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With the offseason almost coming to an end, it’s safe to say that this one was quite a slow offseason, even despite the fact that we witnessed several shocking moves like DeMarcus Cousins joining the Dubs.

This year’s campaign may have a huge influence in all that happens next season and even though anything can change and we’re just still wrapping up this year’s free agency, it’s never too early to start planning ahead to next year, especially considering how stacked the 2019 free agent class is. That’s why today, we’re going to rank all 2019 free agents for you.

 

60. Michael Beasley – Unrestricted

 

 

 

Forward / Los Angeles Lakers / 12.7 points, 4.8 points, 1.3 assists

You may say whatever you want about Michael Beasley, but this guy has always been a walking bucket. He’s a coin toss, you never know what you may get out of him, but he can flat out ball when he wants to.

Beasley looks determined to prove that he still has what it takes to make it in this league and now that he’s joined by other misfits of the likes of McGee, Rondo and Stephenson, he may finally take a step forward and earn a 2-year deal.

 

59. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – Unrestricted

SF / Los Angeles Clippers / 6.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was a major addition by the Los Angeles Clippers this season, as he was coming off a very strong season with the Rockets as one of their prime stoppers at both forward spots.

Mbah a Moute’s offense is pretty much nonexistent, but still, he’s managed to develop a sweet stroke from three-point land, so he’s definitely going to lure various offers as one of the few good wing defenders.

 

58. Al-Farouq Aminu – Unrestricted

Forward / Portland Trail Blazers / 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1 steal

Al-Farouq Aminu is never going to be an offensive threat whatsoever, but he’s one of the best wing stoppers in the league, is deadly in passing lanes and is a nice rim protector despite being undersized.

With his ability to defend shooting guards and both forward spots, he’s definitely going to draw a lot of interest from teams interested in acquiring depth at the 3, especially if the Blazers miss the playoffs as projected.

 

57. CJ Miles – Player Option

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SF / Toronto Raptors / 9.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.5 3 pointers

CJ Miles is quite a unidimensional player, but his ability to consistently knock down shots from three-point land is definitely going to get him a lot of suitors, regardless of the fact that he’s already 30 years old.

He’s entering the last year of his deal with a player option for the next one, so if the Raptors don’t manage to hold on to Kawhi Leonard and/or Danny Green, he may also be headed out the door.

 

56. Bobby Portis – Restricted

PF – C / Chicago Bulls / 9.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists

Bobby Portis is a hell of a scorer and a guy that’s never going to be out hustled in either side of the glass, but truth to be told, he’s always been a major defensive liability and hasn’t shown signs of improvement in that regard.

That being said, the Bulls are likely to let him explore his value in free agency, and wouldn’t match bids that are too high. Still, they’d like to keep him to backup Wendell Carter Jr for an extra couple of years.

 

55. Lance Stephenson – Unrestricted

SG / Los Angeles Lakers / 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3 assists

Coming off a very nice season with the Indiana Pacers, the team still surprisingly gave this troublemaker the boot, which led him to the Los Angeles Lakers to join his sworn enemy LeBron James.

Stephenson is a bit of a tough pill to swallow, but when locked in, he can really contribute in both sides of the hardwood, especially with his pesky defense and ability to fill the stat sheet on a nightly basis, so he may find a couple of suitors for next season.

 

54. Larry Nance Jr – Restricted

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PF – C / Cleveland Cavaliers / 7.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals

Larry Nance Jr found himself leaving a dream by joining his old man’s team and even wearing his retired number. So far, he’s been a major factor in defense thanks to his hustle, length and hard work ethic.

He’s an athletic freak and even though he may never become an offensive factor, his effort and ability to read opposing passing lanes make him a valuable asset. Considering he’s not going to be quite expensive and the Cavs lack depth at that spot, they’re a lock to keep him.

 

53. Danny Green – Unrestricted

SG / Toronto Raptors / 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 3 pointers

Gregg Popovich turned Danny Green into one of the league’s best 3 & D players, so let’s see if can keep that up even despite leaving the Spurs. Streaky as his shooting is, he can get hot on the blink of an eye, and that’s something that’s going to get him paid for sure.

