Less than a week after the start of NBA free agency 2015, most of the top players have signed new contracts. LeBron James and Marc Gasol are the only All-Stars that are unsigned, but they aren’t expected to find new teams.
Many of the good, but not All-Star caliber players were gone in the first two days. Players like Greg Monroe, DeMarre Carroll and Monta Ellis agreed to contracts within the first two days of free agency. LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan followed suit by agreeing to max contracts over the weekend.
But there remains a handful of unsigned free agents that could still make big money and have a major impact on a winning team next year. Below is a look at some of the best players still available and where they might end up.
A deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thompson once seemed imminent, but the big man is still without a contract on Day 6 of free agency. He’s reportedly looking for a deal worth around $80 million over five years, but Cleveland appears unwilling to give Thompson close to $18 per season.
â€” NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 6, 2015
Cleveland is the overwhelming favorite to sign Thompson, considering he’s a restricted free agent and they can match any offer sheet that he signs. LeBron James is pushing for the Cavs to sign Thompson, who averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game last season.
The power forward has been linked to two of the best teams in the league. The San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards have all been linked to West.
Sources: Cleveland hasn't only worked itself into contention for David West, Cavs took slight lead on Spurs. Pop isn't done recruiting yet.
â€” Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2015
Money might not be much of a deciding factor for West, who opted out of a contract that would’ve paid him $12.6 million next season. He averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Indiana Pacers last year, posting his lowest totals in three seasons. Teams like the Spurs and Cavs, who are among the favorites to win the 2016 NBA Finals, likely have the edge as West tries to win his first ever title.
Kanter put up big numbers after being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, averaging 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds in 26 games. There had been rumors that the New York Knicks might be interested in the 23-year-old, but the team ended up signing Robin Lopez, and it doesn’t look like Kanter is going anywhere.
Sources: OKC offering RFA Enes Kanter a deal starting at 15.5 per and will match any offer sheet
â€” Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) July 4, 2015
Kanter might not be worth the money that he ends up getting paid, considering he’s a defensive liability. But Kanter is one of the best players on the market, and the Thunder sent away Reggie Jackson in order to acquire him.