Free-agent frenzy will really be lit next summer

Klay Thompson of the Warriors is headed toward unrestricted free agency next summer.

If you thought the NBA’s free-agency period this summer was interesting/entertaining/intriguing, in the words of Bachman Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” (circa 1974).

Sure, the drama, speculation, etc. surrounding LeBron James, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan, DeAndre Jordan, etc. dominated the headlines for weeks this summer.

However, The Summer of 2019 has a message for The Summer of 2018:

“Hold my beer!”

The standout players who could potentially change teams next July should that be their want is downright staggering.

Here’s a list of the guys who will be unrestricted free agents come next July, should the decide to go in that direction (how about taking the first five names and taking on the world?):

Kevin Durant (player option for $31,500,000)

Kawhi Leonard (player option for $21,329,752)

Kyrie Irving (player option for $21,329,750)

Jimmy Butler (player option for $19,841,627)

Klay Thompson

DeMarcus Cousins

Kemba Walker

Al Horford (player option for $30,123,015)

Khris Middleton (player option for $13,000,000)

Eric Bledsoe

Tobias Harris

DeAndre Jordan

Hassan Whiteside (player option for $27 million)

Marc Gasol (player option for $26 million)

Goran Dragic (player option for $19,217,900)

Spencer Dinwiddie

Tyreke Evans

Jeff Teague (player option for $19 million)

Jonas Valanciunas (player option for $17.6 million)

Kent Bazemore (player option for $19,269,662)

Tyler Johnson (player option for $19,245,370)

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (player option for $13,000,000)

Allen Crabbe (player option for $18,500,000)

Julius Randle (player option for $9 million)

Trevor Ariza

Harrison Barnes

Thaddeus Young

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Ricky Rubio

Patrick Beverly

C.J. Miles (player option for $8.7 million)

Garrett Temple

Dwight Howard (player option for $5.6 million)

Nikola Vucevic

J.J. Redick

Marvin Williams (player option for $15,006,250)

Patrick Patterson (player option for $5,711,200)

JaMychal Green

Nerlens Noel (player option for $1,988,119)

Bismack Biyombo (player option for $17,000,000)

Terrence Ross

Taj Gibson

Aron Baynes (player option for $5,453,280)

Al-Farouq Aminu

Rudy Gay

Danny Green

Alec Burks

Markieff Morris

James Ennis (player option for $1,845,301)

Isaiah Thomas

There are also several excellent players headed toward restricted free agency next summer:

Karl-Anthony Towns

Kristaps Porzingis

Paul Millsap (team option for $30,500,000)

Terry Rozier

Larry Nance Jr.

Malcom Brogdon

Frank Kaminsky

Willie Cauley-Stein

Trey Lyles

Justice Winslow

Kevon Looney

Kelly Oubre

Delon Wright

Milos Teodosic

1 Comment on "Free-agent frenzy will really be lit next summer"

  1. Gee there are some really horrible player option amounts there amongst some of those players. There really are some massively overpaid players on this list for the production they offer. When are NBA teams going to stop over paying some very average players?

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