Also, he’s one of the best guys defending fast breaks, drawing charges and playing off-ball defense in the Association, so, even though he’s already 30 years old, he’s going to have a lot of offers on his table.

 

52. Taj Gibson – Unrestricted

PF / Minnesota Timberwolves / 9.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks

Taj Gibson has always found a way to play starter minutes, mostly thanks to his great defense in the post. He’s a nice rim protector, a hustler and he can even guard all the way to the perimeter with ease.

Gibson is a prime complement for Karl-Anthony Towns as he makes up for his defensive flaws, has a nice mid-range game, and never gives up on a loose ball. Also, if Thibodeau leaves the Timberwolves, he may also walk away.

 

51. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Team Option

SF / Charlotte Hornets / 9.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was supposed to take the league for assault and become one of the most dominant two-way forwards in the league, but up to this date, he’s been one of the biggest busts of the decade.

He’s got the skill set to become a lockdown defender, but he’s been inconsistent at best, not to mention his proneness to get hurt. With the Hornets looking at a rebuild, they may decline their team option on MKG.

 

50. Patrick Beverley – Unrestricted

PG / Los Angeles Clippers / 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists

Patrick Beverley was coming off a career year before suffering a season-ending injury, something that really hurt the Clippers as they really missed his suffocating backcourt defense for most of the year.

Beverley is a fierce dog every coach would love to have on their ranks, so, if the Clippers lean towards handing the keys of the car to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, he won’t be without a team for much time.

 

49. Bojan Bogdanovic – Unrestricted

SG – SF / Indiana Pacers / 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 3 pointers

Ever since making it to the league, Bojan Bogdanovic has been a prime example of hard work and quietly improving in both sides of the glass, especially in defense, where he’s been vastly underrated.

Bogdanovic is a great shooter from all three levels, coming off a year with shooting splits of 47 / 40 / 86, so he’s definitely going to find a lot of suitors interested in acquiring his sharpshooting services.

 

48. Dirk Nowitzki – Unrestricted

PF – C / Dallas Mavericks / 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists

Dirk Nowitzki’s ranked this low in this year’s free agency class mostly because we believe he won’t come back for an extra season. Hell, it was surprising to see him in threads for this season, to say the least.

Still, Nowitzki’s one of the greatest players to ever lace them up, and even if he manages to play for an extra year, there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s going to call it a day dressed in a Mavericks uniform.

 

47. Kelly Oubre Jr – Restricted

SF / Washington Wizards / 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.9 3 pointers

Kelly Oubre Jr hasn’t been able to take a step forward in his career mostly because of Otto Porter’s surge, but with Scott Brooks reportedly looking for 3 and 4 guard lineups this season, he may finally be able to prove his worth.

He’s an athletic wing that can play up to three spots and even though his defense is a work in progress, he’s really improved as a three-point shooter, so the Wizards would be wise to match any offers they get for him.

 

46. Thaddeus Young – Unrestricted

PF / Indiana Pacers / 13.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals

Thadd Young has always been, at least to me, one of the most underrated players in the league, mostly because he’s always been wandering around and hasn’t been able to establish himself on one team

He’s a solid scorer even though he lacks the range of a modern power forward, and brings a lot of hustle on both sides of the glass. Having said that, the Pacers are going to have to go through a bidding war to keep him, for sure.

 

45. Brook Lopez – Unrestricted

C / Milwaukee Bucks / 17.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks

The Milwaukee Bucks landed a huge bargain in Brook Lopez, a move that surprised everybody considering he was either set to take a lot of money, or a major pay cut to play for a contender, but wind up doing either.

Still, Lopez is a very talented scoring big man that can even occasionally hit from three-point territory and swat a couple of shots a game. Barring injury, he’s going to have several suitors interested.

 

44. Marcus Morris – Unrestricted

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Forward / Boston Celtics / 11.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals

Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart are perfect together because they’re arguably the toughest guys you’ll find on an NBA hardwood, and he provides a lot of hustle for the Celtics’ top-tier defense.

