Who is the Hottest Commodity in 2017 Free Agency
The NBA season is officially over and NBA free agency is very quickly approaching.
In fact, it’s just over two weeks away and teams are already looking at locking up their stars as well as going out onto the open market and acquiring the help they will need to compete. This year’s free agency has franchise altering talent available and come next season, the entire landscape of the NBA may change.
Who are the top free agents available? Which players are on the bubble, let’s take a look at the summer’s hottest commodities!
- Dion Waiters (MIA) – Player Option
- Derrick Rose (NYK) – Unrestricted
- Rudy Gay (SAC) – Unrestricted
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (DET) – Restricted
- Nerlens Noel (DAL) – Restricted
Top 17 of 2017
17. J.J. Redick (LAC) – Unrestricted – 15.0 PPG, 42.5% 3PT
- A great shooter, one of the best off-ball players in the NBA and a solid locker room presence, Redick’s time in Los Angeles may have come to an end. In what was a down year for Redick, he still shot the ball very effectively from three-point range, and despite a poor showing in the NBA Playoffs, there is a lot of value in players who can do exactly what Redick excels in.
16. Greg Monroe (MIL) – Player Option – 11.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG
- Coming alive in the second half of the season and at long last working his way out of Head Coach Jason Kidd’s doghouse, Monroe became a very important piece coming off the bench for the Bucks. With a great postgame and presence on the boards, Monroe may have done enough in the second part of this past season to secure a nice contract for himself in the summer.
15. Andre Iguodala (GSW) – Unrestricted – 7.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG
- One of the most important players on the oh so dominant Golden State Warriors, Andre Iguodala may have played his final game with the Warriors. With the Warriors needing to lock up to superstars this offseason, they simply may not have enough to bring back the services of ‘Iggy’. Still a very capable defender and leader, Iguodala can find big money outside of the Bay Area, but will need to take a massive pay cut if he opts to stay.
14. Jeff Teague (IND) – Unrestricted – 15.3 PPG, 7.8 APG, 4.0 RPG
- More was expected out of Jeff Teague when he first signed with the Pacers. Now, it seems like everything is falling apart in Indiana and Teague may wish to get himself out of this mess this offseason. Still a very solid starting point guard, Teague will get a ton of interest and may look at trying to join a contender over the summer.
13. Otto Porter (WAS) – Restricted – 13.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG
- Otto Porter enjoyed a breakout year with the Washington Wizards and now the forward is set to get paid. With the Wizards able to match any contract he is to receive on the open market, Washington has voiced their desires of bringing the young wing-player back long term. With Porter just entering his prime, locking him up long-term may be the Wizard’s top priority this offseason.
12. George Hill (UTJ) – Unrestricted – 16.9 PPG, 4.1 APG
- Always reliable on the offensive end, George Hill had a very productive season for the Utah Jazz. Unfortunately, his productive offensive year was marred by a injury, which forced him to miss a ton of game action. It seems that his toe injury is behind him and Hill should continue being the productive player that he has been his entire career.
11. Serge Ibaka (TOR) – Unrestricted – 14.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.6 BPG
- Still an elite rim protector, and an athletic and strong power forward who can spread the floor, Serge Ibaka will have a lot of potential suitors this summer. It is no secret that the Raptors want Ibaka back, but at his price tag and with Lowry seemingly being their first priority, the chances of Ibaka’s return seem very slim.
10. Dwyane Wade (CHI) – Player Option – 18.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG
- Father time may be catching up to Dwyane Wade, but he still continues being productive. He now has a player option and while it seems like the Bulls would much rather he opts in, Wade may be looking elsewhere. With three NBA rings in his trophy case, Wade doesnt have to ring chase, but of course, he can if he wants to.
9. Jrue Holliday (NOP) – Unrestricted – 15.4 PPG, 7.3 APG
- After becoming an All-Star in Philadelphia, injuries and inconsistency has taken a hit on Jrue Holliday’s value, but when healthy, Holliday remains a viable starting point guard option who can score and play-make for an offence. Durability will obviously be a concern moving forward, but if Holliday is capable of staying healthy long term, the franchise which takes the risk on him will turn into the big winners.
8. Danilo Gallinari (DEN) – Unrestricted – 18.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG
- Somehow the sharp-shooting Italian is still a member of the Nuggets as he is set to enter free agency. Danilo Gallinari, one who has faced his fair share of injuries has had trade rumours surrounding him seemingly each season. It will now be his decision whether he still wants to deal with the young, yet talented Nuggets, or to find his way onto a contender.
7. Paul Millsap (ATL) – 18.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG
- One of the more under-appreciated NBA stars, Paul Millsap is very likely to move on from the Atlanta Hawks. Entering his 30’s, this will be Millsap’s last chance at a big-money contract and the Hawks have conceded that other teams may be able to provide him more money and term than they can. Millsap is a guy who can score, defend, shoot, and be a decent playmaker as well making him one of the sleepers in 2017 free agency.
6. Blake Griffin (LAC) – Unrestricted – 21.6 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.9 APG
- Blake Griffin’s future with the Clippers isn’t as certain as that of his point guard’s. With reports of the Boston Celtics looking at pursuing the former Slam Dunk champ, Griffin may be on his way out of the Clippers. Injuries and health has been a concern for Griffin since coming out of Oklahoma making him a big risk, high reward type of player when considering the contract he will demand on the open market.
5. Gordon Hayward (UTJ) – Unrestricted – 21.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG
- With rumours of the Boston Celtics hoping to lure the first-time All-Star out of Utah, Jazz fans are holding their collective breath after a big, resurgent season from their basketball franchise. Hayward has developed into a great two-way player with athleticism and a shooting touch and will be a guy who will receive plenty of attention as he enters free agency.
4. Kyle Lowry (TOR) – Unrestricted – 22.4 PPG, 7.0 APG, 4.8 RPG
- Kyle Lowry just wants to win, unfortunately for him, if he wishes to do exactly that outside of Toronto, he will need to take a massive pay cheque, while losing a year of term. The San Antonio Spurs, the Dallas Mavericks, and his hometown Philadelphia Sixers are all viable option if Lowry decides to leave Toronto, but at this moment, a departure seems uncertain. Entering his mid-30’s a long term contract may come back to bite any team he signs with, but many teams may still feel he is worth the risk.
3. Chris Paul (LAC) – Unrestricted – 18.1 PPG, 9.2 PPG, 5.0 RPG
- Chris Paul has failed to live up to expectations in his time in Los Angeles, failing to get past the second round of the playoffs each year. Now, the NBA’s prototypical point guard is on the wrong side of 30 and is looking for a long-term contract. Paul is already looking at potential suitors, but the Clippers are said to be the favourites. Is Paul worth the long term investment at his age?
2. Steph Curry (GSW) – Unrestricted – 25.3 PPG, 6.6 APG
- Grossly underpaid over his past four years, Curry will now have the opportunity to test free agency. Similar to the next player on this list, Curry is very content with staying in Golden State, and reports have suggested that the franchise is planning on offering the multiple-time MVP a contract upwards of $205-million. The best shooter in the NBA may be staying put this summer.
1. Kevin Durant (GSW) – Player Option – 25.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.9 APG
- The 2017 NBA Finals M.V.P. will be eligible of opting out of his contract in search of a long-term contract, but all signs point to Durant hoping to stay part of the Warriors organization. Durant is one of the NBA’s greatest pure scorer’s of all time and similar to last summer, his decision will set the tone for the entirety of free agency.