Fantasy Analysis: 2011 NBA Free Agents (updated Dec. 14)

  • Mario Chalmers (PG): three years, $12 million
    • The PG spot will be a bit emptier this season for the Heat, if things stand as they are. Regardless, Chalmers remains pretty unappealing. He’s a decent source of threes and steals at the end of your roster, but don’t expect much else. If rookie Norris Cole develops quickly, things get even worse for Chalmers’ already-tepid fantasy appeal.

  • James Jones (SG/SF): three years, details undisclosed
    • He’s fine if you need some threes any given week, but Jones remains a waiver-wire yo-yo.

  • Eddy Curry (C): one year, veteran’s minimum
    • Stay away.

    Milwaukee Bucks:

    • Mike Dunleavy (SG/SF): two years, $7.5 million
      • He’ll be playing backup to Stephen Jackson and Carlos Delfino, which will limit his minutes and production, but could benefit his durability. He might be good for a pickup off of waivers if Jackson or Delfino get hurt, but that’s about it.

  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (SF/PF): four years, $19 million
    • We’ll see if he can grab and hold onto a starting job at PF for the Bucks, but even if he does, he won’t be good for much more than some rebounds and about 1.3 steals a game.

    Minnesota Timberwolves:

    • J.J. Barea (PG): four years, $19 million
    • Have fun trying to figure out how many minutes he’ll get. This is bad news for Ricky Rubio‘s already lukewarm fantasy appeal.

    New Jersey Nets:

  • Shelden Williams (PF/C): one year, details undisclosed
    • No fantasy value here.

    New York Knicks:

    • Tyson Chandler (C): four years, $56 million
      • With Ronny Turiaf gone as a result of the deal that brought Chandler to the Big Apple, Chandler will get all the minutes his body can handle for the Knicks. His usual mix of solid shooting percentages, rebounds and blocks should be expected. His health remains the ceiling to his value.

  • Mike Bibby (PG): one year, $1.4 million
    • He’ll have his work cut out for him if he wants to win over Knicks fans, and fantasy owners for that matter. Hypothetically, Bibby should be able to hit some threes as Toney Douglas‘ backup, but even that doesn’t justify drafting him. Leave him for the waiver wire.

  • Jared Jeffries (PF/C): one year, $1.4 million
    • Nope.

    Oklahoma City Thunder:

    • Daequan Cook (SG/SF): two years, $7.5 million
      • Unless you’re really hankering for threes, disregard Cook.

    Orlando Magic:

    • Glen Davis (PF/C): four years, $26 million
      • Big Baby had a solid year as a Celtic last season, but it’ll be a different story in Orlando, where he’ll have a tough time competing with Ryan Anderson at the PF spot.

  • Jason Richardson (SG/SF): four years, $25 million
    • With Dwight Howard wanting out of Orlando, J-Rich’s fantasy value will likely dip. There’s no center who will open up the three-point line like No. 12 did. Side note: this kind of kills the sleeper buzz surrounding J.J. Redick.

    Philadelphia 76ers:

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