Also, he’s got a sweet scoring touch and can even consistently knock down three-pointers, not to mention the fact that he’s one of the few guys that can effectively check LeBron James in the post.

 

43. Markieff Morris – Unrestricted

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Forward / Washington Wizards / 11.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists

Markieff Morris is a slightly better scorer than his brother Marcus, although his defense isn’t as good as Marcus’. Still, he’s a tough big man that won’t back down from anybody and that will always put his body on the line on every loose ball.

He can stretch the offense as an undersized power forward and even play as a small-ball center, but considering how much money the Wizards are likely to spend on keeping Oubre Jr, he’s a prime candidate to leave the team.

 

42. Spencer Dinwiddie – Unrestricted

PG / Brooklyn Nets / 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists

Don’t let that kind of numbers fool you, as Spencer Dinwiddie is quietly and slowly proving that he’s worthy of a spot in an NBA roster. Moreover, he could even start for teams of the likes of the Magic and Suns.

Dinwiddie takes great care of the ball and doesn’t make many mistakes, he’s a textbook player that may not wow you with great or risky plays, and he’d be better off on a team without D’Angelo Russell taking away his minutes.

 

41. Trevor Ariza – Unrestricted

SF / Phoenix Suns / 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists

Ever since entering the league, Trevor Ariza has been known for his restless work ethic and his ability to consistently knock down shots from beyond three-point territory, let alone his defensive expertise.

Ariza is the kind of player every coach would love to have on his roster and if (when) the young Phoenix Suns implode, he’s likely to walk out the door and try to get another ring with a contending team.

 

40. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Unrestricted

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SG / Los Angeles Lakers / 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists

Other than his problems with law enforcement, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was quite solid for the Lakers last year, so there’s no surprise in them resigning him. Still, he’s not likely to stay put for much longer at the Staples.

Caldwell-Pope has vastly improved as a three-point shooter and is a pesky backcourt defender, but with Josh Hart quickly emerging as a younger, cheaper and better option, he’s likely to find a new team pretty soon.

 

39. Malcolm Brogdon – Restricted

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Guard – Milwaukee Bucks / 11.3 points, 3 rebounds, 3.8 assists

Malcolm Brogdon may not be the guy with the flashiest plays or stats, but he’s one of my favorite role players in the league as a guy that can either run the point or play off the ball with great ease.

Brogdon can play and guard both guard spots and even some small forwards thanks to his wingspan, he’s becoming a very consistent three-point shooter and doesn’t make any mistakes, even if he’s not becoming a superstar, the Bucks would be wise to keep him home.

 

38. Enes Kanter – Unrestricted

C / New York Knicks / 11.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists

Enes Kanter has never been much of a defender. As a matter of fact, he’s always getting torched, bullied and embarrassed down low. Even so, he’s arguably the best backup big man in the league, at least offensive wise.

He’s got a sweet scoring touch from inside and the elbows, is a great offensive rebounder and it seems like he finally found his home with the Knicks. Still, hopefully, they don’t overpay him, but that’s likely going to be the case.

 

37. Darren Collison – Unrestricted

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PG / Indiana Pacers / 12.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists

It’s crazy to think that Russell Westbrook was actually Darren Collison’s backup in college, considering that he hasn’t been able to establish himself as an elite point guard even though he’s had plenty of chance to do so.

Still, he’d be a major upgrade off the bench for a contending team if things don’t work out financially for him and the Pacers, but truth to be told, he’s looked at his best when accompanied by Victor Oladipo.

 

36. Rajon Rondo – Unrestricted

PG / Los Angeles Lakers / 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 8.5 assists

Regardless of the fact that Rondo’s prime is far behind him, he’s still, at least, a top-tier backup point guard in this league and still has a lot left on the tank, so he’s not going to be without a team for long if he decides to leave the Lakers.

Being the troublemaker he is, chemistry is always going to be a concern with Rondo. Still, his clutchness in the playoffs, top-tier defense (when he wants to) and playmaking ability make him worthy of a shot.

