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Checking In On Top Remaining NBA Free Agents

Technically, most of this year’s top free agents remain unsigned. Until the moratorium in place at the start of the 2021/22 league year lifts at 11:01am central time on Friday, most of them are ineligible to sign their new contracts.

However, over the last 16 hours, more than half of the players from our list of 2021’s top 50 free agents have taken themselves off the market by reaching contract agreements with teams around the league.

[RELATED: 2021 NBA Free Agent Tracker]

While those are just tentative agreements and could still fall apart, that usually doesn’t happen more than once or twice in a given offseason, so it’s safe to pencil those deals in for the time being and assume those free agents are off the board.

So who does that leave? Here are the top free agents from our top-50 list who have yet to agree to new deals:

(Note: This list is up-to-date at the time of publication, but won’t be updated throughout the day as some of these players inevitably come off the board.)

  1. Kawhi Leonard, F, Clippers
  2. John Collins, F, Hawks (RFA)
  3. DeMar DeRozan, G/F, Spurs
  4. Dennis Schröder, G, Lakers
  5. Spencer Dinwiddie, G, Nets
    • Note: Dinwiddie is reportedly nearing a deal with the Wizards, but there are sign-and-trade obstacles to work out and no agreement is in place yet.
  6. Lauri Markkanen, F, Bulls (RFA)
  7. Kelly Oubre, F, Warriors
  8. Reggie Jackson, G, Clippers
  9. Kendrick Nunn, G, Heat (RFA)
  10. Josh Hart, F, Pelicans (RFA)
  11. Bruce Brown, G/F, Nets (RFA)
  12. Danny Green, G/F, Sixers
  13. Talen Horton-Tucker, G, Lakers (RFA)
  14. Andre Drummond, C, Lakers
  15. Hamidou Diallo, G, Pistons (RFA)
  16. Patty Mills, G, Spurs
  17. Terence Davis, G, Kings (RFA)
  18. Rudy Gay, F, Spurs
  19. Paul Millsap, F, Nuggets
  20. Malik Monk, G, Hornets
  21. Lou Williams, G, Hawks
  22. Victor Oladipo, G, Heat

The following free agents were noted in the honorable mention section of our top-50 list and aren’t yet spoken for:

  • Carmelo Anthony, F, Trail Blazers
  • Khem Birch, C, Raptors
  • Nemanja Bjelica, F, Heat
  • Avery Bradley, G, Rockets
  • James Ennis, F, Magic
  • Bryn Forbes, G, Bucks
  • Enes Kanter, C, Trail Blazers
  • Robin Lopez, C, Wizards
  • Markieff Morris, F, Lakers
  • Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, G, Thunder (RFA)
  • Georges Niang, F, Jazz
  • Elfrid Payton, G, Knicks
  • J.J. Redick, G, Mavericks
  • Ish Smith, G, Wizards
  • Jarred Vanderbilt, F, Timberwolves (RFA)
  • Justise Winslow, F, Grizzlies

While the idea of our top two free agents – Leonard and Collins – still being available may be intriguing, both players are considered highly likely to return to their current clubs.

Leonard chose the Clippers in free agency two years ago and has given no indication he wants to leave. While one report suggested he may be open to listening to pitches from other teams, another report stated that the Clippers are operating as if he’ll be back, and it doesn’t look like there are any clubs preparing to take a run at the star forward.

As for Collins, right before free agency began, a report indicated that he and the Hawks weren’t yet close to a new agreement. But he’s a restricted free agent, which limits his leverage, and multiplereports over the weekend suggested that his potential suitors were becoming resigned to the idea that he’d remain in Atlanta.

Still, while Leonard and Collins may not provide any surprises, there are some interesting names whose destinations remain very much up in the air. We don’t have a clear sense yet of where players like DeRozan, Schröder, Oubre, or Markkanen will end up, so there are plenty of storylines worth keeping an eye on today and the rest of the week.


5 best remaining NBA free agents, ranked

Although the majority of big name free agents have found new homes or stayed put during the 2021 NBA offseason, there are still a few big names out there who remained unsigned. Granted these remaining free agents may not be the A-list superstars that teams aim to build around, but they’re savvy veterans that could be the missing link to a team on the verge of title contention.

Seeing as there are still plenty of teams with unmet needs this offseason, these players could provide these teams with the boost they need to get them to the next level. Having said all this, lets take a look at the best remaining free agents who are still unsigned during this highly eventful 2021 NBA offseason.

