2012 Free Agency is going to be AWESOME!


Lawyers are trying to end the lockout before Christmas, but what if the NBA won't re-open it’s gates untill the summer of 2012?

A whole season would be lost obviously and as long as the lawsuits are settled, meaning a deal is reached at some point early next year, existing contracts will not be voided.  

It also means the 2011 FA class will flow over into the 2012 FA class. Now that superstar point guards Chris PaulDeron Williams and elite center Dwight Howard won’t have a chance to get traded during the season, the 2012 Free Agent class rivals the 2010 "Summer of LeBron" with them hitting the open market. In fact, half the league will hit the market. A total of 253 Players will become free agents by next summer, 81 of which restricted.


Do you realize what fun that FA class would be? Do you realize that the league as we know it could radically, drastically change?

If the owners get their way in the ongoing CBA negotiations, free agency won't be quite the same as it has been in recent years. Some sort of punitive tax will make it harder for teams to sign players and who know’s what will happen to the various exceptions. That wouldn't affect guys like Howard and Paul, imho, they will still pull top salaries, but it could severly change the overall conditions under which this super entertaining summer of free agency will unfold.

Hardcap, Flexcap, no cap, I don’t know. What I do know is that half the league will be out of a job by next summer and teams will subsequently have oodles cash to burn!

Will Ted go all-in and give Ernie a blanco check to go out and get the supporting cast John Wall deserves? Will the Celtics sign and trade for CP3 sending Rondo and Green + picks to New Orleans and then sign DHoward for the max as well as Allen and Garnett on a vet minimum? Or will the Clippers get both of them sending Bledsoe, Gordon and Aminu + picks? And what about the Wizards chasing DHoward? The possibilities are endless….

If a true hard cap is installed, every team has the same chance to sign these guys while teams with higher payrolls (Lakers, Heat, NY) will have a disadvantage. 

This could be so much fun I’m almost starting to hope this season is lost in it’s entirety.

Below I included a list of FA’s per position

Here is ESPN's total list per team that I used to make this list:

