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    Chris Sheridan's top 25 Free Agents

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    Free agent roundup: Look for price of big men to rise
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    When summertime comes and the Detroit Pistons and Ben Wallace sit down to discuss a new contract, Big Ben won't have his longtime agent working on his behalf.

    Wallace fired the agent, Steve Kaufman, a few months ago and plans to replace him with an attorney who will bill him on an hourly basis.

    If he wants a trade kicker in his deal, Wallace had better hope his new attorney knows how to get one. If he wants bonus payments for making the All-Star team, winning the NBA championship or being named Defensive Player of the Year, that new lawyer had better be proficient in the collective bargaining agreement language pertaining to bonuses he is likely or unlikely to earn.

    Normally, an agent would take care of those types of details -- as well as playing the Pistons off any other potential suitors.

    But the fact that Wallace will be going the cheap route in the biggest negotiation of his career is the surest sign of all that he's dead set on staying with the Pistons when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

    "The last thing I need at this point in my career is someone taking 4 percent of my next contract," Wallace told ESPN.com last week, raising his eyebrows but declining to comment when it was pointed out that the Chicago Bulls might be in the market for his services if they truly believed he was available.

    Instead, the Bulls will almost certainly look elsewhere to fill their big man needs when they enter this summer as the No. 1 player on the free agency market. Depending on the size of the salary cap, the Bulls should have some $15 million to $20 million to play with. One problem, however, is how the caliber of available centers drops off after Wallace.

    And with the Toronto Raptors also seeking some size on the open market (they are one of only a few teams -- Chicago and Charlotte among them -- with significant cap room), the price of big men might inflate.

    That is why Nazr Mohammed and Joel Przybilla are getting ranked higher than other players with more talent as ESPN.com breaks down the free agent class of 2006 into an updated Top 25.

    (All free agents are unrestricted unless otherwise noted. Restricted free agents are subject to having offers matched by their current teams.)

    The Top 25:

    1. Ben Wallace, Pistons
    The midseason trade of Darko Milicic and Carlos Arroyo to Orlando was made with the express intent of clearing money for Wallace. To make him the highest-paid Piston, Detroit would have to offer him a deal beginning at $12,000,001. If the Pistons come in south of that level, which they will almost certainly try to do, Wallace may regret his decision to proceed without a traditional agent.

    2. Al Harrington, Hawks
    What kind of starting salary will Atlanta bring to the table when negotiations begin? If Harrington believes the offer is too low, he'll look to leave through a sign-and-trade deal. But how many teams out there are willing to pay Harrington's price? And can they give Atlanta a good player(s) in return in a sign-and-trade? The presence of Marvin Williams and Josh Smith will make Harrington expendable if his price is more than the Hawks will pay, but as of now there are more questions than answers here.

    3. Jason Terry, Mavericks
    Stop us if you've heard this before: The Mavs have a point guard who may command more money on the open market than owner Mark Cuban is willing to pay, and that point guard could turn to his former team, which is desperate for a playmaker. But in this case, we're talking about Terry and the Hawks, not Steve Nash and the Suns.

    4. Nazr Mohammed, Spurs
    There were a few people wondering what Nazr must have been thinking when he turned down an extension worth more than $20 million prior to opening night, but this 7-footer has upped his value over the course of the season by reclaiming his starting spot from Rasho Nesterovic.

    5. Joel Przybilla, Trail Blazers
    When a couple of his teammates angered him with their effort level, Portland coach Nate McMillan urged Przybilla to take his complaints public. He did, and he'll probably decide it's a wise move to bail out of this sinking ship while he can.

    6. Nene, Nuggets (restricted)
    The injured Brazilian forward fired agent Michael Coyne and switched to Dan Fegan, who has a reputation for getting his clients top dollar on the open market. The decision on whether Nene will go or stay will be influenced by whether general manager Kiki Vandeweghe survives in Denver.

    7. Mike James, Raptors (opt out)
    Newly installed GM Bryan Colangelo has reservations about whether it's worth the long-term risk to keep James, who will be 31 at the start of next season, for the amount of money James will command after what has been by far the best season of his career. Look for a sign-and-trade deal here.

    8. Peja Stojakovic, Pacers (opt out)
    It's tough to find anybody who believes Stojakovic will truly be on the market this summer, the thinking being that the Pacers were smart enough to get a wink-wink deal in place before they acquired Peja for Ron Artest. Such deals are in violation of NBA rules, but their existence is hard to prove.

    9. Vladimir Radmanovic, Clippers
    He surrendered his Larry Bird rights when he accepted the deal that sent him from Seattle to Los Angeles, so the most he can get is the midlevel exception (about $5 million). But there will be teams lining up to offer him that money.

    10. Drew Gooden, Cavaliers (restricted)
    We'll rank him as the third-best power forward on the market behind Harrington and Nene simply because more teams like Nene's upside, whereas there's a general feeling that the Gooden we're seeing now is as good as he'll ever be.

    11. Chris Wilcox, SuperSonics (restricted)
    It's hard to find any other big man who has improved his stock over the second half of the season as much as Wilcox, who is now being spoken of as a member of Seattle's core group of young players.

