NBA Free Agent Madness

What started as a free agent class to be excited about with two of the best players in the game hitting the market and loads of money available with the new TV deal kicking in. Is just flat out becoming ridiculous. Its hard to see how teams can sustain paying free agents such big dollars. Think of the Lakers for example, splurging on a bench player with a question mark in Mozgov. Yes, they have unmatched young potential through the draft but how in the world are they supposed to keep that list together in years to come with the salary cap at what it is and free agents outrageous requests. This year and next, with the lifted cap space could be boom or bust. In what world does Mike Conley deserve the highest contract in NBA history? Its like entering the real estate market buying a condo in Riverside verse a Malibu beach house. Short contracts are good contracts! Otherwise in 2 years when the dust settles from the madness, a lot of franchises are going to be stuck in deals and say oh my… I did that…

With that said, heres a list of the free agents yet to cash in and still yet to ink there fortune.


1. Kevin Durant
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Oklahoma City
28.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 5.0 apg

Hits free agency for the first time in his prime. Outstanding scorer who can make a contender out of most teams. His departure would devastate Oklahoma City.

Agent: Rich Kleiman
2015/16 Earnings: $21,971,850
Career Earnings: $108,668,918
2. LeBron James
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Last team: Cleveland
25.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 6.8 apg

Nobody can picture LeBron James leaving Cleveland again. Look for him to sign a deal with the Cavs very quickly.

Agent: Rich Paul
2015/16 Earnings: $22,970,500
Career Earnings: $172,770,813
3. Dwyane Wade
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Last team: Miami
19.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.6 apg

Played at his usual All-Star level once again. Likely to re-sign and recruit for the Heat.

Agent: Henry Thomas
2015/16 Earnings: $20,000,000
Career Earnings: $156,321,666
4. Harrison Barnes
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Last team: Golden State
11.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg

Put up nice numbers for a team that’s winning every night. His disappointing Finals performance may have hurt his stock.

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2015/16 Earnings: $3,873,398
Career Earnings: $12,645,278
5. Pau Gasol
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 7-0 / Last team: Chicago
16.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg

Could be looking at his last big deal in the NBA. Has made clear he’s OK with being underpaid as long as he can get another shot at the title. Probably not happening in Chicago.

Agent: Steve Heumann
2015/16 Earnings: $7,448,760
Career Earnings: $171,151,156
6. Dirk Nowitzki
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 7-0 / Last team: Dallas
18.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg

The lovable German will finish his career in Dallas and you know it.

Agent: Holger Geschwindner
2015/16 Earnings: $8,333,333
Career Earnings: $220,371,801
7. Rajon Rondo
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-1 / Last team: Sacramento
11.9 ppg, 11.7 apg, 6.0 rpg

Signed a one-year deal in Sacramento with hopes of reviving his NBA career. He did just that, although it didn’t translate into many wins.

Agent: Bill Duffy
2015/16 Earnings: $9,500,000
Career Earnings: $70,282,884
8. Festus Ezeli
Restricted / Center / 6-11 / Last team: Golden State
7.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg

Not much of a weapon offensively, but makes an impact on the defensive end with a big body and great athleticism. Somebody is going offer him crazy money.

Agent: Bill Duffy
2015/16 Earnings: $2,008,748
Career Earnings: $3,200,760
9. Zaza Pachulia
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Last team: Dallas
8.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg

Frustrates opponents with his physical play and does all those little things that help teams win. A fan favorite in every city he’s played.

Agent: Jim Tanner
2015/16 Earnings: $5,200,000
Career Earnings: $51,586,977
10. JR Smith
Player Option / Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Last team: Cleveland
12.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg

You will love him and hate him the same game. Looks like a star sometimes, but no consistency.

Agent: Leon Rose
2015/16 Earnings: $5,000,000
Career Earnings: $45,546,390
11. Jared Sullinger
Restricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Boston
10.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg

Strong, smart and skilled player with questionable conditioning. Played well enough to warrant pretty fine offers.

Agent: David Falk
2015/16 Earnings: $2,269,260
Career Earnings: $6,366,420
12. Jamal Crawford
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Last team: LA Clippers
14.2 ppg, 2.3 apg

The three-time Sixth Man of the Year is still bringing instant firepower off the bench. But how much left in the tank?

Agent: Greg Lawrence
2015/16 Earnings: $5,675,000
Career Earnings: $90,771,497
13. Donatas Motiejunas
Restricted / Center / 7-0 / Last team: Houston
6.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg

Big body, nice hook shot and capable three-point sniper. Not much of a rebounder. Back problems will scare some teams away.

