The summer of 2019 has the potential to be the wildest, most impactful summer in the history of free agency.
Approximately half the league could be eligible to change teams. You can move to make next season as confusing as it is interesting.
The easiest way to shift the balance of power is to have a premier free agent join a new team. That player (or players) could make a good team, a good team, or a great team untouchable. Here's a look at some of the guys who could swing this summer in our list of the top 20 NBA free agents.
Player option: [1
Unrestricted: The player is free to sign with whichever team he wants
Restricted: The player can sign an offer sheet with whichever team he wants, but his original team has the right to match the offer sheet, which then becomes a contract.
1: Kevin Durant ($ 31,500,000 player option)
Durant is one of two possible megastar free agents. It is widely assumed that it will be out of his $ 31.5 million option and leave Golden State. Whether he goes to New York (as some assume), the Los Angeles Clippers (as others assume), or a surprising third team, the arrival of Durant somewhere instantly magnifies the talent on whichever team he joins.
He could shock everyone
2: Kawhi Leonard ($ 21,329,752 player option)
Leonard is the second megastar, and with the Toronto Raptors. are in the NBA finals, a lot of people wonder if they would really be able to leave. Whether he is a raptor or goes to one of the Los Angeles teams, there is a good bet Leonard will opt-out for a hefty raise either way
3: Kyrie Irving ($ 21.3 million player option)
Irving is definitely opting out. The question now is whether it's a five-year deal with the Boston Celtics or a four-year deal somewhere else.
4: Kemba Walker (unrestricted)
Walker, a third-team All-NBA player this past season, is eligible for a contract from the Charlotte Hornets, but there are serious questions about whether he wants to stay through a very difficult rebuild.
They have $ 56 million committed to Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo, and Cody Zeller next season. Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist picking up their $ 84 million options, up $ 38 million (35 percent of the $ 109 million cap) starting Walker for Charlotte brings the cap with those six players.
Will walker take that money and hope Mitch Kupchak can do some magic, or he will be able to find a better situation?
5: Klay Thompson (unrestricted)
Thompson missed out on the supermax contract at Not making any of the All-NBA teams.
He hasn't signaled any desire to be with anyone besides Golden State, but that won't stop teams from going hard after the key pieces of Golden State's dynasty. 19659029] The Warriors don't seem to care about paying a luxury tax, either. If that remains the case, then Thompson is likely to return on a long-term deal.
6: Jimmy Butler ($ 19,841,627 player option)
Butler will opt out and look for a max offer from somewhere. The question with Butler will give someone a 30-year-old with more than 19,000 combined regular season and playoff minutes a five-year deal, or will the max offer roll in with shorter years? The team willing to give him four or five years could be the winner.
7: Kristaps Porzingis (restricted)
The 7-foot-3 unicorn can shoot and drive, but can he stay healthy? He's coming off an ACL tear that some fear is a harbinger of things to come. There is a fear that Porzingis' unique body structure presents unique challenges for a training staff to keep him healthy.
The Dallas Mavericks didn't trade for him, but some teams out there might try to test Mark Cuban's commitment.
8: Tobias Harris (unrestricted)
Philadelphia's other dynamic wing might have seen his stock take a little bit of a hit in the playoffs but that shouldn't cost the soon to be 27-year-old any cash. There are plenty of slots out there that someone could pay him max money, and they will be Philadelphia.
The 76ers have said they hope to retain everyone.
9: Khris Middleton ($ 13,000,000 player option)
Milwaukee is in a tough spot this summer. Three very important players are due for raises, and Middleton is first in line. Celtics fans saw first hand what kind of shooter he can be, and he's definitely worth more than the $ 13 million option.
Milwaukee has little choice but to re-sign, but other suitors will be sniffing around if they try to lowball
10: D'Angelo Russell (restricted)
Russell's career year has become a contract year, which always raises an eyebrow. Is it really the guy who made a difference of 21 points and shot 37 percent from 3 while completely taking over full quarters every year? Will he regress once he gets the big payday?
The Nets could put the signal out to the league that they'll match any offer but a team could swoop in on day one of free agency and test that commitment with a max offer . The Nets are angling at a destination for free agents who want to go to New York but play for a competent franchise.
What they decide with Russell could depend on who they end up signing away from other teams.
