2012 NBA Free Agents

The free agency market officially opened at 12:01am this morning.

Atlanta can come to terms with free agents in principle, but they won’t become official until July 11, after the league and union set the projected salary cap and luxury-tax levels for the upcoming season.

Hawks beat writer, Michael Cunningham discusses the organization’s current situation:

“The Hawks are over the salary cap but have full mid-level and bi-annual exceptions available in addition to minimum player salary exceptions.

The MLE can be used to sign free agents for as many as four years at a maximum starting salary of $5 million with annual raises of as much as 4.5 percent. It can be split to sign more than one player.

The BAE can be used to sign free agents for as many as two years at a maximum starting salary of $1.957 million with a raise of up to 4.5 percent in the second year. It can be split to sign more than one player.

Minimum salary contracts can be up to two years in length. The salary is determined based on the player’s experience.”


Here’s a look at the top free agents broken down by position:


Point Guards:

Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Aaron Brooks, Raymond Felton, Kirk Hinrich, Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups, Jameer Nelson, Goran Dragic, Jeremy Lin.

Notables – Andre Miller, Lou Williams, George Hill, Leandro Barbosa, Derek Fisher, Mo Williams, Baron Davis, Gilbert Arenas.


Shooting Guards:

Eric Gordon, OJ Mayo, Ray Allen, Landry Fields, Carlos Delfino, Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry, JR Smith, Mickael Pietrus, Rudy Fernandez.

Notables – Nick Young, Shannon Brown, Gerald Green, Alonzo Gee, Danny Green, Tracy McGrady, Michael Redd.


Small Forwards:

Gerald Wallace, Nic Batum, Jeff Green, Chase Budinger, Grant Hill, Sam Young, Matt Barnes, Andres Nocioni, Jeremy Evans, Steve Novak.

Notables – Anthony Tolliver, Jamario Moon.


Power Forwards:

Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Michael Beasley, Brandon Bass, Kris Humphries, Kenyon Martin, Carl Landry, Elton Brand, Ryan Anderson, Ersan Ilyasova.

Notables – JJ Hickson, Antwan Jamison, Marreese Speights, Anthony Randolph, Juwan Howard.



Roy Hibbert, Brook Lopez, Chris Kaman, JaVale McGee, Marcus Camby, Spencer Hawes, Ben Wallace, Hasheem Thabeet, Omer Asik, Greg Oden.

Notables – Kwame Brown, Robin Lopez, Jermaine O’Neal, Mehmet Okur, Greg Stiemsma.

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