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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Free agents still looking for homes

By Jeff Caplan

With Jason Kidd unexpectedly agreeing to a multiyear deal with the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks have seven players under contract -- officially contracts can't be signed until Wednesday. The Mavs also have three draft picks that will be given every opportunity to make the team, so add it up and that's 11 players.

Dallas has four free agents still unsigned: Delonte West, Ian Mahinmi, Brian Cardinal and Yi Jianlian.

Teams must have a minimum of 13 players on the 15-man roster, so the Mavs are not done in the free-agent market, and trades also remain in play as the roster overhaul continues.

Kidd's sudden departure leaves a gaping hole at point guard. With Jason Terry headed out, the Mavs have only Vince Carter as a true shooting guard along with combo guards Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones and rookie Jared Cunningham. More quality choices exist at shooting guard than at point guard.

The Mavs have to decide how much they're willing to pay and how long they're willing to go as they work to maintain flexibility moving forward after striking out with Deron Williams.

Here's a position-by-position look at a handful of free agents still on the market:

Aaron Brooks (restricted)
Randy Foye
Kirk Hinrich
Ramon Sessions
Leandro Barbosa
Derek Fisher
Keyon Dooling
Ronnie Price
Gilbert Arenas
Raymond Felton

Ray Allen (appears bound for Boston or Miami)
C.J. Miles
O.J. Mayo
Brandon Roy
Josh Howard
Carlos Delfino
Nick Young
Mickael Pietrus
Marco Belinelli
Michael Redd
Tracy McGrady
Courtney Lee

Anthony Randolph
Anthony Tolliver
Matt Barnes
Steve Novak
Sam Young
Rasual Butler
Devin Ebanks

Kris Humphries
Kenyon Martin
Carl Landry
Ronny Turiaf
Troy Murphy
Louis Amundson
Jordan Hill

Chris Kaman
Marcus Camby
Aaron Gray
Joel Przybilla
Kyrylo Fesenko
Tony Battie
Hamed Haddadi