One of the thinnest free agent markets in recent history just added a little meat to its bones.
Three marquee players -- Golden State's
Davis left $17.8 million on the table in Golden State and must now hope that the Warriors are willing to offer him a lucrative multi-year extension or that another team is able to convince Golden State to participate in a sign-and-trade.
Based on conversations with NBA sources over the last 24 hours, here is a handicapping of where Maggette, Brand and Davis might end up.
While Davis turning his back on $17.8 million is shocking, his interest in leaving Golden State is not. Friction between Davis and Warriors coach
One possible option for Davis will be the Clippers, who now find themselves flush with salary cap space and in dire need of a point guard. L.A.'s decision not to extend a qualifying offer to injured point guard
Still, it is unlikely Davis will come close to matching the exorbitant salary he walked away from. Golden State still needs to re-sign restricted free agents
Suitors: Clippers, Sixers, Grizzlies, Heat
You can bet the ears of 76ers GM
But while the Sixers have significant cap space (about $11 million after presumably re-signing
Miami, however, is a different story. Brand has long been an admirer of Riley, dating back to 2003 when he signed a six-year, $82.2 million offer sheet with Miami, an offer that was matched by Los Angeles. Miami does not have the cap space to sign Brand; with
But Miami could put together a sign-and-trade package, including Marion, that might be enough to entice the Clippers. The Heat would get Brand, who conceivably could be paired in a frontcourt with
Suitors: Suns, Clippers, Jazz, Warriors
While Maggette will have no shortage of possible destinations, I'm reasonably sure one of them won't be Los Angeles. Despite being a prolific scorer (he averaged 22.1 points per game last season), Maggette hasn't always seen eye-to-eye with Clippers coach
Still, there will be a considerable market for an athletic, 28-year-old small forward. Phoenix, which could dangle point guard
Wherever Maggette ends up, it will likely come via sign-and-trade. Maggette is leaving $7 million on the table, and only Philadelphia (which already has Iguodala at small forward) and Memphis (which has
Best bet: Suns