The NBA has more moving pieces than a furniture company on a big move in day for a family living at a new house. There isn't much loyalty anymore when it comes to players with certain franchises. Kobe with the Lakers, Larry Bird with the Celtics, Dirk Nowitzki with the Mavericks, and others that didn't go anywhere else no matter what the circumstances were. There could be a few more guys in the game today that could go down that same path such as Stephen Curry with the Warriors, but those seem to be few and far in between. You name a majority of NBA players today and they have played for more than one NBA franchise. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, as well as many others have had to switch cities and teams more often than not.
With that being said, it is always fun to speculate in free agency where the players might head to next. There are some franchises that are praying for certain guys to land with their respective teams and then there are some franchises where certain players wouldn't fit and fans hope they don't come anywhere close to their team or city. Every good team needs a solid point guard, a court general that can get the offense moving or hit a big shot when they are called upon to do so. With free agents moving everywhere, where will these point guards end up next season? One can speculate, but that is still months away. Looking ahead though, let's take a shot at predicting where these 15 NBA point guards land next season.
15 Ramon Sessions - Philadelphia 76ers
The first point guard is one that has certainly made his way around the league and hasn't stayed on a team for more than three seasons. This man has made his way through Milwaukee (twice), Minnesota, Cleveland, L.A., Charlotte (twice), Sacramento, Washington, and now with the New York Knicks. Ramon Sessions is a man that knows how to be a professional and provide leadership for a certain team. That leadership can prove to be a good enough reasons for this team to consider signing him.
The 76ers are in a good position for their long-term future. They have a solid core in Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Markelle Fultz that will probably be around for the next 10 years. They also just signed J.J. Redick in the offseason to take care of the shooting guard position. All the 76ers need is that veteran point guard to help bring it all together. Sessions would be cheap, he would be a great leader and can give you 10 points and six assists a game. Considering the other four players would be doing the rest of the work for the starting unit, that would make Sessions a great fit for the city of brotherly love.
14 Raymond Felton - Detroit Pistons
The Oklahoma City Thunder are in a position this season to make a run in the playoffs and give the Golden State Warriors a run for their money. They acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to team up with Russell Westbrook to form a big three that will take the league by storm. They also have a dependable back-up in Raymond Felton who like Sessions, has made his way to several NBA teams already. Felton is a free agent and there could be one team that will get on their motor and sign him as fast as possible to be a backup. That team is the Detroit Pistons.
The Pistons were not looked at as a team that would pose as any type of threat in the Eastern Conference. But so far, they have been quite the pleasant surprise. Avery Bradley has brought the Pistons a certain toughness and great defensive presence of mind after he was traded from the Boston Celtics this past offseason. Andre Drummond can put up a double-double just about every night and Reggie Jackson has done a great job of assuming a role as a floor general. Felton signing with the Pistons would help Jackson to continue to improve under a seasoned veteran.
13 Jose Calderon - Utah Jazz
It's usually hard to figure if foreign players will succeed or ultimately fail. There have been instances such as Yao Ming where he was such a big deal that the Houston Rockets selected him number one overall and eventually made it to the Hall of Fame. Other players such as Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac also had solid careers. Point guard Jose Calderon has played in both European leagues and the NBA while being a serviceable guard just like the ones talked about previously. He is averaging numbers similar to Sessions. One team that could probably use his services is the Utah Jazz.
The Utah Jazz are a team in recovery. They lost All-Star Gordon Hayward this offseason as he left for the Celtics. They have an underrated center in Rudy Gobert that continues to quietly go under the radar. The Jazz need a point guard as Ricky Rubio is getting older and Dante Exum hasn't panned out during his time there. Calderon would be great as he can help give the Jazz a new sense of identity. Plus, he is affordable while Utah can go out and get other players to help rebuild their franchise potentially back to the Karl Malone-John Stockton days.
