This is a big offseason. Many star players are available and signing just one of them can transition your team from a pretender into a contender very quickly. Still, as we know, not all of these players will be available as many will decide to remain with their respective teams from last season.
The purpose of this article is to list the most important NBA free agents available this summer who can truly impact teams in a big way.
Here we go.
TOP POINT GUARDS:
Mike Conley is easily the best point guard in this free agency class. He's excellent on both ends of the court and will be a great addition to any team. Right now it seems like he's focusing on teams in Texas, but if there is any inkling that he'd go elsewhere, any team in need of a point guard should give him a call.
Rondo is still a fantastic floor general. Many don't realize how good of a season he had. Rondo averaged around 11 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds per game while shooting a career high 36% from deep. He could be a very nice second option if obtaining Mike Conley doesn't work out.
TOP SHOOTING GUARDS:
If Dwyane Wade doesn't stay with the Miami Heat, then I wouldn't know what to do with myself. The world wouldn't be right.
We haven't heard anything for a while regarding Bradley Beal's free agency status, but it seems like he'll be signing a max contract with the Wizards.
The Lakers want to keep Jordan Clarkson and because he is a restricted free agent, they'll be able to match any offer. Expect Clarkson to remain in LA.
TOP SMALL FORWARDS:
LeBron James is most likely going to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer. If there is any notion that he may not want to return there though, expect the Heat to have the best chance of bringing him back.
It is seeming more and more likely that KD will be signing a one year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer. It makes the most sense financially and would afford him the chance to sign an even larger contract next summer.
Batum is a very underrated player in this league. He's one of the few top free agents who may truly end up anywhere.
TOP POWER FORWARDS:
Pau Gasol doesn't have too much time left in the league. He's 35 years old and this will most likely be the last contract he signs. Gasol is going to want to sign with a true contender so unless the Bulls add some big time players, he might be leaving Chicago.
Horford has been linked to many teams this off-season. It seems unlikely that he'll return to the Hawks which leaves his future destination unclear.
Just like Wade, Dirk has to stay in Dallas with the Mavericks. It's just too hard to envision him playing anywhere else. He has been rumored to be an interest of the Warriors, but that just seems too implausible.
The Miami Heat fans love Hassan Whiteside. He has been linked with the Lakers who are in need for a center with his talents. Udonis Haslem has tried to convey to Whiteside that he should remain loyal to the team that gave him a chance, but we are not sure yet if Hassan will take his advice.
Drummond is possibly the second most polarizing player in the NBA in the paint, behind DeMarcus Cousins. He's a restricted free agent this summer and the Detroit Pistons are going to match any offer. Drummond will remain on the Pistons next season.
Since leaving the Orlando Magic, Dwight hasn't succeeded for the most part. He left both the Lakers and Rockets with both sides being unhappy and now he sits as a free agent. The Knicks have shown some interest, but there are still plenty of teams that we have not heard from yet that will be joining the pursuit of Dwight Howard once free agency officially begins.
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