By HoopsHype | June 9, 2015
40. Paul Pierce (Washington). Player Option. Well past his prime, Pierce remains a terrific competitor. Will save his best for the playoffs.
39. Omer Asik (New Orleans). Unrestricted. Old-school big man that brings quite a defensive presence and rebounds well. Can’t be expected to create much offensively.
38. Jamal Crawford (LA Clippers). Team Option. Mr. 3+1 is a perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate that can bring instant offense to any team. Putting together his second-best season PER-wise for the Clippers this year.
37. Danny Green (San Antonio). Unrestricted. Key piece for San Antonio the past few years. Dead-eye shooter with high basketball IQ. Can he be that effective outside the Spurs’ paradise?
36. Thaddeus Young (Brooklyn). Player Option. Has stayed professional and productive in tough situations with the Sixers and Wolves. There will be no shortage of suitors if he opts out.
35. Wesley Matthews (Portland). Unrestricted. Matthews was playing great during a contract year, but it all came crumbling down with an Achilles tendon injury. A talented glue gluy, he would have landed a big contract if healthy. The injury changes everything.
34. Patrick Beverley (Houston). Restricted. Not much of a scorer or a playmaker, but will make life hard for opposing guards with his defensive tenacity.
33. Louis Williams (Toronto). Unrestricted. Not the explosive player he once was, the Sixth Man of the Year can still score the ball like few others.
32. Robin Lopez (Portland). Unrestricted. His blue-collar approach to the game has made him a valuable player in Portland. Will play hard and will not ask for touches.
31. JR Smith (Cleveland). Player Option. No distractions in Cleveland, so we’re getting a good version of JR Smith. Incredible talent, but there will always be questions about his focus.
30. David West (Indiana). Player Option. One of the most respected players in the league. Will have no trouble getting a job in the NBA once his playing days are over, but likely to continue hitting mid-range shots and working his behind off defensively at least another year.
29. Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City). Restricted. Enes Kanter will get buckets, but has long ways to go defensively. Thunder will likely re-sign him.
28. Tristan Thompson (Cleveland). Restricted. A solid role player for the Cavs. Has looked terrific in the playoffs. Being represented by LeBron James’ friend surely will not hurt him a free agency.
27. Luol Deng (Miami). Player Option. His All-Star days may be behind him. You’re probably getting a high-quality role player instead from now on.
26. DeMarre Carroll (Atlanta). Unrestricted. Has worked his behind off to become a legit starter in the NBA. Keeps playing with all-out effort and can really shoot the ball now.
25. Tobias Harris (Orlando). Restricted. One of the best young forwards in the game. May not have star potential, but could start for many teams in the NBA.
24. Josh Smith (Houston). Unrestricted. Has started to rebuild his reputation playing solid basketball for a winning organization like the Rockets. Great player at the right price.
23. Jeff Green (Boston). Player Option. The Grizzlies gave up good value to acquire Green, so you would think they will try hard to keep the talented and athletic forward this offseason.
22. Khris Middleton (Milwaukee). Restricted. A pleasant surprise in Milwaukee. Good mid-range game and length. Keeping him will not come cheap for the Bucks.
21. Tyson Chandler (Dallas). Unrestricted. 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.
20. Rajon Rondo (Dallas). Unrestricted. His stint with Dallas has been a disaster and that’s going to hurt him in free agency. Kobe Bryant has a soft spot for him. Future in Los Angeles?
19. Roy Hibbert (Indiana). Player Option. Good Roy Hibbert can really impact a game on the defensive end. Not the most consistent player around.
18. Reggie Jackson (Detroit). Restricted. The Pistons give him a chance to become a full-time starter for the first time. Sounds like they have every intention to keep him.
17. Brandon Knight (Phoenix). Restricted. Took him a while to figure things out, but has started to play the point guard position at an All-Star caliber level. At only 23, he has yet to peak as a player.
16. Monta Ellis (Dallas). Player Option. Tremendous scorer that has been a pretty good fit in Dallas. Likely to opt out and land a contract that will pay him eight figures a year again.
15. Al Jefferson (Charlotte). Player Option. His low-post repertoire is almost unparalelled in the NBA these days. Fantastic touch around the basket. Defense is better than it used to be.
14. Greg Monroe (Detroit). Unrestricted. 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.
13. Paul Millsap (Atlanta). Unrestricted. A true pro and a model of consistency. Has averaged at least 14 points and seven rebounds each of the past five seasons. Plays hard and smart.
12. Brook Lopez (Brooklyn). Player Option. Gifted offensive big man with well-known rebounding woes. Will make close to $17 million next season if he opts in.
11. Draymond Green (Golden State). Restricted. High-energy forward that has really excelled in the Warriors’ system. Could he duplicate that success with another team?
10. Goran Dragic (Miami). Player Option. The top point guard of a weak free agent class at this position. There will be no shortage of offers, but Dragic has said he hopes to stay in Miami.
9. Tim Duncan (San Antonio) Unrestricted. Will either retire in All-Star form or re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs for another shot at the title.
8. DeAndre Jordan (LA Clippers). Unrestricted. Led the NBA in rebounds and shooting percentages for a second year in a row. Not much of an offensive game aside from dunks.
7. Dwyane Wade (Miami). Player Option. We will all be surprised if he doesn’t retire as a member of the Miami Heat. Health and durability are concerns, but Wade is still playing at an All-Star level.
6. Jimmy Butler (Chicago). Restricted. His decision to pass on a contract extension the last offseason looks better and better every day. Fantastic two-way player that could very well get a max deal this coming summer.
5. Kevin Love (Cleveland). Player Option. Has repeteadly stated he’s committed to Cleveland, but you have to wonder if he’s going to be OK as the No. 3 guy on a team for a long time.
4. Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio). Restricted. Versatile forward that’s absolutely central to San Antonio’s post-Duncan era. Very little chance the Spurs let the Defensive Player of the Year and MVP of the Finals go.
3. LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland). Unrestricted. Rumors are growing louder that LaMarcus Aldridge could be eyeing a move. Portland’s playoff meltdown doesn’t have the Blazers’ case.
2. Marc Gasol (Memphis). Unrestricted. 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.
1. LeBron James (Cleveland). Player Option. The most dominant player in the game is technically a free agent this summer, but he’s not going anywhere after returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers last year.