This year's free agency period has been an immense experience so far, as we have experienced one of the greatest of all-time, LeBron James, take his talents to the Lakers, as well as the NBA’s best team sign All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins to form one of the greatest starting five's in NBA history. It’s been a week full of free agency drama and speculation, and it's been just as exciting as everyone thought it would be. But after the LeBron James signing, news has died right down, as the majority of players have already been picked up, as teams fight over the players that are still waiting for a contract offer from teams.
Just because they haven't been signed yet, doesn't mean there isn't some good talent out there waiting to sign a new contract. Check out the 5 best remaining players this free agency period.
5. Rodney Hood
The Cavaliers are now in rebuilding mode and are looking for young stars with potential. With the departure of LeBron James, it may release some of the pressure from the young core and provide more opportunity for Hood to shine. He averaged 16 points off the bench this year for the Jazz but after being traded to the Cavs, he unperformed and diminished his value. No restricted free agent hurt his value as much as Hood did last season, but he remains a skilled playmaker and a 37% career 3-point shooter.
4. Brook Lopez
Lopez is now 30-years-old and is displaying some trouble on the defensive end, and unfortunately, there aren’t that many teams that are interested in Brook's services. The Lakers, however, are one of them.
But, what he does bring is great 3-point shooting at 7 foot, which he was best for his position and also finished 11th in scoring with his back to the basket, meaning he can create his own shot in the post. We could see a better Lopez with the addition of LeBron and other new teammates.
3. Jabari Parker
Parker has spent most of his past seasons in the NBA on the sidelines, due to two ACL tears in his left knee. However, he has shown the ability to be a promising scorer, inside and beyond the 3-point line with great playmaking and athleticism. With health issues and absence on the defensive end, it will be hard for him to see a big contract offer this season, especially with little to no money left for most teams. Parker is currently a restricted free agent, meaning the Bucks are the most likely destination for Jabari to be playing next year, but when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer, a possible destination for Parker could be his hometown of Chicago. The Bulls core still lacks a true wing like Parker and could be a part of their rebuild and future plans.
2. Isaiah Thomas
Season before last, we saw that Isaiah Thomas can carry an elite offense, averaging 28.9 points per game while leading Celtics to 53 wins and finishing 1st in the Eastern Conference. A spectacular season from the 5’9 guard. However, after being traded to the Cavs in a deal involving Kyrie Irving, and while he was recovering from a hip injury last year, his offense no longer made up for his defensive deficiencies. Altercations with Cleveland sent him to the Lakers to average 15.6 points per game this past season. We don’t know if Thomas can bring back his Celtics form, which leaves many teams indecisive to sign him up. The Orlando Magic are currently one of the only teams left in the league without a starting-caliber point guard to run the offense, and with IT the best point guard left, Thomas could be a member of the Magic next year.
1. Clint Capela
Clint Capela had a massive 2017-18 season with the Houston Rockets, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
A top-notch rebounder, great finisher and an exceptional defender, the Rockets big man also lead the league in field-goal percentage (65.2 percent), with help from elite playmakers James Harden and Chris Paul providing him open looks. Capela is one of the best young players in free agency this summer and could see a max contract next season if he decides to take a short-term deal this offseason. The Lakers could be a potential option for Capela this year however if the Houston Rockets decide not to match any offer made for Capela, which seems extremely unlikely.