Making it to an NBA roster as you age out is no easy task, and you need to choose whether you want to have a big role, a big paycheck, or the chance to play for the Chip, as it’s pretty unlikely that you have all of them.
There have been quite some interesting signings (and extensions) during the summer, with LeBron James’ departure to the Los Angeles Lakers and DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Dubs being the biggest news so far.
Free agency has been going on for a while and even though there hasn’t been much movement over the last couple of weeks, there are still a lot of solid ballers that are yet to sign a deal with a team. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 remaining free agents.
10. Jarrett Jack
Jarrett Jack has a lot of experience on his bag and even though his best years are far behind him, he still has what it takes to be at least a third string point guard and mentorship young playmakers.
He could sign midseason with a contending side or to fill a spot for an injured player, and he shouldn’t be quite expensive to get considering the lack of interest he’s gotten from NBA teams so far.
9. Jason Terry
Jason Terry has recently stated that he wants to play for at least another season in the NBA, although, up to this day, we still don’t know if he’s actually going to have the chance to fulfill that desire.
Terry is no longer the deadly shooter he used to be, nor the crafty ball handler he once was, but his veteran leadership and presence could really help round up some young point guards as their mentor.
8. Ty Lawson
If you ask me, he looked pretty solid in limited minutes with the Washington Wizards during the playoffs, and even though he’s not going to be the 10+ dime per game he once was, he would be a great backup point guard.
Lawson’s career reached a dead end due to his struggles to stay out of trouble, but he finally looks motivated to turn things around and should get another chance to do things right next season.
7. Joe Johnson
According to several reports, Joe Johnson isn’t ready to call it quits just yet and would like to play for 1 or 2 extra years, and truth to be told, he could still be a very valuable asset off the bench.
Iso Joe is a great shooter and teammate, and he could either sign midseason with a contender or just make it as a bottom of the bench kind of guy for a lesser squad trying to fill roster spots, like the Hawks or Kings.
6. Corey Brewer
Corey Brewer was a great fit for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year, but with Andre Roberson set to come back from injury, perhaps minutes won’t be there for the defensive-minded guard/forward.
Brewer could be a lot of help for a team of the likes of the Houston Rockets that are desperately craving a stopper at the wings, and he may even offer some interesting things in the offensive end of the floor.
5. Nick Young
‘Swaggy Champ’ is still up for grabs after finally winning his first ever NBA Championship (yeah, we still can’t believe it either) and we already know what he’s capable of bringing to the table on a nightly basis.
Also, he just dropped 60 points on the Drew League a couple of days ago, and even though nobody (not even him) will ever take him seriously, he’s a solid scorer that several contenders should pursue.
4. Jamal Crawford
The fact that Jamal Crawford still hasn’t been signed by a team is really surprising to me, considering he’s still looking quite fresh despite his age and the lack of backup scorers in the league.
Crawford is an instant offensive spark off the bench and should be really cheap at this point of his career, especially with him keen to sign with a contender to finally win an NBA Championship.
3. David West
It’s still unclear whether if David West will call it a day or not, but if he doesn’t retire, he could still be a very solid asset off the bench for any contender as a hard-nosed defender and great mid-range scorer.
His best years are far behind him and he’s already become a Champion so maybe he doesn’t have much motivation to play for an extra season, but hopefully, we’ll see a lot more of West next year.
2. Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood’s value took a major hit the last couple of months of the season when he failed to impress with the Cleveland Cavaliers and then refused to enter a game in garbage time, so the fact that he’s not signed yet isn’t much of a surprise.
Still, this guy is a flat out baller and can light it up day in and day out, he’s still young and just needs another chance to prove his worth, and maybe he takes the Cavaliers’ qualifying offer to try and do so.
1. Dwyane Wade
According to several reports, Dwyane Wade received a huge offer to play a couple of seasons in China, but apparently, he hasn’t even decided if he wants to keep on with basketball after a great 15-year career.
Moreover, he’s more likely to sign with the Heat than move to China, regardless of the money. Still, the team is set to have Dion Waiters back and maybe he’s not ready to take the back seat and embrace a lesser role.