Free Agent Help

Ronnie Brewer averaged 13.7 ppg last year and is just over 12 ppg this season.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's hard to find players who can contribute to your squad at this time of year. If you haven't already picked up Allen Iverson, you should probably do so while is ownership is still at the 20% level.

Other than AI, the pickings are slim. But here are five players with less than 90% ownership who might be available in your league.

John Salmons, Chicago - Salmons is the least likely of the options who might still be a free agent. He's on 86% of all rosters. The Bulls guard/forward is getting the same number of shots he got in 2008-09 when he averaged 18.3 ppg, but he's not shooting at the same percentage. Overall he's hitting 38.5% of his shots versus 47.3 last year. He's also lost about a rebound-a-game, but his assists are up as are his steals. Salmons has scored 22-or-more in three of his last for games.

Jason Thompson, Sacramento - The former Rider star and 2008 first-round draft choice (12th overall) is improving every game. He's averaging 14.5 ppg and 9.4 rpg and has scored 22 points in each of his last two outings.

Spencer Hawes, Sacramento - Hawes is playing solid, if unspectacular, basketball averaging 11.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg. Hawes scored 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting against Indiana Wednesday. He sat out the previous game with a bruised right knee, but has scored 16-or-more points in three of the last four games.

Ronnie Brewer, Utah - Although not one of the team's first few options (No.1 - Carlos Boozer, No.2 - Deron Williams, No.3 - Mehmet Okur) on offense, he averaged 13.7 ppg last year and is just over 12 ppg this season. With all the injuries to the Jazz bench, he should get plenty of playing time and continue to produce.

Nick Collison, Oklahoma City - After missing the last four games (sprained knee), Collison came back against Philadelphia and poured in 18 points in 21 minutes of play. Whether he can continue to play at this level is the question.

Possible Free Agent Pickups
Player Team PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PT% FT% %OWN
John Salmons CHI 14.7 3.3 2.6 1.9 0.8 38.5 32.9 74.6 86
Jason Thompson SAC 14.5 9.4 2.1 0.5 1.2 48.1 0.0 80.7 84
Spencer Hawes SAC 11.8 6.8 1.8 0.6 1.3 48.4 26.9 81.8 77
Ronnie Brewer UTA 12.4 3.3 2.8 1.4 0.4 51.2 25.0 58.2 59
Nick Collison OKC 5.1 3.9 0.3 0.3 0.7 66.7 0.0 77.8 5


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