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Likely destinations for NBA FA’s: Centers

Posted By Mark Kim On Jul 1 2013 @ 4:50 am In NBA | 4 Comments

Free agency has begun. Teams will be fighting to sign coveted players to add to their rosters. This year’s free agent class features some of the brightest players to take foot in the league and it doesn’t hurt to predict where they would be setting foot.

Chris Kaman

Yes he is still around. Kaman proved he was still a quality starting center after averaging 11.8 points and eight rebounds with the Dallas Mavericks. With the Mavs going on the search for a more marquee center, don’t expect Kaman to return. I can see Kaman fitting in with the Portland Trail Blazers, who need defense on the frontcourt (LaMarcus Aldridge is that bad). He would be a slight upgrade over J.J Hickson and is a great player to man the five spot as Meyers Leonard continues to develop.

Destination: Portland Trail Blazers

Greg Oden

The former number one pick is planning a return to the NBA after taking some time out to rehab from his injuries. That being said, he will probably take a minimum contract with a contender to prove his worth. The Miami Heat is a great fit for him to take over as the big man. Chris Bosh would be able to slide back at power forward and Oden is a reasonable gamble for the champs.

Destination: Miami Heat

Samuel Dalembert

This guy’s still got it. Dalembert proved to be a defensive force off the bench for the Bucks and it looks like he will be seeking an expanded role elsewhere. Miami is looking for a big man and Dalembert is willing to take less money to play for a contender. You may be wondering why I think Miami would get Dalembert and Oden. Simple, Oden’s health is a concern. Dalembert is a lot more consistent of a play than Oden, but Oden has more potential. Look for the Heat to draw up the papers for both of these guys.

Destination: Miami Heat

Chris Andersen

Birdman will probably fly elsewhere after a successful season in Miami as a energetic bench player. Look for him to resume the same role for another contender. I can see Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks rolling the dice on this guy for a little more than the veteran s minimum.

Destination: Dallas Mavericks

Nikola Pekovic

I don’t see him leaving Minnesota. He is the team’s biggest priority this off-season so he will get paid. He also pairs well with Kevin Love in the frontcourt.

Destination: Minnesota Timberwolves

Al Jefferson

The Jazz aren’t about to dole out the big bucks for this guy when they already have Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors ready to go. He will look for a big contract. There’s one guy out there that will overpay for his services and that’s Michael Jordan. The Bobcats have plenty of cap room and they will be willing to cash out for this guy. If you’re concerned about him playing for a contender, let’s not forget he player for the Celtics before the Big 3, the Minnesota Timberwolves before Kevin Love and the Utah Jazz. He is in it for the money and MJ will pay him.

Destination: Charlotte Bobcats Al Jefferson has signed a three year deal with the Charlotte Bobcats

Andrew Bynum

After sitting the year due to injury, Bynum’s value in the market has dropped a bit. That being said, this doesn’t mean the center hasn’t completely lost his value. He will still rake in some big bucks. The one team I’m thinking will pay the price for his services is the Dallas Mavericks. When healthy, the frontcourt of him and Dirk Nowitzki is a scary thought.

Destination: Dallas Mavericks

Dwight Howard

Yes, “Dwightmare Part 2″ has begun. Almost every team with cap space is going after this guy, including the Lakers and Rockets, the self proclaimed front runners in the battle for Superman. I don’t think he will be going anywhere though. First of all, the Lakers can offer more money than anyone on the market. Let’s also not forget it’s the LA freaking Lakers. I don’t think Howard leaves one of the biggest markets and one of the greatest teams of all time just because he’s a little fussy over D’Antoni and last seasons struggles.

Destination: Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard agrees to sign with the Houston Rockets

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