Top 50 NBA free agents Washington Post
Last summer’s NBA spending spree should be followed by an offseason dominated by belt-tightening.
The salary cap jumped from $70 million to $94 million last offseason, and the stage was set for a summer of massive contracts, including Kevin Durant’s stunning switch from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors.
When free agency began at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, players and their agents will look for the big paydays of a year ago, while teams will hope to spend less. That tug-of-war will dominate discussions in the coming weeks.
The Washington Post ranks the free-agent class, one with the potential to provide plenty of fireworks. Several of the free agents have agreed to deals.
1. KEVIN DURANT, SF, unrestricted Golden State Warriors
Durant, coming off an NBA Finals MVP and his first championship, isn’t going anywhere. The only question is whether he’ll take enough of a financial haircut to allow Golden State to keep Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
2. STEPHEN CURRY, SG, unrestricted Golden State Warriors
Agreed to 5-year, $201 million deal to stay with the NBA champion Warriors.
3. GORDON HAYWARD, SF, unrestricted Utah Jazz
Hayward is expected to be courted heavily by the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, and probably others; he could leave the Jazz next week.
4. KYLE LOWRY, PG, unrestricted Toronto Raptors
Lowry, 31, is the top point guard available on the market, but he is 31 and few teams are looking for a floor general. Will there be interest?
5. BLAKE GRIFFIN, PF, unrestricted Los Angeles Clippers
Griffin has agreed to a deal to stay with Clippers.
6. JRUE HOLIDAY, PG, unrestricted New Orleans Pelicans
Holoday has agreed to a deal to stay with the Pelicans.
7. OTTO PORTER, SF, restricted Washington Wizards
The top restricted free agent on the market, Porter could test Washington’s willingness to go into the luxury tax. The assumption should be that he’s back, but it could get uncomfortable before he is.
8. PAUL MILLSAP, PF, unrestricted Atlanta Hawks
New Atlanta Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk made it clear he wasn’t going to give Millsap a max contract. That means the all-star forward will move on.
9. George Hill, PG, unrestricted Utah Jazz
Hill was banged up most of this season, but when he and the rest of the starting lineup was healthy, they were quite effective. His market could be tied to what Hayward does; if he leaves it will likely decrease Hill’s leverage.
10.DANILO GALLINARI, PF, unrestricted Denver Nuggets
Talented but injury prone, Gallinari is one of the more intriguing free agents. Will a team take a chance, or will his market be tepid thanks to a constant stream of injuries and defensive issues?
11. SERGE IBAKA, PF, unrestricted Toronto Raptors
Ibaka has changed teams twice in the past year, and was expected to get big money as a free agent this summer. But given his age (27) and a glut of big men on the market, will he get it?
12. KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE, SG, restricted Detroit Pistons
One of the better wing defenders in the league, Caldwell-Pope will have suitors.
13. ANDRE IGUODALA, SF, unrestricted Golden State Warriors
Iguodala has been an integral part of three consecutive Finals trips and two titles. But when he hits the open market, his price could get out of Golden State’s range.
14. JEFF TEAGUE, PG, unrestricted Indiana Pacers
Teague has agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
15. Dirk Nowitzki, PF, unrestricted Dallas Mavericks
Nowitzki won’t leave Dallas. His contract will come down to what the Mavericks spend on other players.
16. J.J. REDICK, SG, unrestricted Los Angeles Clippers
Redick is going to sign with the Philalphia 76ers.
17. PATTY MILLS, PG, unrestricted San Antonio Spurs
Mills has agreed to a deal to stay with the Spurs.
18. NERLENS NOEL, C, restricted Dallas Mavericks
After trading for him at the deadline, Dallas is motivated to keep Noel. This negotiation will come down to how hard both sides dig in, and how unrealistic the Noel camp will be about a lack of center interest on the market.
19.JAMYCHAL GREEN, PF, restricted Memphis Grizzlies
Green, 27, is a power forward capable of hitting threes, he should draw interest.
20. NIKOLA MIROTIC, PF, restricted Chicago Bulls
The market for Mirotic, 26, will likely be similar to Green’s.
21. TONY SNELL, SG, restricted Milwaukee Bucks
Snell has agreed to return to Bucks.
22.PAU GASOL, C, unrestricted San Antonio Spurs
When Gasol opted out of his contract for next season, the assumption was that the Spurs had something up their sleeve. We’ll find out soon enough.
23. C.J. MILES, SG, unrestricted Indiana Pacers
Miles is a little older (30), but he is another wing player who can hit a three and play some defense. That’ll attract suitors.
