The free agent negotiating period began July 1, and players were allowed to sign contracts starting July 8. Here's a look at the players still on the market, as well as those who have agreed to new deals.
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One day after the Heat secured commitments from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, LeBron joined his Olympic teammates in Miami. The Akron, Ohio, native is moving on after seven years in Cleveland, where he rejuvenated a moribund franchise, won two MVP awards and reached the 2007 NBA Finals.
After meeting with his hometown Bulls and others during the free-agent negotiating period, Wade has decided to stick with the team that drafted him No. 5 overall in 2003. Wade has career averages of 25.4 points, 6.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds in seven seasons. He led Miami to the 2006 NBA title.
Bosh averaged 20.2 points and 9.4 rebounds and played in four All-Star Games in seven years with the Raptors, but he never won a playoff series. He'll hope for more postseason success while teaming up with Wade and LeBron in Miami.
Stoudemire is moving on after eight years in Phoenix, where he averaged 21.4 points and 8.9 rebounds and formed a deadly pick-and-roll combination with two-time MVP Steve Nash. The deal with the Knicks reunites Stoudemire with former Suns coach Mike D'Antoni.
Nowitzki's first foray into unrestricted free agency ended with his agreeing to rejoin a team with whom he is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder, led to the 2006 NBA Finals and won the 2007 MVP. The German 7-footer has guided the Mavs to 10 consecutive 50-win seasons, but Dallas hasn't advanced past the second round since '06.
The Bulls have searched for a couple of years for an inside scorer. They finally have landed one in Boozer, who averaged 19.5 points on 56.2 percent shooting to go with 11.2 rebounds for Utah last season. Boozer spent the past six seasons with the Jazz.
Johnson was the consensus No. 2 shooting guard on the market, behind Dwyane Wade. He has blossomed into a perennial All-Star and 20-point scorer with Atlanta, but the Hawks have been swept from the second round of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
Pierce gave up $21.5 million for next season by becoming a free agent, but he'll make that up on the back end of his new multiyear deal with the Celtics. The 2008 Finals MVP has played his entire 12-year career in Boston.
The summer's best restricted free agent received a max deal from Memphis. Gay has averaged at least 18.9 points and shot 45 percent or better from the field in each of the last three seasons. The Grizzlies will now expect a lot more from Gay on the defensive end and in the playmaking department as they look to build on a 40-win season.
Lee is headed to the Warriors as part of a sign-and-trade deal in which the Knicks will receive Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf. After putting up big numbers in Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo offense, Lee should do the same in Don Nelson's small-ball system. Lee, a fan favorite in New York, led the Knicks in scoring and rebounding last season, when he made his first All-Star team.
With Allen joining Paul Pierce in re-signing with Boston, the aging Celtics will try to make at least one more run with a core that won the 2008 title and reached the 2010 Finals.
Thomas was solid for Charlotte after coming over from Chicago in a deadline deal, and his superior athleticism makes him a prototypical power forward in Larry Brown's system. A full season away from the Bulls -- where the atmosphere had become poisonous for both sides -- should help Thomas to continue to develop.
Scola has been reliable and productive in his three seasons with the Rockets. He's never missed a game and shot better than 50 percent from the field each season. With Yao Ming out last season, Scola's scoring average jumped from 12.7 to 16.2.
The Knicks badly needed a point guard after trying Chris Duhon, Nate Robinson, Toney Douglas and Sergio Rodriguez last season. Felton is expected to start for New York, just as he did the last five seasons for Charlotte. He'll go from directing one of the slowest-paced teams in the league to one of the fastest.
After being acquired near the trade deadline last season, Haywood split time as the Mavs' starting center with Erick Dampier. Haywood could have the job to himself if Dallas makes good on its interest to deal Dampier, who has a non-guaranteed $13 million contract for 2010-11.
After making $21 million last season with Cleveland, Shaq will play for the veteran's minimum in Boston. He could play a big role for the Celtics, especially early in the season when center Kendrick Perkins will be rehabbing from major knee surgery.
Like Shaq, McGrady is taking a huge paycut (from $22.5 million to the veteran's minimum). McGrady is seeking to revive his career after appearing in only 65 games over the last two years.
Salmons came alive after a midseason trade from Chicago to Milwaukee, averaging 19.9 points in 30 games with the Bucks to lead them on a 22-8 run as they surged into the playoffs (where they pushed the favored Hawks to seven games in a first-round loss).
Coming off his least productive season since his rookie campaign, the nine-year veteran raised eyebrows when he opted out of his $15.2 million contract for 2010-11. But by becoming a free agent now and instead of waiting a year, Jefferson took advantage of the current collective bargaining agreement. Indeed, he traded a higher salary in '10-11 for long-term security.
