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NBA Free Agents – Who’s Left?

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With the growing popularity of the NBA product, both domestically and internationally, we the basketball fans find ourselves watching from a distance a war of high dollar free agency.

With the upcoming jump in salary cap, from a couple new lucrative tv deals, we have seen the likes of Matthew Dellavedova signing a 4 year – $38.4 million dollar contract and Harrison Barnes a ludicrous 4 year – $94.4 million dollars!  Just to give you a little perspective Steph Curry, yes the two-time NBA MVP, is currently on a minimal 4 year – $44 million dollar contract.

Without a doubt the major bomb of this off-season’s free agency was the departure of former MVP and 4 time scoring champ Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder to The Golden State Warriors.  Franchise execs lined up foaming at the mouth for the opportunity to just pitch Durant on coming to their team.  In the end it seems that there really were only two options; stay with the Thunder, the franchise that drafted him #2 overall in the 2007 draft, or sign with Steph Curry and the then defending NBA champ Warriors.

Lost in the mix of the Durant sweepstakes was a multitude of other signs that could significantly help their respected teams.  Most notably is the signing of Al Horford to the Boston Celtics.  Horford, the third pick in the 2007, averaged 15.2 ppg last season to go along with 7.3 rebounds.  His ability to stretch the floor as a big man and hit the three should pair perfectly with Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas, giving the Celtics a legit starting five.

So now that the dust has settled on the NBA Free Agency battlefield we find ourselves asking, “Who’s left?”  So, here is a look at the free agents who are still available.

Point Guard

  • Steve Blake
  • Norris Cole
  • Kirk Hinrich
  • Shane Larkin
  • Ty Lawson
  • Donald Sloan

Shooting Guard

  • Alan Anderson
  • Markel Brown
  • Alonzo Gee
  • Kevin Martin
  • R. Smith
  • Lance Stephenson
  • Jason Terry
  • Dion Waiters

Small Forward

  • Cleanthony Early
  • Chase Budinger
  • Gerald Green
  • Mo Harkless – Restricted
  • Jordan Hamilton

Power Forward

  • Lou Amundson
  • Tyler Hansbrough
  • JJ Hickson
  • David Lee
  • Donatas Motiejunas
  • Thomas Robinson
  • Jason Thompson
  • Josh Smith


  • Chris Kaman
  • Kevin Seraphin
  • Tyler Zeller – Restricted

At first glance there are names that pop out to the normal NBA fan; J.R. Smith, Lance Stephenson, David Lee.  Who to sign is very much so depended on each team and their current needs.

A team within the competing window and in need of someone who can score in bunches maybe go with a J.R. Smith (12.4ppg), Norris Cole (10.6ppg), Lance Stephenson (8.3ppg), or Josh Smith (6.0ppg).  Be prepared to overpay and deal with sporadic scoring and poor shot selection with anyone of those names.

If you are a franchise with a young roster in need of veteran experience and leadership going with the likes of David Lee (7.3ppg), Kevin Martin (9.3ppg), or Steve Blake (4.4ppg) would be a safe choice.  Your project young players that maybe worth trying to develop into serviceable pros; 23 year-old Shane Larkin (7.3ppg), or 26 year-old Tyler Zeller (6.1ppg).

The free agency landscape is changing in the NBA and huge multiyear contracts, especially for unproven or project players, will become the new norm.  So hunker down NBA fans, because the next couple years of NBA free agency should be total war!