Free Agency

NBA Free Agency 2017: The top players

The top free agents of the 2017 class will be unrestricted, which could make that month of July both exciting and nerve-wracking for a bunch of NBA teams.

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

Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-3 / Last team: Golden State

The back-to-back MVP hits free agency in 2017 and he’s a mortal lock to get a maximum contract. With the Warriors rolling, it’s hard to picture him leaving the Bay Area anytime soon.

Agent: Jeff Austin
2015/16 Earnings: $11,370,786
Career Earnings: $56,700,262
Player Option / Small Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Golden State

One of the most gifted offensive players in NBA history. Will be looking to re-up with Golden State in July 2017 – perhaps after winning his first championship ring.

Agent: Rich Kleiman
2015/16 Earnings: $21,971,850
Career Earnings: $108,668,918
Player Option / Power Forward / 6-10 / Last team: LA Clippers

Look for him to opt out and get a humongous deal. With the Clippers’ championship window closing, will he look for greener pastures?

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2015/16 Earnings: $18,862,876
Career Earnings: $96,463,407
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-10 / Last team: Milwaukee

Has star written all over him. May not hit free agency as the Milwaukee Bucks will surely try to lock him up with a contract extension this year.

Agent: Alex Saratsis
2015/16 Earnings: $1,953,960
Career Earnings: $8,615,141
Player Option / Point Guard / 6-0 / Last team: LA Clippers

Chris Paul is on the wrong side of 30, but suitors will line up for his services regardless. Didn’t look like he had a lost a step in 2015-16.

Agent: Leon Rose
2015/16 Earnings: $21,468,695
Career Earnings: $160,388,983
Restricted / Center / 7-1 / Last team: Utah

One of the best rim protectors in the NBA these days. Utah doesn’t come across players this gifted very often, so expect the team to sign him to an extension before the Frenchman hits free agency.

Agent: Bouna Ndiaye
2015/16 Earnings: $1,175,880
Career Earnings: $5,503,368
Player Option / Small Forward / 6-8 / Last team: Utah

The versatile forward will become a free agent right in the middle of his prime years. Keeping him in Utah will not come cheap.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2015/16 Earnings: $15,409,570
Career Earnings: $57,279,893
Player Option / Point Guard / 6-0 / Last team: Toronto

Had the best season of his career in 2015-16 and you can count on him being one of the premier point guards in the game in 2016-17.

Agent: Andy Miller
2015/16 Earnings: $12,000,000
Career Earnings: $64,757,917
Player Option / Power Forward / 6-8 / Last team: Atlanta

Overachieves year after year. May not have superstar talent, but makes a very noticeable impact on both ends of the court.

Agent: DeAngelo Simmons
2015/16 Earnings: $18,671,659
Career Earnings: $92,110,037
Restricted / Point Guard / 6-2 / Last team: Atlanta

Was too good not to be a starter, so the Hawks shipped Jeff Teague out of town. He will run the show now and will have a chance to prove he has star potential.

Agent: Ademola Okulaja
2015/16 Earnings: $1,763,400
Career Earnings: $7,510,862
Player Option / Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Last team: Chicago

An elite wing player well in his thirties, Wade did the unthinkable and left Miami. Can pick his team again next year.

Agent: Henry Thomas
2015/16 Earnings: $20,000,000
Career Earnings: $156,321,666
Restricted / Center / 7-0 / Last team: Oklahoma City

His growth made Serge Ibaka expendable for Oklahoma City. A super high quality role player or something else?

Agent: Darren ‘Mats’ Matsubara
2015/16 Earnings: $2,279,040
Career Earnings: $9,695,397
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-4 / Last team: New Orleans

Highly productive player when healthy. Durability is an obvious issue with him.

Agent: Jason Glushon
2015/16 Earnings: $11,000,000
Career Earnings: $48,558,496
Restricted / Center / 6-11 / Last team: Philadelphia

We have only seen glimpses of the player he can become. Potentially one of the best defensive players in the league down the road.

Agent: Andy Miller
2015/16 Earnings: $3,457,800
Career Earnings: $14,329,730
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-10 / Last team: Orlando

Regressed some on a Thunder team where he didn’t play as big of a role as he could. That should change in Orlando.

Agent: Andy Miller
2015/16 Earnings: $12,250,000
Career Earnings: $55,165,662
Player Option / Small Forward / 6-10 / Last team: Denver

Averaged a career-high 19.5 ppg in 2015-16, but staying healthy remains a challenge for him.

Agent: Michael Tellem
2015/16 Earnings: $14,000,000
Career Earnings: $72,948,077
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-2 / Last team: Indiana

Still only 28, the dynamic Teague has many good basketball years ahead of him.

Agent: Andy Miller
2015/16 Earnings: $8,000,000
Career Earnings: $38,863,717
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-3 / Last team: New York

Comes off two so-so seasons following all those injuries. If he gets his mojo back, he would move up a lof spots in this ranking.