Welcome back to the NBA. The former Hawk had developed into one of the league's top reserves before leaving two years ago for a more lucrative deal with Olympiakos in Greece. Phoenix is giving up a 2012 second-round pick to acquire Childress in a sign-and-trade with Atlanta, which owned his rights.
Desperate for frontcourt help, the Nuggets lured Harrington with their full mid-level exception. He's a bit of a chucker and has averaged only 1.5 assists over the last three years, but Harrington is a proven scorer who gives Denver yet another offensive option to go with Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, J.R. Smith and Nene.
Miller is a shooter who, over the last few years, has just stopped shooting. His three-point attempts have dropped from 7.1 per game in 2006-07 to 3.2 last season. His stroke is still strong, but he needs to use it more often. He found a perfect spot to do so in Miami, where he can benefit from drive-and-kicks by LeBron and Wade.
As an undrafted free agent playing for the league minimum of $457,588, Matthews came out of nowhere to earn a spot in the Jazz starting lineup last season. He was rewarded with a big, front-loaded offer sheet from the Blazers that Utah declined to match.
With Kendrick Perkins sidelined for the start of the season and Rasheed Wallace planning to retire, O'Neal will help fill the void inside for Boston. And from the if-you-can't-beat-them-join-them department, O'Neal shot 9-of-44 from the field (20.5 percent) in the Heat's first-round playoff loss to the Celtics last season.
Haslem has been a model of consistency with the Heat, averaging between 9.3 and 12.0 points and 7.8 and 9.1 rebounds in each of the last six years. He turned down more lucrative offers to rejoin Miami and chase a championship with his three star teammates.
Robinson averaged only 14.7 minutes in 26 regular-season games with the Celtics last season after being acquired from New York, but he had a few electrifying moments during the playoffs and is capable of supplying explosive scoring off the bench.
Brewer, a strong defender in the backcourt, will help replace some of what the Bulls lost when they traded Kirk Hinrich to Washington in a pre-draft salary damp. Brewer was traded from Utah to Memphis during the 2009-2010 season.
The preps-to-pros forward has already played seven NBA seasons by age 25. He's started only 32 games, but has proved to be a decent scorer off the bench. He spent six full seasons with Portland and split last season between the Trail Blazers and Clippers.
The Wizards acquired Howard in the Caron Butler trade last season but saw him play only four games before he sustained a torn ACL. Not long ago Howard was the second-best player on perennial contender Dallas, but he's been dogged more recently by injuries and off-court incidents.
Last season, the Bulls ranked 28th in three-point percentage (33.0) and 29th in three-pointers made (352). Korver helps address both of those issues: He's a career 41 percent shooter from long range, and about half his career field goals are threes. He made 59-of-110 from distance in 52 games with the Jazz last season.
The undrafted Morrow can shoot: He took 491 threes in his first two years and made 46 percent of them. The Nets ranked 29th in three-point shooting last season at 31.8 percent.
Fisher flirted with the Heat but is staying in L.A., where he has won five titles (including two in a row) with the Lakers. He is expected to start at the point again with newly signed Steve Blake replacing Jordan Farmar as his backup.
Miller is reunited with Rick Adelman, whom he played under for three seasons in Sacramento. The 7-footer will back up Yao Ming, who is expected to return healthy after sitting out last season following foot surgery.
Wright spent his first six seasons with the Heat, who picked him 19th in the 2004 draft. His most productive season came in 2007-08 when he averaged 7.9 points and 5.0 rebounds and shot a career-high 48.8 percent from the field.
The former Timberwolf and Wizard has had flashes of being a prolific scorer, but he's shot only 41.9 percent from the field in his four seasons. He'll join with Baron Davis and Eric Gordon in the Clippers' backcourt.
Blake doesn't wow you with athleticism or attack the rim and his defense is just OK, but he rarely turns the ball over (he has never averaged more than 1.7 turnovers in a season), shoots the three well and knows how to run an offense. The Lakers will be Blake's sixth team since he joined the league in 2003. He finished last season with the Clippers.
The Lakers won the championship last season despite a thin bench; the peripatetic Barnes will help deepen it with his three-point shooting, defensive ability and knack for aggravating opponents.
The Bucks struck a deal with Gooden in the first hours of free agency, just days after obtaining another well-traveled veteran, Corey Maggette, in a trade with the Warriors. Gooden averaged 14.8 points and 9.4 rebounds in 24 games with the Clippers last season after coming over in a midseason trade. The No. 4 pick in the 2002 draft has played for eight teams in eight seasons.
Bell, who was limited to six games (with the Bobcats and Warriors) last season because of a wrist injury, drew interest from several contenders, including the Lakers, San Antonio and Chicago. The rugged defender opted for a second stint with Utah, having played there from 2003-05.
Johnson isn't much of a perimeter shooter, but he's a scrapper who picks up a lot of hustle points around the rim. He averaged 17.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in five starts for Toronto last season, including the team's final four games.
