NBA’s free agency is still going down, and with some great deals already taking place, like the one Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant just signed, there are still several players waiting to put his signature on an offer sheet for the upcoming season.
So far, the only big name signings that have happened was Gordon Hayward moving from the Utah Jazz to the Boston Celtics, and the lone surprise was that Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis move for a rental on Paul George.
But with all those signings that took place over the first couple of days of Free Agency, there are still some big names out there that haven’t resigned with their current squads, and that should be tempted to sign for contenders even if that means taking a slightly significant pay cut.
So today, we’ll talk about the best 7 remaining free agents in the Association, hoping they find a new home on this upcoming days.
7. Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol had one of his worst seasons during his first year as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, constantly being the team’s scapegoat on their losses and seeing his numbers significantly decrease.
Still, he has nothing left to prove as one of the best European players in the history of the league, and even though he’s reportedly keen to stay on the Spurs on a veteran deal, other franchises should pursue him with a bigger paycheck.
6. Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz hasn’t really blossomed as the dominant two-way player it looked like he could become, but what he needs is just a new home where he could thrive the most and have consistent touches on offense.
And considering his solid work ethic and over the average defense, he should have no problem finding a new place as their starting small forward, where he could flourish as a consistent scorer as well.
5. Nikola Mirotic
Mirotic was one of the most intriguing and exciting players overseas until he finally decided to go to the U.S and play with the Chicago Bulls, where he’s had a lot of up and downs as one of the most inconsistent players on both ends of the court.
Nonetheless, his skillset and offensive versatility make him a very interesting player available at this point, and even though the Bulls are expected to match any offer they get for him, he could still be lured away with Chicago entering rebuild mode.
4. Ian Clark
He’s reportedly ready to stay put on the Bay and it would be the smartest thing he could do if he wanted to win another Championship, although he may never develop as an offensive machine if he stays behind Curry, Thompson and Durant.
Ian Clark is a very versatile and prolific player that just needs way more minutes, so going away would definitely be the smartest move for him, especially considering the fact that the Warriors can’t offer much money to him.
3. Tony Allen
If you want to score, you should definitely pass on this guy, as he’s one of the least talented offensive players you’ll see on an NBA court, but he just makes it up with his outstanding, crafty and suffocating defensive ability.
With the Grizzlies already losing Zach Randolph and Vince Carter and reportedly ready to move Marc Gasol to focus on a rebuild, Allen’s most likely to be the next guy to leave the squad, and he could be a top-notch addition for any contender.
2. Nerlens Noel
He’s reportedly going to stay with the Mavericks as their starting center for the future after they go through their rebuilding process, and he won’t have much competition for minutes there unless the Mavs also trade for Jahlil Okafor (haha).
Still, the injury prone big man could draw a lot of interest from contending teams that have money, and he’d have a much bigger shot at contention with another franchise, although he could develop faster under Carlisle’s tutelage.
1. Derrick Rose
The fact that a 28-year-old former MVP is still a Free Agent at this point is really surprising, especially considering how shorthanded this year was when talking about All-Star caliber point guards.
But, with the Milwaukee Bucks reportedly showing interest in acquiring the former Bull and Knick, the best remaining Free Agent in the league might as well find a new home alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and he could definitely improve their chances in the Eastern Conference if he actually manages to stay healthy.