(P) = Player option 

(T) = Team Option
(ETO) = Rarly Termination Option

Point Guards

Unrestricted PG's                                               

Kirk Hinrich              2012, Hawks

Carlos Aroyo            2011, Celtics                   

Delonte West          2011, Celtics

John Lucas III          2012, Bulls

Jannero Pargo          2012, Bulls

Baron Davis   (ETO)  2012, Caveliers

Ramon Sessions (P)  2012, Caveliers

Jason Kidd              2012, Mavericks

André Miller             2012, Nuggets

Acie Law                2011, Wariors

Goran Dragic          2012, Rockets

T.J. Ford                2011, Pacers

Mo Williams             2012, Clippers

Derrick Fisher          2012, Lakers

Mike Bibby              2011, Heat

Eddie House            2012, Heat

Earl Boykins             2011, Bucks

Keyon Dooling 2012, Bucks

Benoh Udrih   (P)     2012, Bucks

Sebastian Telfair      2011, Twolves

Ben Uzoh                2011, Nets

Jordan Farmar (P)     2012, Nets

Deron Williams (P)    2012, Nets

Marcus Banks          2011, Hornets

Chris Paul (P)          2012, Hornets

Chauncey Billups      2012, Knicks

Anthony Carter        2012, Knicks

Royal Ivey              2012, Thunder

Nate Robinson         2012, Thunder

Antonio Daniels        2011, 76ers

Steve Nash             2012, Suns

Raymond Felton       2012, Trailblazers

Pooh Jeter              2011, Kings

Chris Quinn             2011, Spurs

Ronnie Price            2011, Jazz

Earl Watson            2011, Jazz

Mustafa Sahkur        2011, Wizards


Restricted PG's

D.J. Augustin           2012, Bobcats

Derrick Rose            2012, Bulls

Rodney Stuckey       2011, Pistons

Jeremy Lin              2012, Wariors

George Hill              2012, Pacers 

A.J. Price                2012, Pacers 

Mario Chalmers        2011, Heat

Sundiata Gaines       2012, Nets

Russel Westbrook     2012, Thunder

Jameer Nelson (P)    2012, Magic

Aaron Brooks 2011, Suns

Zabian Dowdell        2012, Suns

Patrick Mills             2011, Trailblazers

Armon Johnson        2012, Trailblazers

Ishmael Smith 2012, Grizzlies

Jarryd Bayless         2012, Raptors


Shooting Guards

Unrestricted SG's

Jamal Crawford        2011, Hawks

Von Wafer              2011, Celtics

Ray Allen                2012, Celtics

Garret Temple          2011, Bobcats

Matt Carol     (ETO)  2012, Bobcats

Rasual Butler           2011, Bulls

Keith Bogans           2012, Bulls

Anthony Parker        2011, Caveliers

JJ Barea                 2011, Mavericks

DeShawn Stevenson 2011, Mavericks

Jason Terry             2012, Mavericks

J.R. Smith               2011, Nuggets

Tracey McGrady       2011, Pistons

Tayshaun Prince      2011, Pistons

Charlie Bell              2012, Wariors

Dahntey Jones (P)    2012, Pacers

Randy Foye             2012, Clippers

Shannon Brown        2011, Lakers

Michael Redd           2011, Bucks

Mario West             2012, Nets

Sasha Vujacic                  2011, Nets

Willie Green             2012, Hornets

Roger Mason           2011, Knicks

Jason Richardson      2011, Magic

Vince Carter            2012, Suns

Leandro Barbosa      2012, Raptors


Restricted SG's

Alonzo Gee              2012, Caveliers

Manny Harris           2012, Caveliers

Rudy Fernandez       2012, Mavericks

Arron Afflalo            2011, Nuggets        

Terrico White          2012, Pistons

Courtney Lee           2012, Rockets

Brandon Rush          2012, Pacers

Eric Gordon             2012, Clippers

Trey Johnson           2012, Lakers

O.J. Mayo               2012, Grizzlies

Marco Belinelli 2012, Hornets

Landry Fields           2012, Knicks

Bill Walker               2012, Knicks

Robert Vaden          2012, Thunder

Daequan Cook         2011, Thunder

Jodie Meeks            2012, Thunder

Marcus Thorthon      2011, Kings

Daniel Green            2012, Spurs

Sonny Weems          2011, Raptors

Nick Young              2011, Wizards

Othyus Jeffers         2011, Wizards


Small Forwards

Unrestricted SF's

Damien Wilkins         2011, Hawks

Sasha Pavlovic        2011, Celtics

Dominic McGuire       2011, Bobcats

Joey Graham           2012, Caveliers

Caron Butler            2011, Mavericks

Peja Stojakovic        2011, Mavericks

DaJuan Summers      2011, Pistons

Al Thornton             2011, Warriors

Radmanovic            2011, Warriors

Mike Dunleavy         2011, Pacers

James Posey           2012, Pacers

Jamario Moon          2011, Clippers

Matt Barnes            2012, Lakers

Shane Battier          2011, Grizzlies

James Jones            2011, Heat

Douglas-Roberts       2011, Bucks

Carlos Delfino          2012, Bucks

Stephen Graham      2012, Nets

Shawne Williams       2011, Knicks

Jason Kapono          2011, 76ers

Andres Nocioni (T)    2011, 76ers

Grant Hill                2011, Suns

Mickael Pietrus         2012, Suns

Gerald Wallace (P)    2012, Trail Blazers

