Most free agents have already decided the next team they’re going to sign for, but surprisingly, there are still a handful of guys that could be really helpful for NBA teams and haven’t been signed yet.
Either because they’re waiting for Kawhi Leonard’s decision or because they’re working on a deal as we speak, but we just can’t understand how some of these ballers are still free agents as of today.
We think it’s just a matter of time before we find out where these guys are going to play next season, so sit down as we walk you through the best 10 remaining free agents not named Kawhi Leonard.
10. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony played only 10 games for the Rockets last season, and after that he didn’t play for any other team. He is a free agent and even though he was one of the best scorers in the league, he didn’t sign any contract so far.
The best destinations could be San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and even Golden State Warriors, but the question is who will take a risk and sign probably the most overrated player in the last few seasons?
9. Delon Wright
Delon Wright had a great stretch at the end of the season with the Memphis Grizzlies after being dealt by the Toronto Raptors in the Marc Gasol trade, so he should have plenty of suitors in free agency.
Wright is an above-the-average playmaker that can also play the two-guard spot, he’s more than capable of running an offense and with all the teams lacking depth here, he should definitely be an option.
8. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s season was tainted with some off-court incidents and he wasn’t able to play to the top of his capacities, but there’s no reason to think he’s not a valuable role player anymore.
Caldwell-Pope is a solid shooter and defender that could really help any contending team off the bench, and given his great rapport with LeBron James, the Lakers may bring him back next season.
7. Jabari Parker
It’s crazy to think that Jabari Parker was considered to be the next superstar for this league. Often compared to Carmelo Anthony, it looks like they’re facing a similar fate and scrutiny right now.
Parker is a terrible defender and his offense isn’t exactly up to date, but the upside and potential is still there and given the right amount of money, he should be given another chance to prove his worth off the bench.
6. JaMychal Green
JaMychal Green is the kind of player we never seem to be talking about, as he’s not exactly flashy or a big mouth kind of guy, but he does all the little things that make coaches want them on their team.
Green is strong, physical, and doesn’t tend to make many mistakes on either side of the floor. There aren’t many big men available right now, so he’s a great sleeper for any team trying to find depth at the 4-5 spots.
5. Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo claimed that he wasn’t going to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers unless they got a coach first, and now that they’ve landed Frank Vogel, the ball’s pretty much on his court, assuming they’ll have him back.
Now that they don’t have Lonzo Ball, they would be smart to work on a deal with him, especially considering he built some nice relationship with LeBron James. He’s no longer the defender he used to be, but he’s still a top-tier playmaker.
4. Kelly Oubre Jr.
Kelly Oubre Jr. is still an unrestricted free agent, but the Phoenix Suns are expected to resign him any time now after trading away Josh Jackson to clear cap space. Still, the Suns always find a way to mess around, so keep an eye on his situation.
Oubre Jr is still a work in progress, but he’s proven to be a walking bucket and having him as their third scoring option would be great. Also, there’s some defensive upside and he’s still quite young.
3. Marcus Morris
Marcus Morris isn’t particularly great at anything, but he’s not bad at anything either, so given the right fit at a fair price, he’d be a tremendous addition for any Championship contender thanks to his versatility.
He can play as a stretch-four or even a small-ball five, while also having the ability to contain opposing scorers in the wing. A lot of teams are lacking depth at the frontcourt, so he should have a team in no time.
2. Danny Green
The fact that Danny Green hasn’t signed yet must be related to the Kawhi Leonard situation, as there’s always going to be a lot of market for three-and-D specialists like him, so it’s just a matter of time before we know his next step.
Green is one of the best backcourt stoppers in the league and he can also check bigger small forwards than him. He’s great at stopping fast breaks, and a certified bucket from beyond the arc as well.
1. DeMarcus Cousins
And finally … DeMarcus Cousins, a former All-Star player. Per Adrian Wojnarowski, there is no market for him, but it will be a big surprise if he doesn’t sign with any NBA team this summer.
People seem to forget that Cousins was one of the league’s most unstoppable players two seasons ago and he’s still young. He’s likely to have to take another pay cut, but he’ll definitely prove his doubters wrong next season.