The Suns are retaining Frye, whose stretch-the-floor shooting from the center spot proved to be a nice fit in their up-tempo offense. After making 20 three-pointers combined in his first four seasons (split between the Knicks and Blazers), Frye knocked down 172 in his first year with Phoenix.
Kleiza had a successful year with Olympiakos, finishing among the top Euroleague scorers. The Raptors lured him back to the NBA with an offer sheet that Denver did not match. Kleiza played four seasons with the Nuggets, averaging 8.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting.
Ridnour is coming off a nice season as a reserve with Milwaukee, where he set career bests in field-goal and three-point shooting and teamed with rookie Brandon Jennings to give the Bucks solid production at point guard. Ridnour could be in a similar position next season: backing up a 2009 lottery pick (Jonny Flynn).
Brown averaged a career-high 20.7 minutes last season, his first full year with the Lakers.
The No. 19 pick in the 2005 draft split last season between the Bucks and Bulls, and he has career averages of 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 21.5 minutes.
Butler's scoring average last season with the Clippers was a career high, but the long-range marksman's three-point percentage fell from 39.0 the previous season with New Orleans to 33.6.
Never a bad idea to add big-man depth behind injury-plagued center Andrew Bynum. Since 2005, Ratliff has played for Portland, Boston, Minnesota, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Antonio and Charlotte. He ranks fifth among active players in blocked shots.
The Rockets wasted no time deciding to match the offer sheet Lowry signed with the Cavaliers. The defensive-minded Lowry was a key reserve for Houston last season playing behind (and sometimes alongside) starting point guard Aaron Brooks, the NBA's Most Improved Player.
The Magic matched the Bulls' offer sheet for Redick, who is fresh off the most productive season of his four-year career. As Vince Carter and Matt Barnes struggled during the postseason, Redick was frequently on the floor for the Magic in the fourth quarter.
Farmar won two NBA titles in four years with the Lakers but never established himself as a starting point guard of the future. He joins a Nets backcourt that features point guard Devin Harris, who disappointed last season but was an All-Star two years ago.
The 6-10 Bonner distinguishes himself with deep shooting: He made 44 percent of his three-pointers two years ago and nearly 40 percent last season with San Antonio. He's overmatched defensively at power forward but works hard and accepts his role.
Milicic said during the season that he planned to return to Europe in 2010-11, but instead he'll remain with a Timberwolves team that acquired him at the trade deadline and used him as a starter down the stretch. Minnesota locked up Milicic on the same day it signed another Serbian big man, 2008 second-round pick Nikola Pekovic, to a multiyear deal.
Daniels gets another shot to contribute as a role player in Boston. He played limited minutes in 51 games last season and spent time on the injured list because of thumb surgery.
The Nets have found a backup for Brook Lopez in Petro, who played behind Nene in Denver last season. Petro, the 25th pick in the 2005 draft, started his career with the Thunder.
Richardson started 75 games for Miami last season, and he could compete for a first-unit role with Orlando, too. His 39.7 percent three-point shooting last season was a career high.
The Bulls sent a second-round pick to the Warriors as part of a sign-and-trade deal for Watson, a restricted free agent. Watson can play both guard spots. He averaged 15.4 points (on 49.7 percent shooting) and 4.7 assists in 15 starts last season.
Duhon, the Knicks' starting point guard the previous two seasons, will be a backup in Orlando. Duhon got off to a fast start as a Knick (he averaged 12.5 points and 8.0 assists in 51 games before the 2009 All-Star break) but struggled in the ensuing season and a half.
The Pistons persuaded Wallace to put off retirement last year, and he responded with a productive season as the team's leading rebounder and shot-blocker.
Allen didn't get the security of a three-year deal because of his offense; his value derives mainly from his ability to capably defend the league's top perimeter scorers. The Grizzlies were not good defensively last season so Allen should be a welcome addition.
Bynum had a 20-assist performance for the Pistons last season. He also started 20 games.
Dooling, a Net the previous two seasons, will replace Luke Ridnour (who signed with Minnesota) as the backup for point guard Brandon Jennings.
Gomes played in 76 games with the Timberwolves last season before he was traded on draft day to the Blazers, who waived him five days later in a cost-cutting move. A capable defender, the five-year veteran can also shoot from long range (37.2 percent on three-pointers in each of the last two seasons).
The Suns owed a lot of last season's success to their bench, and Amundson was a big part of that. The undrafted 6-9 forward was a fan favorite who did the dirty work on an offensive-minded team. Phoenix didn't have room for him after signing power forward Hakim Warrick and center Channing Frye to sizable contracts and drafting forward Gani Lawal.
