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Daniels emerges as hot commodity

7/2/2004

*Marquis Daniels, Mavericks: They tried to keep him a secret most of the season, but Daniels' game came of age late in the regular season and in the playoffs against Sacramento. He doesn't seem like he's 6-foot-6, but he's incredibly active on the glass and scores in traffic. You doubt that anyone will outbid Cubes for him, but if I were, say, the expansion Bobcats, I'd offer Daniels a lot of money … and a lot of shots.

Bruce Bowen, Spurs: Walked away from $4 million next season to test the market, which should still be plentiful. Bowen didn't have a great series against the Lakers, but there still isn't anyone who's flat-out better on the ball. Gets a bum rap for dirty play; there's about 25 teams that could use a guy who locks people up like BB. Ironically, the Lakers are one of those teams.

Stephen Jackson, Hawks: Jackson made a mistake by not re-upping with the Spurs last season; on a dreadful Hawks team, he padded his stats (18 points per game, 1.78 steals) but didn't improve his reputation. I'm begging you, Jack -- take your jumper, length and toughness somewhere where it'll do some good. How about Cleveland, where you could play next to LeBron for a half-dozen years?

*Zeljko Rebraca, Hawks: One of the throw-ins in the Rasheed deal, Zelly is nobody's ballast. This kid throws his body around inside and will go to the glass. Concerns about his heart (I'm not talking about his courage; I mean the actual ticker) seem to have been alleviated. If he's got a clean bill of health, the Wolves should take a good, long look.

*Jamal Crawford, Bulls: A likely candidate to be shipped elsewhere. He can be selfish at times, and appear disinterested, but every time I looked at a Bulls game last season -- admittedly, not very often -- Crawford seemed to be dropping 30 on somebody. For an offensively-challenged team like the Raptors, Crawford would make a lot of sense on a sign-and-trade.

Adonal Foyle, Warriors: He's made himself into a player, a guy who'll get on the glass and stay there. Not bad around the basket now, either. A team desperate for size and inside presence like Milwaukee could do a lot worse than throwing some significant bucks Foyle's way.

Derek Fisher, Lakers: You know all you need to about D Fish. Heart of a champion. Tough on the ball. Maker of clutch, clutch shots. At 29, he wants to start, and he deserves to. A Fisher-McGrady backcourt in Houston makes a whole lot of sense; Fisher is the kind of point guard that Jeff Van Gundy falls in love with.

*Hedo Turkoglu, Spurs: A puzzling season for Hedo. He hit 3-pointers like they were going out of style during the regular season (eighth in the league in 3-point percentage), and improved his defense and decision-making throughout the year. And then against the Lakers, he forgot everything. Would the Kings take him back? They should. And he should want to go.

*Etan Thomas, Wizards: He only started sporadically, but still managed to pull down 6.7 boards a night and finish in the top 20 in blocked shots -- shots he blocks with either hand, by the way. Now that the Wizards are locked into Antawn Jamison's big deal as well as Gilbert Arenas', a team like the Celtics that needs some heft in the hole should be all over Thomas.

Marcus Camby, Nuggets: Like Dampier, had suspiciously good numbers (fifth in blocked shots, ninth in rebounds, third in field-goal percentage) in a contract year. But you can't deny that Camby was huge during Denver's run to the playoffs and deserves a payday. If he doesn't re-up with the Nuggets, he'd be a reasonable gamble in Miami. Certainly Stan Van Gundy's brother would give him a ringing endorsement.

*Denotes restricted free agent; current team has the right to match any offer made to the player and retain his services.

David Aldridge, who covers the NBA for ESPN, is a regular contributor to ESPN.com. Also, click here for Aldridge's chat on July 1, the start of free agency.