Free Agency

NBA Free Agency 2015: The top centers available this offseason

The best center in the game, the big man that’s led the NBA in rebounds and field-goal percentage the last two seasons and one of the best players in NBA history are all free agents this summer.

POINT GUARDS / SHOOTING GUARDS / SMALL FORWARDS / POWER FORWARDS / CENTERS

Unrestricted / Center / 7-1 / Team: Memphis
17.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.8 apg

Quite probably the best center in the game right now. Loves his team and the city of Memphis. Hard to picture him moving to another franchise.

Agent: Arn Tellem
2014/15 Earnings: $15,829,688
Career Earnings: $67,317,097
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: LA Clippers
11.5 ppg, 15.0 rpg, 2.2 bpg

Led the NBA in rebounds and shooting percentages for a second year in a row. Not much of an offensive game aside from dunks.

Agent: Happy Walters
2014/15 Earnings: $11,440,123
Career Earnings: $45,179,863
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: San Antonio
13.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.0 apg

Will either retire in All-Star form or re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs for another shot at the title.

Agent: Jim Tanner
2014/15 Earnings: $10,361,446
Career Earnings: $224,709,155
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Brooklyn
17.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Gifted offensive big man with well-known rebounding woes. There will be a strong market for him.

Agent: Arn Tellem
2014/15 Earnings: $15,719,000
Career Earnings: $53,896,399
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: Detroit
15.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg

Played better for the Pistons when Josh Smith got waived. Dependable big man that has averaged a double-double for the first time in his career.

Agent: David Falk
2014/15 Earnings: $5,479,933
Career Earnings: $18,590,027
Unrestricted / Center / 7-1 / Team: Dallas
10.3 ppg, 11.5 rpg

Has averaged a double-double for the third time at age 32. Plays fantastic defense, rebounds the ball well and takes high-percentage shots. Great locker room presence too.

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2014/15 Earnings: $14,596,888
Career Earnings: $135,079,273
Restricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: Oklahoma City
15.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg

Enes Kanter will get buckets, but has long ways to go defensively. Thunder will likely re-sign him.

Agent: Max Ergul
2014/15 Earnings: $6,008,106
Career Earnings: $19,090,026
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Portland
9.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg

His blue-collar approach to the game has made him a valuable player in Portland. Will play hard and will not ask for touches.

Agent: Arn Tellem
2014/15 Earnings: $5,340,229
Career Earnings: $24,242,945
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: New Orleans
7.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg

Old-school big man that brings quite a defensive presence and rebounds well. Can’t be expected to create much offensively.

Agent: Arn Tellem
2014/15 Earnings: $14,898,938
Career Earnings: $35,226,730
Unrestricted / Center / 6-10 / Team: Phoenix
7.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Effective big man that plays within his limits. Takes high-percentage shots, rebounds the ball well and brings intimidation.

Agent: Jim Tanner
2014/15 Earnings: $5,000,000
Career Earnings: $20,889,912
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Memphis
5.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg

One of the most effective backup centers in the NBA. Nothing he does is flashy, but he gets the work done.

Agent: Mark Termini
2014/15 Earnings: $3,000,000
Career Earnings: $14,899,792
Unrestricted / Center / 6-10 / Team: Washington
6.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Wizards can’t be too happy about his development. Can still get paid in free agency based on potential.

Agent: Rich Paul
2014/15 Earnings: $3,898,691
Career Earnings: $11,700,885
Unrestricted / Center / 7-1 / Team: New Orleans
6.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg

One of the longest players you’ve seen in your life. Highly effective in limited minutes. More than decent backup center.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2014/15 Earnings: $981,084
Career Earnings: $5,097,324
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: Milwaukee
7.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg

Focused enough on basketball to make a comeback next season?

Agent: Dan Fegan
2014/15 Earnings: $11,000,000
Career Earnings: $19,639,008
Unrestricted / Center / 6-9 / Team: Charlotte
4.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg

Four years into his NBA career, he has little to show in terms of offensive game. Very good shot blocker.

Agent: Arn Tellem
2014/15 Earnings: $4,086,453
Career Earnings: $12,942,333
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Philadelphia
4.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Shaqtin’ a fool veteran JaVale McGee has low basketball IQ and durability issues having played just 28 games in the last two seasons. His length and athleticism will likely keep him in the league.

