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

  • Nene (C): five years, $67 million
  • Maybe the most-coveted free agent in the market is returning to his old team. With a team deprived of some of its scorers, Nene should improve on his numbers from last season.

Detroit Pistons:

  • Jonas Jerebko (SF/PF): four years, $16 million
    • He’s a sleeper. Nab him if you can in the last round or two of your draft.

  • Tayshaun Prince (SF/PF): four years, $27 million
    • The aforementioned Jerebko and the emerging Austin Daye will relegate Prince to a background role. He offers fine all-around value, but his ceiling is low this season.

  • Damien Wilkins (SG/SF): details undisclosed
    • No fantasy value here.

    Golden State Warriors:

    • Kwame Brown (C): one year, $7 million
    • He’ll only have very limited value if Andris Biedrins gets hurt and Ekpe Udoh fails to get in the good graces of coach Mark Jackson. Very. Limited.

    Indiana Pacers:

    • David West (PF): two years, $20 million
      • He’s coming off knee surgery, but West has the type of game that won’t be affected too much by it, assuming he’s fully recovered. If he can stay on the court, West will remain a solid all-around asset to take in rounds 5-7 of most drafts. His arrival in Indiana puts a dent in the fantasy value of Tyler Hansbrough.

  • Jeff Foster (C): details undisclosed
    • Move along.

    Los Angeles Clippers:

    • Caron Butler (SG/SF): three years, $24 million
      • Butler will probably start at SF for the Clippers, which dents the fantasy values of Al-Farouq Aminu and Ryan Gomes. Still, he won’t be looked upon to do too much on offense for his new team, and his health is a big question mark. Consider him in the last round or two of standard-sized drafts — anything beyond that is too optimistic for my tastes.

  • DeAndre Jordan (PF/C): four years, $43 million
    • There’s a chance Chris Kaman will be dealt away soon. That would open up the door for Jordan to be a reliable fantasy asset in head-to-head leagues. His free-throw shooting will still be a nightmare though.

    Los Angeles Lakers:

    • Josh McRoberts (PF/C): two years, $6.1 million
    • He’ll get playing time in that thinner post-Lamar Odom frontcourt, so he’ll have some value for fantasy purposes this season. McRoberts won’t have significant value unless either of the Lakers’ big men is dealt away for a non-big. Still, he shoots solid percentages and fills up the stat sheet, albeit in humble portions. He could be a nice guy to round out the end of your bench.

  • Jason Kapono (SG/SF): one year, veteran’s minimum
    • Nothing to see here.

    Memphis Grizzlies:

    • Marc Gasol (C): four years, $58 million
    • His rebounding (7.0 per game) was underwhelming last season, but Gasol offers solid all-around value that’s rare from centers. Look for him to maintain the value he had last season.

    Miami Heat:

    • Shane Battier (SF): details undisclosed
      • He’ll probably hit some threes and offer his meager portions of points, rebounds, steals and blocks, but Battier’s fantasy value takes a hit with his decision to head to South Beach.

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