• The NBA free-agent market is slowly drying up yet these players remain without a team
  • Lauri Markkanen and Paul Millsap are the most notable names on this list
  • Parker, Harrison and Valentine are also serviceable players despite holes in their games

The NBA offseason is slowly coming to a close, and as teams prepare for their eventual return to training camp, there are still a number of free agents that are yet to be signed.

Most of these names are familiar to NBA fans and they all have the potential of pushing title contenders over the hump and into a better shot at winning the title.

Lauri Markkanen

Thaddeus Young #21 of the Chicago Bulls high fives Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls
Thaddeus Young #21 of the Chicago Bulls high fives Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls. Getty Images/Nic Antaya

The Chicago Bulls’ European import is a restricted free agent, and it is a bit surprising that he has not been signed by the franchise or given an offer sheet by another club.

Lauri Markkanen averaged a career-low of 13.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.3 blocks in 51 games he appeared in. He made up for these numbers with a career-high in shooting the ball from three with 40.2 percent.

With the Bulls trading for Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline, Markkanen has since become an expendable member of the Bulls’ rotation.

The Finnish Markkanen is not going to turn into a Nikola Jokic or Vucevic type of player, but he is still just 24 years old but his size and ability to score should make him an intriguing piece somewhere.

Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap #4 of the Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap #4 of the Denver Nuggets Getty Images | C. Morgan Engel

The 36-year-old former Utah Jazz player is nearing the twilight of his career, but that does not mean that he is any less effective on the court.

Paul Millsap last played for the Denver Nuggets and was given important minutes throughout the season.

Even as his stats have dropped, Millsap is showing that he still has value beyond the box score. In 56 appearances for the Nuggets, he averaged 9 points, 4.7 boards, 1.8 assists in 20.8 minutes.

His veteran presence should provide more than enough reason for teams to give him a chance in the league, and teams like the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets are in need of veteran bench depth at the forward position.

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker #20 of the Boston Celtics looks to pass as Joe Harris #12 and Landry Shamet #20 of the Brooklyn Nets defend during the first half of Game Two of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at Barclays Center on May 25, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The former second overall pick of the much-maligned 2014 NBA draft class saw his once-promising career derailed by injuries, thanks to two ACL tears.

Despite that, Jabari Parker showed that he can still be a valuable contributor to a team that would need quality minutes off the bench.

Signed to a minimum contract with the Boston Celtics this past season, Parker only scored 6.4 points on 54.2 percent shooting across 10 appearances for the Celtics. It is very clear that the knee troubles have gotten to him.

The former blue-chip prospect has bounced around the league in hopes of finding a team that will make use of his ability to bully his way into the paint and solid scoring ability off the bench.

Shaquille Harrison

Shaquille Harrison
Shaquille Harrison #3 of the Denver Nuggets attempts a shot against Jalen McDaniels #6 of the Charlotte Hornets during the second quarter of their game at Spectrum Center on May 11, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Shaquille Harrison went undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft and found himself on the Phoenix Suns’ main roster two years later in 2018 but was waived prior to the start of the 2018-19 season.

Since then, he has bounced around the league with stops in Chicago and Utah before ending up in Denver on a two-way contract.

Harrison is a defensive-minded guard, and it is his lack of an offensive game that drags down his appeal in an offense-heavy game.

Still, Harrison is the type of player that a team would call on if they want to lock up a point guard and he would be a valuable asset to a team that lacks point guard depth like the Los Angeles Lakers.

Denzel Valentine

 Denzel Valentine #45 of the Chicago Bulls
Denzel Valentine #45 of the Chicago Bulls Getty Images | Steven Ryan

A Chicago favorite, Denzel Valentine is one of those players that one would categorize as being a couple of years away from being a major rotation piece.

He can thank his 2017-18 performance for that reason as he averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 0.8 steals across 77 games.

The 6-foot-4 guard-forward makes him undersized at that position, but he more than makes up for it with his versatility and ability to space the floor.