NBA Free Agency Breakdown

NBA Free Agents, Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade, Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge

A breakdown of possible scenarios for 2015 NBA Free Agency

Every team is looking to make a splash during this year’s free agency period, but not every team has money to sign big names. There are teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, who have a ton of cap room but are not expected to be big players this season. Then there are teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, who have a little money to spend and are looking to make impactful moves to secure the future of the franchise. I gave a Free Agency summary earlier, but here is a more thorough breakdown. Below is my list of the top ten free agents, ranked in order by their ability to change a franchise, and my predictions for where they will end up.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James

#1 – Lebron James

So LeBron James has decided to opt out of the final year of his deal with the Cavs. But all signs point to him staying in Cleveland. LeBron says he wants a maximum deal, but he may only sign a 1-year contract knowing that the television contracts kick in next season and salaries will jump incrementally. Either way, it will be an interesting year for a team and a superstar that were so close to winning a title this season.

Prediction:     Cleveland Cavaliers

Portland Trail Blazers forward LeMarcus Aldridge

Portland Trail Blazers forward LeMarcus Aldridge

#2 – LeMarcus Aldridge

LeMarcus Aldridge has said for years now he wants to play in his home state of Texas. The San Antonio Spurs are rumored to be the front-runner, but the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Lakers have all expressed a major interest.

Prediction:     San Antonio Spurs

Memphis Grizzlies Center Marc Gasol

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol

#3 – Marc Gasol

There is no question the Memphis Grizzlies hope to keep Marc Gasol. He is one of the best big men in the league, and the best center available in Free Agency this offseason. But the Grizzlies will have some competition. The Lakers, the team that drafted him, would love to sign Gasol. But they may be putting all their efforts into trading for Sacramento Kings big man Demarcus Cousins.

Prediction:     Memphis Grizzlies

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Loenard

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Loenard

#4 – Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard is a former NBA Finals MVP and reigning Defensive Player of the Year. Teams should be jumping at the chance to sign him, and they would if they had the chance. But it seems as if the San Antonio Spurs will offer a maximum contract and he will take the torch from Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker and become the future of the franchise.

Prediction:     San Antonio Spurs

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love

#5 – Kevin Love

Kevin Love’s first year in Cleveland was anything but smooth. He played a decoy role and had trouble being the third option. Also, after his injury, Tristan Thompson stepped in for Love and did an admirable job. Love says he wants to re-sign, and the Cavs say they want him there, but we all know how that usually works. Maybe if the Lakers give him an option to come back to SoCal he may not be able to refuse.

Prediction:     Cleveland Cavaliers

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic

#6 – Goran Dragic

Gorin Dragic learned a lot from Steve Nash in his time in Phoenix, and it has been on display the last few seasons. He came to the Miami Heat in a midseason deal and played well. The Heat have reportedly offered a 5-year/$80 million deal, but Dragic could get more in Free Agency from teams like the Lakers or New York Knicks. Dallas Mavericks are also rumored to have in interest in Dragic.

Prediction:     Miami Heat

Miami Heat gurad Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat gurad Dwyane Wade

#7 – Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade has played for the Heat his whole career, winning three rings and making huge plays. He may be the most significant player in Heat history. He is asking for $16 million a year for the next three years. Pat Riley seems reluctant to give Wade that kind of money, since he is an aging superstar who has bad knees, and has not played a full season in a while. The Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers have also shown an interest.

Prediction:     Miami Heat

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green

#8 – Draymond Green

Donkey from Shrek… um, I mean Draymond Green played an integral role in the Golden State Warriors recent title run. He gave them a defensive identity with his ability to guard any position on the floor. It is no wonder there are rumors that the Warriors will offer him a max deal, and there is no chance he turns it down.

Prediction:     Golden State Warriors

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan

#9 – DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan is the Los Angeles Clippers’ high flying big man who has finished the last few seasons in the top five in rebounds, blocks, and dunks. He, along with Blake Griffin, is the “Oop” to Chris Paul’s “Alley”. Rumors have swirled about issues between him and CP3, but both sides insist that is all in the past. We will see if that is an issue that makes DeAndre want to leave L.A.

Prediction:     Dallas Mavericks

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler

#10 – Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler had a breakout season for the Chicago Bulls, and their owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, said they will do what they must to keep Butler there. Some teams are wondering if Butler is a one-hit-wonder, or if what you saw from him last season is his real potential. I personally don’t think he is a one-hit-wonder, but I also do not see him being worth the money some team will pay for him.

Prediction:     Chicago Bulls

There are a lot of other players available, like Wesley Matthews, Tim Duncan, Brook Lopez, and Paul Millsap, who deserve honorable mention. It appears as if all will stay put except Matthews, who I think may go to the Houston Rockets. Players staying with their teams seems to be the trend this offseason, as I only have two players in my top-ten who may actually change teams. Remember, these are just predictions and each one could change tomorrow, especially if and when the Boogie Cousins trade is done. We can check back in a few weeks to see how I did.

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