NBA Free Agency 2017: The top players

NBA Free Agency 2017: The top players

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

Player Option / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Golden State
26.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.8 apg

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
2016/17 Earnings: $26,540,100
Career Earnings: $135,209,018
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-3 / Team: Golden State
24.6 ppg, 6.1 apg

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
2016/17 Earnings: $12,112,359
Career Earnings: $56,700,262
Player Option / Power Forward / 6-10 / Team: LA Clippers
21.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 4.7 apg

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
2016/17 Earnings: $20,093,064
Career Earnings: $96,463,407
Player Option / Point Guard / 6-0 / Team: LA Clippers
17.5 ppg, 9.7 apg, 5.3 rpg

Chris Paul is on the wrong side of 30, but suitors will line up for his services regardless. You would expect him to lose a step by now. It hasn’t happened yet.

Agent: Leon Rose
2016/17 Earnings: $22,868,827
Career Earnings: $160,388,983
Player Option / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Utah
22.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg

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
2016/17 Earnings: $16,073,140
Career Earnings: $57,279,893
Player Option / Point Guard / 6-0 / Team: Toronto
22.1 ppg, 7.0 apg

The Raptors playmaker is having a career year… again. His backcourt combo with DeMar DeRozan is just top-notch.

Agent: Andy Miller
2016/17 Earnings: $12,000,000
Career Earnings: $64,757,917
Player Option / Power Forward / 6-8 / Team: Atlanta
17.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg

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

Agent: DeAngelo Simmons
2016/17 Earnings: $20,072,033
Career Earnings: $92,110,037
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-4 / Team: New Orleans
13.8 ppg, 7.0 apg

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

Agent: Jason Glushon
2016/17 Earnings: $11,000,000
Career Earnings: $48,558,496
Player Option / Small Forward / 6-10 / Team: Denver
16.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg

True shooting percentage is near his best mark in the NBA, which is a good thing for a shooter like him.

Agent: Michael Tellem
2016/17 Earnings: $15,050,000
Career Earnings: $72,948,077
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-10 / Team: Orlando
15.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg

Orlando is not good, but he’s putting up solid numbers there after regressing last season in OKC.

Agent: Andy Miller
2016/17 Earnings: $12,250,000
Career Earnings: $55,165,662
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-3 / Team: Utah
18.4 ppg, 4.1 apg

The always reliable Hill is having his best year on the offensive end so far. Has missed a lot of games, though.

Agent: Bill Neff
2016/17 Earnings: $8,000,000
Career Earnings: $45,331,400
Player Option / Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Team: Chicago
18.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg

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

Agent: Henry Thomas
2016/17 Earnings: $23,200,000
Career Earnings: $179,521,666
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Washington
14.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg

His strong play has been a quite welcome event for the Wizards. Timing couldn’t be better for him money-wise.

Agent: David Falk
2016/17 Earnings: $5,893,981
Career Earnings: $19,305,421
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-2 / Team: Indiana
15.7 ppg, 8.0 apg

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

Agent: Andy Miller
2016/17 Earnings: $8,000,000
Career Earnings: $38,863,717
Player Option / Power Forward / 7-0 / Team: San Antonio
11.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg

Like most, he’s sacrificing stats in order to fit with what the Spurs do. His stint in San Antonio is mostly a success story so far.

Agent: Steve Heumann
2016/17 Earnings: $15,500,000
Career Earnings: $178,599,916
Player Option / Center / 6-11 / Team: Milwaukee
10.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg

Old-school big man whose 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
2016/17 Earnings: $17,145,838
Career Earnings: $52,090,028
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-6 / Team: Golden State
5.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg

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

Agent: Rob Pelinka
2016/17 Earnings: $11,131,368
Career Earnings: $121,324,259
Restricted / Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Team: Detroit
14.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg

Two-way player who has progressed in many areas of the game – including outside shooting. Great motor.

Agent: Rich Paul
2016/17 Earnings: $3,678,319
Career Earnings: $11,995,639
Restricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: Portland
10.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg

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

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2016/17 Earnings: $2,328,530
Career Earnings: $6,399,770
Restricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: Philadelphia
7.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg

We have only seen glimpses of the player he can become. May not have much of a future in Philly.

Agent: Happy Walters
2016/17 Earnings: $4,384,490
Career Earnings: $14,329,730
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-3 / Team: New York
18.1 ppg, 4.5 apg

His play has been solid if unspectacular in New York. Didn’t help himself by going AWOL before a game vs. New Orleans.

