Unlike the 2010 free-agent class, which was full of great players in their prime like LeBron James (right), the 2012 crop was full of great players past their prime like Kevin Garnett (left). Still, those old guys all landed lucrative new contracts. So did the young ones.
Who?! Yes, if you're not an avid NBA fan, you may not know about Ilyasova, who boosted his stock with eight double-doubles in Milwaukee's final 13 games last season. A 6-10 power forward from Turkey, he's a rugged rebounder (8.8 rpg) who also shot over 45 percent from 3-point range. And at 25, he's just entering his prime. The Bucks kept him with a five-year, $45 million deal.
As Steve Nash's understudy in Phoenix and Kyle Lowry's in Houston, Dragic never got a chance to run a team until Lowry was injured last season. He excelled as a starter, averaging 18 points and 8.4 assists, and showed he's ready for a leading role for years to come. The 26-year-old Yugoslavian lefty agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with the Suns, who will hand him the reins as Nash leaves for the Lakers.
Thanks to his reality-show stint, he'll probably always be best known as Kim Kardashian's ex, but the other reality is that Humphries, 27, has become a pretty decent power forward. He averaged 13.8 points and 11 rebounds last season, his second straight averaging a double-double, and will remain with the Nets on a new two-year, $24 million deal.
After eight years in Dallas, the Jet is spreading his wings for Boston. At 34 he's only three years removed from winning Sixth Man of the Year and just one from his clutch play in the 2011 Finals. Still a fearless shot-maker and a premier sixth man, Terry has aged well, like most great shooters, and will join the Celtics on a three-year, $15 million contract.
Last season the Nets traded their first-round pick (No. 6 overall) to Portland for Wallace, 29, a high-energy defender and rebounder who is well-respected in the league. They could have lost him when he opted out of the final year and $9.5 million on his contract, but he agreed to a new four-year, $40 million deal with the Nets as they move to Brooklyn.
The NBA's all-time 3-point shot-maker still may have the sweetest stroke in the game. In his 16th NBA season, Allen shot a career-best 45 percent from long range and 91 percent from the line. Ankle problems slowed him in the playoffs, but the 36-year-old is a fitness fanatic who should be a great addition to the Miami Heat. He signed a three-year deal worth $9 million with the NBA champs, turning down a more lucrative offer to remain in Boston.
Duncan, 36, was free to go anywhere, but there was never a chance he'd leave San Antonio, where he's spent all 15 of his NBA seasons and won four championships. His new three-year deal with the Spurs is reportedly worth $30 million and is fully guaranteed, virtually ensuring he will finish his career with the only NBA team he has ever known.
Most 38-year-old point guards who can't guard their own shadow would have minimal market value. But Nash remains an offensive maestro on the court, one of the greatest shooters and passers in league history. Incredibly, he'll now join his longtime rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, in a sign-and-trade deal for three years and $25 million.
If you think Garnett is washed up, you must not have watched the 2012 playoffs. Playing out of position at center, he dominated the big men for the Hawks, Sixers and Heat. At 36, he ain't what he used to be. But he's probably better than the center on your favorite team. His new three-year, $34 million deal with the Celtics will allow him to surpass Shaquille O'Neal ($292M) for the highest career earnings in NBA history.
There's only one NBA star in his prime who was on the open market this summer. Williams, 28, is a three-time All-Star point guard who doesn't do anything great but does everything well. He re-signed with the Nets for a max contract of five years and over $98 million as the team moves to Brooklyn. That's bad news for the Dallas Mavericks, his hometown team who he was also considering.