12 Jarrett Jack: Charlotte Hornets
There are certain players in the NBA that specialize in something, particularly when it comes to the point guard position. Chris Paul has his specialization of always finding his open teammates, Kyrie Irving has his specialization in finishing ridiculous lay-ups, Steph Curry has his in hitting three pointers from way far beyond the line, etc... For point guard Jarrett Jack, he is a three point shooter. He may not have the range of Curry, but that doesn't mean a team like the Charlotte Hornets won't be knocking on his door come free agency time.
The Hornets have one of the top point guards in the league in UCONN standout Kemba Walker. But just because he is one of the best point guards in the league doesn't mean that he is Superman and can play 48 minutes a game for 82 games straight. That is where Jarrett Jack would fit in nicely. Jack can shoot the deep ball while still being able to run the offense. The Hornets can even use Jack at the shooting guard position sometimes while Walker is on the floor for a nice spread out offense. Jack is definitely somebody the Hornets should keep on their radar.
11 Michael Carter-Williams: Atlanta Hawks
Michael Carter-Williams had a very interesting career, moving around from city to city like a lot of others in a short period of time. He got his start with the Philadelphia 76ers and was flourishing averaging 16 points a game and seven assists a game. That number took a little bit of a tumble in Milwaukee when he was averaging 13 points and five assists a game. Then, he was in Chicago where he saw his career worst numbers in six points and two assists per game in a back-up role.
Carter-Williams would help rebuild the franchise after taking a serious step back. They lost both Al Horford and Paul Millsap to free agency in back to back offseasons. They are off to a horrific start this season and look like they will be one of the basement teams in the Eastern Conference. Carter-Williams has proven he can thrive in a situation similar to Atlanta's when he started his career in Philly. He is strong, he can play defense, and his shot continues to get better; there is no reason the Hawks shouldn't at least consider him.
10 Dante Exum - Minnesota Timberwolves
The Utah Jazz had the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. They needed somebody at the time to compliment Gordon Hayward and be able to give them a second scoring option from the guard position. They thought they had their man in Dante Exum. He was an Australian born basketball player who had a lot of promise with his athleticism and his frame. He has not quite panned out for the Jazz, but he could work out for a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Exum needs a new start and Minnesota would be a great destination for him. He would already have a solid trio around him in Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins. The T-Wolves are proving they want to make a jump to being playoff contenders and Exum would only help their case. This would be an interesting signing and one that definitely could happen if the T-Wolves are aggressive enough to make it happen.
9 Devin Harris - Sacramento Kings
Sometimes a veteran will want to make sure he and his agent do whatever possible to sign with a contender to try to get a ring before their career ends. Sometimes it is successful and sometimes it utterly fails. Look at Gary Payton and Karl Malone going to the Lakers in 2004, that was a fail. This NBA point guard has spent his last few seasons in Dallas, but could see himself in a rebuilding situation next season. For his sake, it would be better for him so he can actually see the floor.
Devin Harris was the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. He has the opportunity to help out a slumping franchise in the Sacramento Kings. The Kings need a solid veteran point guard to help them figure out just what direction they want to go in and Harris fits that bill. He may not be the 20 points a game scorer like he was playing for the New Jersey Nets. But he is a guy who can teach the younger players coming in like De'Aaron Fox and Justin Jackson how to act professionally and carry themselves off the court.
8 Marcus Smart: New Orleans Pelicans
The next NBA point guard that could swap uniforms next year is one that has spent his short career with the same team so far. The Boston Celtics completely re-did their roster in the offseason by adding the likes of Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris, and Aron Baynes via trade and free agency. They didn't mind trading away fan favorites like Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Avery Bradley. One guy that has stuck around since 2014 has been Marcus Smart. He is a good on-ball defender whose shot continues to improve each season. One team that could keep an eye on him throughout the season is the New Orleans Pelicans.
Smart will be a free agent after this season, so the Celtics could use that to their advantage. They could use Smart in a trade package for Anthony Davis and New Orleans would get a good two way player who is only improving. Best case for New Orleans, they get Smart in the offseason, convince Anthony Davis to stay long-term; and get more well-rounded with Smart, Davis, and Boogie Cousins. Keep an eye out for Celtics and Pelicans talks this season as Smart could be on the move one way or another.
