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.
1. Kevin Durant
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Oklahoma City
28.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.7 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
Player Option / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Cleveland
24.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 6.6 apg
Nobody can picture LeBron James leaving Cleveland again. Look for him to sign a humongous deal with the Cavs.
Restricted / Center / 6-10 / Team: Detroit
16.7 ppg, 15.0 rpg
Always had the tools to become a dominant big man in the NBA. He’s starting to live up to that potential.
4. DeMar DeRozan
Player Option / Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Team: Toronto
23.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.0 apg
The three-point shot is still not falling at a good rate, but he’s playing the best basketball of his career this season. Likely to opt out and sign a max deal somewhere.
5. Pau Gasol
Player Option / Power Forward / 7-0 / Team: Chicago
16.9 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 1.9 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.
6. Al Horford
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-10 / Team: Atlanta
15.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg
There’s little flash to his game, but still a high-quality big man in the Eastern Conference. Mr. Efficiency.
7. Bradley Beal
Restricted / Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Team: Washington
18.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
We were expecting a breakout season from Beal, but didn’t happen. The Wizards will have to pay top dollar to keep him in DC, though.
8. Dwight Howard
Player Option / Center / 6-11 / Team: Houston
14.9 ppg, 12.0 rpg
He may no longer be the top center in the game, but teams will be lining up for his services if he opts out of his contract with the Rockets.
9. Dwyane Wade
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Team: Miami
19.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.8 apg
Could be an interesting situation in Miami with a declining star (but a star nonetheless) that may not be looking to take another pay cut.
10. Mike Conley
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-1 / Team: Memphis
15.2 ppg, 6.2 apg
All-Star caliber point guard that has yet to make the All-Star. The player with the most games in Grizzlies history is about to get a pay raise… and deservedly so.