Agent: Arn Tellem
2014/15 Earnings: $11,250,000
Career Earnings: $38,952,320
Restricted / Center / 6-10 / Team: San Antonio
6.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg

Strong, physical post player that plays within his limitations. Has improved every year under Gregg Popovich.

Agent: Daniel Moldovan
2014/15 Earnings: $3,215,243
Career Earnings: $3,290,042
Unrestricted / Center / 6-10 / Team: Cleveland
3.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg

Popular figure in every contending team he plays for, but on-court contribution keeps shrinking.

Agent: Arn Tellem
2014/15 Earnings: $9,588,889
Career Earnings: $54,821,545
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: New York
5.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Big body. Pretty good rebounder. Played solid basketball for the lowly Knicks.

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2014/15 Earnings: $981,084
Career Earnings: $7,839,084
Unrestricted / Center / 6-6 / Team: Dallas
1.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Showed promise in Houston, but was just a bit player in Dallas for Rick Carlisle.

Agent: Brian Elfus
2014/15 Earnings: $948,163
Career Earnings: $2,896,384
Unrestricted / Center / 6-10 / Team:

Has not played for the last couple of seasons, but there would be teams out there willing to give him a chance.

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2014/15 Earnings: $0
Career Earnings: $89,578,416
Unrestricted / Center / 6-9 / Team: San Antonio
2.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Strong and energetic big man. Saw his playing time dip his second year with the Spurs.

Agent: Mitch Frankel
2014/15 Earnings: $1,828,750
Career Earnings: $7,036,338
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: New York
4.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Extremely long center that went from starter to reserve to getting waived by the Knicks in a matter of weeks.

Agent: Marc Cornstein
2014/15 Earnings: $1,885,755
Career Earnings: $88,111,051
Unrestricted / Center / 6-9 / Team: Detroit
1.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Shot-blocking center with no offense that will be looking at a minimum contract.

Agent: Mike Higgins
2014/15 Earnings: $3,800,000
Career Earnings: $20,214,177
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Sacramento
3.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg

Freakish length and athleticism. Played just 441 minutes in 2014-15.

Agent: Todd Ramasar
2014/15 Earnings: $1,310,286
Career Earnings: $12,639,008
Restricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: New Orleans
2.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Seven-footer with strong rebounding skills. Really big body.

Agent: Arn Tellem
2014/15 Earnings: $816,482
Career Earnings: $1,306,662
Unrestricted / Center / 6-10 / Team: Chicago
1.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg

One of the oldest players in the NBA. Has not hit the court much the last four seasons. Probably retiring.

Agent: Mike Higgins
2014/15 Earnings: $1,448,490
Career Earnings: $65,162,218
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: Toronto
0.8 ppg, 0.9 rpg

Rim protector with not much offensive talent.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2014/15 Earnings: $981,084
Career Earnings: $6,994,279
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Minnesota
5.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Blocks shots, rebounds well and is still just 25. Will probably get more chances in the NBA.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2014/15 Earnings: $816,482
Career Earnings: $1,070,222
Unrestricted / Center / 6-10 / Team: Dallas
2.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Physical big man with good attitude and limited upside at 30.

Agent: Dan Fegan
2014/15 Earnings: $1,259,775
Career Earnings: $2,522,251
Unrestricted / Center / 6-9 / Team: Minnesota
4.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg

Has been with four NBA franchises, three D-League clubs and three overseas teams since he turned pro in 2010.

Agent: Derrick Powell
2014/15 Earnings: $864,510
Career Earnings: $154,804
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Phoenix
2.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Changes teams more often than other players change sneakers. Always ends up finding his way back to the NBA.

Agent: Andre Buck
2014/15 Earnings: $390,063
Career Earnings: $3,239,450
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Brooklyn
3.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Jamaican seven-footer with strong rebounding abilities.

Agent: Todd Ramasar
2014/15 Earnings: $816,482
Career Earnings: $1,290,086
Restricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Golden State
1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg

Played 74 minutes for the NBA champions. An unknown commodity, but the size is there.

Agent: Bill Duffy
2014/15 Earnings: $816,482
Career Earnings: $1,306,662
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