This NBA offseason has been an interesting time as far as free agents are concerned. We have seen plenty of player movement and some big-name signings. While the cream of the crop has been taken, there remain some gems out there. Let’s take a look at the top 10 remaining NBA free agents.
1. Nerlens Noel, restricted free agent, PF/C
Nerlens Noel had a solid campaign last season but still has not reached his full potential, averaging 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks look to be the favorites to keep Noel as things stand. If he can avoid injury and get back focused, we might just see the best of him in the upcoming season.
2. Pau Gasol, unrestricted free agent, PF/C
Pau Gasol made the move to the San Antonio Spurs on a one year deal last offseason. He did this with the intention of getting a championship ring, yet the Spurs fell short of their goal, losing to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Gasol had a good season with averages of 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Gasol is an unrestricted free agent and could make a positive contribution for an NBA championship contender. So look for one or more of these teams who fit this category to make a strong push for him.
3. Dewayne Dedmon, unrestricted free agent, C
Dewayne Dedmon had a decent year for the San Antonio Spurs and showed strong potential for a big man. He is an athletic center who averaged 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season. He is an unrestricted free agent but look for the San Antonio Spurs to keep him in the fold.
4. JaMychal Green, restricted free agent, PF/C
JaMychal Green averaged 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest last season. Green is a restricted free agent for the Memphis Grizzlies. Unless some team gives him an offer sheet worth some extravagant amount of money, look for the Grizzles to retain the rights to Green. He is a formidable big man who can make a positive contribution on the court.
5. David Lee, unrestricted free agent, PF
David Lee revived his career somewhat last year when given good playing time by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds, stringing together a solid season after a few years of being in limbo form wise. An unrestricted free agent, look for Lee to rejoin the Spurs and make another run at an NBA title.
6. Jonathon Simmons, unrestricted free agent, SG
Jonathon Simmons was being linked with the Orlando Magic at the time of writing, with some outlets reporting he had agreed to a three-year contract. Yet he still qualifies for our list, and would be a handy addition for any team. He averaged 6.2 rebounds and 2.1 rebounds in a bench role for the Spurs last year.
7. Mason Plumlee, restricted free agent, C
Mason Plumlee has been a solid center since his Duke days. In the NBA, it has been no different, and he impressed for the Denver Nuggets last season. He is an excellent presence down low with a lot of athleticism and game. He averaged 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season, and will likely stay on at the Nuggets.
8. Manu Ginobili, unrestricted free agent, SG
If Manu Ginobili decides to come back next season instead of retiring, look for the Spurs to re-sign him. The Argentine averaged 7.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game and proved he can still make a contribution off of the bench.
9. Nikola Mirotic, restricted free agent, PF
Nikola Mirotic is a restricted free agent, yet it’s hard to imagine that the Chicago Bulls won’t retain his rights. Mirotic is a pure sniper from deep, averaging 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds off of the Bulls’ bench last season. A Chicago stay looks likely.
10. Derrick Rose, unrestricted free agent, PG
Derrick Rose endured a tumultuous campaign with the New York Knicks last season, averaging 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. I don’t see Rose returning to the Knicks, and has been linked with plenty of teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks most recently. Look out for the San Antonio Spurs to chase him, too.
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