Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Top Free Agent Power Forwards

Brazilian star Nene, who can also play at center, looks to be the leading power forward on the market as the NBA prepares for a short but intense free agency period. Those looking for NBA betting tips may want to note this.

Originally drafted by the New York Knicks with the seventh overall pick in the 2002, Nene was immediately traded to Denver along with Marcus Camby and Mark Jackson for Antonio McDyess and two draft picks. After eight seasons with the Nuggets, the 6’11 forward who turned 29 during the lockout is expected to see considerable interest from teams with significant space under the proposed cap such as the Sacramento Kings, New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers. Denver are also expected to pursue Nene despite their inability to sign him to a contract extension last year.

Former Xavier Musketeer David West, who like Nene can be pushed into playing the five should it be needed, opted out of his contract prior to the lockout despite tearing his anterior cruciate ligament three months earlier. While players can come back from such an injury in six months it normally takes 18 months for a player to regain their previous playing level and as such the market for the former New Orleans Hornet may be limited. Carl Landry is another Hornet who will take a look at the free agent market. The expectation is that either West or Landry will be brought back to New Orleans, but not both.

Those who Bet on basketball will be familiar with Boston’s Jeff Green, who plays both at small and power forward, as a restricted free agent who is expected to re-sign with the Celtics. Originally drafted fifth overall by Boston out of Georgetown in 2007, Green was traded to the Seattle Supersonics in a blockbuster deal that brought Ray Allen and ultimately a championship to beantown. Green came full circle last year when Boston gave up Kendrick Perkins to the now Oklahoma City Thunder to pick up the 25-year old.

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