 

35. Jeff Teague – Player Option

PG / Minnesota Timberwolves / 12.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists

Jeff Teague has always been quite an underrated point guard, and even though he’s already turned 29 years old, he can still provide a sweet scoring touch and a nice playmaking ability, even if it’s from the bench.

If the Timberwolves struggle without Jimmy Butler and miss the playoffs once again, Teague is likely to decline his team option unless Minnesota offers him a huge deal, something that’s unlikely to happen.

 

34. Rudy Gay – Unrestricted

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Forward / San Antonio Spurs / 17.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists

Rudy Gay draws a lot of heat because of the fact that he was never able to take a step forward as the superstar we all thought he’d be, but even though, he’s one of the best two-way forwards in the league.

He’s always been a defensive stud and a consistent scorer from all three levels. Also, he’s embraced a lesser role off the bench with the Spurs, so he’s a prime candidate to play for a contender until he finally wins a ring.

 

33. JJ Redick – Unrestricted

SG / Philadelphia 76ers / 12.4 points, 2 rebounds, 1.9 3 pointers

JJ Redick proved to be a tailor-made fit for the surging Philadelphia 76ers, providing a much needed three-point shooter en route to coming back to the playoffs, and he looked pretty comfortable there all year long.

Still, with Markelle Fultz coming back and him allegedly ready to fight for a starting spot at the 2, he’s not likely to embrace a substitute role and could just walk away to a contender next season if he’s not traded.

 

32. Tyreke Evans – Unrestricted

SG – SF / Indiana Pacers / 16.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists

The Indiana Pacers landed a hell of a player in Tyreke Evans, a versatile guard / forward that can even run the point, and that’s coming off the best season of his career since his rookie season.

Even though I personally believe he’s not going to be able to sustain that kind of performances, he’s going to draw a lot of attention and get paid big time next season if the Pacers go back to the playoffs.

 

31. Jabari Parker – Team Option

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Forward / Chicago Bulls / 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2 assists

The Chicago Bulls made a great deal with Jabari Parker this offseason. Yes, they paid him 20 million a year, but with his upside, he’s worth the risk. Worst-case-scenario, they just decline their team option and that’s it.

Still, Parker has shown to be a hard-working young man that’s determined to fulfill his potential in the NBA. He’s a solid scorer that can play and guard both forward spots, and an offensive stud that just needs to stay healthy to become a superstar.

 

30. Nikola Mirotic – Unrestricted

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Forward / New Orleans Pelicans / 11.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 3 pointers

Nikola Mirotic isn’t nearly half of the player we all expected him to be at this stage of his career, but he was a major stud when he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and look motivated to prove his worth.

He’s struggled with inconsistency throughout his entire career and isn’t the most committed defender in the world, but he’s got the kind of upside to be worth a mid-tier deal with the Pelicans or any other team.

 

29. Nikola Vucevic – Unrestricted

C / Orlando Magic / 14.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists

Nikola Vucevic is a walking double-double, a guy that can easily put points on the scoreboard and that has even added the three-point shot to his repertoire, being something of the likes of a poor man’s Brook Lopez.

Still, with the Magic set to hand most center minutes to Mo Bamba, he’s a prime trade candidate this season, so it’s going to be quite interesting to see who’s interested in landing a guy that’s likely to ask for a lot of money next year.

 

28. Jonas Valanciunas – Player Option

C / Toronto Raptors / 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1 block

Jonas Valanciunas is an elite pick and roll player with the kind of body to become one of the most dominant big men in the league but has lacked the character to step up when his team needs him the most.

The Raptors are in win-now mode and if things don’t work out in the post DeRozan era, they may find themselves in the need to trade their starting big man and kickstart their rebuilding process.

 

27. Hassan Whiteside – Player Option

C / Miami Heat / 13.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks

Now that all the buzz and hype surrounding Hassan Whiteside has finally gone away, a huge deal for his services may also be out of the table, mostly due to his attitude issues and his lack of improvement.

He’s a top-tier rim protector but he’s so full of himself and isn’t nearly half as good as he thinks he is. Other than blocks, he’s not much of a good defender, and with him wanting out of the Heat, the team is unlikely to draw much value from him.