Agent: BJ Armstrong
2015/16 Earnings: $20,093,064
Career Earnings: $116,861,524
Restricted / Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Last team: Oklahoma City

Oozes with potential, yet leaves you wanting more. If he finally puts it all together, he’s All-Star material.

Agent: Leon Rose
2015/16 Earnings: $5,192,520
Career Earnings: $21,487,440
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-6 / Last team: Golden State

One of the most efficient perimeter defenders around. Still pretty athletic at his age.

Agent: Rob Pelinka
2015/16 Earnings: $11,710,456
Career Earnings: $121,324,259
Player Option / Power Forward / 7-0 / Last team: Chicago

He’s approaching the end of his career, but you couldn’t tell based on his play in 2015-16.

Agent: Steve Heumann
2015/16 Earnings: $7,448,760
Career Earnings: $178,599,916
Restricted / Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Last team: Detroit

Two-way player who has progressed in many areas of the game… but not outside shooting. Great motor.

Agent: Rich Paul
2015/16 Earnings: $2,891,760
Career Earnings: $11,995,639
Restricted / Power Forward / 6-10 / Last team: Chicago

Left Europe as a superstar, had a strong rookie season and a somewhat disappointing sophomore year. Key months ahead for him.

Agent: Igor Crespo
2015/16 Earnings: $5,543,725
Career Earnings: $16,631,175
Player Option / Small Forward / 6-8 / Last team: Sacramento
Agent: Alex Saratsis
2015/16 Earnings: $12,403,101
Career Earnings: $118,552,969
Player Option / Point Guard / 6-1 / Last team: Chicago
Agent: Bill Duffy
2015/16 Earnings: $9,500,000
Career Earnings: $70,282,884
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Last team: Dallas
Agent: David Bauman
2015/16 Earnings: $12,000,000
Career Earnings: $116,292,310
Player Option / Center / 6-11 / Last team: Milwaukee
Agent: David Falk
2015/16 Earnings: $16,407,500
Career Earnings: $52,090,028
Restricted / Center / 6-11 / Last team: Portland
Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2015/16 Earnings: $1,415,520
Career Earnings: $6,399,770
Restricted / Center / 7-0 / Last team: Boston
Agent: Greg Lawrence
2015/16 Earnings: $2,165,160
Career Earnings: $9,321,294
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-7 / Last team: Golden State
Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2015/16 Earnings: $5,543,725
Career Earnings: $41,764,378
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Chicago
Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2015/16 Earnings: $8,500,000
Career Earnings: $38,508,971
Restricted / Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Last team: Oklahoma City
Agent: Bill Duffy
2015/16 Earnings: $1,210,800
Career Earnings: $5,665,592
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Last team: LA Clippers
Agent: Greg Lawrence
2015/16 Earnings: $7,085,000
Career Earnings: $55,931,008
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Last team: Washington
Agent: David Falk
2015/16 Earnings: $4,662,960
Career Earnings: $19,305,421
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Last team: Memphis
Agent: Raymond Brothers
2015/16 Earnings: $5,000,000
Career Earnings: $39,227,037
Restricted / Point Guard / 6-6 / Last team: Milwaukee
Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2015/16 Earnings: $2,399,040
Career Earnings: $6,900,000
Restricted / Center / 6-11 / Last team: Minnesota
Agent: Makhtar Ndiaye
2015/16 Earnings: $1,474,440
Career Earnings: $6,589,342
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Boston
Agent: Kevin Bradbury
2015/16 Earnings: $12,000,000
Career Earnings: $66,062,970
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Orlando
Agent: David Falk
2015/16 Earnings: $9,200,000
Career Earnings: $50,313,788
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Toronto
Agent: Sam Goldfeder
2015/16 Earnings: $6,268,675
Career Earnings: $27,135,303
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Memphis
Agent: Raymond Brothers
2015/16 Earnings: $10,000,000
Career Earnings: $175,124,765
Restricted / Point Guard / 6-1 / Last team: Washington
Agent: Benji Burke
2015/16 Earnings: $2,658,240
Career Earnings: $11,032,157
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Last team: Golden State
Agent: Jim Tanner
2015/16 Earnings: $5,200,000
Career Earnings: $51,586,977
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Last team: Atlanta
Agent: Jason Ranne
2015/16 Earnings: $8,500,000
Career Earnings: $38,766,000
Player Option / Center / 6-10 / Last team: Detroit
Agent: Daniel Moldovan
2015/16 Earnings: $6,500,000
Career Earnings: $16,267,042
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-3 / Last team: Dallas
Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2015/16 Earnings: $18,659,398
Career Earnings: $120,717,750
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-1 / Last team: New York
Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2015/16 Earnings: $8,344,497
Career Earnings: $34,172,853
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Last team: New Orleans
Agent: Darren ‘Mats’ Matsubara
2015/16 Earnings: $10,734,586
Career Earnings: $60,875,465

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