    12. Bonzi Wells, Kings
    There is a dearth of free agent talent available at the shooting guard spot, and if the Kings don't get out of the first round of the playoffs (or make the playoffs, for that matter) they won't be willing to make Wells the same type of long-term commitment he might find elsewhere.

    13. Reggie Evans, Nuggets
    Another player who forfeited his Bird rights when he agreed to a midseason trade, Evans is establishing full midlevel value through his play off the bench for Denver.

    14. Marcus Banks, Timberwolves
    If Wilcox has done the most of any big man to improve his value, Banks certainly takes the award in that category among guards. Went from being unused in Boston to a starter in Minnesota. But can he get Earl Watson-type money on the open market?

    15. Alonzo Mourning, Heat
    You'd think he's happy now that he's back in Miami and still laughing over the buyout he got from the Raptors. But 'Zo is never completely happy, and now he wants one more big money deal. You buying, Riles?

    16. Bobby Jackson, Grizzlies
    He's been pigeonholed into a career as a sixth man, but he's been getting the job done lately for the Grizzlies while Chucky Atkins and Eddie Jones have struggled.

    17. Sam Cassell, Clippers
    If he doesn't end up back with Los Angeles (they'd like to keep him if the price is right), he'll find a new home somewhere else and probably lead that team to the playoffs, too.

    18. Flip Murray, Cavaliers
    Gave up his Bird rights because he wanted to establish some value, and he's getting his chance as Cleveland's starting two guard. Will likely get at least a piece of somebody's midlevel exception.

    19. Rasual Butler, Hornets
    A great shooter, and one of the best under-the-radar players out there, he's been a decent contributor for the league's most surprising team.

    20. Tim Thomas, Suns
    Has already re-established some nice value with his strong play for Phoenix, and a big postseason could put him over the top. That's how he got his last monster contract from the Bucks.

    21. Speedy Claxton, Hornets
    His stock has fallen as fast as Banks' has risen, but he's still one of the few solid veteran point guards available. Played for Larry Brown in Philadelphia and the Knicks might seek a reunion if they can't get James from Toronto.

    22. Lorenzen Wright, Grizzlies
    Lost his job to Jake Tsakalidis before regaining it by default when Big Jake hurt his thumb two weeks ago. Memphis tried to trade him before the deadline and is unlikely to want him back.

    23. DJ Mbenga, Mavericks (restricted)
    Interest in him might be reduced by the fact that other teams will expect Mark Cuban to match any reasonable offer for the center who has supplanted Erick Dampier as Dallas' most effective defensive big man.

    24. Keith Van Horn, Mavericks
    He's done for the year after breaking his hand, which will probably cost him some money. He would have had a chance to boost his stock in the postseason.

    25. David Wesley, Rockets
    There are quite a few veteran guards vying for this final spot, so take your pick of Wesley, Nick Van Exel, Atkins, Gary Payton, Tony Delk or Milt Palacio.

    Others: Restricted: Alex Acker, Pistons; Trevor Ariza, Magic; Keith Bogans, Rockets; Antonio Burks, Grizzlies; Kevin Burleson, Bobcats; Jackie Butler, Knicks; Ronald Dupree, Timberwolves; Francisco Elson, Nuggets; Melvin Ely, Bobcats; Devin Green, Lakers; Jared Jeffries, Wizards; Fred Jones, Pacers; Mario Kasun, Magic; Boniface Ndong, Clippers; Andre Owens, Jazz; Shavlik Randolph, 76ers; Justin Reed, Timberwolves; Bernard Robinson, Bobcats; John Salmons, 76ers; Awvee Storey, Wizards; Jiri Welsch, Bucks.

    Unrestricted: Shandon Anderson, Heat; Darrell Armstrong, Mavericks; Stacey Augmon, Magic; Matt Barnes, 76ers; Lonny Baxter, Bobcats; Michael Bradley, 76ers; Rick Brunson, Rockets; Anthony Carter, Timberwolves; Kelvin Cato, Pistons; Calbert Cheaney, Nuggets; Jarron Collins, Jazz; Antonio Davis; Richie Frahm, Rockets; Reece Gaines, Bucks; Devean George, Lakers; Eddie Gill, Pacers; Adrian Griffin, Mavericks; Alan Henderson, Cavs; Lindsey Hunter, Pistons; Jermaine Jackson, Bucks; Jim Jackson, Lakers; DerMarr Johnson, Nuggets; Ervin Johnson, Bucks; Jumaine Jones, Bobcats; Toni Kukoc, Bucks; Voshon Lenard, Trail Blazers; Sean Marks, Spurs; Darrick Martin, Raptors; Walter McCarty, Clippers; Terence Morris, Magic; Lamond Murray, Nets; Michael Olowokandi, Celtics; Greg Ostertag, Jazz; Bo Outlaw, Magic; Jannero Pargo, Bulls; Eric Piatkowski, Bulls; Scot Pollard, Pacers; Bryon Russell, Nuggets; Jamal Sampson, Kings; Charles Smith, Nuggets; Latrell Sprewell; Jacque Vaughn, Nets; Jake Voskuhl, Bobcats; Mike Wilks, Sonics; Aaron Williams, Hornets; Loren Woods, Raptors; Qyntel Woods, Knicks.