Marquis Daniels        2011, Kings

Julian Wright           2011, Raptors

Andrei Kirilenko        2011, Jazz

Maurice Evans         2011, Wizards

Josh Howard            2011, Wizards


Restricted SF's

Jeff Green               2011, Celtics

Wilson Chandler       2011, Nuggets

Gary Forbes            2011, Nuggets

Danilo Gallinari         2012, Nuggets

Jonas Jerebko          2011, Pistons

Reggie Williams        2011, Warriors

Devin Ebanks           2012, Lakers

Sam Young             2012, Grizzlies

Derrick Brown 2011, Knicks

Nicolas Batum 2012, Trail Blazers

Donte Greene          2012, Kings

Larry Owens           2011, Wizards


Power Forwards

Unrestricted PF's

Josh Powell             2011, Hawks

Ethan Thomas         2012, Hawks

Glen Davis               2012, Celtics

Troy Murphy            2012, Celtics

Boris Diaw               2012, Bobcats

Eduardo Najera        2012, Bobcats

Brian Scalabrine       2011, Bulls

Antawn Jamison       2012, Caveliers

Brian Cardinal 2011, Mavericks

Kenyon Martin         2011, Nuggets

Chris Wilcox            2011, Pistons

Jason Maxiell  (P)     2012, Pistons

Josh McRoberts        2011, Pacers

Craig Smith             2011, Clippers

Brian Cook              2012, Clippers

Joe Smith               2011, Lakers

Leon Powe              2011, Grizzlies

Juwan Howard         2011, Heat

Ersan Ilyasova         2012, Bucks

Kris Humphries         2011, Nets

Brandan Wright        2011, Nets

Carl Landry             2011, Hornets

Jason Smith            2011, Hornets

David West             2011, Hornets

Jared Jeffries           2011, Knicks

Malik Allen               2011, Magic

Earl Clark                2011, Magic

Brandon Bass (P)    2012, Magic

Darius Songaila        2011, 76ers

Elton Brand (ETO)    2012, 76ers

Earl Barron              2012, Trail Blazers

Darnell Jackson        2011, Kings

Steve Novak           2011, Spurs

Tim Duncan             2012, Spurs

Joey Dorsey            2011, Raptors

Reggie Evans           2011, Raptors

Yi Jianlian               2011, Wizards


Restricted PF's

Magnum Rolle          2012, Hawks

Kevin Garnett          2012, Celtics

Dante Cunningham    2011, Bobcats

D.J. White              2012, Bobcats

Luke Harangody       2012, Caveliers

Derrick Caracter       2012, Lakers

Darrell Arthur           2012, Grizzlies

Luc  Mbah a Moute   2011, Bucks

Michael Beasley       2012, TWolves

Kevin Love              2012, TWolves
Anthony Randolph    2012, Twolvers

Ryan Anderson         2012, Magic

Thaddeus Young      2011, 76ers

Marreese Speights    2012, 76ers

Jason Thompson      2012, Kings

JJ Hickson               2012, Kings

Jeremy Evans          2012, Jazz



Unrestricted C's

Hilton Armstrong      2011, Hawks

Jason Collins            2011, Hawks

Nenad Krstic            2011, Celtics

Jermaine O'Neal        2012, Celtics

Kwame Brown 2011, Bobcats

Joel Przybilla            2011, Bobcats

DeSagana Diop (P)   2012, Bobcats

Kurt Thomas            2011, Bulls

Ryan Hollins             2012, Caveliers

Tyson Chandler        2011, Mavericks

Ian Mahinmi             2012, Mavericks

Melvin Ely               2011, Nuggets            

Nene Hilario             2011, Nuggets

Ben Wallace        2012, Pistons

Louis Amundson       2012, Warriors

Chuck Hayes           2011, Rockets

Jeff Foster              2011, Pacers

Solomon Jones         2011, Pacers

Chris Kaman            2012, Clippers

Andrew Bynum (T)    2012, Lakers

Theo Ratliff             2011, Lakers

Erick Dampier           2011, Heat

Jamaal Magloire        2011, Heat

Anthony Tolliver       2012, Twolves

Dan Gadzuric           2011, Nets

Aaron Gray              2011, Hornets

D.J. Mbenga            2011, Hornets

Shelden Williams       2011, Knicks

Ronny Turiaf            2012, Knicks

Nazr Mohammed       2012, Thunder

D Howard (ETO)       2012, Magic

Tony Battie             2011, 76ers

Robin Lopez             2012, Suns

Garret Siler             2012, Suns

Marcus Camby         2012, Trail Blazers

Samuel Dalembert     2011, Kings

Antonio McDyess      2012, Spurs

Alexis Ajinca            2011, Raptors

Francisco Elson        2011,  Jazz    

Kyrylo Fesenko        2011, Jazz

Mehmet Okur           2012, Jazz


Restricted C's

Omer Asik               2012, Bulls

Semih Erden            2012, Caveliers

Kosta Koufos           2012, Nuggets

Roy Hibbert             2012, Pacers

DeAndre Jordan        2011, Clippers

Marc Gasol              2011, Grizzlies

Hamed Haddadi        2011, Grizzlies

Brook Lopez            2012, Nets

David Andersen        2012, Hornets

Spencer Hawes        2011, 76ers

Greg Oden              2011, Trail Blazers

Chris Johnson          2012, Trail Blazers

Solomon Alabi (T)     2012, Raptors

Hamady Ndiaye        2011, Wizards

JaVale McGee          2012, Wizards

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