NBA free agency tracker: Full list of signings, best available players in 2021 free agent class
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This year's free agency period will kick off on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. Teams can begin negotiating with free agents at that time, though the reality is many of those conversations have already happened.
Most contracts can't officially be signed until Friday at 12:01 p.m. ET. However, many players will agree to the terms of a contract verbally before putting pen to paper.
Sporting News is keeping track of all the signings for the 2021 offseason. Follow along right here for the latest news.
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NBA free agency tracker: Full list of signings in 2021
(Signings listed in alphabetical order)
— Jarrett Allen agrees to a five-year, $100 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
— Carmelo Anthony agrees to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
— Trevor Ariza agrees to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
— Dwayne Bacon agrees to a deal with the New York Knicks (specific terms not yet reported).
— Lonzo Ball agrees to a four-year, $85 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.
— Will Barton agrees to a two-year, $32 million contract with the Denver Nuggets.
— Nicolas Batum agrees to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
— Kent Bazemore agrees to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
— DeAndre' Bembry agrees to a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
— Khem Birch agrees to a three-year, $20 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.
— Nemanja Bjelica agrees to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors.
— Tony Bradley agrees to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls.
— Bruce Brown Jr. agrees to a one-year, $4.7 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
— Sterling Brown agrees to a two-year, $6.2 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
— Reggie Bullock agrees to a three-year, $30.5 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
— Alec Burks agrees to a three-year, $30 million contract with the New York Knicks.
— Jimmy Butler is expected to agree to a four-year maximum extension in the $184 million range with the Miami Heat.
— Alex Caruso agrees to a four-year, $37 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.
— Chris Chiozza agrees to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors.
— John Collins agrees to a five-year, $125 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
— Zach Collins agrees to a three-year, $22 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
— Mike Conley agrees to a three-year, $72.5 million contract with the Utah Jazz.
— Torrey Craig agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.
— Stephen Curry agrees to a four-year, $215 million contract extension with the Golden State Warriors.
— Terence Davis agrees to a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.
— Sam Dekker agrees to a deal with the Toronto Raptors (specific terms not yet reported).
— Dewayne Dedmon agrees to a one-year deal with the Miami Heat.
— DeMar DeRozan agrees to a three-year, $85 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.
— Gorgui Dieng agrees to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
— Spencer Dinwiddie agrees to a three-year, $62 million contract with the Washington Wizards.
— Luka Doncic agrees to a five-year, $207 million contract extension with the Dallas Mavericks.
— Andre Drummond agrees to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
— Kevin Durant agrees to a four-year, $198 million contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets.
— Wayne Ellington agrees to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
— Bryn Forbes agrees to a deal with the San Antonio Spurs (specific terms not yet reported).
— Evan Fournier agrees to a four-year contract with the New York Knicks that could be worth up to $78 million.
— Rudy Gay agrees to a two-year, $12.1 million contract with the Utah Jazz.
— Taj Gibson agrees to a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the New York Knicks.
— Shai Gilgeous-Alexander agrees to a five-year, $172 million maximum extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
— Devonte' Graham agrees to a four-year, $47 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.
— Danny Green agrees to a two-year, $20 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
— JaMychal Green agrees to a two-year, $17 million contract with the Denver Nuggets.
— Javonte Green agrees to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls.
— Jeff Green agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Denver Nuggets.
— Blake Griffin agrees to a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
— Tim Hardaway Jr. agrees to a four-year, $74 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
— Moe Harkless agrees to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.
— Willy Hernangomez agrees to a three-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
— Solomon Hill agrees to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
— Richaun Holmes agrees to a four-year contract with the Sacramento Kings that could be worth up to $55 million.
— Rodney Hood agrees to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
— Talen Horton-Tucker agrees to a three-year, $32 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
— Dwight Howard agrees to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers (specific terms not yet reported).
— Andre Iguodala agrees to a deal with the Golden State Warriors (specific terms not yet reported).
— Frank Jackson agrees to a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons.
— Reggie Jackson agrees to a two-year, $22 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
— James Johnson agrees to a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
— Cory Joseph agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.
— Frank Kaminsky agrees to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.
— Enes Kanter agrees to a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics.
— Furkan Korkmaz agrees to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
— Jock Landale agrees to a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
— Saben Lee agrees to a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons.
— Alex Len agrees to a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.
— Kawhi Leonard agrees to a four-year, $176.3 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
— Robin Lopez agrees to a one-year, $5 million contract with the Orlando Magic.
— Didi Louzada agrees to a four-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
— Kyle Lowry agrees to a three-year, $90 million contract with the Miami Heat.
— Trey Lyles agrees to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.
— Boban Marjanovic agrees to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks (specific terms not yet reported).
— TJ McConnell agrees to a four-year, $35.2 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.
— Doug McDermott agrees to a three-year, $42 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
— JaVale McGee agrees to a one-year, $5 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.
— Patty Mills agrees to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
— Malik Monk agrees to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers (specific terms not yet reported).
— Markieff Morris agrees to a one-year deal with the Miami Heat.
— Mike Muscala agrees to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
— Abdel Nader agrees to a two-year, $4.2 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.
— Raul Neto agrees to a deal with the Washington Wizards (specific terms not yet reported).
— Georges Niang agrees to a two-year, $6.7 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
— Nerlens Noel agrees to a three-year, $32 million contract with the New York Knicks.
— Kendrick Nunn agrees to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
— David Nwaba agrees to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Houston Rockets.
— Semi Ojeleye agrees to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
— Victor Oladipo agrees to a deal with the Miami Heat (specific terms not yet reported).
— Kelly Olynyk agrees to a three-year, $37 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.
— Kelly Oubre Jr. agrees to a two-year, $26 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
— Chris Paul agrees to a four-year contract with the Phoenix Suns that could be worth up to $120 million.
— Cameron Payne agrees to a three-year, $19 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.
— Elfrid Payton agrees to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.
— Otto Porter Jr. agrees to a deal with the Golden State Warriors (specific terms not yet reported).
— Bobby Portis agrees to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
— Norman Powell agrees to a five-year, $90 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
— Julius Randle agrees to a four-year, $117 million contract extension with the New York Knicks.
— Austin Rivers agrees to a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets.
— Duncan Robinson agrees to a five-year, $90 million contract with the Miami Heat.
— Derrick Rose agrees to a three-year, $43 million contract with the New York Knicks.
— Dennis Schroder agrees to a one-year, $5.9 million contract with the Boston Celtics.
