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A Look at 2013-14 Free Agent Centers

Given the TrailBlazers' likelihood to pursue a center in free agency, I thought I'd offer an overview of upcoming Free Agent Centers. If the answer to the Blazers prayers(a young, 7 ft, mobile, post-dominating, body-banging, shot-blocking, help defender with infectious toughness and intensity) exists in this years FA class, he's listed below.

Player names, contract status and salaries are as listed by Hoopsworld. Ht, Wt and Age courtesy of NBA.com. Depth Potential is my opinion. All are included regardless of their likelihood to be available. My initial take on the Blazers' likely targets is at the top. After that, they are sorted by size and depth chart potential. I've added my comments about each player as to why they are likely/unlikely to be a target. Feel free to agree or disagree or add your own take on any of these players in the comments section. Hopefully, you'll find this useful to compare the players the Blazers have to choose from.

Name Ht Wt Age Depth Pot. Previous Team 2012-13 Salary 2013-14 Salary FA Type/ Contract Comments Target
Nikola Pekovic 6'11" 290 27 1 Minnesota Timberwolves $4,837,200 $6,046,500 Restricted Likely to be matched/Too talented to ignore 1
Tiago Splitter 6'11" 240 28 1 San Antonio Spurs $3,944,000 $5,876,560 Restricted Likely to be matched/Might have to overpay/Great potential 2
Timofey Mozgov 7'1" 250 27 2 Denver Nuggets $3,140,429 $3,925,536 Restricted Great combo of Size, mobility, potential/Unlikely to be matched 3
Zaza Pachulia 6'11" 275 29 2 Atlanta Hawks $5,248,750 Tough/Good passer/Leader/Lacks Athelticism/Poor shot blocker 4
Johan Petro 7'0" 247 27 2 Atlanta Hawks $3,500,000 Raw O and D/Good size and potential/Former Batum Teammate
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Robin Lopez 7'0" 255 25 1 New Orleans Hornets $4,899,293 $5,119,761 Team Option Unlikely to be declined
Andrew Bynum 7'0" 285 26 1 Philadelphia 76ers $16,889,000 Too risky/Injury history
Andris Biedrins 7'0" 242 27 1 Golden State Warriors $9,000,000 $9,000,000 ETO Unlikely to Opt Out
Chris Kaman 7'0" 265 31 1 Dallas Mavericks $8,000,000 Old/Injury Prone/Prefers a contender/Not a long term fit
Dwight Howard 6'11" 265 28 1 L.A. Lakers $19,536,360 Too pricey/Too risky/No chance to sign
Samuel Dalembert 6'11" 250 32 1 Milwaukee Bucks $6,698,565 Old/Stopgap potential/Journeyman unlikely to stick
Al Jefferson 6'10" 289 28 1 Utah Jazz $15,000,000 Poor fit/Star Scorer/Reb but poor defender/Too Pricey
Emeka Okafor 6'10" 255 31 1 Washington Wizards $13,490,000 $14,487,500 ETO Highly unlikely to Opt Out
Joel Przybilla 7'1" 245 34 2 Milwaukee Bucks $1,352,181 Fan favorite/Too Old/Injury Prone/Likely to retire
Ryan Hollins 7'0" 240 28 2 L.A. Clippers $1,069,509 Raw/limited potential/skinny frame
Kevin Seraphin 6'9" 275 23 2 Washington Wizards $1,797,600 $2,761,114 Team Option Too small/Batum teammate-same agent
DeJuan Blair 6'7" 270 23 2 San Antonio Spurs $1,054,000 Talented/Too small/Risky knees/No upgrade over Hickson
Greg Stiemsma 6'11" 260 27 2 Minnesota Timberwolves $2,575,000 $2,690,875 Team Option Unlikely to be declined
Kwame Brown 6'11" 290 31 2 Philadelphia 76ers $2,819,044 $2,945,901 Player Option Not enough Talent/Potential
Jermaine O' Neal 6'11" 255 34 2 Phoenix Suns $1,352,181 Too Old/Injury Prone
Ekpe Udoh 6'10" 245 25 2 Milwaukee Bucks $3,524,880 $4,469,548 Team Option Too small/No upgrade over Hickson/Not a True C
Nazr Mohammed 6'10" 250 35 2 Chicago Bulls $1,352,181 Too Old/Too small/No upgrade over Hickson
Hasheem Thabeet 7'3" 263 26 3 Oklahoma City Thunder $1,200,000 $1,200,000 Non guaranteed Been there done that/Not enough Talent
Hamed Haddadi 7'2" 265 27 3 Phoenix Suns $1,300,000 $1,397,500 Non guaranteed Great size/Slow/Poor fit/Not enough Talent
DeSagana Diop 7'0" 280 31 3 Charlotte Bobcats $7,372,200 Too Old/Not enough Talent
Robert Sacre 7'0" 260 23 3 L.A. Lakers $473,604 $988,872 Restricted Not enough Talent/potential
Aaron Gray 7'0" 270 28 3 Toronto Raptors $2,575,000 $2,690,875 Player Option Not enough Talent/potential
Jason Collins 7'0" 255 34 3 Boston Celtics $1,352,181 Too Old/Not enough Talent
Josh Harrellson 6'9" 275 24 3 Houston Rockets $726,195 $1,084,293 Restricted Too small/Not enough Talent
Cole Aldrich 6'11" 240 24 3 Sacramento Kings $2,445,480 Role player/hustle guy/good D presence/lacks potential
Dexter Pittman 6'11" 285 25 3 Memphis Grizzlies $854,389 $1,116,099 Restricted Much improved/Lost weight/Good Post Potential/Unproven
Gustavo Ayon 6'10" 250 27 3 Milwaukee Bucks $1,500,000 $1,500,000 Team Option Too small/Not enough Talent
Daniel Orton 6'10" 255 22 3 Oklahoma City Thunder $854,389 $916,099 Non guaranteed Getting less minutes than Thabeet-enough said
Greg Smith 6'10" 250 22 3 Houston Rockets $762,195 $884,293 Non guaranteed D-leaguer with potenital but too small
Bernard James 6'10" 240 28 3 Dallas Mavericks $473,604 $788,872 Non guaranteed Too small/Practive player potential
Ronny Turiaf 6'10" 250 30 3 L.A. Clippers $1,146,337 Journeyman Role player/Too small/Prefers contender
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