 

26. Harrison Barnes – Player Option

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SF / Dallas Mavericks / 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists

Harrison Barnes is yet another case of a player that looked like a dominant stud in college but whose development stalled when making it to the league. He lacks the character to take a step forward and is an average forward at best.

Still, he’s young and he’s not likely to be expensive for any team wanting to acquire his services. That’s, of course, if he decides to opt out of the last year of his deal with the reinforced and renewed Dallas Mavericks.

 

25. Ricky Rubio – Unrestricted

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PG / Utah Jazz / 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.9 assists

Ricky Rubio is something of the likes of a poor man’s Rajon Rondo, but with an easy going personality. You know he’s not going to score or ever develop a jump shot, but he’s a top-notch playmaker.

He’s also an underrated defender and showed great chemistry with Donovan Mitchell. With Grayson Allen and Dante Exum leading the second unit, the Jazz better hand Rubio an extension pretty soon.

 

24. Eric Bledsoe – Unrestricted

PG / Milwaukee Bucks / 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists

Eric Bledsoe is another guy that has the talent and skill set to become a dominant two-way player but that seems to be way over himself. His overconfidence always comes back to bite him in the rear and it’s time for him to grow up to fulfill his potential.

Bledsoe is definitely worthy of a mid-risk deal due to his upside, and it looked like he developed some nice chemistry with Middleton and Giannis. Still, it will be up to him to decide whether he stays or leaves.

 

23. D’Angelo Russell – Restricted

PG / Brooklyn Nets / 14.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists

It’s now or never for D’Angelo Russell. D-Lo is entering a contract year and is still yet to prove that he can be the explosive scorer he was during his college stint, either because of a toxic Lakers environment, his misbehavior, or injuries.

There’s no more room for excuses now. This guy is one of the most talented ballers I’ve seen in years and he’s shown glimpses of greatness in the past, so hopefully, he can take a step forward this season and earn his money.

 

22. Terry Rozier – Restricted

PG / Boston Celtics / 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists

Terry Rozier made quite a good impression the past season, but truth to be told, we actually feel like Danny Ainge should’ve made the most of that opportunity to trade high on him in return for some picks.

Rozier is good, but he’s not as good as he was last year, and won’t replicate that kind of performances with Kyrie and Smart healthy. Still, I’d keep him around only if no other team overpays for his services.

 

21. Julius Randle – Player Option

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PF / New Orleans Pelicans / 13.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists

Julius Randle bet on himself this season and joined the New Orleans Pelicans to see if coach Alvin Gentry can make him play the way he did with DeMarcus Cousins the prior campaign, something quite probable, to be honest.

If he thrives next to Anthony Davis, which we all know he will, he should really consider staying put at New Orleans for the long run, as they could create one of the toughest frontcourts in the league for many years to come.

 

20. Myles Turner – Restricted

PF – C / Indiana Pacers / 12.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 blocks

Ever since Myles Turner entered the league, we’ve been waiting for him to have that breakout season and prove that he has what it takes to become an elite two-way big man, but that hasn’t been the case so far.

That being said, it’s still pretty early on his career and he can still turn around to become a major stud, but the Pacers need to be careful with the kind of deal they offer him, especially with so many players of their team set to test free agency.

 

19. Dwight Howard – Player Option

C / Washington Wizards / 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2 blocks

Looking back as we all thought Dwight Howard would be, it’s pretty sad and crazy to take a look at what his career has become right now, being passed around the league in salary dump deals like some kind of the bust.

We’re still talking about a 3-time Defensive Player of the Year here and even though his prime is far behind him, he’s still more than capable of making a true impact in both ends of the glass, so hopefully, he has a nice year with the Wizards.

 

18. Isaiah Thomas – Unrestricted

PG / Denver Nuggets / 18.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists

Personally, I have never been much of a fan of Isaiah Thomas. But, for such an undersized guy to come such a long way, you’ve got to at least respect him as one of the craftiest and most versatile scorers of the past couple of years.