— Marcus Smart agrees to a four-year, $77 million contract extension with the Boston Celtics.
— Ish Smith agrees to a one-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
— Tony Snell agrees to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
— Max Strus agrees to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Miami Heat.
— Daniel Theis agrees to a four-year, $36 million contract with the Houston Rockets.
— Gary Trent Jr. agrees to a three-year, $54 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.
— PJ Tucker agrees to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Miami Heat.
— Gabe Vincent agrees to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Miami Heat.
— Ishmail Wainright agrees to a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
— Kemba Walker agrees to a deal with the New York Knicks (specific terms of the buyout and new contract not yet reported).
— Hassan Whiteside agrees to a deal with the Utah Jazz (specific terms not yet reported).
— Lou Williams agrees to a one-year, $5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
— Justise Winslow agrees to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
— Trae Young agrees to a five-year, $207 million maximum extension with the Atlanta Hawks.
— Cody Zeller agrees to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
NBA free agency 2021: Top available players
(Based on Sporting News player rankings)
The NBA’s free agent period will tip off on Monday evening at 5:00 pm central time, with deals permitted to be officially consummated as of Friday at 11:01 am CT.
Listed below are our top 50 free agents for the 2021/22 NBA season. The players on this list are on track to become free agents tonight.
Our rankings take into account both a player’s short-term and long-term value. If we were to consider solely a player’s worth for the 2021/22 season, veterans like Danny Green and P.J. Tucker would likely place higher, while younger free agents with upside, such as Talen Horton-Tucker or Josh Hart, might be ranked a little lower.
In addition to the players listed below, there are plenty of other notable free agents available this summer. You can check out our breakdowns of free agents by position/type and by team for the full picture.
Here are our top 50 free agents of 2021:
1. Kawhi Leonard, F, Clippers
Leonard’s free agency is reminiscent of Kevin Durant hitting the market in 2019 after suffering a torn Achilles. An injured Durant earned a four-year, maximum-salary deal two years ago, and Leonard could do the same this offseason, despite an expectation that he’ll miss much of next season while he recovers from ACL surgery. A reunion with the Clippers appears likely for Kawhi, who chose Los Angeles in 2019 despite having just won a title in Toronto.
2. John Collins, F, Hawks (RFA)
Collins bet on himself when he turned down Atlanta’s reported extension offer of $90MM+ over four years last offseason. He should do better than that as a restricted free agent, and he might not even have to go shopping for an offer sheet — recentreports have indicated rival suitors aren’t optimistic about their odds of prying him away from the Hawks.
3. Chris Paul, G, Suns
Two years ago, suggesting that Paul might turn down the $44MM+ option on his contract for 2021/22 would’ve gotten you laughed out of the room. But after earning All-NBA Second Team honors and leading Phoenix to its first NBA Finals in nearly three decades, Paul is poised for one last big payday after opting out of his previous deal. Rumors are circulating that he and the Suns will work out a new three-year contract worth at least $90MM.
4. Kyle Lowry, G, Raptors
Lowry isn’t in the conversation alongside Paul as one of the all-time best point guards, but there are plenty of similarities between the two veterans, who both have a major impact on winning that goes beyond the box score. Count the Heat, Mavericks, and Pelicans among the many teams that recognize Lowry’s value — they all reportedly made him their top free agent target, with Miami currently considered the frontrunner to land him.
5. Mike Conley, G, Jazz
There’s no shortage of All-Star veteran point guards on this year’s free agent market, and you could make a case that Conley is a safer long-term bet than Paul or Lowry, given their respective ages. It sounds like the Jazz are prepared to make that bet on Conley to the tune of a three-year offer worth upwards of $25MM annually.
6. Jarrett Allen, C, Cavaliers (RFA)
The Cavaliers surrendered a first-round pick for Allen earlier this year and are unlikely to let him get away, even after using the No. 3 overall pick to draft Evan Mobley, whose best long-term fit may be at center. Allen appears to be in line for a long-term deal in the range of at least $15-20MM per year, and that number could creep even higher if a suitor with cap space emerges to put some pressure on the Cavs.
7. Lonzo Ball, G, Pelicans (RFA)
Although Ball has taken positive steps forward – shooting a career-best 37.8% on three-pointers in 2020/21 – and has earned praise from star teammates Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans seem lukewarm on the idea of bringing him back, having been linked to a handful of other free agent point guards in recent weeks. If New Orleans misses out on its top targets, perhaps its relationship with Ball will continue. Otherwise, the Bulls look like the top suitor to watch.
8. DeMar DeRozan, G/F, Spurs
DeRozan’s lack of a three-point shot (he has made 35 in the last three seasons) is an oddity for a wing in the modern NBA, but his mid-range game is deadly and he has become a legitimately dangerous play-maker, averaging a career-best 6.9 assists per game in 2020/21. DeRozan probably won’t make $27.5MM per year on his next deal like he did on his last one, but he’s one of the most talented offensive players available this summer and shouldn’t be overlooked.
9. Norman Powell, G, Trail Blazers
Powell picked a good time to have a career year, racking up 18.6 PPG on .477/.411/.871 shooting in 69 games for Toronto and Portland. He’s a versatile contributor on both offense – where he can comfortably score at the rim or knock down a corner three – and on defense, where he’s capable of guarding multiple positions. He’s a lock to get a raise on last year’s $10.9MM salary.
10. Dennis Schröder, G, Lakers
Schröder reportedly turned down a four-year extension offer worth more than $80MM during the season, perhaps believing that he could squeeze the Lakers for a more lucrative deal in the offseason. Now that Los Angeles has agreed to trade for Russell Westbrook though, a reunion with Schröder seems like a long shot, meaning he may have to seek out a team with cap space or try to figure out a sign-and-trade deal that gets him in the ballpark of his asking price.
11. Spencer Dinwiddie, G, Nets
Dinwiddie missed nearly the entire 2020/21 season due to a partial ACL tear, but has apparently been generating plenty of interest leading up to free agency, having been linked to the Wizards, Pelicans, Heat, and Knicks, among several other teams. I initially projected Dinwiddie’s contract to be a step down from the ones signed by Ball and Schröder, but now I’m not so sure.
12. Duncan Robinson, F, Heat (RFA)
A career 42.3% shooter from three-point range, Robinson will hit the market a year after sharpshooters Joe Harris and Davis Bertans got long-term deals worth $16-18MM per year. There’s no reason for Robinson not to pursue a similar payday with the Heat, who should make a strong effort to keep him.