5. JJ Redick 

As undoubtedly one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, JJ Redick has proven throughout his career that he can play a vital role to any team he’s on. Always having been one of the hardest workers and best conditioned players in the league, Redick would bring reliable 3-point shooting, veteran leadership, and a tireless work ethic to a contending team in need.

With his ability to seamlessly fit in on any team he joins, Redick would be a welcome addition wherever he ends up playing next season. Whether he’s creating his own shot or coming off screens, JJ Redick would bring a much-needed scoring punch as a starter or coming off the bench. Despite being in no rush to make a decision on where he wants to play next season, there are plenty of teams that could benefit from Redick’s services.

Best Fit: New York Knicks 

4. DeMarcus Cousins 

After being sidelined by a ruptured Achilles tendon a few years back, DeMarcus Cousins has struggled to get back to full health. In spite of his recent shortcomings, Cousins showed a ton promise this past season when split time playing for the Rockets and Clippers and played some meaningful minutes for LA during their run to the Western Conference Finals.

Once considered the best center in the NBA, Cousins still has plenty left in the tank and could play a pivotal role on a contending team in need of more size, toughness, and rebounding at the center spot. With his well-rounded offensive game and active hands, he’d be the perfect addition to a team that’s lacking a veteran presence on the interior.

Best Fit: Brooklyn Nets

3. Paul Millsap

Coming off a highly productive four-year stint with the Denver Nuggets, Paul Millsap is seeking a change of scenery and looking to join a title contender to finish out his career. With a perfect balance of scoring, rebounding, and perimeter defense in his arsenal, Millsap would be an ideal fit for a team seeking veteran help on the wing. He’s also a great locker room presence who can provide strong veteran leadership and can easily earn respect of his teammates.

He may be up there in age, but Millsap has continued to show to that he’s still got plenty left in the tank, especially with his highly efficient play over the past few seasons. With that in mind, there are still teams out there that would highly benefit from the addition of Paul Millsap. Specifically a younger team that could use more veteran leaders to help guide their young stars and bring their team to the next level.

Best Fit: Phoenix Suns

2. Lauri Markkanen 

A disgruntled combo big with All-Star potential, Lauri Markkanen is looking to move on from the Bulls this summer. With his limitless scoring range and strong rebounding, Markkanen was underutilized in Chicago and would do wonders for a team that needs a big man who can space the floor and provide them with some size and depth on the interior. In the right system and under the right coaching staff, Markkanen could thrive and become a star in this league.

He would really excel in a system that allows him to play in more pick-and-roll sets and knock down the 3-ball on a consistent basis. Things may be quiet at the moment, but there’s definitely a team out there that could benefit from the services of Lauri Markkanen and help him  tap into his All-Star potential.

Best Fit: Dallas Mavericks

1. Avery Bradley

He’s a two-way combo guard who has established himself as a highly efficient scorer and lockdown defender. For a team that’s in need of a do-it-all guard who can run the point or excel as a 3-and-D wing, Avery Bradley would be the perfect signing and be able to make an immediate impact on a title contender looking to make another deep playoff run next season.

With his multi-faceted two-way play, Bradley would be a difference maker on any team that’s willing to take a chance on him in free agency. Given his wide array of skillsets and strong playoff experience, it won’t be long before Avery Bradley finds himself on a playoff team that’s ready to make a title run during the 2021-22 NBA season.

