What happens in July could dictate what happens in the NBA for the next decade. (C.J. Watson isn't available every year, OK?!) As such, you can't get ready too early. Peer deep inside FanHouse's Top 50 2010 NBA Free Agent ranking, where I sort, discuss and (yes) rank the free agents to be.
You'll notice a few things. Many of these players have player options or early termination options -- I've made judgment calls on who may opt into free agency based on perceived value and that looming collective bargaining battle in 2011. (Note that I don't differentiate between player options and ETOs in individual player entries -- they work the same, for all intents and purposes.) Also note that I typically place restricted free agents lower than they might otherwise have been, due to the issues which make acquiring RFAs more difficult than unrestricted FAs. Finally, know that every team has different needs. In the end, this is one man's ranking of how valued the members of the free agent class ought to be.
All statistics current as of April 5, 2010. Per-game averages used.
April 12, 2010: Removed Manu Ginobili (signed contract extension); added Matt Barnes (previous oversight).
May 5, 2010: Removed Marcus Camby (signed contract extension) and Kelenna Azubuike (picked up player option for 2010-11); added Richard Jefferson (surprise potential opt-out) and C.J. Watson.
May 13, 2010: Removed Grant Hill (won't opt out); added Linas Kleiza (reportedly interested in returning to NBA). Added the "Five More" feature.
Experience: 7 years | '09-10 Team: Cavaliers