Yet another frontcourt newcomer for the Timberwolves, who also have welcomed small forwards Wesley Johnson and Martell Webster, power forward Michael Beasley and center Nikola Pekovic.
Williams was the Magic's backup point guard last season. This year he'll have competition from newly signed Chris Duhon.
Anthony will fight with Zydrunas Ilgauskas for the starting job and the opportunity for easy buckets with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh hogging defensive attention.
The injury-plagued former phenom had a mini-revival late last season with the Wizards. With Raymond Felton having moved on, Livingston will compete for the Bobcats' starting point guard job with D.J. Augustin.
Big Z accepted the veteran's minimum to follow LeBron to Miami in order to win his first NBA title. Ilgauskas had been a Cavalier since 1997 (he was traded to Washington last season but never played a game with the Wizards and later re-signed with Cleveland).
Arroyo will compete with Mario Chalmers for the starting point guard job for the second year in a row. Arroyo started from March through the playoffs last season.
Smith averaged 16.4 minutes a game for the Clippers last season. He'll have to compete for time this season with rookie forwards Blake Griffin and Al-Farouq Aminu.
At the start of the offseason, the Heat bought out Jones to create more salary-cap space. But they're bringing him back to provide another three-point-shooting option (along with newly signed Mike Miller) to help spread the floor for their superstars.
Yet another shooter to play off the new Big Three. This will be the well-traveled House's second stint with the Heat, having played with Miami from 2000-03.
The Spurs had high hopes for the 2005 first-round pick (No. 28 overall), but he appeared in only 32 games over two seasons. He'll become part of the Mavs' revamped big-man rotation.
Another piece in the Bulls' offseason makeover, Thomas played 70 games with the Bucks last season. He logged a healthy 28.4 minutes a game in Milwaukee's first-round playoff loss to Atlanta.
Howard will chase that elusive championship ring with Miami: In 16 seasons, he's never appeared past the second round of the playoffs.
Gray spent time with the Bulls and Hornets last season. The backup center was a second-round pick in 2007.
The three-year veteran from Fresno State split last season between Washington and Sacramento. He was a second-round pick in the 2007 draft.
The workmanlike big man appeared in only 15 games last season, with New Jersey. He's also had stints with Denver, Boston, Cleveland and Orlando.
Carter is signing up for a fifth consecutive season with the Nuggets. He will serve as a backup to Chauncey Billups again.
The Warriors added Pargo just days after signing another potential backup for Stephen Curry in undrafted rookie Jeremy Lin from Harvard.
Graham spent last season with Denver after four years in Toronto. His highest-scoring game with the Nuggets was his last one, as he had 21 points in a season-ending 112-104 loss to Utah in Game 6 of a first-round series.
The journeyman center returns for a second season with the Hawks.
Randolph played 57 games as an undrafted rookie with the 76ers in 2205-06, but since then he's appeared in only 38 games.
With Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen recovering from knee surgeries, and given Nene's injury history, Williams has a decent chance for minutes in Denver. Williams, the No. 5 pick in the 2006 draft, spent last season with the Celtics. The Nuggets will be his fifth team.
Powell spent the last two seasons playing about 10 minutes a game with the Lakers.
The journeyman guard joins a crowded backcourt that includes Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden, Daequan Cook and Eric Maynor.
The veteran center joins with Joel Anthony and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to give the Heat more beef in the middle.
Brockman joined Milwaukee in a sign-and-trade deal for Darnell Jackson and a second-round pick in 2011.
The 2005 first-round pick averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 35 games with Charlotte in 2006-07, but injuries and conditioning problems have limited him since then. May appeared in 35 games for the Kings last season.
Wright, a five-year veteran, has jumped from New Jersey to Dallas to Toronto and now Sacramento since 2007.
Carney was the 16th pick in the 2007 draft. He has averaged 6.1 points on 42.2 percent shooting in four seasons.
Rodriguez is returning home after four seasons in the NBA, where he struggled to establish himself as a regular rotation player.
After playing 79 games for the Spurs last year, Bogans provides the Bulls with a veteran presence on the wing. Chicago is Bogans' fourth team in four years.
Mason had a down year with the Spurs last season but two years ago he averaged a career-high 11.8 points and shot 42.1 percent from three-point range for San Antonio.
Since being drafted by the Hawks in 2007, Law has averaged 3.7 points and 1.6 assists in 12.1 minutes per game.
The Mavericks have made a slew of moves to bolster their frontcourt and bringing back veteran Thomas should provide even more depth. In 18 games for Dallas last season, Thomas averaged 7.5 points.
In an unexpected reunion, Brown will play again for Michael Jordan, the Bobcats' owner who nine years ago took the high schooler Brown with the first pick in the draft as personnel boss with the Wizards.
The well-traveled Boykins joins Keyon Dooling in the competition to replace Luke Ridnour as point guard Brandon Jennings' backup.
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