2013 Free Agent Profiles: Point Guards
What to expect from the available point guards this offseason.
by Jake Fischer / @JakeLFischer
With the NBA calendar now flipped to ’13-14 campaign, free agency has officially begun. And even though nobody can put a pen on paper before July 10, teams are free to meet with free agents any time they’d please and offer players loads of money. Since free agency can usually be insane with rumors and sources tossed around, SLAM is here to help break down the top-five free agents at each position. You can check out all of our 2013 Free Agent Profiles here and scroll through my opinions on what to expect from the free-agent small forwards below.
1. Brandon Jennings
’12-13 Team: Bucks
’12-13 Contract: $3.2 million
’12-13 Stats: 17.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.5 apg
Potential Contract: Four years / $50 million
Potential Teams: Bucks
Jennings contract probably would have been more in the $40-44 million range, but ever since Tyreke Evans was offered $48 million from the Pelicans, Jennings and his agent Jeff Schwartz are going to most likely ask for $50 million now. If he can be continue to improve—and the chances are likely considering his age—Jennings might be actually be worth the money. And the Bucks are likely going to re-sign him.
2. Jose Calderon
’12-13 Team: Pistons
’12-13 Contract: $11 million
’12-13 Stats: 11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 7.1 apg
Potential Contract: Two years / $10 million
Potential Teams: Detroit, Utah, Cleveland, Dallas
Calderon produced at very similar levels in both Toronto and Detroit last season, but his solid campaign probably won’t be enough to receive another eight-figure salary. Unfortunately for both Calderon and the PG who comes in at No. 3, most teams are now set with their starting point guards. Calderon could go to any team as a mid-level exception or veteran minimum to add depth and backup a starter for sure.
3. Jarrett Jack
’12-13 Team: Warriors
’12-13 Contract: $5.6 million
’12-13 Stats: 12.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.6 apg
Potential Contract: Three years / $18 million
Potential Teams: Golden State, Houston, Sacramento
Jack is worthy of being a starter in this League, and his only real option to do that is in Houston or Sacramento. If he doesn’t return to Golden State, you could see him land as backup for the mid-level on many teams just like Calderon. But, being two years younger and, frankly, American, might also help him snag more cash.
4. Jeff Teague
’12-13 Team: Hawks
’12-13 Contract: $2.4 million
’12-13 Stats: 14.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 7.2 apg
Potential Contract: Four years / $28 million
Potential Teams: Hawks
With Chris Paul going back to L.A., it seems highly unlikely the Hawks will look to replace their 25-year-old floor general who still has tons of potential. Now, it’s just a matter of how much they’re willing to invest.
5. Mo Williams
’12-13 Team: Jazz
’12-13 Contract: $8.5 million
’12-13 Stats: 12.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 6.2 apg
Potential Contract: Two years / $14 million
Potential Teams: Jazz, Nets, Mavericks, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Hawks, Pelicans
Williams isn’t a better option than any of the guys above him as a point guard, but he has unique value as a guy who can also be a scorer off the bench. A lot of teams could use a versatile asset like Williams, and that’s why the Jazz could very well bring him back to backup Trey Burke and run the second unit. Or he could go to many other teams for the mid-level as well.