Agent: BJ Armstrong
2015/16 Earnings: $2,288,205
Career Earnings: $6,648,365
14. Deron Williams
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-3 / Last team: Dallas
14.1 ppg, 5.8 apg

Reportedly opting out of his contract. Had a decent regular season, but didn’t help the Mavericks in the playoffs.

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2015/16 Earnings: $18,659,398
Career Earnings: $120,717,750
15. Brandon Jennings
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-1 / Last team: Orlando
6.9 ppg, 3.5 apg

Was playing the most efficient basketball of his career when he tore his left Achilles tendon. Has been solid if not speactacular upon his return.

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2015/16 Earnings: $8,344,497
Career Earnings: $34,172,853
16. Manu Ginobili
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Last team: San Antonio
9.6 ppg, 3.1 apg

Looked rejuvenated this season in San Antonio, which makes us think this might not be his final year in the NBA.

Agent: Herb Rudoy
2015/16 Earnings: $2,814,000
Career Earnings: $111,039,615
17. Allen Crabbe
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-6 / Last team: Portland
10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg

With Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum gone, he had to step up in Portland… and he did.

Agent: Aaron Mintz
2015/16 Earnings: $947,276
Career Earnings: $2,634,276
18. Terrence Jones
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Houston
8.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg

Regressed this year, which is something that can be said about a bunch of other Rocket players.

Agent: Dan Fegan
2015/16 Earnings: $2,489,529
Career Earnings: $7,145,050
19. Brandon Bass
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-8 / Last team: LA Lakers
7.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Solid big man who plays within his limits and takes high-percentage shots. May not have the appetite to stay in a rebuilding situation surrounded by young kids.

Agent: Tony Dutt
2015/16 Earnings: $3,000,000
Career Earnings: $37,259,850
20. Lance Stephenson
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Last team: Memphis
8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg

Indiana’s Lance Stephenson was not seen in Charlotte or Los Angeles. Looked much better for a depleted Memphis team late in the season.

Agent: Alberto Ebanks
2015/16 Earnings: $9,000,000
Career Earnings: $21,435,000
21. Dwight Powell
Restricted / Power Forward / 6-10 / Last team: Dallas
5.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Athletic big man with good rebounding skills and untapped potential. Pretty productive in limited playing time.

Agent: Mike George
2015/16 Earnings: $845,059
Career Earnings: $1,352,395
22. Jonas Jerebko
Team Option / Small Forward / 6-10 / Last team: Boston
4.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Energy player that could help a lot of teams if Boston doesn’t want him.

Agent: Bill Duffy
2015/16 Earnings: $5,000,000
Career Earnings: $24,219,783
23. Dion Waiters
Restricted / Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Last team: Oklahoma City
9.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Has obvious talent, but doesn’t have the highest basketball IQ in basketball.

Agent: Rob Pelinka
2015/16 Earnings: $5,138,430
Career Earnings: $16,821,270
24. Michael Beasley
Team Option / Small Forward / 6-10 / Last team: Houston
12.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg

He’s very good at getting buckets. Will not help an awful lot in other areas if the shots are not falling.

2015/16 Earnings: $306,526
Career Earnings: $33,036,768
25. Jordan Hill
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-10 / Last team: Indiana
8.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Adequate post defender who will not try to do too much on the offensive end.

Agent: Kevin Bradbury
2015/16 Earnings: $4,000,000
Career Earnings: $28,204,687
26. David West
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Last team: San Antonio
7.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg

One of the most respected players in the NBA. Took a minimum deal in order to have a real shot at the title in San Antonio.

Agent: Jeff Austin
2015/16 Earnings: $1,499,187
Career Earnings: $89,167,605
27. Matt Barnes
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-7 / Last team: Memphis
10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Ultra aggressive defender. One of the best rebounders at the small forward position. A bit of a head case.

Agent: Aaron Goodwin
2015/16 Earnings: $3,542,500
Career Earnings: $22,766,122
28. David Lee
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Dallas
7.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Skilled veteran who didn’t get much burn in Boston, but finished the season on a much stronger note in Dallas.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2015/16 Earnings: $17,120,776
Career Earnings: $93,189,384
29. Derrick Williams
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-8 / Last team: New York
9.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Very good at running and jumping. Game is not as polished as you would expect at this point.

Agent: Rob Pelinka
2015/16 Earnings: $4,400,000
Career Earnings: $25,298,924
30. Ty Lawson
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 5-11 / Last team: Indiana
5.7 ppg, 3.6 apg

The Ty Lawson experiment didn’t work in Houston and Indiana. Career at crossroads for a player that was considered a borderline All-Star not long ago.

Agent: Happy Walters
2015/16 Earnings: $12,444,552
Career Earnings: $41,745,737


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