-year, $8.8 million deal in Russia with CSKA Moscow, no opt-out clause
*Roger Mason – signed one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with Washington
*Josh McRoberts – sign two-year deal with L.A. Lakers
*Tracy McGradysigned one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with Atlanta
*Jamario Moon
*Anthony Parker – signed one-year deal with Cleveland
*Mickael Pietrus – signed one-year deal with Boston
*James Posey
*Joel Przybilla
*Michael Reddsigned one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with Phoenix
*Nate Robinson
*Craig Smith – signed with Portland
*Jason Smith – signed three-year, $7.5 million deal with New Orleans
*Darius Songaila – signed one-year, $1.5 million deal in Turkey with no opt-out clause
*DeShawn Stevensonsigned one-year, $2.5 million deal with New Jersey
*Peja Stojakovic – retired
*Kurt Thomas – signed two-deal with Portland
*Al Thornton
*Sasha Vujacic – signed in Turkey with no opt-out clause
*Sonny Weems (R) – signed in Lithuania with no opt-out clause
*Chris Wilcox – signed one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with Boston
*Damien Wilkins – signed with Detroit
*Shawne Williams – signed two-year, $6 million deal with New Jersey

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TIER 7

The fringe. Could easily be out of the League altogether if things don’t break right for them this summer. And even worse, a lot of people wouldn’t even notice.

Jeff Adrien – signed two-year deal with Houston
*Alexis Ajinca
*Malik Allen
*Hilton Armstrong – signed in France with no opt-out clause
*Marcus Banks
*Tony Battie – signed one-year deal with Philadelphia
*Earl Boykins
*Derrick Brown – signed one-year deal with Charlotte
*Rasual Butler – signed one-year deal with Toronto
*Brian Cardinal – signed one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with Dallas
*Anthony Carter – signed with Toronto
*Earl Clark – signed two-year deal in Orlando
*Eddy Curry – signed one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with Miami
*Erick Dampier
*Antonio Daniels
*Joey Dorsey – signed in Spain with no opt-out clause
*Francisco Elson
*Melvin Ely
*Gary Forbes (R) – signed three-year offer sheet with Toronto; Denver doesn’t match
*Manny Harris
*Dan Gadzuric – signed in China with no opt-out clause
*Hamed Haddadi (R) – rescinded $2 million qualifying offer by Memphis
*Mike Harris – signed in China with no opt-out clause
*Eddie House
*Juwan Howard – signed one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with Miami
*Darnell Jackson – signed in Ukraine with Donetsk
*Othyus Jeffers (R)
*Pooh Jeter – signed in Spain with no opt-out clause
*Trey Johnson – signed in Italy with no opt-out clause
*Solomon Jones
*Acie Law – signed in Serbia with no opt-out clause
*Jamaal Magloire – signed with Toronto Raptors
*D.J. Mbenga
*Antonio McDyess – retired
*Dominic McGuire – signed with Golden State
*Patty Mills – signed one-year, $1.25 million deal in China with no opt-out clause
*Troy Murphy – signed one-year deal with L.A. Lakers
*Hamady Ndiaye (R) – signed with Washington
*Steve Novak – signed one-year deal with San Antonio
*Larry Owens (R) – signed with Washington
*Jannero Pargo – signed one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with Atlanta
*Sasha Pavlovic – signed one-year deal with Boston
*Jeff Pendergraph – signed two-year deal with Indiana
*Leon Powe
*Josh Powell – signed in China with no opt-out clause
*Ronnie Price – signed one-year deal with Phoenix
*Chris Quinn – signed in Russia with no opt-out clause
*Vladimir Radmanovic – signed with Atlanta
*Theo Ratliffretired
*Andy Rautins – signed in Spain
*Brian Scalabrine – signed with Chicago
*Mustafa Shakur – signed in France with no opt-out clause
*Joe Smith
*DaJuan Summers – signed with New Orleans
*Sebastian Telfair – signed one-year, $1.5 million deal with Phoenix
*Garrett Temple – signed in Italy with no opt-out clause
*Etan Thomas
Ime Udoka – signed with New Jersey
*Ben Uzoh
*Von Wafer – signed three-year deal with Orlando
*Earl Watson – signed two-year, $4.6 million deal with Utah
Bonzi Wells – signed with Minnesota
*Mario West – signed for $150K with Zalgiris Kaunas in Italy with no opt out
*Terrico White – signed with New Orleans
*Shelden Williams – signed one-year deal with New Jersey
*Brandan Wright – signed one-year deal with Dallas
*Julian Wright

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