NBA Rumors: Top 10 Best Free Agents Right Now

Author:
Publish date:
NBA Rumors: Top 10 Best Free Agents Right Now

Despite the offseason being over, there are still valuable players that are left unsigned. While you're probably not going to find a star, there are good role players that are currently free agents. They can be signed by a team for a veteran minimum contract.

During this season, depth on the roster is particularly important, as COVID-19 is unpredictable, and extra players can win you games. Unless the league adjusts its rules, there will always be that risk. With that being said, here are the best free agents available for teams to sign.

10. Dewayne Dedmon

Credit: USATSI

Credit: USATSI

Dewayne Dedmon is a solid center who can be a solid third-string player: he can rebound the ball, finish inside and hustle hard on the defensive end. He was notable for shooting well during the 2018-19 season, finishing with 38.2% from beyond the arc.

If Dewayne Dedmon can rediscover his shooting touch, he will be a center who can play spot minutes. A center who can shoot is always valuable. Though Dedmon has recently struggled with his shooting (20.6% from 3PT range in 2019-20), a team could assume that it is an aberration, and the shooting will come back to normal.

9. Emmanuel Mudiay

(via The J-Notes)

(via The J-Notes)

Emmanuel Mudiay is a solid point guard who can get to the rack well and create for his teammates: his drawback is that his 3PT shot is inconsistent. Mudiay would be a good guard that could score off the bench; he is only 24, and it was only in 2018-19 that he averaged 14.8 PPG with the New York Knicks.

Mudiay had an okay season with the Utah Jazz off of the bench. He didn't get many minutes off of the bench (15.7) yet still provided a steady player at the point guard position. He shot 34.5% from 3PT range, and if he can continue to improve his jumper, he could be a very valuable player as a bench spark plug.

8. Lance Stephenson

(via Lake Show Life)

(via Lake Show Life)

Lance Stephenson is a player who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018-19. While he spent last season in China, Stephenson is a great player. Stephenson was a great playmaker: he notched more triple-doubles than anyone else during the 2013-14 season. Stephenson is a capable defender and passable shooter: he would be a great signing.

Lance Stephenson is a player who can switch from PG to SF on the defensive end: in the modern league switchability is a plus, and a team could sign Stephenson if they need a steady defensive veteran, who can set up his teammates and has unpredictability on the offensive end.

7. Ersan Ilyasova

via Getty Images

via Getty Images

Ersan Ilyasova is an experienced forward who has been through many playoffs runs with a variety of different teams, with his most recent team being the Milwaukee Bucks. Ilyasova is a very situational player as he lacks the lateral quickness to keep up with players on the perimeter, but his 3PT jump shot is elite for a big man: he shot 36.5% from beyond the arc during the 2019-20 season.

Ersan Ilyasova is also able to protect the rim despite not being particularly athletic due to his ability to take charges. Ilyasova will be a valuable addition to a contender in particular due to his experience and ability to space the floor: any superstar centered team should take a look at a solid player who can shoot the ball.

6. Shabazz Napier

via Getty Images

via Getty Images

Shabazz Napier is a good offensive guard that can shoot the 3PT shot and run an offense. He does play below-average defense, but that shouldn't stop teams from signing him. Shabazz Napier is a perfect point guard to run a backup unit on a contender: his defense won't be exploited if he doesn't have a huge role.

Shabazz Napier brings a good offensive package: he averaged 11.6 PPG and shot 35.8% from 3PT range last season with the Wizards. If any team requires a good shooter that can catch fire in limited minutes, then they should sign Napier.

5. Jeremy Lin

(via NBC News)

(via NBC News)

Jeremy Lin has signed with the Golden State Warriors' G-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. Any team can sign him: if he starts doing well in the G-League, then a team could add him to their roster if they sign him to a contract. He last played for the Toronto Raptors, notably winning the 2019 championship.

Jeremy Lin is a combo guard who can shoot it from beyond the arc and be a playmaker for his teammates. While he isn't the same player as his Linsanity days, he can still contribute to a team. Lin has experience playing for a championship roster, and he could be a good mentor on a rebuilding team.

4. Jamal Crawford

(via EssentiallySports)

(via EssentiallySports)

Jamal Crawford is 40 years old now. While he isn't as quick as he was during the times he won his Sixth Man Of The Year awards, he is still a valuable player to have on a roster. He was injured after playing only one game with the Brooklyn Nets, but he had a solid 64 game season with the Phoenix Suns during 2018-19.

Jamal Crawford would provide a veteran presence for a team and could be someone that can take shots and make them. While his efficiency isn't elite, he is still an experienced basketball player that can somewhat space the floor and create in a very limited capacity. Crawford would be best as a sub 15 minutes per game player who can get the team a few quick baskets.

3. Dion Waiters

via HeatNation

via HeatNation

Dion Waiters was one of the late additions to the Los Angeles Lakers championship team, being signed for play during the bubble. While Dion Waiters only shot 23.3% from 3PT range and 42.5% from the field overall, he flashed his usual ability to create shots on the perimeter.

Dion Waiters could be an excellent addition to a team that needs a bench presence off of the bench. It is clear that he can be a floor spacer, though his defense needs some work. If a championship team needs a flyer on the last spot on their roster, then Dion Waiters could be a good addition.

2. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

 via AP

via AP

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is a player who does all the dirty work on the court: he rebounds, he hustles and he runs the floor. Hollis-Jefferson has a solid transition game and is a mobile big man who can switch onto smaller players. Hollis-Jefferson will instantly improve any bench defense with his energy on the boards.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's energy could be useful for a team that needs a spark for their bench. He is a player that thrives in limited minutes, as he is able to go all out on the defensive end. If a team needs an elite defender with a solid inside game, then Hollis-Jefferson is who they're looking for.

1. Isaiah Thomas

(via Complex)

(via Complex)

Isaiah Thomas is probably the most high-risk, high-reward player on this list. Thomas is a former All-Star that was known for his elite scoring ability, even at 5'9. Thomas would be a solid 6th man for any team, given that his hip is completely healed. He can shoot the ball well and set up his teammates: he would be a good addition to any team's bench.

Thomas is a versatile player on the offensive end: but he needs to be helped on the defensive end. If a very good defensive team becomes starved for scoring, Isaiah Thomas could be a good addition to their team. Thomas deserves another chance to show what he can do in the NBA.

Next

Russell Westbrook: The Most Overrated Superstar In The NBA?

The Blockbuster Trade Idea: Miami Heat Can Land Bradley Beal And Form The Best Big 3 In The NBA

How The NBA Changed In 4 Years: The Superstars And Top Players Have Shifted Teams And Power

Will The Phoenix Suns Finally Make The Playoffs After 10 Years?

NBA Rumors: Toronto Raptors Should Trade Kyle Lowry