Two years ago, names like James, Wade, Bosh, Johnson and Stoudemire set the NBA offseason on fire and completely revamped what free agency was like. It created a boon of interest in the sport, and the residue effects are still being felt today. Not even last year’s extended lockout could do enough to damper the enthusiasm people have for this time of year, when there are more rumors and trade reports than basketballs being dribbled and dunked. This summer, we don’t have quite the star power of 2010, but we also don’t have the abbreviated offseason from 2011. Now, 2012 kind of feels like the best of both worlds.
For Dime‘s 2012 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 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 still a long ways off, and mostly everybody starting to formulize a free agency plan, here’s the latest update (R = restricted free agent):
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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.
*Deron Williams – signed five-year, $98 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
â€¨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.
*Tim Duncan – signed three-year, $36 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
*Kevin Garnett – re-signed in Boston for three years and $34 million.
*Eric Gordon (R) – signed 4-year, $58 million offer sheet from the Phoenix Suns (New Orleans matched).
*Steve Nash – signed a three-year deal worth $36 million with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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.
*Ray Allen – signed mid-level exception with Miami Heat for three years, $9 million.
*Ryan Anderson (R) – signed four-year, $36 million deal in sign-and-trade that sends him to New Orleans.
*Nicolas Batum (R) – signed offer sheet with Minnesota Timberwolves for four years, $45 million (Portland matched).
*Jamal Crawford – agreed in principle on a four-year, $24 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
*Roy Hibbert (R) – signed four-year, $58 million deal with Portland (Indiana matched).
*Jeremy Lin (R) – signed four year, $28.8 million deal with Houston (New York declined to match).
*Brook Lopez (R) – re-signed with Brooklyn for four years, $60 million.
*O.J. Mayo – signed a two-year contract with Dallas believed to be around $8 million.
*JaVale McGee (R) – re-signed in Denver for a four-year, $44 million deal.
*Gerald Wallace – agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal to stay with Brooklyn
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.
*Darrell Arthur (R) signed three-year, $9 millon deal with Memphis.
*Omer Asik (R) – signed three-year, $25 million offer sheet with Houston (Chicago did not match).
*Brandon Bass – signed a three-year deal worth $25 million to stay with Boston.
*Michael Beasley – signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.
*Chauncey Billups – signed a one-year, $4.3 million deal to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers.
*Aaron Brooks (R) – signed with Sacramento for two years, $6.6 million.
*Boris Diaw – agreed in principle to two-year, $9 million deal with San Antonio.
*Goran Dragic – signed a four-year, $30 million deal with Phoenix.
*Jeff Green – signed a four-year, $36 million deal with Boston.
*Raymond Felton – received a three-year, $10 million deal in a sign-n-trade with New York.
*Landry Fields (R) – signed three-year, $20 million offer sheet with Toronto (New York declined to match).
*Spencer Hawes – agreed in principle to a two-year, $13 million contract to stay with Philadelphia.
*J.J. Hickson – re-signed with Portland for one year and $4 million.
*George Hill (R) – re-signed in Indiana for five years, $40 million.
*Grant Hill – signed for two years and around $4 million with the Clippers.
*Josh Howard –
*Kris Humphries – re-signed with Brooklyn for two years and $24 million.
*Ersan Ilyasova – agreed in principle to five-year, $45 million deal with Milwaukee.
*Antawn Jamison – signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum with the Lakers.
*Andrei Kirilenko – signed with Minnesota for two years and $20 million.
*Carl Landry – signed two-year, $8 million deal with Golden State.
*Courtney Lee (R) – received a four-year, $21.5 million deal in a sign-n-trade with Boston.
*Chris Kaman – signed one-year, $8 million deal with Dallas.
*C.J. Miles – signed two-year deal with Cleveland.
*Andre Miller – signed a three-year, $14.6 million deal to stay in Denver.
*Jameer Nelson – signed a three-year deal to stay with Orlando.
*Ramon Sessions – signed two-year deal worth $10 million with Charlotte.