13. Tim Hardaway Jr., G/F, Mavericks
Hardaway has posted the two best three-point shooting percentages of his career in his two seasons in Dallas, making himself a key part of Luka Doncic‘s supporting cast. Dallas will reportedly prioritize getting him locked up to a new deal.
14. Evan Fournier, G, Celtics
Many of the players who earned their first big NBA paydays during the salary cap boom of 2016 failed to come close to matching those contracts the next time they reached the open market. Fournier has a chance — the five-year deal he signed in ’16 had a per-year value of $17MM, and it won’t be a surprise if he exceeds that figure this time around, albeit perhaps on a three- or four-year contract.
15. Richaun Holmes, C, Kings
With no star centers set to hit the market this summer, a reliable, ascendant player like Holmes should receive plenty of interest from teams looking for a solution up front. Holmes doesn’t stretch the floor at all, but he’s a talented rim runner, rebounder, and rim protector who is coming off a career year at age 27. The Kings reportedly want to re-sign him, though they’re somewhat limited by cap constraints since they only hold his Early Bird rights.
16. Gary Trent Jr., G, Raptors (RFA)
When the Raptors dealt Powell for Trent at the trade deadline, Powell’s looming payday was thought to be a factor. Trent is in line for a payday of his own though, likely in the neighborhood of $15-20MM per year. He’s only 22 years old and is developing into a very solid three-and-D wing, having knocked down nearly 40% of his threes over the last two seasons.
17. Devonte’ Graham, G, Hornets (RFA)
Graham isn’t an especially efficient scorer, as evidenced by his .377 FG% in 2020/21. That’s primarily a result of his struggles scoring inside the arc — his three-point mark was a very respectable 37.5% and he’s an above-average play-maker. A team in need of a point guard that misses out on one of the top options may want to kick the tires on Graham to see how committed the Hornets are to bringing him back, given their fairly loaded backcourt.
18. Lauri Markkanen, F, Bulls (RFA)
Markkanen looked like he was on the way to developing into a prototypical stretch four when he averaged 16.7 PPG and a .362 3PT% in his first two NBA seasons, but his play has been up and down since then and it’s not clear whether he has a future in Chicago. A team with interest in Markkanen may not have much trouble getting the Bulls to agree to a sign-and-trade.
19. Kelly Oubre, F, Warriors
Although he has the look of a prototypical NBA wing, Oubre is an erratic three-point shooter (31.6% in 2020/21) and isn’t a lockdown defender. At age 25, there’s still some upside here, but interested teams may be wary of making the kind of investment he’ll be seeking.
20. Kelly Olynyk, F/C, Rockets
It flew under the radar because he was doing it for the last-place Rockets, but Olynyk finished the 2020/21 season on an incredible roll, averaging 19.0 PPG, 8.4 RPG, and 4.1 APG on .545/.392/.844 shooting in 27 games (31.1 MPG) for Houston. While he’s not going to get a $100MM+ contract on the basis of those 27 games, Olynyk provided an effective reminder that he can be a very productive stretch big man.
21. Reggie Jackson, G, Clippers
After settling for a minimum-salary contract last offseason, Jackson won’t have to do so again this summer. He followed up a strong regular season in which he averaged 10.7 PPG with a .433 3PT%, by increasing his stock further in the playoffs, putting up 17.8 PPG on .484/.408/.878 shooting and ensuring that the Clippers stayed competitive after Leonard went down with his knee injury.
22. Doug McDermott, F, Pacers
McDermott is considered a three-point specialist, and he certainly does that well, having knocked down 41.1% of his attempts from beyond the arc during his three years with the Pacers. He has also shown he’s more than just a catch-and-shoot player, developing new ways to score off the dribble and inside the arc — his 13.6 PPG and .532 FG% in 2020/21 were easily career highs.
23. Kendrick Nunn, G, Heat (RFA)
Nunn was in and out of the Heat’s rotation in 2020/21. When he got regular playing time, he certainly proved worthy of it, increasing his shooting efficiency to .485/.381/.933. He may get overlooked a little in what will be a strong point guard class, but he deserves a significant raise after earning the minimum for the last two seasons.
24. Josh Hart, F, Pelicans (RFA)
Hart’s 33.6% three-point rate since his rookie season hurts his stock a little, but he’s a strong defender and an exceptional rebounder from the wing (8.0 RPG in 2020/21) who is still just 26 years old. I expect the Pelicans to pay $12-14MM per year to keep him around — if they don’t, another team likely will.
25. Will Barton, G, Nuggets
Jamal Murray‘s absence was a bigger deal, but the Nuggets also missed Barton down the stretch and early in the postseason. He’s turned into a reliable outside shooter and secondary play-maker who has the size to take on a variety of defensive assignments. He turned down a $14.7MM player option, which reflects how he feels about his value.
26. Derrick Rose, G, Knicks
The former MVP has evolved into a very productive role player, willing to come off the bench and run the second unit. His return to New York via a midseason trade from Detroit helped buoy the Knicks to a top-five seed in the East, as the team went 24-11 in games he played (and 17-20 in games without him).
27. T.J. McConnell, G, Pacers
Season ticket sales won’t explode by the thousands for the team that signs McConnell, but that club will be getting a tough, reliable role player whose modest scoring numbers undersell his value. He’s a strong distributor on offense, racks up steals on defense, and made 55.9% of his field goal attempts in 2020/21 despite not being much of a threat from beyond the arc.
28. Nerlens Noel, C, Knicks
A former sixth overall pick, Noel may never live up to his pre-draft ceiling, but the version of the big man we saw in 2020/21 could help any team. Noel is a fearsome rim protector (2.2 BPG in just 24.2 MPG) and an athletic finisher who has no problem running the floor.
29. Bruce Brown, G/F, Nets (RFA)
A physical and versatile defender, Brown was a good fit in Brooklyn along some of the most talented scorers on the planet, playing virtually every position on the court. Ideally, you’d like to see some improvement on his three-point shot, but his existing skill set and his age (25 later this month) makes him worth a strong multiyear investment.
30. Alex Caruso, G, Lakers
A guard in the mold of McConnell and Brown, Caruso is hardly a threat to put up 30 points a night, but derives plenty of value from the other things he can do on the court, including excellent perimeter defense.
31. Daniel Theis, C, Bulls
Theis is a tough, underrated defender whose teams in Boston allowed fewer points when he was on the court, even if he wasn’t piling up blocked shots like Noel and other centers. In 23 games in Chicago to finish last season, he also cracked double-digits in scoring for the first time (10.0 PPG). A mid-level type offer for Theis seems realistic.
