Three defining trends of free agency

Updated: July 6, 2009, 4:52 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Charlie Villanueva, Hedo Turkoglu and Ben GordonGetty Images, AP PhotoWhat recession? Several free agents have already cashed in with big paydays.

David Lee is better than Jason Kidd, but you'd never know it from their contract talks this summer. Despite averaging a double-double while shooting 54.9 percent from the floor, Lee ultimately may be forced to take a qualifying offer to play for barely more than the biannual exception.