Best Fit: Golden State Warriors

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NBA Free Agent Tracker

WallJohn WallHOUPG31.111PO$42,782,880HardenJames HardenBKNSG32.111PO$42,782,880WestbrookRussell WestbrookLALPG32.913PO$41,358,814BealBradley BealWASSG28.29PO$35,073,168IrvingKyrie IrvingBKNPG29.510PO$34,122,650HarrisGary HarrisORLSG27.18UFABird$21,000,000LaVineZach LaVineCHISG26.68UFABird$19,500,000DragicGoran DragicTORPG35.414UFABird$18,000,000RubioRicky RubioCLEPG31.011UFABird$17,000,000IguodalaAndre IguodalaGSWSF37.718UFANon-Bird$15,000,000YoungThaddeus YoungSASPF33.315UFABird$14,545,000BeverleyPatrick BeverleyMINPG33.210UFABird$13,333,327InglesJoe InglesUTHSF34.08UFABird$13,036,364PrinceTaurean PrinceMINPF27.66UFABird$12,625,000NurkicJusuf NurkicPORC27.18UFABird$12,000,000WarrenT.J. WarrenINDSF28.18UFABird$11,750,000CovingtonRobert CovingtonPORPF30.89UFABird$11,719,782LambJeremy LambINDSG29.310UFABird$10,500,000AytonDeandre AytonPHXC23.24RFABird$10,094,808SatoranskyTomas SatoranskyNOPSG29.96UFABird$10,000,000WisemanJames WisemanGSWC20.51CO$9,904,960FavorsDerrick FavorsOKCC30.211PO$9,720,900ThompsonTristan ThompsonSACC30.611UFAEarly Bird$9,489,450IbakaSerge IbakaLACC32.113UFAEarly Bird$9,489,450HarrellMontrezl HarrellWASPF27.77UFAEarly Bird$9,489,450Jones Jr.Derrick Jones Jr.CHISF24.76UFAEarly Bird$9,489,450WrightDelon WrightATLPG29.47UFABird$9,350,000AndersonKyle AndersonMEMSF28.18UFABird$9,289,075Bagley IIIMarvin Bagley IIISACPF22.64RFABird$9,034,369BallLaMelo BallCHAPG20.21CO$8,899,069JonesTyus JonesMEMPG25.47UFABird$8,815,100BryantThomas BryantWASC24.25UFABird$8,333,333GreenJaMychal GreenDENPF31.37PO$8,200,000GarlandDarius GarlandCLEPG21.72CO$7,270,829OkoroIsaac OkoroCLESG20.71CO$7,270,829TuckerP.J. TuckerMIAPF36.410PO$7,175,000ZubacIvica ZubacLACC24.65CO$7,000,000BoucherChris BoucherTORPF28.85UFABird$6,760,000CulverJarrett CulverMEMSG22.72CO$6,605,536MillsPatrick MillsBKNPG33.212PO$6,037,250BambaMohamed BambaORLC23.44RFABird$6,025,106SchröderDennis SchröderBOSPG28.19UFANon-Bird$5,890,000BradleyAvery BradleyLALPG30.812UFANon-Bird$5,635,000ConnaughtonPat ConnaughtonMILSG28.86PO$5,333,333DialloHamidou DialloDETSG23.23CO$5,200,000NunnKendrick NunnLALSG26.23PO$5,125,000SextonCollin SextonCLEPG22.84RFABird$5,043,778JosephCory JosephDETPG30.210PO$5,032,500McGeeJaVale McGeePHXC33.814UFANon-Bird$5,000,000LopezRobin LopezORLC33.514UFANon-Bird$5,000,000WilliamsLouis WilliamsATLSG34.917UFABird$5,000,000JacksonJosh JacksonDETSG24.75UFAEarly Bird$4,886,175SmithJalen SmithPHXPF21.61CO$4,832,084LooneyKevon LooneyGSWPF25.77UFABird$4,821,429Brown Jr.Bruce Brown Jr.BKNSG25.24UFABird$4,736,102JohnsonCameron JohnsonPHXSF25.62CO$4,648,375KnoxKevin KnoxNYKSF22.24RFABird$4,638,675ForbesBryn ForbesSASSG28.26UFANon-Bird$4,500,000GreenJeff GreenDENPF35.114PO$4,500,000PortisBobby PortisMILPF26.76PO$4,456,290LangfordRomeo LangfordBOSSG21.92CO$4,132,054NesmithAaron NesmithBOSSF22.01CO$4,132,054Cauley-SteinWillie Cauley-SteinDALC28.27UFABird$4,100,000BridgesMiles BridgesCHASF23.64RFABird$4,079,463DiengGorgui DiengATLC31.89UFANon-Bird$4,000,000Finney-SmithDorian Finney-SmithDALSF28.46UFABird$4,000,000LaymanJake LaymanMINSF27.66UFABird$3,761,085HouseDanuel