Agent: BJ Armstrong
2016/17 Earnings: $21,323,252
Career Earnings: $116,861,524
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Team: LA Clippers
15.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg

Excellent shooter, decent defender and great locker room guy.

Agent: Greg Lawrence
2016/17 Earnings: $7,377,500
Career Earnings: $55,931,008
Restricted / Power Forward / 6-10 / Team: Chicago
9.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Left Europe as a superstar and had a strong rookie season. Has been quite disappointing ever since.

Agent: Igor Crespo
2016/17 Earnings: $5,782,450
Career Earnings: $16,631,175
Player Option / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Sacramento
18.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg

Probably hoping he can pull a Wesley Matthews and land a big contract following a season-ending injury.

Agent: Roger Montgomery
2016/17 Earnings: $13,333,333
Career Earnings: $118,552,969
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-10 / Team: Philadelphia
14.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Has been a terrific addition for the Sixers. Does he have a future there, though?

Agent: Andy Miller
2016/17 Earnings: $8,400,000
Career Earnings: $39,624,471
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Team: Chicago
11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg

Has mostly come off the bench the last couple of seasons. Remains a consistent contributor.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2016/17 Earnings: $8,950,000
Career Earnings: $38,508,971
Team Option / Power Forward / 7-0 / Team: Dallas
13.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Father Time is definitely beating Dirk Nowitzki this season. Will there be another one for him in the NBA?

Agent: Holger Geschwindner
2016/17 Earnings: $25,000,000
Career Earnings: $245,371,801
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Team: New Orleans
10.1 ppg, 3.7 apg

Gets buckets. Scoring more efficiently this season with New Orleans.

Agent: Darren ‘Mats’ Matsubara
2016/17 Earnings: $10,203,755
Career Earnings: $60,875,465
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-6 / Team: Phoenix
6.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Underrated defender at the wing position. A lot of teams could use him.

Agent: Andre Buck
2016/17 Earnings: $5,300,000
Career Earnings: $18,559,206
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: Golden State
5.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Adored by fans everywhere he’s played because of his effort. Despised by many opponents because of his physical approach to the game.

Agent: Jim Tanner
2016/17 Earnings: $2,898,000
Career Earnings: $54,484,977
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Team: Boston
6.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg

A glue guy on the court and in the locker room. A lot of teams could use his veteran presence.

Agent: Kevin Bradbury
2016/17 Earnings: $12,000,000
Career Earnings: $66,062,970
Restricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Boston
8.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg

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

Agent: Greg Lawrence
2016/17 Earnings: $3,094,013
Career Earnings: $9,321,294
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Team: Toronto
6.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Conditioning is much improved, but injury has held him back.

Agent: David Falk
2016/17 Earnings: $5,628,000
Career Earnings: $11,994,420
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Team: Toronto
7.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg

High-quality role player is not shooting the ball all that well this season.

Agent: Sam Goldfeder
2016/17 Earnings: $6,050,000
Career Earnings: $27,135,303
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-0 / Team: San Antonio
10.0 ppg, 3.5 apg

The scrappy, high-energy guard is a boon for the Spurs. Making threes at a super high rate this season.

Agent: Steve Heumann
2016/17 Earnings: $3,200,000
Career Earnings: $10,655,958
Player Option / Center / 6-10 / Team: Detroit
4.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg

Super strong backup center will play physical every minute on the floor.

Agent: Daniel Moldovan
2016/17 Earnings: $6,500,000
Career Earnings: $16,267,042
Unrestricted / Center / 7-0 / Team: Dallas
3.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg

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

Agent: David Bauman
2016/17 Earnings: $11,027,027
Career Earnings: $116,292,310
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Brooklyn
14.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg

The Croatian shooter is putting up good numbers on a bad team.

Agent: Jason Ranne
2016/17 Earnings: $3,573,020
Career Earnings: $10,276,530
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Team: Cleveland
9.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg

There will be a market for a shooter like him even at age 36.

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2016/17 Earnings: $5,239,437
Career Earnings: $62,147,455
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-7 / Team: Golden State
5.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg

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

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2016/17 Earnings: $5,782,450
Career Earnings: $41,764,378
Restricted / Center / 7-1 / Team: Phoenix
7.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Has shown progress, but not to the extent that most would have wanted.