32. Reggie Bullock, G/F, Knicks
Following an injury-plagued 2019/20 campaign, Bullock bounced back in a big way in 2020/21, knocking down a career-best 2.5 threes per game at a 41.0% rate. As a full-time starter for a playoff team and a dependable shooter, Bullock has earned a raise on last year’s $4.2MM salary.
33. Bobby Portis, F/C, Bucks
Among qualified players, only two players had a higher three-point percentage in 2020/21 than Portis’ 47.1% mark. The big man’s calling card is toughness and rebounding rather than shooting, but that ability to stretch the floor and his performance during Milwaukee’s title run will help make him a popular target in free agency. It sounds like he may be willing to accept another team-friendly deal to run it back with the Bucks though.
34. Alec Burks, G, Knicks
Like Bullock, Burks had arguably his best shooting season with the Knicks in 2020/21, establishing new career highs in threes per game (2.1) and three-point percentage (41.5%). Burks figures to be a popular mid-level target for teams in need of wing depth.
35. Danny Green, G/F, Sixers
A three-time NBA champion and a career 40%+ three-point shooter, Green remains somewhat underrated — Philadelphia missed him in the playoffs following his calf injury. At age 34, he may not inspire a major bidding war, but he’ll draw interest from plenty of playoff teams if the 76ers don’t lock him up right away.
36.Talen Horton-Tucker, G, Lakers (RFA)
Horton-Tucker’s NBA résumé is as limited as anyone’s on this list, but he has a couple key factors working in his favor. At age 20, he’s the youngest player in this top 50. And as a Laker, he may receive interest from teams looking to put financial pressure on the 2020 champs by making them match an aggressive offer sheet.
37. Andre Drummond, C, Lakers
After spending most of his career putting up huge stats on lottery teams or lower-level playoff clubs, Drummond had an opportunity in 2020/21 to show he could play a role for a winner. It didn’t go great — he ended up being a DNP-CD in the Lakers’ last playoff game. Drummond is still in his prime (28 next Thursday) and his scoring and rebounding numbers should earn him mid-level interest, but I’ll be surprised if he gets anywhere near the $28MM he’d been making with Cleveland.
38. Hamidou Diallo, G, Pistons (RFA)
Diallo was a player that Pistons GM Troy Weaver specifically targeted prior to the March trade deadline due to his athleticism and defensive ability, so the team figures to lock him up to a three- or four-year deal as a restricted free agent. If Diallo is able to come anywhere close to matching the .390 3PT% he posted after arriving in Detroit, the Pistons could get a bargain.
39. Nicolas Batum, F, Clippers
As it turns out, the perception of Batum as a minimum-salary player is far more favorable than the perception of him as a $120MM man. The veteran forward showed in Los Angeles in 2020/21 that he can still bring plenty to the table — he’s a lengthy, switchable defender who is an above-average rotation player when he’s hitting his threes, as he was this past season (40.4%).
40. P.J. Tucker, F, Bucks
Tucker’s physical, versatile defense and his ability to hit a corner three helps make up for the fact that he doesn’t really bring anything else to the table on offense (2.6 PPG in 20 games for the Bucks). Milwaukee holds the 36-year-old’s Bird rights and will likely be willing to give him a two-year deal worth $8-10MM per season.
41. Patty Mills, G, Spurs
The longest-tenured Spur, Mills remains a reliable outside shooter (his worst-ever single-season 3PT% was 34.1%) and perimeter defender. With San Antonio going through a retooling process that includes an influx of young guards, it will be interesting to see if the veteran – turning 33 next week – is inclined to join a team closer to title contention or if he’ll try to play out his career with the Spurs.
42. JaMychal Green, F, Nuggets
Green turned down a $7.6MM player option, a sign that he believes his value on the open market should be at least in that range. And he’s probably right — he has made 39.5% of his three-pointers during the last three seasons, an impressive mark for a player who is physical enough to hold his own battling power forwards and centers around the basket.
43. Cameron Payne, G, Suns
Entering the 2020 Walt Disney World bubble, Payne was considered lucky to even get a minimum-salary flier with the Suns. After thriving in Disney and carrying that success over to 2020/21, Payne should no longer have to scour the market for a minimum offer. A 45.1% shooter on three-pointers since last summer, the former first-round pick has some room to regress a little and still be an effective backup point guard.
44. Terence Davis, G, Kings (RFA)
Davis’ reported asking price of $9MM per year may be slightly high, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him earn a multiyear contract in the $6-8MM range if teams are confident his legal issues are behind him. The Kings have a crowded backcourt led by De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Davion Mitchell, but Davis has the size to play alongside any two of those players in three-guard lineups.
45. Rudy Gay, F, Spurs
Gay remains a productive frontcourt scorer (11.4 PPG with a .381 3PT% in 21.6 MPG in 2020/21), and while he’s not an elite defender, his size allows him to match up with most forwards. Given his age (35 this month), it may be a challenge to find more than a two-year deal.
46. Blake Griffin, F/C, Nets
Griffin is owed another $30MM by the Pistons before the team’s commitment to him officially ends, so he may prioritize fit and playing time in free agency over the highest possible offer — that could mean a return to Brooklyn, where he acquitted himself well in a part-time role, putting up 10.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 2.4 APG on .492/.383/.782 shooting in 26 regular season games (21.5 MPG).
47. Paul Millsap, F, Nuggets
Millsap played a huge part in improving Denver’s defense and turning the Nuggets into a serious contender over the last four years. With Aaron Gordon now locked into the starting four role in Denver, he may end up seeking a new team. At age 36, Millsap is clearly on the decline, but could probably still be relied upon for 20 solid minutes per night as a team’s third big man.
48. Malik Monk, G, Hornets
Teams with interest in Monk will have to do their homework on him, as his four years in Charlotte were very up and down and his drug-related suspension in 2020 was concerning. There’s real upside here though. Monk is only 23 years old and finally showed why this past season why he was considered one of the best shooters in the 2017 class, hitting 40.1% of his three-pointers at a high-volume rate.
49. Lou Williams, G, Hawks
It may feel like Williams has been around forever, but the three-time Sixth Man of the Year is younger than several players above him on this list — he’ll turn 35 in October and showed during Atlanta’s Eastern Conference Finals run that he still has plenty left in the tank as an instant-offense option off the bench. He’s reportedly seeking a multiyear deal.
