Houston, Finley gone; other big names staying put

Updated: July 25, 2005, 12:00 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Imagine a free-agent universe where a slew of big-name vets become available in late July because their contracts are too expensive for their current teams to keep.

Imagine a marketplace that suddenly offers up, say, the stately Grant Hill at a starting salary of no higher than $5 million.

Imagine a former All-Star like Eddie Jones in the same price range. Or a scorer in the Jalen Rose class.

Imagine Chris Webber being cut loose and, to really spite his old friends ...

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