HouseHOUSF28.36UFABird$3,717,000Brown Jr.Troy Brown Jr.CHISF22.24RFABird$3,627,991PokusevskiAleksej PokusevskiOKCPF19.81CO$3,587,278MuscalaMike MuscalaOKCPF30.28CO$3,500,000BitadzeGoga BitadzeINDC22.22CO$3,409,505DiVincenzoDonte DiVincenzoMILSG24.74RFABird$3,276,698BatumNicolas BatumLACSF32.813PO$3,249,280CampazzoFacundo CampazzoDENPG35.42RFAEarly Bird$3,200,000BurkeTrey BurkeDALPG28.98PO$3,150,000ThybulleMatisse ThybullePHISG24.62CO$3,128,282Walker IVLonnie Walker IVSASSG22.84RFABird$3,114,384JacksonFrank JacksonDETPG23.44CO$3,075,000MaxeyTyrese MaxeyPHIPG20.91CO$3,038,140WashingtonPJ WashingtonCHAPF23.12CO$3,017,640Carter-WilliamsMichael Carter-WilliamsORLPG30.09UFABird$3,000,000WilliamsGrant WilliamsBOSPF22.82CO$2,950,670BazleyDarius BazleyOKCSF21.32CO$2,865,407OkogieJosh OkogieMINSF23.14RFABird$2,857,586JeromeTy JeromeOKCPG24.22CO$2,782,354AldridgeLaMarcus AldridgeBKNPF36.216UFAEarly Bird$2,641,691MillsapPaul MillsapBKNPF36.716UFANon-Bird$2,641,691EllingtonWayne EllingtonLALSG33.813UFANon-Bird$2,641,691ArizaTrevor ArizaLALSF36.218UFANon-Bird$2,641,691HowardDwight HowardLALC35.818UFANon-Bird$2,641,691GriffinBlake GriffinBKNPF32.612UFAEarly Bird$2,641,691DavisEd DavisCLEC32.312UFANon-Bird$2,641,691HaslemUdonis HaslemMIAPF41.319UFABird$2,641,691KanterEnes KanterBOSC29.411UFANon-Bird$2,641,691JohnsonJames JohnsonBKNPF34.713UFANon-Bird$2,641,691AnthonyCarmelo AnthonyLALPF37.318UFANon-Bird$2,641,691MorrisMarkieff MorrisMIAPF32.111UFANon-Bird$2,641,691MooreE'Twaun MooreORLSG32.611UFANon-Bird$2,641,691JordanDeAndre JordanLALC33.214UFANon-Bird$2,641,691HolidayAaron HolidayWASPG25.04RFABird$2,619,338WindlerDylan WindlerCLESG25.12CO$2,612,430PritchardPayton PritchardBOSPG23.71CO$2,612,430LylesTrey LylesDETPF25.96CO$2,562,500SimonsAnfernee SimonsPORSG22.34RFABird$2,543,985AzubuikeUdoka AzubuikeUTHC22.11CO$2,537,811PooleJordan PooleGSWSG22.32CO$2,522,720BazemoreKent BazemoreLALSG32.210UFANon-Bird$2,401,537RiversAustin RiversDENPG29.210UFAEarly Bird$2,401,537WhitesideHassan WhitesideUTHC32.310UFANon-Bird$2,401,537DrummondAndre DrummondPHIC28.210UFANon-Bird$2,401,537HillSolomon HillATLSF30.69UFAEarly Bird$2,389,641ZellerCody ZellerPORC29.09UFANon-Bird$2,389,641DedmonDewayne DedmonMIAC32.29UFAEarly Bird$2,389,641OladipoVictor OladipoMIASG29.49UFABird$2,389,641Porter Jr.Otto Porter Jr.GSWSF28.39UFANon-Bird$2,389,641McLemoreBen McLemorePORSF28.79UFANon-Bird$2,389,641SnellTony SnellPORSG29.99UFANon-Bird$2,389,641ParkerJabari ParkerBOSPF26.68UFAEarly Bird$2,239,544HoodRodney HoodMILSF29.08UFANon-Bird$2,239,544PaytonElfrid PaytonPHXPG27.78UFANon-Bird$2,239,544BolBol BolDENC21.93RFABird$2,109,696NetoRaul NetoWASPG29.47UFAEarly Bird$2,089,448BjelicaNemanja BjelicaGSWPF33.47UFANon-Bird$2,089,448KaminskyFrank KaminskyPHXC28.57UFAEarly Bird$2,089,448NaderAbdel NaderPHXSF28.04CO$2,080,000ValentineDenzel ValentineCLESG27.96UFANon-Bird$2,066,635Porter Jr.Kevin Porter Jr.HOUSG21.42CO$2,002,298McGruderRodney McGruderDETSG30.26UFANon-Bird$1,939,350Payton IIGary Payton IIGSWPG28.86UFANon-Bird$1,939,350BembryDeAndre' BembryBKNSF27.26
NBA Free Agency 2021: Top 10 Under-The-Radar Free Agents Still Available Led By DeMarcus Cousins