50. Victor Oladipo, G, Heat
No player’s placement on this list was more difficult than Oladipo’s. A fully healthy version of the two-time All-Star is easily a top-five free agent this summer, but we haven’t seen that version since before he first injured his quad tendon in 2019. Leaving Oladipo out of the top 50 feels like a mistake, given his ceiling, but it also feels misguided to put him much higher, since at least one report suggested he could sit out the entire year and reenter free agency in 2022 following his latest quad tendon surgery. Oladipo is one of the most dynamic two-way shooting guards in the NBA when healthy — hopefully we see that player again.
Here are 25 of the other free agents we considered, in alphabetical order:
- Carmelo Anthony, F, Trail Blazers
- Kent Bazemore, G/F, Warriors
- Khem Birch, C, Raptors
- Nemanja Bjelica, F, Heat
- Avery Bradley, G, Rockets
- Zach Collins, F/C, Trail Blazers
- Gorgui Dieng, F/C, Spurs
- Wayne Ellington, G, Pistons
- James Ennis, F, Magic
- Bryn Forbes, G, Bucks
- Jeff Green, F, Nets
- Cory Joseph, G, FA
- Enes Kanter, C, Trail Blazers
- Furkan Korkmaz, G, Sixers
- Robin Lopez, C, Wizards
- Markieff Morris, F, Lakers
- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, G, Thunder (RFA)
- Georges Niang, F, Jazz
- Elfrid Payton, G, Knicks
- Otto Porter, F, Magic
- J.J. Redick, G, Mavericks
- Ish Smith, G, Wizards
- Jarred Vanderbilt, F, Timberwolves (RFA)
- Justise Winslow, F, Grizzlies
- Cody Zeller, C, Hornets
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When given playing time, can still provide some scoring, rebounding and playmaking, though nowhere near at the levels of his pre-injury self.
2020/21 stats: 8.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 42.6 FG%, 34.8 3P%
Career earnings: $89,939,347
Must prove he can still contribute. Short stint with the Pelicans wasn’t overly impressive.
2020/21 stats: 7.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%
Career earnings: $31,309,253
Slippery wing with good leaping ability. Can do some ball-handling and shooting in a secondary role.
2020/21 stats: 8.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 47.3 FG%, 43.3 3P%
Career earnings: $14,182,505
At this point, he’s pretty much a replacement-level point guard. Can run an offense off the bench and create for others some.
2020/21 stats: 6.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 43.3 FG%, 43.9 3P%
Career earnings: $99,236,542
Coming off a poor season with the Lakers, but a solid defender who can occasionally get hot from beyond the arc. High-effort player.
2020/21 stats: 4.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.9 apg, 35.3 FG%, 33.5 3P%
Career earnings: $109,969,682
Still an explosive athlete, but not at the ridiculous level he was in his prime. That loss of quickness and vertical leaping ability have made his other flaws, inconsistent shooting primarily, glaring.
2018/19 stats: 9.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.5 apg, 40.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%
Career earnings: $21,580,455
Bad hands around the rim and no jumper to speak of, but a good shot-blocker and decent rebounder.
2020/21 stats: 5.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 58.7 FG%
Career earnings: $87,424,093
Feisty defender despite lack of size who has good athleticism and plays energetically. Respectable outside shooter with his feet set.
2020/21 stats: 5.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 39.3 FG%, 36.4 3P%
Career earnings: $34,031,924
Undersized big man who really is just a shooter from the corners at this stage in his career.
2020/21 stats: 4.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.8 apg, 36.0 FG%, 34.2 3P%
Career earnings: $27,064,863
Explosive, high-energy swingman who thrives doing the dirty work around the paint and defensively.
2020/21 stats: 4.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.1 apg, 49.6 FG%, 20.0 3P%
Career earnings: $5,393,602
Played one game in 2019-20 and zero since then. Now 41, but if he were inserted into a random game tomorrow, you wouldn’t be surprised to still see him get some buckets.
2018/19 stats: 7.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 39.7 FG%, 33.2 3P%
Career earnings: $124,283,187
Dirty-work forward who is at his best defensively where he’s able to guard multiple positions. Mediocre shooter but can finish plays around the rim.
2020/21 stats: 2.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 50.0 FG%
Career earnings: $9,660,113
Agent:Adie von Gontard
3-and-D swingman who loves to shoot it from the corners, one of the most efficient shots in basketball.
2020/21 stats: 5.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 42.4 FG%, 36.4 3P%
Career earnings: $11,305,330
Floor-spacing center with slow feet, making him a poor defender on switches, and equally unexplosive leaping ability, causing him to struggle on the glass and protecting the paint.
2020/21 stats: 3.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 42.9 FG%, 42.9 3P%
Career earnings: $60,142,479
Prior to missing two years due to injuries, he was one of the best defenders in the NBA thanks to length and absurd instincts. May have lost a step due to the injuries, though.
2020/21 stats: 1.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 14.3 FG%, 12.5 3P%
Career earnings: $36,077,231
High-IQ player with decent shooting touch from beyond the arc.
2020/21 stats: 6.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.8 apg, 49.1 FG%, 41.9 3P%
Career earnings: $5,917,045
Elite size and good-to-great athleticism, as well as length, on the wing, who gets after it defensively and doesn’t shy away from tough matchups. Problem is, his complete lack of an offensive game.
2019/20 stats: 2.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.6 apg, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%
Career earnings: $60,356,045
Quick point guard who can hit shots from three as well as run a second-team offense.
2020/21 stats: 5.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 35.1 FG%, 32.1 3P%
Career earnings: $8,435,042
Fits into the floor-spacing, shot-blocking big man archetype, but isn’t elite at either role.
2020/21 stats: 3.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.8 apg, 43.6 FG%, 25.4 3P%
Career earnings: $6,196,510
Valued locker room voice throughout his career, but one who’s lost a step athletically and no longer can provide nightly impact.
2020/21 stats: 2.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.9 apg, 43.2 FG%
Career earnings: $44,545,534
Veteran big man with outside shooting ability and a strong willingness to take charges.
2020/21 stats: 3.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.2 apg, 38.9 FG%, 43.9 3P%
Career earnings: $69,733,301
High-energy swingman who makes a big impact defensively when given the opportunity.
2020/21 stats: 2.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.7 apg, 33.3 FG%, 18.8 3P%
Career earnings: $4,091,542
Solid defender on the wing who can shoot it some when left open.
2020/21 stats: 3.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.8 apg, 30.3 FG%, 28.7 3P%
Career earnings: $3,411,345
2-guard with a solid nose for scoring but lacking athletically and as a shooter.
