Next 10 best free agents of 2013
Ranking the best NBA free agents outside the top 30 by average annual value
As we approach the end of the July moratorium, most of the players on the Free Agent Big Board have agreed to terms and are awaiting July 10 to formally sign their deals. Meanwhile, some teams are still seeking to fill rotation spots from the remaining free-agent field, particularly with experienced veterans.
Here is a list of the 10 next best free agents who are still available, sorted by the average annual value (AAV) of the new contracts I believe each player deserves under the rules of the CBA. It is represented by the second number in the header. To make my contract value estimates, I used many of the same factors that I used as a member of the Phoenix Suns' front office: age, injury history, value of recent comparable player contracts, irreplaceability of skill set, contribution to winning, history of production, fit with style and culture, marketability and current cap situation, among other things.
Please note that the 2013-14 AAVs listed below represent my estimation of the approximate value of each player, not a prediction of what the player will receive on the market this summer. (Values denoted in millions of dollars.) and no agreement is official until July 10.
UFA: Unrestricted free agent; RFA: Restricted free agent
Williams is another veteran guard who can bring scoring punch and efficient 3-point shooting off the bench, while providing the added value of being able to step into a starting role, should the need arise. At this stage of his career, particularly as a player who is more scorer than facilitator, I wouldn't feel comfortable going above $3 million per year in AAV.
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