Before the free agency flood gates open up, let’s break what each team needs. The free agency player pool is deep as ever and there will be much movement in the next few days. Right now we are in the midst of lining up of free agency meetings and a host of verbal commitments.
Can we all agree that Jordan spurning the Mavericks was a bad move? Enough with the bubbly intro talk, here are free agent suggestions from myself for all 30 teams.
Atlanta Hawks – Brook Lopez
The Hawks could use more skill up front. They should consider adding another big man that fits in with the modern NBA. If Porzingis is a unicorn, then Lopez is a pegasus. The big man known as splash mountain provides rim protection and a more than reliable shooting stroke.
Brooklyn Nets – Austin Rivers
The Brooklyn Nets will not become contenders without adding depth. The addition of an Austin Rivers would add a skilled guard who can give you buckets off the pine. Brooklyn, don’t hold back the Rivers.
Boston Celtics – Kevon Looney
Following the departure of Aron Baynes and Al Horford, the Celtics are looking pretty thin up front. The addition of Looney at a bargain price would be unreal. The big man has great hands and is developing his range. The two-way upside of this young big man is intriguing.
Charlotte Hornets – Tomas Satoransky
The Charlotte Hornets should be targeting any and every option for a point guard. Satoransky reminds me of Shaun Livingston with a three-point shot. He has great size and so much potential oozing in his veins. Give this guy a sizeable offer sheet since he’s a restricted free agent.
Chicago Bulls – Ish Smith
The Bulls are hunting for a veteran point guard. I think Smith is an ideal match. The nifty vet is a decent playmaker and very smart by playing to his strengths. Rarely takes threes because it’s not his game.
Cleveland Cavaliers – Jeremy Lamb
The Cavs have their share of combo guards, but they use another off guard with upside. Lamb really came into his own last season and was one of the few bright spots for Charlotte. Try to sell him on a future in Cleveland. Lamb is a professional bucket getter.
Dallas Mavericks – JaVale McGee
Once a laughing stock, but now a rising star in the basketball world. The skilled big man has improved in every facet of the game. The Mavericks could use an upgrade at center and McGee could be a bargain. Imagine a frontcourt of Doncic, Porzingis, and McGee. That’s dynamite in a bottle.
Denver Nuggets – Ed Davis
The Nuggets are arguably the deepest team in the NBA. They are stacked at almost every position. However, I believe they could use more help up front. The Nuggets could use more grit and toughness. Davis brings that in spades. A big man that will do the dirty work necessary to win ball games.
Detroit Pistons – JJ Redick
Blake Griffin should put on his recruiting cap and go to work. Redick could be the missing piece for the Pistons offense. Redick can also be a 3rd option offensively and a great leader to a young Pistons team. Griffin makes a house call to Redick.
Golden State Warriors – Bojan Bogdanovic
Regardless, of Kevin Durant’s impending free agency decision, the Warriors need to still compete hard. They should meet and sell Bogdanovic on competing for a championship or a deep playoff run. The skilled shooter can score at levels from a distance, mid-range, and inside the paint.
Houston Rockets – Al-Farouq Aminu
The Rockets need to look for more versatile defenders who can stretch the floor. Aminu fits the bill and if the Blazers cannot come to terms with an agreement, the Rockets could and should strike.
Indiana Pacers – Ricky Rubio
Darren Collison’s retirement and Cory Joseph’s impending free agency leaves a void at the point guard position for Indy. Rubio would fit amazingly in their system. The ability to defer to guys like Oladipo, Sabonis, Warren, and Turner is appreciated.
Los Angeles Clippers – Enes Kanter
The Clippers might not have the opportunity to use both max slots. They should spend their money wisely. An upgrade at the center would do wonders. Kanter would play with an undying passion every night. The double-double machine needs a new home.
Los Angeles Lakers – George Hill
A point guard that can play off the ball is always welcomed next to LeBron James. George Hill may not be a better player than Rajon Rondo, but it’s a better fit on the Lakers.
Memphis Grizzlies – Darius Miller
The swingman and his 6’8 frame are a great fit in the grit n grind. More importantly, is his savviness from 3 point land. Lights out shooter and solid defender.
Miami Heat – Patrick Beverley
I have an idea, move Goran Dragic to the bench to be the sixth man and start a more defensive minded PG that fits Spo’s system. Beverley’s hustling attitude would be welcomed in Miami.
Milwaukee Bucks – Kyle Korver
A Kyle Korver and Mike Budenholzer reunion party. This might be one of his last years in the league. The 38-year-old needs to chase rings. Milwaukee is dangerously close to history.
Minnesota Timberwolves – D’Angelo Russell
These two have been linked, but they should bring out the wedding bells. An excellent marriage. The excitement of a possible big 3 with Towns and Wiggins. They could run the West.
New Orleans Pelicans – Dewayne Dedmon
The Pelicans are young team hunting for a big man. Dedmon is no Horford, but the stretch 5 works hard on the boards and can be a viable rim protector.
New York Knicks – Julius Randle
The Knicks are probably gearing up for Giannis come 2021. This free agency doesn’t have to be a bust though. Try to get a quality and versatile rising star big in Julius Randle.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Terrence Ross
This team has something against 3 point shooters. No more hatred please, go after Terrence Ross. Sell him on contending in the west. Ross as a 3 and D bucket getter is the missing piece.
Orlando Magic – Delon Wright
Another restricted free agent, but the Magic should force the Grizzlies hand here and drop a big offer sheet. Wright’s two-way upside makes him an upgrade over DJ Augustin.
Philadelphia 76ers – Marcus Morris Sr.
The Philly native definitely would benefit the Sixers. Could be a decent big man. A polished game offensively and much playoff experience to a young club. Boston’s loss is your gain.
Phoenix Suns – Malcolm Brogdon
The Suns are shopping for something. They need to get Booker an adequate backcourt mate. Jimmer Fredette is not the answer. A 40/50/90 combo guard can fit in immediately in any system.
Portland Trail Blazers – Vince Carter
Vinsanity is reportedly looking to retire after next season. He should spend his last year trying to contend for his first ring. Carter, no shame in ring chasing. A valuable veteran to a relatively young blazer team.
Sacramento Kings – Al Horford
The Kings are not and will likely never be an attractive free agent destination. They have their chance to land their first big name free agent in a long time. Horford is 32 years old, but he has one of the best IQs of any big man in the game. This move would catapult the Kings back to the postseason.
San Antonio Spurs – JaMychal Green
Green would develop amazingly under Popovich. This guy is a nice glue guy to any franchise. For the first time in a long time, the Spurs lack a glue guy.
Toronto Raptors – Seth Curry
The Raptors are fresh off a championship and are playing with house money. They just need to continue to add the right pieces. Another solid shooter in the form of a Curry is never a bad decision.
Utah Jazz – Bobby Portis
The Jazz is one of the many teams enamored with Bobby Portis. It’s kinda funny, you can’t get Nikola Mirotic cause he’s going back to Europe, but you can get the guy that punched some sense into him. The Jazz is emerging as dark horse contenders.
Washington Wizards – Lance Stephenson
Stephenson may seem like a headcase on the court at times, but he is not a locker room problem. The Wizards have always had a depth issue. Lance could make em dance in DC. Great combo guard off the pine.