2021 NBA Free Agency: Ideal fits for best remaining free agents

Two weeks have passed since the start of 2021 NBA Free Agency and the majority of needle-moving players have already signed new deals.

However, there are still a handful of players available that could make an impact with whichever NBA franchise signs them.

Who are the best remaining free agents and what would be an ideal landing spot for each of them?

Listed alphabetically.

Best remaining 2021 NBA Free Agents

Avery Bradley, unrestricted

Ideal fit:  Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

The 30-year-old veteran went through an injury-riddled season last year, missing significant time with a knee injury, a calf strain and COVID-19. He only appeared in 27 games – 10 with the Miami Heat and 17 with the Houston Rockets following a trade at the deadline – averaging just 6.4 points and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 32.7 percent from 3.

In 2019-20, Bradley started in 44 of 49 games played for the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, holding his own as a playmaker and perimeter defender before opting out of the season restart following the pandemic. At this stage in his career, Bradley could look to bring those two skills to a contender's bench, and the Warriors and Nuggets seem like strong fits based on a need for depth at the position.

DeMarcus Cousins, unrestricted

Ideal fit:  Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets

Significant injuries led to Cousins bouncing around from team-to-team, playing for four different franchises in the past three seasons. From the Warriors to the Lakers to the Rockets to the Clippers, the former four-time All-Star is looking to find his footing and try and make a consistent impact off the bench for a team in need of a center.

Cousins had a solid showing in the playoffs with the Clippers this past season, scoring double figures in three of the seven games he appeared in, shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from 3.

With the Heat and Nets both loading up on veterans for a potential title push, Cousins could add a voice on the bench and in the locker room while staying ready in case his team needs a physical presence on the floor.

James Ennis, unrestricted

Ideal fit:  Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers

Ennis is a solid 3-and-D wing who should receive some consideration for contenders looking to add shooting and defence.

A reunion with the 76ers would make some sense, but the Lakers may be the best possible landing spot for the 31-year-old. NBA Insider Marc Stein reported  an interest between Ennis and Los Angeles, which adds up, given he shot 43.3 percent from 3-point range with the Orlando Magic last season.

Dante Exum, unrestricted

Ideal fit:  Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves

A calf injury limited Exum to just six games last season, but we saw the Aussie back in action during the Australian Boomers' bronze medal winning run at the Tokyo Olympics. 

Averaging 9.0 points, 3.7 points and 2.8 assists on 56.7 percent from the field, Exum consistently delivered big plays on both ends of the floor, showing his athleticism and first step are still a problem for opposing defenders. 

While the Rockets didn't get to see him play in uniform last season, Exum fits the profle of their rebuilding squad which currently has John Wall and D.J. Augustin as the teams ball handlers. If Wall is to move on in order to make room for their younger players in Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., Exum could provide some nice minutes off the bench. 

The Timberwolves are another intriguing option after parting ways with Ricky Rubio. They currently have D'Angelo Russell and Jordan McLaughlin as their two outright point guards and could use some extra playmaking off the bench.

Harry Giles III, unrestricted

Ideal fit:  Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors

Giles is still just 23 years old, yet the versatile forward hasn't been able to find a permanent landing spot in the NBA. He has shown glimpses of promise as a player who has averaged a double-double per 36 minutes throughout his three-year NBA career, but without a designated position and role, the Duke product has struggled to fit in.

The Celtics are an intriguing fit because of his tight relationship with superstar Jayson Tatum and their need for some forward depth. The Raptors would make an interesting pairing as a team that has loaded their roster with lengthy, switchy forwards – a bill that Giles fits – and their renowned player development program could get the most out of the young player.

Josh Hart, restricted

Ideal fit:  New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls

Update: According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski , Hart is "closing in" on signing a three-year, $38 million deal to stay with the Pelicans.

There were multiple reports that the Pelicans weighed sign-and-trade options for the restricted free agent, including potential deals with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings .

Hart was one of the best rebounding wings in the NBA last season, averaging 8.0 boards per game. He can defend multiple positions and is a career 34.8 percent 3-point shooter, something any team in the league could use.