Thomas has the responsibility of leading the Nuggets second unit as the team is keen to make it back to the playoffs. He still has to prove that he’s healthy and can go back to his former self, so hopefully that’s the case.

 

17. Tobias Harris – Unrestricted

Forward / Los Angeles Clippers / 14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists

Tobias Harris is one of the most underrated players in the league, at least to my eyes, and I can’t still fathom the fact that he’s been passed around the league so much despite him being able to contribute in so many areas.

Besides being a prime trade chip, he can score, rebound has a length to be a good wing stopper and is a nice shooter, so hopefully, he finds a team where he’s finally valued and earns a good paycheck.

 

16. Paul Millsap – Team Option

PF / Denver Nuggets / 14.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists

Paul Millsap was a major disappointment throughout his first season with the Denver Nuggets considering how much they paid to acquire his services, mostly because he spent most of the year sidelined with an injury.

He’s got the chance to make a good impression now as they try to go back to the playoffs, but truth to be told, the team is likely to decline their option and he’ll likely take a major pay cut to play for a contender.

 

15. Khris Middleton – Player Option

SG – SF / Milwaukee Bucks / 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3 assists

Like Tobias Harris, Khris Middleton is one of the most underrated players in the world, perhaps because he’s been forced to live under Giannis Antetokounmpo’s shadow ever since playing with the Bucks.

Middleton is a switchable defender that can guard multiple spots, a very consistent three-point shooter, an overall efficient scorer and even a willing playmaker, so he’s going to have a lot of teams interested in signing him for sure.

 

14. Goran Dragic – Player Option

Guard / Miami Heat / 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists

Goran Dragic has pretty much stalled, and I still can’t believe the fact that he was an All-Star ahead of players like Ben Simmons. But hey, he’s still a 2nd tier player that any team would love to have as a 2nd or 3rd scoring option.

Dragic may be on the trade block this season as he’s likely to demand way more money that he’s actually worthy, but still, teams like the Suns or Magic will definitely try and get him as they’re desperate for a point guard.

 

13. DeAndre Jordan – Unrestricted

C / Dallas Mavericks / 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks

DeAndre Jordan isn’t getting any younger and he knows that he may never have the chance to ink his signature on a huge deal again, but he’s still a top-tier rim protector any contending team would love to have.

If things don’t work out between him and the Mavericks this year, he’s going to have plenty of suitors waiting in line to make him their defensive anchor, especially with how few rim protectors the league features right now.

 

12. Marc Gasol – Player Option

C / Memphis Grizzlies / 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists

Marc Gasol doesn’t want to be a part of a rebuilding team and the Memphis Grizzlies are well aware of that, especially with him getting older and really hesitating to commit and resign with the team.

Gasol is a prime trade candidate for this season, and even if he’s traded to a contender, he’s likely to opt out of the final year of his deal in order to make numbers work and have the chance to play for a competitive squad.

 

11. LaMarcus Aldridge – Unrestricted

PF / San Antonio Spurs / 19.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists

LaMarcus Aldridge’s prime is coming to an end and he needs to be quite mature about it. Either he takes the money and plays for a subpar team, or he takes a huge pay cut and continues to try and win a Championship.

Aldridge isn’t worthy of a max deal considering his lack of defensive expertise and the fact that he’s just an elbow scorer that disappears in the clutch. Hopefully, he’ll be mature enough to embrace a lesser role and help a team towards a ring.

 

10. Al Horford – Player Option

PF – C / Boston Celtics / 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists

Al Horford is vastly underrated, and I’d make him sign an extension right now even despite his age. He can guard the perimeter, protect the rim, find an open guy, hit a three, rebound and score from the inside.

The Boston Celtics are the clear frontrunner to take the East for assault now that LeBron joined the Lakers, so it would be really wise from Horford to opt-in on the last year of his deal and stay put at the Garden.

 

9. Kemba Walker – Unrestricted

PG / Charlotte Hornets / 18.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists

Kemba Walker was reportedly being quietly shopped by the Charlotte Hornets before last season’s trade deadline, but no moves went through because nobody wanted to give up a first rounder for a guy that was set to become a free agent.

