Although the majority of big name free agents have found new homes or stayed put during the 2021 NBA offseason, there are still a few big names out there who remained unsigned. Granted these remaining free agents may not be the A-list superstars that teams aim to build around, but they're savvy veterans that could be the missing link to a team on the verge of title contention.
Seeing as there are still plenty of teams with unmet needs this offseason, these players could provide these teams with the boost they need to get them to the next level. Having said all this, lets take a look at the best remaining free agents who are still unsigned during this highly eventful 2021 NBA offseason.
5. JJ Redick
As undoubtedly one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, JJ Redick has proven throughout his career that he can play a vital role to any team he's on. Always having been one of the hardest workers and best conditioned players in the league, Redick would bring reliable 3-point shooting, veteran leadership, and a tireless work ethic to a contending team in need.
With his ability to seamlessly fit in on any team he joins, Redick would be a welcome addition wherever he ends up playing next season. Whether he's creating his own shot or coming off screens, JJ Redick would bring a much-needed scoring punch as a starter or coming off the bench. Despite being in no rush to make a decision on where he wants to play next season, there are plenty of teams that could benefit from Redick's services.
Best Fit: New York Knicks
4. DeMarcus Cousins
After being sidelined by a ruptured Achilles tendon a few years back, DeMarcus Cousins has struggled to get back to full health. In spite of his recent shortcomings, Cousins showed a ton promise this past season when split time playing for the Rockets and Clippers and played some meaningful minutes for LA during their run to the Western Conference Finals.
Once considered the best center in the NBA, Cousins still has plenty left in the tank and could play a pivotal role on a contending team in need of more size, toughness, and rebounding at the center spot. With his well-rounded offensive game and active hands, he'd be the perfect addition to a team that's lacking a veteran presence on the interior.
Best Fit: Brooklyn Nets
3. Paul Millsap
Coming off a highly productive four-year stint with the Denver Nuggets, Paul Millsap is seeking a change of scenery and looking to join a title contender to finish out his career. With a perfect balance of scoring, rebounding, and perimeter defense in his arsenal, Millsap would be an ideal fit for a team seeking veteran help on the wing. He's also a great locker room presence who can provide strong veteran leadership and can easily earn respect of his teammates.
He may be up there in age, but Millsap has continued to show to that he's still got plenty left in the tank, especially with his highly efficient play over the past few seasons. With that in mind, there are still teams out there that would highly benefit from the addition of Paul Millsap. Specifically a younger team that could use more veteran leaders to help guide their young stars and bring their team to the next level.
Best Fit: Phoenix Suns
2. Lauri Markkanen
A disgruntled combo big with All-Star potential, Lauri Markkanen is looking to move on from the Bulls this summer. With his limitless scoring range and strong rebounding, Markkanen was underutilized in Chicago and would do wonders for a team that needs a big man who can space the floor and provide them with some size and depth on the interior. In the right system and under the right coaching staff, Markkanen could thrive and become a star in this league.
He would really excel in a system that allows him to play in more pick-and-roll sets and knock down the 3-ball on a consistent basis. Things may be quiet at the moment, but there's definitely a team out there that could benefit from the services of Lauri Markkanen and help him tap into his All-Star potential.
Best Fit: Dallas Mavericks
1. Avery Bradley
He's a two-way combo guard who has established himself as a highly efficient scorer and lockdown defender. For a team that's in need of a do-it-all guard who can run the point or excel as a 3-and-D wing, Avery Bradley would be the perfect signing and be able to make an immediate impact on a title contender looking to make another deep playoff run next season.
With his multi-faceted two-way play, Bradley would be a difference maker on any team that's willing to take a chance on him in free agency. Given his wide array of skillsets and strong playoff experience, it won't be long before Avery Bradley finds himself on a playoff team that's ready to make a title run during the 2021-22 NBA season.
Best Fit: Golden State Warriors