The best NBA free agents remaining are still deciding what’s best for their career. Whether it’s the championship title or money, they must choose carefully which path to pursue.
Best NBA free agents remaining
The top NBA free agents remaining are already in talks with different teams. It’s a matter of time until we see these guys remain or in a new uniform. Check out also our NBA free agency grades so far.
Here are the seven best NBA free agents remaining…
It was recently reported that Kawhi Leonard declined his $36 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent. He will also listen to other teams in free agency. However, there’s optimism that he will re-negotiate and sign a new contract with the Clippers for the long term.
Signing Leonard for the long term is the best move the Clippers can do. This will give him enough time to rehab his knee and still be competitive for the next 2-3 years.
DeMar DeRozan has been at the center of a couple of rumors with Heat, Bulls, and Mavericks. After all, he’s one of the top NBA free agents remaining.
He had a career year with the Spurs wherein he averaged 21.6 points per game and a career-best 6.9 assists per game. Even his lack of three-point shooting, his elite midrange game and playmaking are enough for playoff-contending teams.
His ideal landing spot would be the Heat wherein he reunites with his former teammate, Kyle Lowry. It’s the icing on the cake if Miami uses their MLE on him.
John Collins is expected to reach a new contract with the Hawks. However, it was reported that both parties aren’t close to a new deal. Albeit taking a reduced offensive role, he was an important piece in Atlanta’s playoff run last season. His versatility and budding connection with Trae Young prove to be valuable in their offense.
However, it’s not a surprise if some teams pry the talented big man away in Atlanta. Some teams may be willing to offer him the max contract that he wanted. Still, Collins is too important for the Hawks to give up. Him staying in Atlanta is one of our NBA free agency predictions.
The Lakers landing Russell Westbrook means that Dennis Schroder is likely out of LA. In free agency, Schroder is asking for a $100 million contract which may sound absurd given his inconsistencies last season. He averaged just 15.4 points, 5.8 assists on a meager 33% shooting from beyond the arc.
Still, Schroder could be a solid point guard for teams needing some scoring in the backcourt. Given the departure of Lonzo Ball in New Orleans, the Pelicans can seek for his services.
After a brutal season in Chicago, Lauri Markkanen is reportedly involved in a lot of trade and free agency rumors. He averaged a career-low 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Given his reduced minutes, the Bulls have clearly moved on from Markkanen.
Still, he’s one of the best stretch big men in the league. He can thrive as the third option on a contending team. Clearly, there’s still upside left as he’s still 24 years old. That being said, his potential landing spot is the Spurs. A double sign-and-trade deal may potentially happen between the Bulls and Spurs involving DeRozan.
Apart from Schroder, Spencer Dinwiddie is the only notable guard left in free agency. He suffered a season-ending ACL injury which lowered his value a little bit, but we’ve witnessed what he can do when healthy. In the 2019-2020 season, he averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game. He can play the 1 and 2 positions due to his scoring and playmaking ability.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Kelly Oubre Jr. has taken a step back last season with the Warriors wherein he averaged 15.4 points and 6 rebounds per game. However, most of the blame would be on Steve Kerr‘s system and the injuries he suffered. Oubre had a breakout campaign in the 2019-2020 season wherein he averaged a career-best 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
His ideal landing spot is in San Antonio where he can play loose. After all, he’s young enough to fit on a developing team.
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