Maybe I'd give a minimum contract to Jamario Moon just because I liked him when he was here before. He'd be a waste of money and should barely get a minute but I look at that list and see barely anyone who is still young and with potential, and those are the only players I want us to bring in. I guess I'd look at Greg Oden and perhaps Aaron Brooks. And Marc Gasol too I guess, but we'd have no chance there. Shane Battier seems like he'd be a good veteran influence, but he's stilll too good to accept going to Toronto for a minimum contract, so I wouldn't take him either.
Lol, that was a good joke about us going after Dwight.
But on a serious note, I see three young players in this free agent class that I would actually want us to consider throwing some money at:
Jeff Green - I know Boston traded Perkins to get Green and he is a restricted free agent, but I don`t know that they would be willing to match a large offer. I mean they have a ton of money still tied up in the Big Four, and they might decide keeping Glen Davis around is more important. I think Green would fit in on Toronto as our SF of the future, he`s a slightly underrated player to me, one of the top physical talents in this FA class.
Marc Gasol - Also a restricted FA, but I would not be averse to throwing a major contract his way. Memphis isn`t exactly made of money, and they have quite a bit of money invested in Gay and Randolph I believe. Gasol would provide us with that high-quality, true low-post center we`ve never had.
Thaddeus Young - Restricted, and probably the least attractive for a major contract of the three, but it might still be worth offering him and seeing if the Sixers match. I believe he could start at SF for us for years and really bring something in terms of rebounding and getting to the basket.
Other than that, all the other 2011 Free Agents are either too old or not good enough to make a big difference long term, or in the case of David West/Tyson Chandler/Nene/Wilson Chandler, desireable but highly unlikely to happen. Really I`ll just be happy if we avoid throwing a ridiculous contract at some over-the-hill/over-rated role-player that Colangelo "covets" (ala Turkoglu).
Players I hope we steer far away from:
I realize some of these guys are still damn good players. The only thing is they aren`t good enough to make us playoff contenders, but they are good enough to send us from the bottom of the barrel to the lower end of the middle of the pack (ie. drafting late lottery instead of Top 5). Plus most of them are old enough that by the time the rebuild is complete, they won`t be around to contribute. For next year at least we need to be bad, let the young guys play, and try to trade Jose and Andrea. We need to concentrate on accumulating young talent for now, and I`d really only want us to spend free agency money to try to get a long-term starter like Green or Marc Gasol.