2020/21 stats: 4.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 41.7 FG%, 29.9 3P%
Career earnings: $2,344,.007
Unselfish player who’d rather set up teammates than seek out his own shot, with good reason, as he’s unreliable as a shooter.
2020/21 stats: 1.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 15.0 FG%
Career earnings: $7,616,.221
2020/21 stats: 2.0 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 32.6 FG%, 30.4 3P%
Career earnings: $3,612,861
Good rebounder and shot-blocker despite average athleticism.
2020/21 stats: 5.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.5 apg, 52.4 FG%
Career earnings: $363,015
2020/21 stats: 3.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 41.0 FG%, 19.0 3P%
Career earnings: $489,148
Good floater when he gets in the paint but lacks in strength, causing him to struggle on defense, and isn’t a good enough shooter to warrant consistent playing time.
2020/21 stats: 7.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 40.3 FG%, 30.8 3P%
Career earnings: $13,563,997
2020/21 stats: 2.3 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.4 apg, 45.7 FG%, 16.7 3P%
Career earnings: $528,683
Despise lack of size, a point guard with good quickness who is a productive shooter, even off the dribble.
2020/21 stats: 4.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 37.7 FG%, 31.1 3P%
Career earnings: $2,281,176
Completely lacks a three-point jumper but a stout point-of-attack defender who can get to the basket.
2020/21 stats: 2.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 45.1 FG%, 19.2 3P%
Career earnings: $470,690
Explosive, freakish athlete on the wing who can throw down huge dunks in transition. Solid at jumping passing lanes for steals. Rest of his game isn’t as polished, though.
2020/21 stats: 3.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.4 apg, 52.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%
Career earnings: $2,416,291
Came in with the upside of a shot-blocking three-point shooter out of the frontcourt, but never really developed into that role. Plays with good energy.
2020/21 stats: 5.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 40.5 FG%, 34.5 3P%
Career earnings: $12,178,720
Agent:Darren ‘Mats’ Matsubara
Smooth combo guard who can do some scoring but lacks in burst.
2020/21 stats: 3.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.9 apg, 44.9 FG%, 35.0 3P%
Career earnings: $532,218
Tallest player in the league who has only gotten spot minutes throughout his career. Elite presence down low as far as deterring shot attempts, but very slow-footed and gets winded quickly.
2020/21 stats: 2.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.2 apg, 72.4 FG%
Career earnings: $733,492
2020/21 stats: 1.1 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 0.4 apg, 36.8 FG%, 10.0 3P%
Career earnings: $528,683
2020/21 stats: 2.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.4 apg, 27.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%
Career earnings: $138,020
2020/21 stats: 1.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 46.7 FG%, 30.8 3P%
Career earnings: $2,264,035
2020/21 stats: 10.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 57.6 FG%, 30.8 3P%
Career earnings: $343,070
2020/21 stats: 1.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.1 apg, 50.0 FG%
Career earnings: $11,680,623
2020/21 stats: 0.4 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 0.1 apg, 0.0 FG%
Career earnings: $600,055
2020/21 stats: 3.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.4 apg, 33.3 FG%, 30.3 3P%
Career earnings: $449,115
2020/21 stats: 1.8 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 36.4 FG%, 50.0 3P%
Career earnings: $1,236,181
2020/21 stats: 3.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.9 apg, 36.1 FG%, 27.1 3P%
Career earnings: $412,202
2020/21 stats: 1.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.0 apg, 30.2 FG%, 23.1 3P%
Career earnings: $470,690
2020/21 stats: 4.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 30.3 FG%, 10.8 3P%
Career earnings: $449,115
2020/21 stats: 2.2 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.2 apg, 39.4 FG%, 22.7 3P%
Career earnings: $449,115
2020/21 stats: 6.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 50.0 FG%
Career earnings: $208,777
2020/21 stats: 1.3 ppg, 0.1 rpg, 0.1 apg, 28.6 FG%, 28.6 3P%
Career earnings: $449,115
2020/21 stats: 1.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.2 apg, 31.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%
Career earnings: $449,115
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NBA free agents: Team-by-team lists for 2021 and 2022
Who are the NBA free agents to watch in 2021 and 2022? The 2020 free-agent class featured less star power than normal, as the league blitzed through a condensed transaction period featuring the draft and free agency in the same week.
The 2021 class has thinned out after Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert and Paul George signed long-term extensions, but it still features big names such as Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, Victor Oladipo, DeMar DeRozan, Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.
Here's our team-by-team look at all the players who can and will hit free agency over the next two seasons.
Key: Restricted = restricted free agent; player = player option; team = team option; ETO = early termination option
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Los Angeles Lakers
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New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Top NBA free agents of 2021: Kawhi, Chris Paul top list
Unlike last offseason, we’re going to see a ton of top end NBA free agents in 2021. Players like future Hall of Famers Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul will likely opt out of their contracts and hit the open market.
Meanwhile, there’s a large amount of talented youngsters set to become restricted free agents. That list includes Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins and Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Below, we look at the top NBA free agents of 2021 with a positional break down at the end.
When does NBA free agency start?
With the 2021 NBA Draft having taken place on July 29, free agency will open up a few days later on August 2. That doesn’t mean trades and other stuff won’t have beforehand.
Who are the top-five NBA free agents of 2021?
We’re going to include those set to hit the restricted free agent market as well as individuals who have player options. For the most part, each one of these potential franchise-altering players will find a market this coming summer. Whether via sign-and-trade or teams using room under the 2021 NBA salary cap, expect a lot of movement.
1. Kawhi Leonard, forward, Los Angeles Clippers (Player option)
If Leonard decides to opt out of his $36.02 million salary for next season, he will obviously be the top player set to hit NBA free agency. Unfortunately, Leonard just underwent surgery to repair a torn right ACL. There’s no telling when he’ll be back. With that said, there’s still going to be interest in his services should the two-time NBA Finals MVP opt out. Here’s a guy who averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists on 51% shooting from the field during the regular season.
Leonard has been linked to both the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat since Los Angeles was eliminated in the Western Conference Finals. Should he opt out, pretty much every contending team will show interest one way or another with a sign-and-trade being the most-likely outcome.
2. Chris Paul, guard, Phoenix Suns
Update: Reportedly re-signed with the Phoenix Suns
In his first season with the Suns, Paul proved he can still play at an All-Star level and joined Devin Booker in leading the team to the NBA Finals. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be any reason the 36-year-old Paul would decline his $44.21 million option for the 2021-22 season.
Given his performance this past season and likely looking for one more multi-year deal, it’s now a foregone conclusion he’ll opt out. Recent reports suggest Paul will return to the Suns on a three-year deal worth $90-plus million.
