Chris Paul is settling in on the West coast, Dwight Howard appears content with staying in Florida and the rest of the Association is tinkering with rosters in advance of the season tipping off on Christmas Day. Most of the marquee names have found a new home or re-signed with their old clubs. For now, teams are adding a piece here and there or trimming down their rosters to thirteen players. Lets take a look at recent movement and what might be left.
In one of the more underrated moves of free agency, Portland has added combo guard Jamal Crawford. Crawford was desperately needed with Brandon Roy's retirement and to some extent another lost season for Greg Oden. The Trail Blazers met Crawford's demands by giving him a two year deal with a player option after this season should Crawford wish to join the impact free agent class of 2013.
New Orleans will be much improved this season with the latest addition power forward Carl Landry. Landry is an excellent backup to Emeka Okafor and the recently acquired Chris Kaman. Much like the Crawford deal, Landry may explore free agency after the 2012 season. The Hornets also signed seven footer Jason Smith who is effective off the bench.
Teams looking for a situational shooter off the bench are negotiating with Michael Redd. The Knicks have lost out on several mid-level free agents in the last few days, but are in desperate need of back court help and Redd would fill that role nicely.
Cleveland has executed its amnesty exception on guard Baron Davis. Much like Chauncey Billups a week ago, Davis joins the free agent market going to the highest bidder.
With Rodney Stuckey opting to stay with Detroit, Denver's Arron Afallo is the top shooting guard left on the market. Afallo is expected to stay with Denver if George Karl has his way. Afallo is restricted, so expect the Nuggets to match any reasonable offers.
Who else is left in free agency? Of those restricted in nature, only Washington shooting guard Nick Young remains. Apparently Young is seeking a package averaging $9 million a year and, as of now, there are no suitors. Wilson Chandler is also a restricted free agent but opted to play overseas.
Unrestricted free agents still on the market? Andrei Kirilenko, Kris Humphies, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Troy Murphy and DeShawn Stevenson. We also have the Denver players who opted to sign overseas during the lockout: Kenyon Martin and J.R.Smith.
Finally, some terrible news for the Celtics as forward Jeff Green will undergo heart surgery and will be lost for the season. The good news is he is expected to be able to fully recover and return to the Boston roster next season.
Tom Blaz is a writer for Fantasy Alarm and co-owner of The Recruiting Eagle a website focusing on Auburn University Athletics.
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