We are just four months away from crowning an NBA champion and after that, we will head into the offseason. Now, this offseason will not to be as star-studded and drama-filled as the last one but, a couple of teams can look to make moves that can better their odds at capturing a title in the 2020-21 season.
With that being said, in this article, we will look at the top 10 projected free agents and predict where they will sign this offseason.
10. Fred VanVleet - Toronto Raptors
Fred has had a career-year for the Raptors this year and after having his first child last playoffs, he has been scorching hot for the Raptors. VanVleet will be in for a nice payday this offseason and it will be surprising if he looks to leave the Raptors this offseason.
9. Serge Ibaka - Los Angeles Lakers
Ibaka has had a great season for the Toronto Raptors this season and could be in for a nice payday this offseason. Ibaka’s time with the Raptors has been a great one and with free agency looming, he will be a hot commodity come July.
The Lakers’ current cap situation is tricky but, they could be able to land Serge if they make a few moves to clear cap. The opportunity to play in L.A. in a bigger role could intrigue Ibaka and having a frontcourt of Ibaka/A.D. would put fear into opposing big men.
8. Bogdan Bogdanovic - Sacramento Kings
Bogdan is set to be a restricted free agent this offseason and it looks as if the Kings plan on bringing him back. After talks about potentially moving him before the trade deadline, Bogdan picked up his play and was inserted into the starting lineup because of it.
Bogdan’s ability to play Shooting Guard, Small Forward and even Point Guard has proven to be vital and his shooting and playmaking abilities can help the Kings potentially make the playoffs next season.
7. Gordon Hayward - Boston Celtics
Hayward's time with the Celtics could be viewed as an unlucky one due to the horrific injury he sustained. With that now behind him, he has really turned it on this year and is looking like the player that the Celtics had hoped he would be when they first signed him.
Similar to Conley, Hayward would could look to decline his enormous player option in hopes of securing a long-term deal with the Celtics, considering his injury history. This season has shown that Hayward deserves one as his efficient scoring has been a vital part of the Celtics’ success this season.
6. Montrezl Harrell - New York Knicks
Harrell has quickly established himself as one of the best bench players in the league and should be in for a nice payday this offseason. After being traded to the Clippers, Harrell found instant success alongside Lou Williams off the bench. Together, they have formed the best bench duo in the league and are a vital part of the Clippers’ success this season. Despite this, Harrell may look to leave L.A. for a team like the Knicks where he can shine under the bright lights.
The Clippers may be hesitant to give a big contract to Harrell and since he is an unrestricted free agent, Harrell has the freedom to sign wherever he pleases. New York has the cap space to sign a player like Harrell and on the Knicks, he would slide right in at the starting center position, with Robinson continuing to come off the bench.
5. Danilo Gallinari - Miami Heat
Gallo was a name that has been active in trade rumors for the first half of the season. After being traded to the OKC Thunder as part of the Paul George trade, many thought that he wouldn’t be on the Thunder at this point. The main reason as to why he is on the team at this point is because of the Thunder’s surprising season.
The Miami Heat were very close to trading for Gallinari this past trade deadline but were unable to come to terms on a contract extension. Now, with the many moves the Heat have made, they will have some money to spend this upcoming free agency. Gallo fits exactly what the Heat need and a potential contract could be a 2-3 year deal with a team option that allows the Heat to be able to have some flexibility in 2021.
4. Andre Drummond - Charlotte Hornets
Drummond was traded to the Cavaliers for essentially nothing, and while he did say he plans on picking up his player option, those plans could change by the time the offseason comes around. If he does look to bolt from Cleveland, the Hornets should look to sign him, as they had interest in him before.
A potential deal would be a multi-year deal and see Drummond making anything between 15-17 million dollars.
3. DeMar DeRozan - Dallas Mavericks
DeRozan’s time with the Spurs has been okay and the two could look to part ways this offseason. With the Spurs playoff hopes in doubt and their best player, LaMarcus Aldridge, on the wrong side of 30, this team looks to be headed for a rebuild. If this is the case, DeRozan should look to decline his player option in hopes of securing a long-term contract with another team.
The Mavs signing DeRozan is dependent on Tim Hardaway Jr. declining his player option and, on the Mavs, DeRozan could find success as a third scoring option. A potential contract for DeRozan would not be THAT big as it would be a 3-4 deal at about 15-20 million dollars annually.
2. Brandon Ingram - New Orleans Pelicans
This one is also a no-brainer. Currently, amid a career and all-star season, the Pelicans would be fools to not give Ingram an extension. After the all-star break last season, we finally were able to see Ingram break out and look like the star he was touted to be. This was short-lived however as Ingram would miss the last month-plus of last season due to blood clots in his arm.
This injury looked to concern the Pelicans as they did not offer Ingram an extension this past season. Now, Ingram has found immense success this season and alongside Zion Williamson, the duo could turn into one of the best in the league very quickly. As I said earlier, the Pelicans would be fools to not re-sign Ingram but, it is almost a certainty that they will.
1. Anthony Davis - Los Angeles Lakers
This one right here is a no-brainer. Davis, alongside LeBron James, has led the Lakers to the best record in the Western Conference. Right now, they look to be the favorites to win the championship and as it looks right now, this team should be competitive with AD and LeBron for the next couple of seasons.