Buyer's guide to NBA free agency
Determining the true value and best fits for this summer's top free agents
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For the next few weeks, ESPN Insider will be analyzing NBA free agents not named LeBron James (we covered him pretty extensively a few weeks ago, and there's even more coming every day on the LeBron Tracker) to try to get a handle on what they're really worth to the teams chasing them this summer.
Bosh would be the grand prize in most offseasons, but the tantalizing prospect of his partnering up with Dwyane Wade or LeBron James suggests he couldn't succeed landing on a team without another superstar. He can, so long as he goes somewhere with the right type of talent. Full report
Don't feel the need to correct anyone who slips and mistakenly calls the Duke alumnus Carlos "Bruiser." That's actually an apt nickname that works on two levels: Not only does Carlos Boozer punish opponents physically, he also tends to get hurt -- a lot. Full report
With yet another failed mission to the NBA Finals, the book may finally be out on Amare Stoudemire: He's as electric as he is one-dimensional. Be that as it may, it probably won't deter at least one team from handing him a max contract this summer. Full report
By deciding to turn down a $21.5 million player option for next season, Dirk Nowitzki punched his ticket to the much-ballyhooed free-agent festivities this summer. But although the big German almost certainly will play in Dallas for the foreseeable future, it will come at a steep price. Full report
Even though it comes a year later than he intended, David Lee will finally get his big payday this summer. The 27-year-old failed to land a multiyear contract as a restricted free agent last offseason, but after a 20-and-10 season, that might have been a blessing in disguise. Full report
After LeBron James, he's the biggest prize in free agency as the league's ultimate combo guard. But if you're building around Wade, you have to take his injury history into account. So how will his body hold up, and what does that mean for the teams chasing him? Full report
He's widely viewed as a sort of consolation prize for teams that strike out on LeBron James. But while Johnson has been a steady scorer, as he nears his 30s, should a team be willing to spend big on him? And, if so, what situation is the right fit? Full report
He's 23 years old and still has plenty of upside. But Gay is also a restricted free agent with legit question marks about his production and efficiency. So what approach should teams take with him this summer, and where is the swingman most likely to land? Full report
Although he's definitely in the twilight of his career, Allen remains a pure shooter who can help a championship contender. However, he ran very hot-and-cold in the NBA Finals this year. What team wants to gamble that he can turn back the clock? Full report
For all the teams looking to land LeBron James, there are many more just looking to improve on the cheap. The bargain bin offers hidden gems who can have serious impact for contenders next season. Full report
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Insider's NBA free agent Buyer's Guides
ESPN Insider is analyzing NBA free agents not named LeBron James (we've already covered him pretty extensively, and there's even more coming every day on the LeBron Tracker) to determine their true market value and best/worst landing spots.
CHRIS BOSH | FULL REPORT
Bosh can succeed so long as he goes somewhere with the right type of talent.
CARLOS BOOZER | FULL REPORT
Not only does Boozer punish opponents, he also tends to get himself hurt -- a lot.
AMARE STOUDEMIRE | FULL REPORT
The book may finally be out on Stoudemire: He's as electric as he is one-dimensional.
DIRK NOWITZKI | FULL REPORT
Nowitzki will almost certainly play in Dallas next season. But he'll come at a steep price.
DAVID LEE | FULL REPORT
Lee will get one lucky team Stoudemire-like production for a fraction of the cost.
DWYANE WADE | FULL REPORT
You can't question his production, but you have to worry about his body breaking down.
JOE JOHNSON | FULL REPORT
He can score on the wing, but at age 28, can a team really justify giving him a max contract?
RUDY GAY | FULL REPORT
The 23-year-old restricted free agent might be the biggest enigma on the market.
RAY ALLEN | FULL REPORT
While he is in the twilight of his career, there is always a market for a pure shooter.
BARGAIN BIN | FULL REPORT
There are many other ways for teams to improve beyond the max free agents.
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