The 2016-17 NBA regular season is still young and this upcoming summer there will be many impact free agents as well as potential free agents available. 2017’s Free Agent Class, is shaping up to be one of the deepest and, most impactful in recent memory. It may even be bigger than last summer. For all we know, this upcoming Free Agency could change the balance of the NBA as we know it. Mega deals are sure to be signed and maybe, just maybe, impact superstars will pack their bags and take their elsewhere.
10. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors, Unrestricted Free Agent
At age 32, Iguodala’s play is on the slow decline. This summer, Golden State will need to try and sign both Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry which, makes it even more likely that Iguodala walks. Over the past few seasons, Iguodala’s production and minutes have started to drop which, is fair considering he does play for the Golden State Warriors but, what still makes Andre Iguodala such a valuable asset is his tenacious perimeter defense.
Iguodala serves as one of the Warriors defensive anchors off the bench and currently adds around 6 points as well as 3.7 assists. Add the fact that he was also an All-Star in 2012 and All-League Team member three times and 2015 Finals MVP, any team, especially a young one looking for established veterans would welcome the presence, experience, and talent that the 32-year-old possesses. For Andre Iguodala, there is not much left for him to accomplish and this summer, if he is to walk away from the Golden State Warriors it will be interesting to see where he ends up.
9. J.J Redick, Los Angeles Clippers, Unrestricted Free Agent
Much like Conference rival Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers will try and re-sign Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who are expected to opt out of their respective contracts. That leaves one key member of the Clippers on the outside looking in, he is none other than J.J Redick.
At 32 years of age, Redick is showing no signs of slowing down. Currently, Redick is on pace to have a career year. Averaging 15.6 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist on 49.1% shooting and 46% three-point shooting, Redick may never be an All-Star, however, his almost automatic shot will be sought after by many. Los Angeles will not be able to re-sign all their key players and possibly losing Redick, would be a huge loss but, in a day in age where the three point Shot is arguably the most important, JJ Redick’s sharp shooting could earn him a nice payday elsewhere.
There is also the possibility of L.A’s sharpshooter taking a serious pay cut to remain with the team however, it is more likely that we will see Redick in a new uniform during the 2017-18 season.
8. Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls, Player Option
After shocking the world singing with his hometown Chicago Bulls this past summer, Dwyane Wade will once again hold the future in his hands. It seems most likely that Wade will opt in to the second year of his deal as he is set to make a nice $23 and a half million dollars, but stranger things have happened.
Without a doubt, it is no secret that Wade would be open reuniting with LeBron James. Rumors swirled last season that Wade and the Cavaliers had a mutual interest in each other but money, was the biggest issue. As previously stated, it is more likely that Wade stays in his hometown of Chicago. Dwyane Wade may be getting older but his play is still as good as ever and with his new found three point touch, in the event he does opt out, many teams will most definitely desire his services.
7. Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, Player Option
Gordon Hayward is having a career year and on the cusp of becoming a bonafide star. Currently averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Hayward and the Utah Jazz find themselves seeded Seventh in the Western Conference. The interesting thing here is that Hayward holds the decision in his hands and there are two ways this could play out.
First, Utah makes the playoffs and Hayward decides to opt in believing that the team is finally ready to contend. Second, Utah misses the playoffs and Hayward, coming off a remarkable season decides to test the waters thinking the grass may be greener elsewhere. If the second scenario is to happen, it will not be easy for Utah to re-sign it’s star. Hayward possesses many skills teams would have no issue paying to acquire. The 26-year-old is still in the prime years of his career, is a solid Three Point shooter, even better midrange game and attacks the basket hard. Hayward also plays good defense. In the event Hayward does opt into the final year of his contract, Utah gets another full season to decide how they will go about getting Gordon Hayward locked up.
Hayward is in arguably one of the most interesting situations on this list. Not only is he in the prime years of his career but, the Utah Jazz are also in the midst of finally taking a big leap and breaking it’s playoff drought.
6. Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, Player Option
After losing Al Horford last summer, Atlanta is once again at risk of losing another star. At 31 years of age, Millsap keeps on getting better and better every year, to the point where some, would even say that he overachieves. Over the past few seasons, Millsap has taken his game to new heights, with All-Star game selections in the past three seasons to show for it. Millsap possesses a lethal midrange game which, in this day in age, for a big man is extremely valuable. On the season, Millsap is shooting 43% from the field on about 13 attempts per game. Millsap’s free throw percentage is 74.6% on 3.9 attempts per game.
Losing Millsap would deal Atlanta a major blow, but it is expected that the 31-year-old big man will re-sign at a higher cost. If Millsap does opt in to the final year of his three-year deal, he will make about $21 million dollars but he will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season.