11: DeMarcus Cousins (unrestricted)
The almost 29-year-old cousins is perhaps the most intriguing guy on the market because he was a top-flight player on the court prior to his Achilles tear. 19659002] He did well in his letter return for Golden State but he can't be judged on that, which is unfortunate. His future teams know what they're getting, so they're not committed to spending much money. ”He played for the mid-level taxpayer once. Will he do it again?
12: Nikola Vucevic (unrestricted)
Orlando's All-Star big man had his first 20-10 season, averaging 20.8 points per game and 12 rebounds, both career highs. He set career highs in true shooting percentage, player efficiency rating, rebounding percentage and assist percentage.
Again, though, career seasons in contract are new, so there is always some trepidation. The key number for him is his career-best 36.4 percent from 3. Can he build on that? Can he even keep that up? If teams feel confident in this number, they could be a valuable stretch-big
13: Al Horford ($ 30.1 million player option)
Prior to this season, I had a strong feeling Horford would be out of the $ 30 million next season and sign a five-year deal worth something around $ 80-90 million to give himself long-term security.
just opt out entirely. The question for Horford is simple: Do you think you can make a call in Boston in the final five years of your career?
If he likes Boston's chances, then signing long-term seems like a lock.
14: Malcolm Brogdon (restricted)
Brogdon is coming off a historic 50/40/90 shooting season and he was Giannis Antetokounmpo's favorite target all season long. The bucks are under pressure to run it back. Brogdon probably wants too.
The questions for Milwaukee are whether they will match any victim of Brogdon, and how much is another team willing to pay him to lure him away?
Restricted free agents almost always Have to be over to be lured away from their current teams. Brogdon gets paid …
15: Bojan Bogdanovic (unrestricted)
Bogdanovic stepped up to fill the role of "number one option" for the Indiana Pacers After Victor Oladipo went down. He did well enough for Indiana, but not as a top team option.
He's a really good second option, though, and can be paid as such on a short-term deal.
16: Julius Randle ($ 9,073,050 player option)
Randle averaged in career-high 21.4 points and shot a career-best 34.4 percent from 3 last season. He's only 24, and he should be in line for a bit of a raise.
However, there are some legitimate criticisms that he took advantage of the New Orleans Pelicans dysfunction to chase stats and relax on defense. Stretch-stretch-4 candidates, a stat-chaser who will struggle on a more structured team?
That's admittedly reductive, but those are the basic questions about talent evaluators have when deciding how much he's worth.
17: Brook Lopez (unrestricted)
Lopez's reinvention is a sight to behold.
He went from "he might be low-key as good as Dwight Howard" to "he's an injury prone dinosaur "To" you have to guard him out to 30 feet because he just might pull out and make a few. "
After a big contract with Brooklyn and trade to Los Angeles, he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks and took 512 3's which is about 40 percent of his career total. He proved to be one of Milwaukee's most indispensable players, stretching the floor for Giannis Antetokounmpo while defending the rim.
He's reportedly a priority for the bucks, but a team desperate for stretch-5 like Lopez might throw big, short term money at him
18: JJ Redick (unrestricted)
Redick is going to be 35, and as phenomenal as he is staying in shape, he's basically on a year-to-date year base.
Teams always need shooting, though, and if they become more of a spot-up guy, he can keep shooting for five more years.
Teams might be scared off that he's still running off a million screens to get his shots, and also at his shooting drop below 40 percent for the first time in five years. His best bet is to just go back to Philadelphia on short deals.
19: Marc Gasol ($ 25,595,700 player option)
He should be ranked higher, but I just don believe he is turning down $ 25.5 million
He'll also turn 35-year-old next season, and I just don't see a monster market for him.
The pitch to Gasol is "we'll give you three years, $ 40 million, ”which may represent more than what could be done by taking the option and hitting the market.
He's still very good, but he's also very good over 24 minutes, note 36, and that matter with a free agent. The best will be if Kawhi Leonard returns to Toronto and then opting out for the three-year, $ 35- $ 40 million deal.
20: Other Jordan (unrestricted)
Jordan faded from the NBA's consciousness after leaving the Los Angeles Clippers
His rebounding is slipping and his turnovers are climbing. He's going to be 31-year-old and the center position today doesn't really demand massive financial commitment.
Jordan is a crazy athlete and someone wants him, but he needs a very good point guard. It's hard to imagine a team making more than a mid-level exception on him nowadays.