3. John Collins, forward, Atlanta Hawks (Restricted)
Still only 23 years old, there was talk of Atlanta moving Collins ahead of the in-season NBA trade deadline. That never came to fruition. It should lead to a huge sweepstakes as he becomes one of the top available NBA free agents this coming summer.
A first-round pick from Wake Forest in 2017, Collins is averaging 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds on a resounding 57% shooting from the field since the start of his sophomore campaign back in 2018-19. He’s likely looking at a rookie-level max contract on the open market after Atlanta extended the restricted free agent a qualifying offer.
4. DeMar DeRozan, guard, San Antonio Spurs
Update: Acquired by the Chicago Bulls in sign-and-trade
NBA free agency rumors will link DeRozan to his hometown Lakers. That’s especially true if the Lakers and Spurs are able to work out a sign-and-trade. There’s also a chance he takes a below-market deal to form a super team in Los Angeles. In reality, it could be the best for both sides. What we do know is that DeRozan continues to play at a high level. He’s still among the best wings in the game, having averaged north of 21 points and 6.9 assists on 49% shooting from the field last season.
5. Kyle Lowry, guard, Toronto Raptors
Update: Acquired by the Miami Heat in sign-and-trade
Bandied about as bait ahead of the NBA trade deadline, it was surprising to see Lowry stick with the Raptors. Whether that’s the case this coming summer remains to be seen. What we know is that he’s still a top-flight point guard in the NBA. The six-time All-Star averaged 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.3 assists on 40% shooting from distance this past regular season . If he doesn’t re-sign with Toronto, a sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat could make sense.
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6. Mike Conley, guard, Utah Jazz
Update: Re-signed with the Utah Jazz on a three-year deal
Vastly underrated throughout most of his career, Conley struggled in his first season with Utah. He turned it around in 2020-21, earning his first ever All-Star Game appearance. The veteran shot a resounding 41% from three-point range during the regular season while averaging 16.2 points and 6.0 assists. It won’t add up to the $34.5 million he made last season, but Conley should get another lucrative contract as one of the top NBA free agents this summer.
7. Lonzo Ball, guard, New Orleans Pelicans (Restricted)
Update: Acquired by the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade
Ball was subjected to numerous rumors leading up to the NBA trade deadline. New Orleans opted to keep him despite the fact that the former No. 2 pick is going to demand north of $20 million annually as a restricted free agent. Whether he returns remains to be seen. The 23-year-old Ball has upped his game this past season, averaging 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists on 38% shooting from distance. Some team will pay for that type of upside moving forward. Perhaps, that will be the Chicago Bulls.
8. Victor Oladipo, guard, Miami Heat
The Oladipo situation is complicated by the fact that he was acquired by Miami from the disastrous Houston Rockets on the cheap at the NBA trade deadline. He went on to play all of four games with Miami before suffering a quadriceps injury. It’s now not known whether the All-Star guard will be available to start the 2021-22 campaign. This could force Oladipo into taking a mid-level exception during NBA free agency. His progress from returning will play a big role here. Look for a potential prove-it, one-year deal with a contending team.
9. Jarrett Allen, center, Cleveland Cavaliers (Restricted)
Update: Re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Potentially one of the most-underrated NBA free agents of the cycle, Allen was acquired from Brooklyn in the four-team James Harden blockbuster. He averaged 13.2 points and 9.9 rebounds on 61% shooting in 51 games for the Cavaliers. The expectation here is that a rebuilding Cavaliers team will match any offer presented to the pending restricted free agent. Cleveland would love to retain Allen and team him up with rookie No. 3 pick Evan Mobley in the frontcourt.
10. Lauri Markkanen, forward, Chicago Bulls (Restricted)
Underrated. That’s the best way to describe this 24-year-old Finland native. After some struggles a season ago, Markkanen turned it around big time in 2020-21 and could be one of the NBA free agents to draw surprising interest. The stretch four averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds on a career-best 40% shooting from distance this past season. If the Bulls don’t match an offer presented to him, look for a sign-and-trade to be in the cards.
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11. Norman Powell, guard, Portland Trail Blazers
Update: Re-signed with the Portland Trail Blazers
Acquired by Portland from the Toronto Raptors, Powell declined the mere $11.62 million option on his contract for next season. It’s one of the reasons Toronto opted to move the ascending wing — his status as an impending free agent. Powell, 28, has morphed into a starter-caliber two-guard since being selected in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft. He averaged 18.6 points on 41% shooting from distance throughout the 2020-21 season. He’ll be one of the top NBA free agents this summer.
12. Kelly Oubre Jr., forward, Golden State Warriors
A legit three-and-D wing, Oubre plays exceptional defense. He stopped the likes of Kawhi Leonard in their tracks throughout his first season with the Warriors. Despite Golden State taking offers for the 25-year-old forward, there’s a chance that he returns to the team once free agency opens. We’re talking about a dude who can average 20 points and six boards per game while shooting 40% from distance. If the Warriors push back against a big contract, other teams will come calling in a potential sign-and-trade.
13. Andre Drummond, center, Los Angeles Lakers
Update: Signed with the Philadelphia 76ers
Having joined the Lakers on the NBA buyout market, Drummond performed pretty well in Los Angeles. The two-time NBA All-Star averaged 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds on 53% shooting in 21 games. He’s not going to be a high-scoring center moving forward. It’s all about defense and rebounding. Right now, the odds don’t seem to favor Drummond returning to the Lakers on a team-friendly deal.
14. Spencer Dinwiddie, guard, Brooklyn Nets
Despite suffering a partially torn ACL and missing the entire 2020-21 season, Dinwiddie declined the $12.30 million option on his contract for next season. It’s one of the primary reasons other teams pushed back against dealing for him ahead of the NBA trade deadline. What we do know is that he’ll be coveted on the open market. The 28-year-old point guard averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists for the Nets in 2019-20, leading them to the playoffs despite being without Kevin Durant and missing Kyrie Irving for a majority of the campaign. Dinwiddie is open to returning to Brooklyn, but his asking price might prevent that.
15. Duncan Robinson, guard, Miami Heat (Restricted)
Update: Re-signed with the Miami Heat
An undrafted free agent back in 2018, Robinson has morphed into one of the most lethal catch-and-shoot three-point artists in the NBA today. Since the start of the 2019-20 season, the Michigan product is hitting on an astounding 43% from distance while averaging nearly four three-pointers per game. We know how much value that brings in today’s basketball landscape. Still only 27, he’s going to get a huge offer once the wing hits the restricted NBA free agent market with the New York Knicks showing initial interest.