*J.R. Smith – agreed in principle to two-year, $5.6 million deal with New York.
*Marreese Speights (R) – re-signed with Memphis for two years, $8 million.
*Jason Terry – signed a three-year deal worth $15 million with Boston.
*Lou Williams – signed for mid-level exception with Atlanta (4 years, $21 million).
*Nick Young – agreed in principle with Philadelphia for one-year, $6 million.
â€¨Definite role players. Good bench guys or borderline starters, their teams will win games if they do their specific jobs.
*Lavoy Allen (R) – signed a two-year, $6 million contract extension in Philly
*D.J. Augustin (R) – signed for one year and $3.5 million with Indiana.
*Matt Barnes re-signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for two years, $3.6 million.
*Marco Belinelli – signed with Chicago for two years, $3.8 million.
*Shannon Brown – re-signed with Phoenix for two years and $7 million.
*Ronnie Brewer – reportedly has agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth 1.4 million with New York.
*Marcus Camby – agreed in principle to three-year, $13.2 million contract with New York.
*Jeremy Evans (R) – re-signed with Utah for three years, $5.5 million.
*Reggie Evans – agreed in principle to a three-year, $5 million deal with Brooklyn.
*Rudy Fernandez – agreed in principle to a three-year deal with Spain’s Real Madrid.
*Randy Foye – agreed in principle to a one-year deal in Utah.
*Alonzo Gee (R) –
*Danny Green (R) – agreed in principle to sign three-year, $12 million deal with San Antonio.
*Gerald Green – signed for three years and $10 million in Indiana.
*Jordan Hill – re-signed with the Lakers for two years and $8 million.
*Kirk Hinrich – agreed in principle to sign two-year, $6 million deal with Chicago.
*Jared Jeffries – a part of a sign-n-trade that sent him to Portland.
*Jason Kidd – agreed to three-year, $9 million contract with New York.
*Robin Lopez (R) – headed to New Orleans in sign-n-trade deal.
*Ian Mahinmi – signed four-year, $16 million deal with Indiana (via sign-and-trade).
*Patty Mills (R) – re-signed for an undisclosed amount with San Antonio.
*Steve Novak – agreed in principle to four-year, $15 million contract with New York.
*Nate Robinson – agreed to terms with Chicago Bulls for $1.2 million veteran’s minimum.
*Brandon Rush (R) – re-signed with Golden State for two years, $8 million.
*Jason Thompson (R) – re-signed with Sacramento (terms unknown).
*Anthony Tolliver –
*C.J. Watson – signed with Brooklyn.
*Delonte West – agreed to re-sign with Dallas.
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.
*Derrick Brown (R)
*Kwame Brown – signed in Philadelphia for two years and $6 million.
*Keyon Dooling – re-signed with Boston for one year and the veteran’s minimum, $1.35 million.
*Semih Erden (R) – signed two-year deal with Anadolu Efes of the Euroleague in Turkey.
*Aaron Gray – re-signed with Toronto for two years.
*Devin Ebanks (R) – one-year, $1 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
*Ryan Hollins – agreed to sign on with the Clippers.
*John Lucas III – expected to sign a two-year deal for $3 million with Toronto.
*Darko Milicic – Clippers and Celtics both very interested.
*Nazr Mohammed – expected to sign with Chicago.
*Sasha Pavlovic – will go to Portland as part of a sign-n-trade with Boston.
*A.J. Price (R) – agreed to terms with Washington.
*Joel Przybilla – Milwaukee is reportedly the front-runners to sign him.
*Anthony Randolph – agreed to terms with Denver for three seasons and $6 million.
*DeShawn Stevenson – received a three-year deal in a sign-n-trade sending him to Atlanta.
*Hasheem Thabeet – agreed in principle on a two-year deal with Oklahoma City.
*Ronny Turiaf – reports he may sign overseas with Real Madrid.
*Ben Wallace – 50/50 on whether he wants to return to the NBA or retire.
*Terrence Williams (R)