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NBA Free Agency 2017: Top 6 Players Still On The Market

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The NBA's 2017 Free Agency Period has all but come to a close in many fan's eyes, with the major free agents already signing deals with their respective teams. The number one target for many teams, Gordon Hayward, signed with Boston, Chris Paul is headed over to Houston, KD and Curry re-signed with the Warriors, and Blake Griffin opted to stay in LA, unlike CP3.

That leaves the second and third tier of free agents still looking for a franchise to sign for, with the likes of Derrick Rose, Jonathon Simmons and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all looking for a destination to take their talents to.

These are the top 6 free agents who are still available, and who contending teams should take a shot on to bolster their roster.

6. JaMychal Green 

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27-year-old JaMychal Green has been a bit of an X-Factor for Memphis.

In a limited role for the Grizzlies, the power forward posted averages of 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in only 27 minutes of game time per contest, sharing minutes with veteran Zach Randolph.

Now, with Zach Randolph out of Memphis, choosing to make a move to Sacramento, the door has opened up for Green to command the main power forward role for the Grizzlies. But do the Grizzlies want him to?

It seems Memphis isn't keen on re-signing Green. If that is the case, there will be a fair few suitors wanting his services, one of which could be Detroit, who may want to continue to build around their scrappy defensive identity after acquiring Avery Bradley and shipping off center Aron Baynes.

5. Rajon Rondo

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Rondo definitely isn't he player he once was when playing for Boston, and his lack of shooting has been amplified due to the direction the league is headed.

Regardless of his apparent coachability issues and perimeter game, there will always be a squad looking to add a defensive point guard who can pass the rock as well as anyone, which is exactly what Rondo provides.

With the Bulls waiving Rondo in favor of younger guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, acquired in a trade with Minnesota, Rajon has his options wide open.

The frontrunners to nab up Rondo seems to be the New York Knicks, who are looking to move on from Derrick Rose, drafting rookie PG Frank Ntilikina. Rondo would most likely serve as a veteran off the bench for the Knicks, as many young players from Chicago and Sacramento have praised Rondo's ability to mentor and develop them.

4. Derrick Rose

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Speaking of Rose, it seems highly unlikely he'll be returning to the Knicks, and multiple teams have been rumored to be in talks with the former MVP.

Derrick had a pretty nice season, all things considered, averaging 18 points and 4.4 assists in a team that was in a constant state of flux. His season ended in disappointment however, tearing his meniscus in the latter stages of the season.

Teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers have both had meetings with Rose, and even though he will never return to his MVP form, he is still capable of providing quality minutes for playoff teams, be that starting or coming off the bench.

3. Jonathon Simmons

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What a breakout year Simmons had for the Spurs.

The third-year guard out of Houston is already 27 years of age, a bit on the older side for a player who is considered a youngling in the league, but boy, has he caught on quick.

The undrafted guard improved game after game for the Spurs, averaging 13 points against Houston in the Eastern Conference semis and 15 a game against the Warriors in the WCF.

Simmons is a restricted free agent, so the Spurs have the opportunity to match any offer headed Jonathon's way, and they'd be extremely well off if they did just that.

2. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Caldwell-Pope has copped a pretty unfair gig this free agency.

First, he was a restricted free agent in the beginning of the FA period when teams were investing in other players. Then Detroit pulled his qualifying offer off the table, making him unrestricted, but with most team's cap space tied up in signings made earlier in the week. That leaves Kentavious in quite the situation, with not many teams able to offer KCP what he is worth.

Pope is only 24-years-old and has shown what he is capable of as a perimeter defender, and as an outside shooter, so whichever team can snatch him up before free agency ends may be big winners down the road.

1. Nerlens Noel

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Even though Nerlens is the best available free agent at the moment, it doesn't mean for a second he's going to be on the move out of Dallas.

Just like Jonathon Simmons, Noel is a restricted free agent, and considering Dallas gave up Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a first-round pick to get Noel out of Philly, they'll be doing everything they can to keep him in Texas.