A Quick Guide To NBA Free Agency 2017


A Quick Guide To NBA Free Agency 2017

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NBA free agency starts on July 1 and the league has already been shaken up by several big trades.

Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets
Jimmy Butler was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves
Dwight Howard was traded to the Charlotte Hornets
 
-Kings announced plans to bring Bogdan Bogdanovic over from Europe
Phil Jackson was fired by the New York Knicks
David Griffin was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers
A few of the Free Agents available include:
  • Kyle Lowry (PG)
  • Jrue Holiday (PG)
  • Patty Mills (PG)
  • George Hill (PG)
There is a bit of a logjam at the point-guard position right now with several talented PG’s incoming from the draft. Free Agents may find themselves offered lower contracts than expected.
Rajon Rondo may also appear on the market. He’s under contract with the Bulls, but he’s only guaranteed $3 million next year and could bought-out. That situation will most likely be resolved in the next 24-hours.
  • Dion Waiters (SG)
  • JJ Redick (SG)
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG)
  • Jonathan Simmons (SG)
There are several good role-players available at the shooting guard position. Though he’s been disappointing in the pat, Dion Waiters had a breakout year with the Heat and could potentially huge difference for a team in search of high-usage starters.
  • Gordon Hayward (SF)
  • Otto Porter (SF)
  • Andre Iguodala (SF)
  • Rudy Gay (SF)
  • Danilo Gallinari (SF)
Gordon Hayward is probably the most sought after player in the draft. He’s had a very efficient season and could be exactly the kind of player needed to help a contending team make a run at the finals.
  • Blake Griffin (PF)
  • Paul Millsap  (PF)
  • Taj Gibson (PF)
  • Patrick Patterson (PF)
  • Serge Ibaka (PF)
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (PF)

This free agency period is incredibly deep when it comes to power forwards. There aren’t a lot of franchise players other than Blake Griffin, but there are a lot of starter-quality veterans available.

  • Nene (C)
  • Kelly Olynyk (C)
  • Nerlens Noel (C)

There are very few centers on the market right now and the best most teams can expect to get is a backup. Of course, some of the power forwards available can also play center, especially in a small-ball system.

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are also free agents, but both are expected to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors.

 

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