Grinding market: Players still available


After a big-money flurry during free agency's first week, things have slowed down considerably in week two, and those players still left on the market might be looking at lesser deals they didn't think they'd have to take.

With the coming crunch of the new tax penalty, teams are becoming increasingly wary of handing out multiyear contracts. As Dallas Mavericks fan have quickly come to realize, the local plan is to sign up players preferably on one-year deals. Dallas might be able to hand out a higher salary for the one year than a player might be able to make in the first year of a multiyear deal with another team, then setting the player up to become a free agent again in 2013.

That's the type of decision with which a player such as point guard Ramon Sessions is likely to grapple. He wants to start, and the security of a multiyear was initially high on his priority list. The Mavs can offer a starting job, but not the security.

Over the last few days, some players have been taken off the board and others added.

Here's a look at five players at each position who remain on the board. Some are realistic options for the Mavs and some might not be. Dallas, still with just seven players under contract -- plus three draft picks -- needs reinforcements just about everywhere.

Point guard

Ramon Sessions

Raymond Felton

Randy Foye

Leandro Barbosa

C.J. Watson

Shooting guard

Lou Williams

O.J. Mayo

C.J. Miles

Courtney Lee

Marco Belinelli

Small forward

Josh Howard

Sam Young

Anthony Tolliver

Donte Green

Matt Barnes

Power forward

Kenyon Martin

Carl Landry

Anthony Randolph

Jordan Hill

Ronny Turiaf


Chris Kaman

Mehmet Okur

Daniel Orton

Nazr Mohammed

Tony Battie