New Orleans needs to improve on the defensive end and letting Hart walk would have been a step backward on that front, so staying put was the best option for both him and his team. 

Lauri Markkanen, restricted

Ideal fit:  New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves

Markkanen has been linked to the Dallas Mavericks but it would be very interesting to see how he and Kristaps Porzingis would fit next to each other, considering they are eerily similar players.

The 24-year-old forward was a hot commodity following an All-Rookie calibre first season and a sophomore season in which he averaged 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Bulls. His value has appeared to diminish a bit since then, coming off of a season where he averaged a career-low 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds.

However, the 7-footer still shot 40.2 percent from 3-point range and a change of scenery could be all he needs to get back on the right path.

There has been reported interest between Markkanen and the Pelicans, an intriguing fit that would give New Orleans some much-needed perimeter shooting. The Timberwolves are another team that has had reported interest in Markkanen, and I like his fit there for the same reason as the Pelicans, especially given how quiet this offseason as been for Minnesota, who could use more talent on its roster.

Wesley Matthews, unrestricted

Ideal fit:   Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets

Things didn't work out as planned between Matthews and the Lakers last season, as the 34-year-old struggled to find a rhythm on either end of the floor the way Los Angeles would have hoped. He shot a career-low 33.5 percent from 3-point range while only averaging 1.1 3-pointers made per game, his lowest mark since his rookie season.

With that being said, if the Lakers are looking for another shooter to round out their bench, there is a familiarity with Matthews and it wouldn't hurt to give him another chance. The Nuggets are another team that could use his veteran presence and 3-point shooting, too.

Paul Millsap, unrestricted

Ideal fit:  Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls

Millsap has been a solid contributor throughout his entire NBA career and his veteran presence would be invaluable for any team looking to take a leap as a potential contender.

He is still a sound defender that can guard multiple positions, as well as a capable scorer who can score around the basket or from 3-point range.

A reunion with his former Hawks could be a match made in heaven, as Atlanta looks to live up to the expectations of a team that reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Millsap was a four-time All-Star with the Hawks from 2013 to 2017.

The Bulls are another seamless fit as a team looking enter playoff conversations, especially after trading away a similar player in veteran forward Thaddeus Young to the San Antonio Spurs.

JJ Redick, unrestricted

Ideal fit:  Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics

Redick has made it known that Brooklyn is his ideal destination given that's where his home and family are. It came as a surprise when the Pelicans sent Redick to the Mavericks instead of the Nets last trade deadline. Could the 37-year-old sharpshooter finally end up back at home this free agency?

You can never have too much shooting and Redick still converted 3s at a 37.1 percent clip last season.

The Celtics are another interesting spot, given it's in the Northeast, close enough to his home, and Boston could use a pure shooter of Redick's calibre to space the floor.

Isaiah Thomas, unrestricted

Ideal fit:  Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

Thomas had social media buzzing after going for 81 points in a Pro-Am game last week, stating his case for a return to the NBA.

The 32-year-old veteran has been in and out of the league since his season as an MVP candidate for the Celtics back in 2017, with injuries preventing him from completely returning to All-Star form. Thomas has had 10-day contracts with different teams and even played half of a season with the Washington Wizards in 2019-20, where he averaged 12.2 points and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 41.3 percent from 3.

His latest opportunity came on a 10-day contract with the Pelicans last season, but Thomas didn't exactly get a fair shake with playing time.

The Lakers have had reported interest in Thomas, who played 17 games in Los Angeles back in 2018. He would give the Lakers a shot creator and another ball handler off the bench. If the Heat are looking for depth behind newly acquired Kyle Lowry, Thomas may be a decent fit there, as well.

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Nba free agents top remaining

Since NBA free agency began on August 2, over 140 different new contracts have been agreed to/signed, but there are some key names that still remain.

Recently, Paul Millsap made a decision on his future, and like many speculated, including us here at NBA Analysis Network, the veteran big man signed with the Brooklyn Nets. 

Last season, Paul Millsap only averaged 9.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and shot just 34.3% from three-point range, but the former 4x All-Star is still a key talent that can contribute meaningful minutes in this league.

Who knows if he will start for Brooklyn, but given his experiences and the fact that he is a former All-Star, getting Millsap is a huge addition for the Nets, who are already a championship-level team. 

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With Millsap now off-the-board for teams around the league though, who could we possibly see be next and can any of these remaining NBA free agents really make a difference during the 2021-22 season?