16. Serge Ibaka, forward, Los Angeles Clippers (Player option)
One of the most-underrated bigs in the game, Ibaka surprised everyone by signing a mere two-year, $18.98 million deal with Los Angeles in free agency last offseason. He’s now more than likely going to opt out of said contract and hit a more robust market for his services this summer. Over the course of the past decade, Ibaka is averaging 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds. With that said, Ibaka’s market will be dictated by how he recovers from back surgery that cost him the entire playoffs.
17. Evan Fournier, guard, Boston Celtics
Update: Signed with the New York Knicks
After struggles with the Celtics following a midseason trade from Orlando, Fournier still offers a ton of value for teams as one of the most consistent NBA free agents set to hit the market. The 28-year-old wing is averaging 16.8 points on 38% shooting from distance since the start of the 2015-16 season. It’s not yet known whether new Celtics president Brad Stevens has any urge to re-sign Fournier. Remember, he was acquired by the recently retired Danny Ainge.
18. Gary Trent Jr., guard, Toronto Raptors (Restricted)
Update: Re-signed with the Toronto Raptors
It was somewhat surprising to see the Blazers give up Trent Jr. in the Norman Powell deal ahead of the NBA trade deadline. A second-round pick from Duke back in 2018, he’s turned into a starter-caliber wing and a lethal three-point shooter. In fact, the 22-year-old Trent averaged 15.3 points on 39% shooting from three-point range last season. If not the Raptors, some team will pay out of the back side to bring in this type of untapped potential.
19. Dennis Schroder, guard, Los Angeles Lakers
Potentially one of the most-overrated NBA free agents set to hit the market, Schroder just turned down a four-year, $84.4 million extension offer from the Lakers after they acquired him in an offseason trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He then turned in a miserable performance in Los Angeles first-round playoff exit against the Phoenix Suns, shooting just 40% from the field in six games. Schroder will now be calling another NBA city home after the Lakers’ blockbuster acquisition of Russell Westbrook.
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20. Will Barton, guard, Denver Nuggets
Update: Re-signed with the Denver Nuggets
Barton just recently opted out of his contract for the 2021-22 season, making him a free agent. It’s now an open question what his market would look like. He’s 30-years-old and might want one more long-term deal to max out his earnings. What we do know is that he is still a solid all-around player at this point in his career. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the wing is averaging 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists while playing solid defense.
21. Talen Horton-Tucker, guard, Los Angeles Lakers (Restricted)
Update: Re-signed with the Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are going to be in an interesting position when it comes to this 20-year-old former second-round pick from Iowa State. Horton-Tucker is seen as an ascending talent and a potential starting wing moving forward. In fact, LeBron James continues to speak highly of him. Joining the Lakers’ rotation this past season, he averaged 9.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in limited action. Will some team come calling for the upside? If so, are the Lakers able to match a lucrative offer for one of the most interesting NBA free agents of the cycle?
22. Tim Hardaway Jr., guard, Dallas Mavericks
Update: Re-signed with the Dallas Mavericks
A former first-round pick out of Michigan, the 29-year-old Hardaway Jr. has morphed into a legit scoring threat from the two-guard position. He averaged 16.6 points on 39% shooting from distance during the regular season before pushing that scoring average to 17 points per during a first-round playoff loss to the Clippers. He’s one of the most-intriguing NBA free agents of the cycle.
23. Richaun Holmes, center, Sacramento Kings
Update: Re-signed with the Sacramento Kings
Holmes is an interesting case study in that he entered the NBA as a second-round pick of the 76ers back in 2015 and took some time to become a rotational player. Since then, he’s turned into one heck of a starting option. Last season alone with the Kings, Holmes averaged 14.2 points and 8.3 rebounds on a jaw-dropping 64% shooting from the field. He’ll have a strong market.
24. Dwight Howard, center, Philadelphia 76ers
Update: Signed with the Los Angeles Lakers
While Howard is no longer the player he was years back, he can still provide a veteran service for a contending team. Last season with Philadelphia, the 35-year-old eight-time All-Star averaged 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds on 59% shooting in a mere 17.3 minutes per game. Look for teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors to come calling.
25. Derrick Rose, guard, New York Knicks
Update: Re-signed with the New York Knicks
What a turnaround it has been for Rose since his injury-plagued latter years in Chicago. The former NBA MVP isn’t the same pre-injury player he was, but he still provides a ton off the bench. After being acquired from the Detroit Pistons in a mid-season trade, Rose went on to average 14.9 points and 4.2 assists on 49% shooting for New York. If he doesn’t re-sign with the Knicks, some contending team will come calling.
Other top NBA free agents by position
- Patrick Mills, San Antonio Spurs (signed with the Brooklyn Nets)
- T.J. McConnell, Indiana Pacers (re-signed with Indiana Pacers)
- Devonte’ Graham, Charlotte Hornets (acquired by New Orleans Pelicans)
- Ish Smith, Washington Wizards (signed with the Charlotte Hornets)
- Lou Williams, Atlanta Hawks
- Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers
- Alec Burks, New York Knicks (Re-signed with New York Knicks)
- Malik Monk, Charlotte Hornets (signed with the Los Angeles Lakers)
- Alex Caruso, Los Angeles Lakers (signed with the Chicago Bulls)
- Josh Hart, New Orleans Pelicans (restricted)
- Trevor Ariza, Miami Heat (signed with the Los Angeles Lakers)
- Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers (signed with the Los Angeles Lakers)
- Andre Iguodala, Miami Heat
- Otto Porter Jr., Orlando Magic (signed with the Golden State Warriors)
- Kent Bazemore, Golden State Warriors (signed with the Los Angeles Lakers)
- Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets
- P.J. Tucker, Milwaukee Bucks (signed with the Miami Heat)
- Blake Griffin, Brooklyn Nets (re-signed with the Brooklyn Nets)
- Taj Gibson, New York Knicks
- Markieff Morris, Los Angeles Lakers (signed with the Miami Heat)
- Zach Collins, Portland Trail Blazers (signed with the San Antonio Spurs)
- Boban Marjanovic, Dallas Mavericks (re-signed with Dallas Mavericks)
- Daniel Theis, Chicago Bulls (signed with Houston Rockets)
- Hassan Whiteside, Sacramento Kings
- DeMarcus Cousins, Los Angeles Clippers
- JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (signed with the Phoenix Suns)
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