Agent: Michael Lelchitski
2016/17 Earnings: $4,823,621
Career Earnings: $15,773,381
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-0 / Team: Sacramento
12.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg

Might be a better fit as a backup point guard on a good team than starting for a bad one.

Agent: Rade Filipovich
2016/17 Earnings: $5,229,454
Career Earnings: $23,343,141
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Team: Memphis
13.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg

Still rebounding very well and doing damage in the post after all these years.

Agent: Raymond Brothers
2016/17 Earnings: $10,000,000
Career Earnings: $175,124,765
44. Nenê
Unrestricted / Center / 6-11 / Team: Houston
7.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Looks more fit now than in his prime years. Consistent contributor for the Rockets.

Agent: Bill Duffy
2016/17 Earnings: $2,898,000
Career Earnings: $125,646,529
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-1 / Team: New York
8.1 ppg, 4.8 apg

A lot of flash at the point guard position. Efficiency still a problem.

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2016/17 Earnings: $5,000,000
Career Earnings: $39,172,853
Player Option / Point Guard / 6-2 / Team: New Orleans
9.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Shoot-first, pass-second guard who’s not shooting the ball very well.

Agent: Michael Siegel
2016/17 Earnings: $5,200,000
Career Earnings: $6,280,821
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Orlando
9.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg

His teams are typically better when he’s off the floor, which is kind of a head-scratcher for a player with such obvious talent.

Agent: David Falk
2016/17 Earnings: $15,000,000
Career Earnings: $65,313,788
Team Option / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Philadelphia
10.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Has bounced back a bit after a brutal start of the season with the Sixers.

Agent: Chris Patrick
2016/17 Earnings: $2,231,392
Career Earnings: $3,165,696
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-10 / Team: Boston
4.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg

Energetic forward off the bench for the Pistons first, Celtics now.

Agent: Doug Neustadt
2016/17 Earnings: $5,000,000
Career Earnings: $29,219,783
Restricted / Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Team: Oklahoma City
6.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg

Terrific defender. Doesn’t bring much on the offensive end. Terrible three-point shooter.

Agent: Bill Duffy
2016/17 Earnings: $2,183,072
Career Earnings: $5,665,592
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-3 / Team: Dallas
13.7 ppg, 7.1 apg

Backup point guard for some veteran contending team next season?

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2016/17 Earnings: $14,885,520
Career Earnings: $135,338,776
Restricted / Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Team: Atlanta
11.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg

Putting together his best season yet in a contract year. Bodes well for him in free agency.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2016/17 Earnings: $2,281,605
Career Earnings: $6,033,525
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-6 / Team: Minnesota
8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg

Hard for him to get playing time on a team with so much talent at the wing. Nice scorer.

Agent: Rob Pelinka
2016/17 Earnings: $3,046,299
Career Earnings: $8,962,299
Restricted / Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Team: San Antonio
6.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg

One of the most athletic players we’ve seen wearing a Spur jersey. Although that might not be saying much…

Agent: Andy Shiffman
2016/17 Earnings: $874,636
Career Earnings: $1,399,729
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Team: Atlanta
7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg

The Hawks are significantly better on the defensive end with him on the floor, which should surprise no one.

Agent: Guy Zucker
2016/17 Earnings: $4,000,000
Career Earnings: $34,375,228
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-6 / Team: San Antonio
8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Has a little left in the tank. Will he return for another season?

Agent: Herb Rudoy
2016/17 Earnings: $14,000,000
Career Earnings: $125,039,615
Unrestricted / Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Team: Memphis
9.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Thirteen years into his NBA career, he remains a terrific perimeter defender.

Agent: Raymond Brothers
2016/17 Earnings: $5,000,000
Career Earnings: $39,227,037
Unrestricted / Power Forward / 6-9 / Team: New Orleans
10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Based on his play with the Pelicans, no chance he has to sign another minimum deal again.

Agent: Dan Fegan
2016/17 Earnings: $1,050,961
Career Earnings: $8,196,011
Restricted / Power Forward / 6-8 / Team: Memphis
9.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg

A workhorse for the Grizzlies. Prety good fit there.

Agent: Mike Hodges
2016/17 Earnings: $2,160,862
Career Earnings: $1,885,176
Unrestricted / Point Guard / 6-3 / Team: Philadelphia
8.6 ppg, 5.7 apg

Super flashy playmaker. His jumpers are not falling at a good rate.

Agent: Leon Rose
2016/17 Earnings: $6,800,000
Career Earnings: $11,469,835

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