With very minimal roster spots available, we may not see some of these guys actually sign a contract before next season begins, but let’s take a look at the best remaining NBA free agents after Paul Millsap’s signing. 

Top-10 Free Agents still available this NBA season!!

NBA free agency got off to a furious start from the moment the moratorium window opened on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET. Within minutes, Lonzo Ball was going to the Chicago Bulls, Kyle Lowry was going to the Miami Heat, Mike Conley Jr. was back in Utah, and Chris Paul had up to $120 million more in his bank account.

The second day of free agency didn’t provide nearly as many fireworks, but it did give us Carmelo Anthony to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Bulls’ polarizing sign-and-trade for DeMar DeRozan. The highlights of day three included John Collins’ $125 million extension with the Atlanta Hawks, and the completion of Spencer Dinwiddie’s sign-and-trade to the Washington Wizards. We’re tracking every signing here. It looks like the top free agent, Kawhi Leonard, is re-signing with the Clippers and continues to negotiate a deal, per Chris Haynes.

Who is still available on the free agent market? Glad you asked. Here are the nine best players available in free agency right now. We will update this list as players come off the board.

1. Dennis Schröder

Schröder is probably not having a great time right now after reportedly turning down an $80 million contract extension from the Lakers (he was reportedly seeking $100-$120 million). We know he won’t be back in LA after the Lakers traded for Russell Westbrook and added some more depth to their backcourt headlined by Malik Monk and Wayne Ellington.

The rest of the big name point guards are off the board, so Schröder should be next to go. It will be fascinating to see if he takes the most money possible, or a short deal to rehab his value next offseason. The Celtics are reportedly eyeing him.

Update: Dennis Schröder has agreed to a one year, $5.9M contract with the Boston Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

2. Josh Hart

Hart is another wing in the 3-and-D mold who came over to the Pelicans in the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers. He was a nice piece next to Zion Williamson in New Orleans, but his shooting fell off a bit with a 32.6 percent mark from deep. Hart tore a ligament in his thumb in April and missed the rest of the season. He is a restricted free agent, so New Orleans could match any deal.

3. Lauri Markkanen

Markkanen initially looked like a cornerstone of the Bulls’ rebuild, but he failed to make meaningful improvements through his first four years in the league. The 7-foot big man finally lived up to his reputation as a shooter last season, making 40.2 percent of his triples from behind the arc on 5.8 attempts per game. He struggles defensively and can’t create his own shot, but a team with a high-level facilitator (Markkanen never played with one in Chicago) might be able to unlock some of the upside once seen in the former No. 7 overall draft pick.

He’s also a restricted free agent, meaning the Bulls have the right to match any deal.

4. Paul Millsap

Millsap turns 37 years old in Feb., but he’s coming off another solid season with the Denver Nuggets. Millsap started 36 games this past year and provided tough interior defense, rebounding, and some floor spacing in his 20 minutes per night. His recent turn into a dependable three-point shooter — he hit 34.3 percent last year, and 43.4 percent the year before — has helped extend his career. He can still a nice bench piece for an aspiring contender or a veteran presence for a young team looking to level up.

5. DeMarcus Cousins

Injuries robbed Cousins of his superstar status in the prime of his career, but he can still play a role as a reserve big man off the bench. Cousins scored in double-figures three times during the Clippers’ trip to the conference finals this past season, and had a few big games with the Houston Rockets earlier this year. He feels like a likely fit on another contender.

6. James Ennis

Ennis has clawed his way to a nice career since being a second round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but he’s yet to find a stable home, already playing for seven NBA teams. Now 31 years old, Ennis is a 6’6 3-and-D wing who hit 43.3 percent of his triples on 104 tries last year for the Magic. He’s one of the few rotational wing options left on the market.

7. Isaiah Hartenstein

Hartenstein is a 7-foot, 250-pound big man who has bounced around the league since being a second round pick by the Rockets in the 2017 draft. He had a run of double-figures scoring performances for the Cavs in April while also providing a bit of rim protection. Still only 23 years old, Hartenstein feels like he has more upside left than most of the other available bigs on the market.

8. Svi Mykhailiuk

Mykhailiuk was a second round pick out of Kansas in the 2018 draft who provides value as a 6’7 wing shooter. While his shooting numbers were down last year — hit had 33.4 percent of his threes on 4.8 attempts per game — he did hit 40.4 percent on 5.1 attempts per game in 2019-2020 with Dtroit in 56 games with 27 starts. He’s still only 24 years old.

