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: Sam Goldfeder
2015/16 Earnings: $18,862,876
Career Earnings: $96,463,407
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
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
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
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 / 6-3 / 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
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: San Antonio

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

Has already made clear he’s hitting free agency next summer. Unless things take a drastic turn in Sacramento, he’s playing for another team pretty soon.

Agent: Alex Saratsis
2015/16 Earnings: $12,403,101
Career Earnings: $118,552,969
Player Option / Point Guard / 6-1 / Last team: Chicago

Helped himself in Sacramento after bombing in Dallas. Will look to further revitalize his career in Chicago.

Agent: Bill Duffy
2015/16 Earnings: $9,500,000
Career Earnings: $70,282,884
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Last team: Dallas

Real fine post defender who takes high-percentage shots and will not complain about lack of touches.

Agent: David Bauman
2015/16 Earnings: $12,000,000
Career Earnings: $116,292,310
Player Option / Center / 6-11 / Last team: Milwaukee

Old-school big man who stock has taken a hit in Milwaukee. You know he’s still going to make a lot of money in the NBA with that skillset.

Agent: David Falk
2015/16 Earnings: $16,407,500
Career Earnings: $52,090,028
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-2 / Last team: Indiana

Still only 28, the dynamic Teague has many good basketball years ahead of him. Off to a rough start in Indiana, though.

Agent: Andy Miller
2015/16 Earnings: $8,000,000
Career Earnings: $38,863,717
Restricted / Center / 6-11 / Last team: Portland

Everybody is getting paid in Portland. Is the very physical Mason Plumlee next.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2015/16 Earnings: $1,415,520
Career Earnings: $6,399,770
Restricted / Center / 7-0 / Last team: Boston

Figures to be a productive reserve big men for a lot of years.

Agent: Greg Lawrence
2015/16 Earnings: $2,165,160
Career Earnings: $9,321,294
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-7 / Last team: Golden State

A fantastic fit in Golden State. Has a lot of flair to his game and a killer mid-range game too

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
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-3 / Last team: Utah

Not the most gifted playmaker, but he plays solid defense and makes three-pointers at a good rate.

Agent: Bill Neff
2015/16 Earnings: $8,000,000
Career Earnings: $45,331,400
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
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
Restricted / Point Guard / 6-6 / Last team: Chicago
Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2015/16 Earnings: $2,399,040
Career Earnings: $6,900,000
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
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
Restricted / Point Guard / 6-1 / Last team: Washington
Agent: Benji Burke
2015/16 Earnings: $2,658,240
Career Earnings: $11,032,157
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-0 / Last team: San Antonio
Agent: Steve Heumann
2015/16 Earnings: $3,200,000
Career Earnings: $10,655,958
Team Option / Small Forward / 6-9 / Last team: Philadelphia
Agent: Chris Patrick
2015/16 Earnings: $1,947,276
Career Earnings: $3,165,696

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