Free agency is when the season starts for most fans and insiders, as watching all 30 NBA teams go at it to try and make their squads better is one of the most exciting times of the year for sure.
Top-tier free agents make the most of this time to finally change sides and play for contending teams or to make sure that they get paid a lot of cash in order to ink their signatures on paper.
Also, role players are guys to watch for sure, as every superstar needs a nice supporting cast besides them in order to thrive. Today, we’re going to let you know about 10 players that won’t resign with the same team.
10. Ed Davis
Ed Davis is the kind of hard-working player whose game isn’t going to be reflected on the stat sheet, but that’s definitely able to make a difference in both ends of the hardwood, especially on defense.
Ed brings a lot of hustle to the game and he’s never going to get outworked by anybody, but with the Portland Trail Blazers short in cash for the summer, they’re unlikely to be able to keep him.
9. Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood’s time at Cleveland looks like it has already come to an end, after refusing to enter a game during garbage time because he thought he deserved a bigger role in Lue’s rotation.
He’s a lock to leave the Cavs this season and considering his great offensive skill set, he’s definitely going to have a lot of offers on the table, although he’s unlikely to have a bigger role unless he signs for a lousy squad.
8. Montrezl Harrell
Montrezl Harrell looked like a major stud early on with the Houston Rockets, but with Clint Capela’s surge, his development really stalled up to the point where he was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Chris Paul deal.
If DeAndre Jordan decides to stay put with the Clippers, he’s not going to be featured much on offense or defense, and he would have a bigger shot at minutes and money elsewhere for sure.
7. Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel decided to bet on himself last summer and that cost him a lot of money for sure, as he had an awful year with the Dallas Mavericks even when he was actually able to suit up.
Even if the Mavs wanted to keep him on board, he wouldn’t resign with them, as he wants to have a bigger role to actually prove his worth as one of the league’s most promising rim protectors.
6. Marcus Smart
According to some reports, Marcus Smart wouldn’t be happy with the 12 to 14 million dollars offer the Boston Celtics could hand him, as he believes the kind of grit and heart he puts on the hardwood is worth way more.
He’s a defensive stud with the ability to guard 1 through 5 with great ease, and he won’t back down regardless of who he has to defend, but the Celtics are likely to try and save money for the 2019 offseason.
5. Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez has earned over 100 million dollars throughout his NBA career, but he’s never actually played for a contending team with a true shot at the Championship, and the Lakers aren’t unlikely to offer him more money anyways.
So, Lopez would be smart to embrace a lesser role and accept less cash in order to finally play for a contending team and win a Championship, and he’d be a major help off the bench for sure.
4. Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford has already declined his player option with the Minnesota Timberwolves, as things aren’t going quite well under Tim Thibodeau’s tutelage and he finally wants to win a Championship.
Thibodeau really leans towards his starters and Crawford is a guy that needs rhythm in order to succeed, and he could be a major offensive spark off the bench for a team like the Rockets or Dubs next season.
3. Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans had a career year and made a name for himself as one of the league’s top scorers off the bench, and his ability to play both guard spots and the small forward as well make him an appealing asset for sure.
Even though he’s unlikely to sustain the kind of productivity he had this season, he’s going to be a major offensive addition for any team looking for depth, and the rebuilding Memphis Grizzlies won’t offer much money for his services.
2. Julius Randle
Julius Randle proved this season that even though he may never be as dominant and good as we all expected him to be, he’s still a stud and a hustler that any rebuilding team would love to have on their ranks.
He’s improved a lot as a ball handler and playmaker, he’s strong, athletic and has the determination to become a complete power forward, and the Lakers will not match any high bids for him in order to save money for top-tier free agents.
1. Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas wasn’t happy with coming off the bench for the Lakers, but there’s just no way in hell that coach Walton sends Lonzo Ball to the bench, so he’s going to find another team willing to offer him a bigger role.
Also, Los Angeles is set to save a lot of money to make a run at Cousins, George and James, and Thomas would either have to choose between a lesser role on a contending side or getting paid and playing a lot of minutes for a bad team like the Orlando Magic.