With the Salary Cap going down to presumably around $58.7 million next season, there will be fiscal madness in our midst. Some managed to free up cap space while others need to reduce payroll to stay under the luxury tax level. It is important to know that even if all eyes are on next year’s class. This year will be an interesting one by itself.
So who is the best among the crop?
The All-Restricted FA team:
G: Raymond Felton (Charlotte), Jarrett Jack (Indiana), Ramon Sessions (Milwaukee), Nate Robinson (New York), Juan Carlos Navarro (Memphis via Spain)
F: Marvin Williams (Atlanta), Jamario Moon (Miami), Paul Millsap (Utah), Josh Childress (Atlanta via Greece), Glen Davis (Boston), Hakim Warrick (Memphis), Linas Kleiza (Denver)
C: David Lee (New York), Marcin Gortat (Orlando), Leon Powe (Boston)
The All-Unrestricted FA Team:
G: Mike Bibby (Atlanta), Ben Gordon (Chicago), Allen Iverson (Detroit), Andre Miller (Philadelphia), Marquis Daniels (Indiana), Anthony Parker (Toronto), Wally Szczerbiak (Cleveland)
F: Charlie Villanueva (Milwaukee), Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando), Shaun Marion (Toronto), Antonio McDyess (Detroit), Joe Smith (Cleveland)
C: Zaza Pachulia (Atlanta), Rasheed Wallace (Detroit), Anderson Varejao (Cleveland),
G: Jason Kidd (Dallas), Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers), Von Wafer (Houston) Anthony Carter (Denver) Michael Finley (San Antonio)
F: Ron Artest (Houston), Trevor Ariza (LA Lakers), Lamar Odom (LA Lakers), Grant Hill (Phoenix), Carlos Boozer (Utah), Matt Barnes (Phoenix), Drew Gooden (San Antonio), Brandon Bass (Dallas)
C: Memo Okur (Utah) Chris Andersen (Denver)
Footnote: This list was created before these people made their decision not to opt out: Boozer, Okur, Kobe. This was also created before the Celtics decided not to make a qualifying offer to Powe (turning him into a unrestricted FA).