9. Garrison Mathews

Mathews went undrafted out of Lipscomb, but turned into a reliable three-point gunner in his second season with the Wizards last year, shooting 38.4 percent on more than three attempts per game from deep. Still only 24 years old, the 6’7 forward can slot into a bench shooter role next season.


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Ten Notable NBA Free Agents Who Remain Unsigned

All 50 of the players we identified as 2021’s top NBA free agents prior to the start of the new league year last month have come off the board, many of them within hours of the start of free agency. Nearly all the players we listed in our “honorable mention” have found new homes as well.

However, a few of those honorable mentions remain unsigned, as do a handful of other noteworthy veterans. There are many players worth mentioning, and the full list of current NBA free agents can be found right here, but today we’re singling out 10 vets who fall into three particular categories. Let’s dive in and have a look…


  • J.J. Redick: Redick is one of the best three-point shooters in NBA history, having converted 41.5% of his 4,704 career attempts. However, a heel injury slowed him down in 2020/21, and he has stated he’s in no rush to sign a new contract for ’21/22. When he’s ready, he’ll likely favor a team close to his home in New York, with the Nets and Knicks believed to be atop his wish list.
  • James Ennis: Ennis has been a regular NBA role player for the last several years and is coming off a season in which he converted 43.3% of his three-pointers. He has reportedly drawn interest from the Lakers, Bulls, Trail Blazers, and Magic, among other teams, and seems unlikely to remain unsigned for much longer.
  • Garrison Mathews: Mathews emerged as a rotation player for the Wizards while on a two-way contract during the last two seasons, making 38.9% of his threes in 82 total games (15.4 MPG). His solid play earned him a qualifying offer this summer, but Washington pulled that offer on the table during the first week of free agency, making Mathews an unrestricted free agent.
  • Mike Scott: A veteran stretch four, Scott had a bit of a down year in Philadelphia in 2020/21, but still has a .381 3PT% over the last four seasons, an impressive mark for a player who is also capable of battling big men in the paint. The 76ers signed Georges Niang to replace Scott, but the 33-year-old should catch on somewhere.

Offensive specialists:

  • DeMarcus Cousins: Cousins isn’t the same player who earned four All-Star berths and two All-NBA nods earlier in his career, but he wasn’t bad down the stretch with the Clippers this past season, averaging 7.8 PPG and 4.5 RPG on .537/.421/.682 shooting in 16 games (12.9 MPG). Like the other players in this group, he’s not a plus defender, but he can provide some second-unit scoring punch.
  • Jahlil Okafor: Recently waived by the Nets, who were facing a roster crunch, Okafor has played for four teams since being drafted third overall in 2015 and has seen his minutes steadily decline during that stretch. He’s still a solid inside scorer, but his lack of an outside shot limits his effectiveness on offense, and he’s not the sort of center who’s comfortable switching onto perimeter players on defense.
  • Isaiah Thomas: Like Cousins, Thomas has been limited in recent years by health issues. But he claims he’s back to full strength after being bothered by a long-term hip injury, and has worked out for teams like the Lakers and Mavericks in an effort to prove it. It’d be great to see Thomas get another shot, but his injury history and defensive shortcomings have made teams wary.

Defensive specialists:

  • Avery Bradley: Once a coveted three-and-D wing, Bradley has seen his stock dip in recent years as he has bounced around the NBA. Since being traded from Boston to Detroit in 2017, he has played for six different teams. Still, Bradley’s the sort of solid veteran that should eventually end up on a 15-man NBA roster, especially if and when teams start getting hit by the injury bug.
  • Frank Ntilikina: Defense was never a problem for the former lottery pick, but he hasn’t developed enough of an offensive game to be considered a reliable two-way player. A return to Europe could be a possibility for Ntilikina, who reportedly drew interest from Virtus Bologna before the Italian team signed Ty-Shon Alexander.
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Hollis-Jefferson had a pretty solid year in Toronto in 2019/20, showing the ability to bring energy off the bench and guard multiple positions. So it was a bit of a surprise that he didn’t get a chance to play in ’20/21 until the Blazers gave him a shot during the season’s last two months. He’s still only 26 years old — a team in need of a hard worker and tough defender could do much worse with its 14th or 15th roster spot.

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