That being the case, the Hornets are likely to try and trade him away this season, as he’s wasting his prime years on a team stuck on a mediocrity spiral. He’d be a major upgrade for several teams.

 

8. Kristaps Porzingis – Restricted

PF – C / New York Knicks / 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2 blocks

Kristaps Porzingis is about to miss most of the next season, and several insiders even point towards him being shut down for the entire year, something that may hurt his market value by a long shot.

Either way, healthy or not, the Knicks were going to match any bids Porzingis got, as he’s their primary franchise cornerstone and will be for many years to come, maybe; alongside Kevin Knox.

 

7. Karl-Anthony Towns – Restricted

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PF – C / Minnesota Timberwolves / 21.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists

Now that Jimmy Butler is heading towards the exit, Karl-Anthony Towns is locked in as the future of the Minnesota Timberwolves (something that was always going to be like that, but that took a while to confirm).

Karl-Anthony Towns is going to sign a huge extension with the Timberwolves and he’s definitely worthy of that kind of money, but he has to put a lot of work in the defensive end of the hardwood to finally become a top-tier big man.

 

6. DeMarcus Cousins – Unrestricted

C / Golden State Warriors / 21.5 points, 11 rebounds, 3.2 assists

Following this year’s questionable decision, Boogie Cousins is set to explore free agency once again, so him leaving the Warriors would depend on whether the team resigns Kevin Durant and-or Klay Thompson or not.

If he manages to come back and play at the same level he was playing before suffering that season-ending injury, Cousins is going to have a lot of teams interested in signing him, although his character is going to be a huge concern, as usual.

 

5. Jimmy Butler – Player Option

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SG – SF / Minnesota Timberwolves / 16.4 points, 4.9 rebounds. 3.4 assists

Jimmy Butler has raised serious concerns between general managers due to his recent desire to be traded. He’s getting kind of spoiled and even though he’s a star, he thinks so highly of himself.

Even so, he’s a top-tier two-way player and several teams would love to have him, but with that kind of attitude, finding a potential suitor is going to be quite difficult, as he needs to commit to resigning with them or they won’t trade for him.

 

4. Klay Thompson – Unrestricted

SG / Golden State Warriors / 19.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 3 pointers

Klay Thompson is set to become an unrestricted free agent and even though he’s said over and over that he’s comfortable at the bay with the money he’s making and the role he has, some insiders point towards him wanting to have a bigger role.

Thompson is the son of Mychal Thompson, a former Laker. The Lakers have the money. Magic Johnson loves him. LeBron James is a Laker. We’re not saying anything, but hey, you do the math.

 

3. Kyrie Irving – Player Option

PG / Boston Celtics / 22 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists

Kyrie Irving is one of the world’s best scorers and the guy with the best handles in the world. He’s the kind of player all fans would kill to have on their team, but unfortunately, they’re going to have to wait.

Yes, Kyrie Irving has recently committed to resigning with the Boston Celtics after this season, and that will make him eligible for a 188+ million contract extension. So much for the “Kyrie going to the Knicks” narrative.

 

2. Kawhi Leonard – Player Option

SG – SF / Toronto Raptors / 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists

Kawhi Leonard’s future is still in the air and truth to be told, we think the Toronto Raptors made a huge mistake by trading away their franchise player for a one year rental on a guy that’s really likely to walk out the door.

Leonard is the best two-way player in the world and maybe he’s worth the risk, but still, with him constantly stating that he wants to play in Los Angeles and with the Clippers and Lakers onto him, that was kind of a dumb move.

 

1. Kevin Durant – Unrestricted

 

Forward / Golden State Warriors / 27.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists

And obviously, next year’s top free agent has to be Kevin Durant, as he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent and several insiders point towards him interested in joining the Lakers and Knicks.

He’s finally won a ring with the Warriors so he may want to stop being a villain and try and compete again as he did when he played with the Thunder. Hopefully, that’s the case, as we feel like the Dubs pretty much ruined the league.

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