    Player options: Derek Anderson, Heat; Ryan Bowen, Rockets; Greg Buckner, Nuggets; Eddie House, Suns; Mark Jackson, Hornets; Jeff McInnis, Nets; Mikki Moore, Sonics; Ruben Patterson, Nuggets; James Posey, Heat; Darius Songaila, Bulls; DeShawn Stevenson, Magic; Maurice Taylor, Knicks; Chris Webber, 76ers; Eric Williams, Raptors.

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    I wish that were broken down by position so I didn't have to think so hard.

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    Thanks Hicks

    Claxton and Marcus Banks are intriguing.

    Terry probably unattainable.

    Sam Cassell anyone?

    Wilcox is going to make some team very happy.

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    This is out of left field, but would Dallas take Tinsley and Peja for Terry and either Howard or Daniels? I'm not saying Dallas would want Peja, but you have to admit that would be a wicked amount of shooting from the 3/4 with Peja and Dirk.

    Secondly, can a trade like that happen? I understand not being able to sign someone else's FA to sign and trade him, but shouldn't you be allowed to when it's your own? Actually, I need to clarify that. I don't mean just one way. I mean TWO teams, each with their respective FAs. Can they sign and trade them for each other? Why or why not?

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    This is out of left field, but would Dallas take Tinsley and Peja for Terry and either Howard or Daniels? I'm not saying Dallas would want Peja, but you have to admit that would be a wicked amount of shooting from the 3/4 with Peja and Dirk.

    Secondly, can a trade like that happen? I understand not being able to sign someone else's FA to sign and trade him, but shouldn't you be allowed to when it's your own? Actually, I need to clarify that. I don't mean just one way. I mean TWO teams, each with their respective FAs. Can they sign and trade them for each other? Why or why not?
    Isn't that what happened in the Harrington/Jackson deal? If I have my facts straight (which I rarely do ) both contracts were up and they were sign-and-traded for each other.

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    This is out of left field, but would Dallas take Tinsley and Peja for Terry and either Howard or Daniels? I'm not saying Dallas would want Peja, but you have to admit that would be a wicked amount of shooting from the 3/4 with Peja and Dirk.

    Secondly, can a trade like that happen? I understand not being able to sign someone else's FA to sign and trade him, but shouldn't you be allowed to when it's your own? Actually, I need to clarify that. I don't mean just one way. I mean TWO teams, each with their respective FAs. Can they sign and trade them for each other? Why or why not?
    Didn't we sign-and-trade Al Harrington and ATL sign-and-trade Jackson during that transaction?

    I can't see why it would be disallowed even if that was not the specifics in that case.

    In short, I don't think Dallas will come off Terry period. I am very interested to find out exactly where Peja's trade or new contract value stands. Is he worth 11million a year? I don't think so.

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    Isn't that what happened in the Harrington/Jackson deal? If I have my facts straight (which I rarely do ) both contracts were up and they were sign-and-traded for each other.
    No, Al was in the middle of the contract that is finally expiring in a few months.

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    No, Al was in the middle of the contract that is finally expiring in a few months.
    I stand corrected... again.

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    Updated: April 7, 2006, 11:10 AM ET
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    8. Peja Stojakovic, Pacers (opt out)
    It's tough to find anybody who believes Stojakovic will truly be on the market this summer, the thinking being that the Pacers were smart enough to get a wink-wink deal in place before they acquired Peja for Ron Artest. Such deals are in violation of NBA rules, but their existence is hard to prove.
    I hope that is the case....but I am skeptical as to how much the Pacers are willing to offer and how much Peja wants.
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    This is out of left field, but would Dallas take Tinsley and Peja for Terry and either Howard or Daniels? I'm not saying Dallas would want Peja, but you have to admit that would be a wicked amount of shooting from the 3/4 with Peja and Dirk.

    Secondly, can a trade like that happen? I understand not being able to sign someone else's FA to sign and trade him, but shouldn't you be allowed to when it's your own? Actually, I need to clarify that. I don't mean just one way. I mean TWO teams, each with their respective FAs. Can they sign and trade them for each other? Why or why not?
    I think that Howard is one of their best defenders on the team and I would be surprised if Cuban would trade him....even for Peja.
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    If the Pacers had the money....I would resign Peja and make a decent offer to Adrian Griffin and Francisco Elson.

    If we want an upgrade at the PG positon....I would hope that we can live with the AJ/Sarunas experiment for another season or two...when the Free Agent market is improved.
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    I know it's spilled milk, but Maggette/Wilcox for Ron sure looks good right now.
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    I don't think Peja is going anywhere, Bird really likes him, and he doesn't have an attitude.

    As for Maggette/Wilcox for Ron, sure it looks good, but it was never offered. How do I know? Because the Pacers wouldn't have agreed to just Maggette for Ron if Wilcox would have been offered too.

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    Wow, what a crappy FA year.

    And with all respect to Ford (oh, wait, I think he's an idiot), I hardly think that bonuses for ASG's and DPOY's will come close to equaling 4% of Wallace's contract.

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