24. SHAUN LIVINGSTON, PG, unrestricted Golden State Warriors
Livingston has agreed to remain with the Warriors.
25. ANDRE ROBERSON, SF, restricted Oklahoma City Thunder
Roberson is one of the best wing defenders, but shooting is a problem.
26. KELLY OLYNYK, C, restricted Boston Celtics
Olynyk likely will soon be an unrestricted free agent; Boston will have to renounce his rights to make its planned big splash in free agency.
27. TAJ GIBSON, PF, unrestricted Oklahoma City Thunder
Gibson has talked about wanting to re-sign, but will Oklahoma City dip into the luxury tax to keep him? Unlikely.
28. ERSAN ILYASOVA, PF, unrestricted Atlanta Hawks
Ilyasova is an underrated free agent. He could be a cheap stretch four option.
29. PATRICK PATTERSON, PF, unrestricted Toronto Raptors
Patterson is the 10th power forward on this list, showing the depth in this free agent class.
30. JOE INGLES, SF, restricted Utah Jazz
Ingles, 30, agreed to a 4-year deal to remain with the Jazz.
31. P.J. TUCKER, SF, unrestricted Toronto Raptors
Tucker was acquired at the trade deadline, but is likely to go elsewhere.
32.JAMES JOHNSON, PF, unrestricted Miami Heat
Johnson had a career season, but did that convince teams he’s no longer the inconsistent player of the past?
33. DION WAITERS, SG, unrestricted Miami Heat
Waiters falls into a similar camp as Johnson: an inconsistent player who had his best season a year ago. His market will be one of the more intriguing ones.
34. DARREN COLLISON, PG, unrestricted Sacramento Kings
Collison might be the best option for teams looking for a backup point guard.
35. MASON PLUMLEE, C, restricted Denver Nuggets
Plumlee was acquired at the trade deadline for Jusuf Nurkic and a first-round pick, making it seem as though Denver needs to pay up to keep him.
36. BOJAN BOGDANOVIC, SG, restricted Washington Wizards
Bogdanovic’s camp expects to get somewhere in the midteens per year, but it’s hard to see that kind of offer materializing.
37. TIM HARDAWAY, SG, restricted Atlanta Hawks
Hardaway took a step forward last season in his final year of his rookie deal. Now teams will have to decide whether he can continue to make strides.
38. TONY ALLEN, SG, unrestricted Memphis Grizzlies
Allen may wind up elsewhere, but it would be fun to see him find a way to stay in Memphis.
39. VINCE CARTER, SF, unrestricted Memphis Grizzlies
Carter continues to defy age (40) and wants to keep playing. He’s been linked with the Warriors, and seems like exactly the kind of player Steve Kerr would want.
40. MANU GINOBILI, SG, unrestricted San Antonio Spurs
If Ginobili decides to come back, he’ll stay put.
41. KYLE KORVER, SG, unrestricted Cleveland Cavaliers
Will Korver return to the Cavs, and given their tax concerns, will they want him?
42. ZACH RANDOLPH, PF, unrestricted Memphis Grizzlies
Randolph, 35, could leave the team with which he’s grown synonymous, but it’s hard to picture him playing elsewhere.
43. SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD, SF, restricted Minnesota Timberwolves
Muhammad, like Olynyk, could quickly become unrestricted if Minnesota needs the cap space. He may need that to happen to free up some suitors.
44. JUSTIN HOLIDAY, SG, unrestricted New York Knicks
Holiday may want to play with his brother, Jrue, who has agreed to stay in New Orleans.
45. JONATHON SIMMONS, SG, restricted San Antonio Spurs
Simmons could draw a lot of interest after a strong postseason.
46. NICK YOUNG, SG, unrestricted Los Angeles Lakers
Young bought into what Lakers Coach Luke Walton tried to sell him on this season. Will that earn him another contract?
47. DERRICK ROSE, PG, unrestricted New York Knicks
Rose had an up-and-down season in New York, his first outside of his hometown of Chicago. He seems best suited to be a change-of-pace off the bench, but it’s unclear whether he gets that.
48. RUDY GAY, SF, unrestricted Sacramento Kings
Gay, coming off a torn Achilles tendon, seems like a prime candidate to take a one-year deal and test the market again next summer.
49. DEWAYNE DEDMON, C, unrestricted San Antonio Spurs
Dedmon should be a sought-after free agent, given his potential to be a rim runner offensively and an athletic presence defensively.
50. CRISTIANO FELICIO, C, restricted Chicago Bulls
Felicio, who put up modest numbers last season, has agreed to deal to stay with the Bulls.