With each conference finals already taking place and the Draft lottery also on the books, most franchises are ready to plan for the summer, looking to move some assets while trying to make room and have some available cash in order to land top-notch free agents.
But, besides the top-tier players we all know such as DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Kevin Durant and LeBron James set to become free agents, there are a lot of very productive ballers that may be huge pickups for any team.
Today, we’re going to talk about them, letting you know about the top 10 free agents that may have a lot of value regardless of where they play next season.
10. Ed Davis
Ed Davis is a master of the intangibles, a hustler that doesn’t put up much on the stat sheet but that brings a lot of energy to the table in both sides of the glass, especially when it comes to the defensive end.
Despite being undersized, he’s been quite good containing opposing centers, has great defensive awareness and will never be out-hustled, and should be available at a very low price during the summer.
9. Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans is unlikely to sustain what he did all season long for the sluggish Memphis Grizzlies, mostly because he’s not going to get as many touches as he had on a team with no offensive flow whatsoever.
Even though, he proved that he can be lights out scorer from everywhere on the floor, not to mention being a very willing passer and underrated defender, so he should be on the list of every team looking for an offensive spark off the bench.
8. Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza’s always been one of the ultimate 3 and D kind of players in the league and with the Houston Rockets likely to be short on money to make a run on LeBron James and offer a max to Clint Capela, the veteran forward is a lock to be headed out the door.
Ariza’s one of the best wing stoppers in the league and a very reliable scorer from beyond the arc, as well as having a lot of playoff experience, and shouldn’t need much convincing signing for a contending team.
7. Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley had an off year after becoming one of the league’s top-notch defenders under Brad Stevens, but it’s been quite clear that he’s got the kind of skill set to be a huge factor in both ends of the hardwood.
Bradley can guard both guard spots and even small forwards, is an underrated passer, a committed rebounder and a versatile scorer, so he’d be a major addition for anyone willing to take a gamble on him.
6. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a very good year with the Los Angeles Lakers, except for his travel suspension due to police charges, but he’s unlikely to stay put with a team keen to get rid of as much money off their books as they can.
He’s improved as a catch and shoot from three-point land and can even create his own shot, not to mention his a very pesky backcourt defender that should come pretty handy for any team, especially off the bench.
5. Tony Parker
Tony Parker has recently stated that he’s open to leaving the San Antonio Spurs this summer and try his luck elsewhere, something that shocked all basketball world after the Frenchman spent his entire career under Popovich.
He’s unlikely to become a starter elsewhere but could be a major addition as a veteran leader, and he’s always been one of the smartest playmakers to set foot on an NBA hardwood, not to mention his clutchness in the playoffs.
4. Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford is one of the league’s greatest shooters and scorers ever, and a perennial Sixth Man Of The Year candidate, but he kind of struggled to get much going on a Timberwolves squad that leaned so much in their first unit.
Still, he’s the master of the 4 point play and a guy that can create his own offense with great ease, as well as a willing passer that always knows how to get the most of the opposing defense.
3. JJ Redick
JJ Redick had an outstanding year with the Philadelphia 76ers, but with the team reportedly trying to land Leonard, James or George, he may be the odd man out and walk away for free, especially with Markelle Fultz ready to play for a full season.
Should he leave the Sixers, he could have a lot of offers set on the table, as he’s a switchable defender that also happens to be one of the best shooters in the league, either off the ball or just pulling up from distance.
2. Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo left the Chicago Bulls on a very high note after great performances in the playoffs and didn’t miss a beat this year as the New Orleans Pelicans primary ball handler, also showing terrific defense in the playoffs against Lillard and McCollum.
Rondo’s the league’s ultimate pass-first point guard and even though he’s been known for being kind of a troublemaker, the veteran has shown glimpses of his former self, and his bidding price shouldn’t be as high as you’d expect.
1. Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade is still undecided on his future and if he chooses to stay in the league for an extra season, it’s quite unlikely that he decides to sign with any team that isn’t his beloved Miami Heat.
Still, he proved that he can bring it during the playoffs and he would be a 6MOY candidate under Spoelstra’s system, being one of the best defensive shooting guards in the league, a great passer and a deadly scorer.