Even with four
teams still in the hunt for the NBA title, with the Heat taking on the Celtics in the East and the Thunder battling the Spurs out west, there's nothing stopping us from taking a closer look at the upcoming free
agent class, especially with the quality available.
Which teams need additions? Let's go over the best available
options and see who could fit where.
Howard may not be a free agent but he's almost certain to
get traded this summer. We have to include him. Linked with a number of different
clubs, we know Superman is going be the hottest commodity on the market.
This is a guy who lives for the spotlight and what better
place to do that than in Los Angeles? Together with Kobe, the Lakers would
immediately challenge for the title.
Predicted 2012/13 team: L.A. Lakers
Will D-Will stay with the Brooklyn Nets? Unless
management somehow manages to lure Howard, it doesn't seem all that likely.
We know the Nets are going to offer Williams the most money,
but will that be enough? The prospects of pairing with an elite big man like
Dirk Nowitzki may just be too much to pass up, and we know Mark Cuban is going
to do everything in his power to make it happen.
Predicted 2012/13 team: Dallas Mavericks
You've got to give Nash a lot of credit for sticking it out
with the Suns even though their status as a Western Conference contender has
fizzled out. Regardless, the time to move on is now.
Nash still has more to give, and any team would love to have
him running their offense. How about the Heat? They desperately need a
legitimate starting point guard, and it would give Nash the best possible shot
of finally winning a championship ring. Pat Riley may have to make a move if
Miami falls short again.
Predicted 2012/13 team: Miami Heat
The Celtics may not be able to hold on to their entire Big
Three (if you can even call it that anymore), but they should do everything in
their power to keep Garnett around.
KG has been the most consistent player for Boston so far
during the playoffs, bringing great leadership, a sound offensive game and
incredible defensive intensity. He means so much to the city of Boston, and we
think the Celtics would be foolish to let him walk.
Predicted 2012/13 team: Boston Celtics
Duncan isn't going anywhere. He's already won four titles
with the Spurs and could very well have a fifth when everything is said and
done this year.
Predicted 2012/13 team: San Antonio Spurs
There are plenty of other players who could make a difference
if picked up. In terms of guards, Eric Gordon tops the list
followed by Jameer Nelson, Chauncey Billups, Andre Miller, Jason Terry, Goran
Dragic, George Hill, Lou Williams, O.J. Mayo, Mo Williams, Jamal Crawford and
Raymond Felton. All of those mentioned will either be restricted or
unrestricted free agents this summer, so we're bound to see a great deal of
activity going on.
Don't forget about bigs either.
Chris Kaman, Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert, Gerald Wallace, Ryan
Anderson, Brandon Bass, Antawn Jamison, JaVale McGee, Ersan Ilyasova, Marcus
Camby, and Michael Beasley among others will be available.
It's going to be one hell
of a summer, and we can't wait to see what happens. Until then, keep checking
with us for more NBA playoff picks as the postseason winds down.