Indiana PacersDraft Position: 10th, 40th, 57th
Unrestricted Free Agents: Luther Head, Earl Watson
The Pacers have said that they would trade their pick for a PG. Considering how much depth there was in this position last year. I would also think they would stay healthy. They never really were. Granger, Dunleavy, Murphy, etc. all missed time last year. I wish I could say much more, but they were so nondescript last year, other than their relative whiteness.
If I were the GM, 5 interesting not-so-obvious players I would go after: JJ Redick, Mike Miller, Luke Ridnour, Steve Blake, Brad Miller (and Brian Scalabrine)
Detroit PistonsDraft Position: 7th, 36th
Unrestricted Free Agents: Kwame Brown, Ben Wallace
Restricted Free Agents: Will Bynum
Detroit went through the Kwame Brown-Ben Wallace experience at Center. They absolutely need big men who can score (of course, who can defend, too). The best thing about their draft position is that they can pick from whatever is left amongst the cracks of DeMarcus Cousins, Ekpe Udoh, Ed Davis, Greg Monroe, Cole Aldrich, Solomon Alabi, Hassan Whiteside, etc... I still think the Ben Gordon-Rip Hamilton experience needs to be broken up. So far, Charlie Villanueva and Ben have been inconsistent in their 1st year as Pistons.
If I were the GM, 5 interesting not-so-obvious players I would go after: Brad Miller, Louis Amundson, David Lee, Jermaine O'Neal, Luis Scola
Milwaukee BucksDraft Position: 15th, 37th, 44th, 47th,
Unrestricted Free Agents: Primoz Brezec, Royal Ivey, Luke Ridnour, Jerry Stackhouse, Kurt Thomas, Michael Redd (ET option), John Salmons (ET option)
The Bucks just got themselves a deal with the Warriors for Corey Maggette, jettisoning Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric in the process. This might possibly mean John Salmons might no longer be a Buck. (Looks more and more likely with the CD-R acquisition). Lack of size will be an issue and will be addressed in the draft given the depth.
If I were the GM, 5 interesting not-so-obvious players I would go after: JJ Redick, Udonis Haslem, Drew Gooden, Joe Smith, Kenyon Martin
Chicago BullsDraft Position: 17th,
Unrestricted Free Agents: Joe Alexander, Devin Brown, Acie Law, Brad Miller, Ronald Murray, Jannero Pargo, Hakim Warrick
The Bulls are awash with cash. Wait, haven't I heard that line before? I distinctly remember that offseason when their biggest signing then was Ron Mercer. How times have changed. Now they got a top-quality PG (Rose) and a fiery big (Noah). They need another offensive piece. A major piece. One who can take care of things. a go-to-guy in addition to Rose. With Thibodeaux on lock, we know they will be good offensively. They will still look for Kirk Hinrich takers if this ensures maximum impact. As for the draft, they need someone who can contribute now (ala James Anderson or Avery Bradley)
If I were the GM, 5 interesting not-so-obvious players I would go after: Allen Iverson, Nate Robinson, Tony Allen, Tracy McGrady, Travis Outlaw
Cleveland CavaliersDraft Position: no draft picks
Unrestricted Free Agents: Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Lebron James, Shaquille O'Neal
Restricted Free Agents: Jawad Williams
No draft picks to worry about. All eyes are focused on the Lebron James recruitment / retention process. Once that is settled, everything else follows, including their coach. I would think no free agent (and coach) in their right mind would go to Cleveland without any guarantee that Lebron stays. If he stays, look for Cleveland to get an upgrade in their backcourt with whatever cap space they have left.
If I were the GM, 5 interesting not-so-obvious players I would go after: (If James stays) Mike Miller, Ray Allen, Allen Iverson, Raymond Felton, Steve Blake