This is a lead on from part 1 of the NBA Free Agent Market: Pacific Division where we have the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings to see. The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers can be found in part 1.
Phoenix SunsSeason Recap: The Suns turned in a .500 season finishing at 33-33. They made a late push for the playoffs but Phoenix got everything they could of out that roster. There are just too many so-so players on the team that will not cut it to make the playoffs. Phoenix need to explore all options to upgrade their roster. Salary Cap Situation: There are no highly paid players on the Suns team. Even if Steve Nash decides to come back the team can decide not to resign some role players and go after a star or future star. They have the salary cap space to do it. Free Agents: Steve Nash: 2011-2012 Salary $11.7M, unrestricted free agent. No guarantees to return, he is looking for a championship before he hangs up the sneakers and Phoenix can't provide that for him. Or he could be looking to reunite with Amare Stoudemire in New York. Grant Hill: 2011-2012 Salary $6.5 Million, unrestricted free agent. Last season decided to sign with the Suns instead of the San Antonio Spurs. Will be 40 when the season starts, will probably want to stay with Phoenix or retire. Shannon Brown: 2011-2012 Salary $3.5 Million, unrestricted free agent. A lot of teams could use Shannon Brown's shooting ability, including Phoenix. Has the potential to stay or land up with another team like last year. Robin Lopez and Aaron Brooks have both received qualifying offers to stay in Phoenix. Potential Targets: Raymond Felton (Portland Trail Blazers): He is in the prime of his career and the Suns could enter a bidding war with Portland to get him. With the Blazers rebuilding Felton might be easier to get than usual. Would be a solid replacement for Steve Nash. Kris Humphries (Brooklyn Nets): A big man perhaps on his way out of Brooklyn. The Nets have expressed interest but money might lure him away from Brooklyn for an increased role. Outlook: The Suns must be major players in the off season to become a better team. Something that might cause Steve Nash to stay in Phoenix. Photo Credit: www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com
Golden State WarriorsSeason Recap: Another disappointing season for the fans as the Warriors finished out of the playoffs with 23-43. One of the main teams accused of tanking after the trade that sent Monta Ellis to Milwaukee and Australian Andrew Bogut to the Warriors. This roster though should be much better healthy than the previous one. The Warriors may not be done shopping. Salary Cap Situation: The Warriors have 4 players making $9 Million or more. They are Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins. The latter 2 aren't quality players that have untradable contracts. Remaining space will be used on building depth at the Shooting Guard and Small Forward positions. Free Agents: Nate Robinson: 2011-2012 Salary $1 Million, unrestricted free agent. A dynamo off the bench that can fill it up. He should be back in a Warriors uniform but if the front office are indeed heading in a new direction he might be gone. Potential Targets: Marquis Daniels (Boston Celtics): Is an experienced two guard off the bench that will provide defense. The Warriors need to abandon their 'shoot the lights out' mentality and start creating a little bit of a defensive culture. Daniels can help with that. Jared Jefferies (New York Knicks): Someone that can provide insurance at the Small Forward position. Would be cheap and you would know exactly what you get. Outlook: The Warriors made their major moves at the trade deadline so it is a matter of getting into training camp and starting to build a playoff team. With a healthy roster. Photo Credit: www.nbamate.com
Sacramento KingsSeason Recap: Another below par season in Sacramento has had the future of the franchise questionable. They are a team that would be highly likely to be moved if Seattle manage to get the rights for a team. Tyreke Evans has not turned out to be the high draft pick he was and the entire back court needs upgrading. Salary Cap Situation: The Kings have the second lowest pay roll in the league. Nobody on the team earns over $8 Million this year and that has left a ton of space. They certainly have room to add star/s but convincing them to live in Sacramento is hard. Plus it would mean that there would be no money left to sign DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans or Jimmer Fredette which may not be a bad thing. Free Agents: Terrence Williams: 2011-2012 Salary $250 Thousand, restricted free agent. Its not life changing what happens with Terrence Williams but I'd imagine he'd stay with Sacramento. Jason Thompson and Donte Greene have both been given qualifying options. Potential Targets: Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks): If they offer Kidd a home Dallas isn't going to compete with the Kings. Dallas wants Deron Williams instead of Kidd which would leave the Kings as a contender to pick him up. Would provide experience to a young team. Steve Novak (New York Knicks): Sacramento now has a great starting front court with DeMarcus Cousins and Thomas Robinson. So Novak could spread the floor coming in off the bench. The Kings desperately need 3 point shooting. Outlook: The team Sacramento has now is all wrapped up for 2-3 years so only trades could really give them the possibility of using some of that cap space to get stars. Look for a little improvement on last season but they are still not a playoff team. Photo Credit: www.rotoexperts.com
There's the Pacific division action. Be sure to check back for the Northwest Division soon. Is there any other mail on these teams? Photo Credit: (top) www.bleacherreport.com