Free-agent market has star power

With several big names available in the free-agent market, it figures to be an interesting summer for the NBA.

Updated: June 30, 2003, 11:19 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Most NBA fans probably don't know John Salmons from Randy Halcomb, but throw in Mark Bryant and you've got the package the San Antonio Spurs sent to the Philadelphia Sixers for point guard Speedy Claxton on June 26, 2002.

Almost one year later, Claxton would score 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting to go along with four assists in only 23 minutes in the sixth game of the NBA Finals as the Spurs defeated the Nets to win the 2003 title.

Now, it is June 30, 2003, and most NBA fans don't know that Speedy is now a restricted free agent from a team openly courting Jason Kidd with Tony Parker already on the roster probably because there are also names like Jermaine O'Neal, Elton Brand, Karl Malone, Gary Payton and Gilbert Arenas already on the market.

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