The NBA has often seen a lot of players arrive to a team as a highly praised signing that’s supposed to make them a lot better, but eventually winds up becoming a bust either because of the team’s system or because he just wasn’t that good.
Sometimes, players just need to chase money because they’ve spent most of their careers as low to medium profile players that have been always been quite productive, but haven’t earned a huge paycheck so far.
On the other hand, some other players do exactly the opposite, sacrificing most of their money just to finally get a shot at contention with a better team and retire as NBA Champions, knowing that the clock is ticking on them and they’re likely to strike out on that goal if they don’t act fast.
And finally, some players are just way more ambitious and look to take their talents elsewhere in order to develop and finally thrive alongside the kind of teammates they feel like they deserve. Today, we’re going to let you know about 10 guys that will have a new jersey on after this season.
10. Greg Monroe
After being chased by big franchises such as Lakers and Knicks, Monroe decided to go to Milwaukee a couple of seasons ago. Greg arrived after showing very interesting things during his stay with the Detroit Pistons.
Although Monroe has been good for the Bucks, his departure is imminent. He wants to play more and now with the surge of Thon Maker, things won’t be any easy for him, also having to share touches down low with John Henson.
9. Nerlens Noel
Nerlens started his career playing for the Philadelphia 76ers but had to eventually be dealt to the Dallas Mavericks due to how crowded their frontcourt was at the time. Now it looks like he will have to find a new place where to play, as Noel wants a maximum contract and Dallas will certainly not give it to him.
Noel has the talent to be an important player in any team; he won’t miss offers as soon as his contract expires, but there have been some serious durability issues with the youngsters, that constantly struggle to be healthy. Still, the defensive upside is definitely there.
8. J.J. Redick
J.J. Redick is without any hesitation one of the most reliable and efficient players in the league, having very good tenures in several teams before landing in Philadelphia.
Now he is one of the veterans of the team, but Redick will scrap that in order to chase a ring.
He is even willing to sign for less money to play for a contender team in the 2018-19 campaign. Redick is getting older every season and with his maturity and his talents, he can be a great addition for any team now that he’s earned a lot of dough with Philly.
7. DeMarcus Cousins
So far DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t played in any playoffs game, as he was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 draft, where he never was able to at least compete for a playoffs spot, and he once again failed to do so the prior campaign when he teamed up with Anthony Davis in New Orleans.
However, Cousins is very likely to leave the team when his contract expires if they can’t reach the playoffs. Sure, they two very good and intimidating interns, but if that doesn’t assure the playoffs, Boogie is ready to leave NOLA.
6. Derrick Favors
Gordon Hayward’s departure meant for many fans the beginning of the end for the Utah Jazz, and this might be right. Utah was expected to be a contender team this season of the following one, but everything points that they will lose another figure.
Derrick Favors will play for a better team since the Jazz will not offer him a maximum contract to stay with the organization, considering the team’s franchise big man is definitely Rudy Gobert, and that they’ve fared extremely good during Favor’s absence.
5. Lou Williams
Williams has had an abiding career in the NBA, playing for some for some competitive teams through the years, becoming an instant offense kind of guy off the bench that can definitely light it up on a nightly basis against the best defenders in the Association.
If he doesn’t succeed with the Los Angeles Clippers, he’s likely to be done chasing a ring and start playing for the cash instead, and he’d definitely have a lot of suitors considering his ability to send the ball to the bottom of the nets.
4. Isaiah Thomas
Thomas was a big part of the Boston Celtics’ success last season, but after a restless offseason, he landed in Cleveland to play alongside LeBron James and company. Although Thomas has demonstrated all his capacities on the court, he will not stay that long with the Cavaliers.
Cleveland doesn’t have money to offer him a maximum contract, so he will be leaving the team as soon as his contract expires, or even before if things don’t work out for any of them. He’s not getting any younger and hasn’t earned much money throughout his career, and he knows this one will be his last chance to get paid big time.
3. Aaron Gordon
Gordon is quickly becoming a fluke in the Orlando Magic, albeit he was –and still is- one of the team’s go-to-guys. Now, he will try to play for a different team in order to recover his old shape and play more minutes.
With the things he displayed in the past, he still can be a very good player, either playing at Orlando or having more action minutes in another squad. There is no doubt that this will be a painful loss for the Magic, but Gordon seems ready to leave the squad.
2. Will Barton
Will has demonstrated all his skills with the Denver Nuggets, but seeing the road the team is taking now, he wants to make some changes in his career. This is why Barton is going to leave the team after his contract with the rebuilt Nuggets.
Barton reportedly wants more money and without any doubt, a better role. Now is only a matter of time before we see where the guard is going to take his talents, as he’s going to have it really tough to find playing time on a team that features Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler and Juancho Hernangomez.
1. Jeff Green
Jeff Green was one of the best stories in the league a couple of seasons ago, where he surprised everybody with the Boston Celtics after struggling with heart problems. After that, Green spent some times wandering around without finding the right place where to play.
Now he is part of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it is very unlikely for him to actually have an important role in the team. So obviously, Green will try to get a better contract and more money in another team, now that he’s heading towards the last years of his “prime”.