If you think of NBA free agency as a summer blockbuster – which isn’t much of a stretch in light of the anticipation and interest – then it suffers from the same problem as the modern cinema. By the time the show actually starts, many of the best spills, thrills and jokes have already been seen in, and spoiled by, the trailers.
For the NBA, the trailers start July 1 in what is somewhat morbidly called the moratorium period, and they air incessantly on every sports media outlet. So by now you know most of what’s coming after the clock strikes midnight tonight and teams can officially sign the players who, in the prior nine days, they have agreed to employ.
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Which players are still available as the free agent moratorium period ends, and the signings begin?
(R – Restricted; current team can match)
Monta Ellis, Milwaukee
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee (R)
Jeff Teague, Atlanta
Mo Williams, Utah
Nate Robinson, Chicago
Andrei Kirilenko, Minnesota
Gerald Henderson, Charlotte (R)
Lamar Odom, L.A. Clippers
Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana
Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia
Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota (R)
Greg Oden, Portland
Chris Andersen, Miami