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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.