7 Jeremy Lin: Brooklyn Nets
This next point guard once was one of the most well-known players in the league based on his season he was having in 2011-12 with the New York Knicks. He was known as "Linsanity" and had taken the world by storm. Jeremy Lin was that man and he has a lot going for him. He signed with the Nets in 2016 and also sustained an injury which is keeping him out the whole 2017-18 season. He has one year left on his deal, but don't be surprised if he decides to call Brooklyn home the rest of his career.
The Nets have other guards such as D'Angelo Russell that can pick up the slack in Lin's absence. Lin has also told people that Brooklyn is not hard to sell, pretty bold claim considering the Nets have been one of the worst teams in the NBA for the past few seasons. Lin probably will want to prove the Nets didn't waste money on him because of his season ending injury. Look for Lin to restructure his contract this offseason to try to stay with the Nets. Based on the Nets' past, they will probably restructure the contract and it will bite Brooklyn right where it hurts.
6 Tony Parker - Washington Wizards
The Spurs had the good old days of Duncan-Robinson and Duncan-Ginobili-Parker which led the Spurs to multiple championship runs. One of the three mentioned above certainly will want one last shot at adding another championship to his resume. Tony Parker has been more than serviceable at the point guard position. He has been a six time All-Star and a 2007 NBA Finals MVP. The Washington Wizards could be a surprising team in the offseason vying for Parker's services.
The Wizards have arguably one of the best backcourts in the NBA in John Wall and Bradley Beal. Parker could come in and give the Wizards a more than capable back-up to give Wall a rest. The Wizards are also in a position where they could make noise again in the Eastern Conference playoffs with Boston losing Gordon Hayward (although they are playing very well without him) and Cleveland who seems to be slipping and could break up their core very soon. Next season would be the season to put it all together, and Tony Parker could be that final piece of the puzzle to get them to the promise land.
5 Rajon Rondo: New York Knicks
The next point guard on this list had all the talent in the world, but somehow just could not get along with his teammates anywhere. He was a critical piece on the Boston Celtics 2007-08 championship team, playing with All-Stars Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce. Rajon Rondo won in Boston, but that didn't come without difficulties. Rondo was traded to the Mavericks and did not fit into that system. Since then, he has also played for the Kings, Bulls, and now Pelicans. One team that Rondo could end up with is the New York Knicks.
The Knicks need tough basketball players to be able to play in their market. They have Kristaps Porzingis and not much else to work with. Rondo could fit in well in New York. It is a chance for him to revitalize his career, he has a pass first mentality which is great for a guy like Porzingis. The Knicks can probably get him for cheap, considering Rondo will just want to continue playing in the NBA, rather than go overseas.
4 Derrick Rose - Houston Rockets
Some players just get snake-bitten with injuries. But this point guard is proving he can still be effective, even if his explosiveness has taken a step back.
The Rockets traded for Chris Paul in the offseason. So far, we haven't gotten a fair assessment of whether him and James Harden can play together considering Paul got hurt early on in the season. Paul's contract is up after this year and could go elsewhere which we'll get into later. That could open up a spot for Rose to consider playing with Harden. Imagine Rose driving to the basket and kicking out to Harden for continuous open three pointers? Ideally the Rockets would be able to bring CP3 back, but they may have to consider Rose as a plan B.
3 Elfrid Payton: Phoenix Suns
The Magic have a rising star on their hands. Elfrid Payton is another point guard that has gone under the radar as far as value goes. He was a part of the NBA All-Rookie First team in 2015 and have given the Magic a nice complementary piece alongside Aaron Gordon. Payton's points per game have gone up every season and looks like somebody the Magic would want to keep long-term. But does that mean he will? Probably...unless the Phoenix Suns have something to say about it.
The Suns are a team in need of a player that will get them back into playoff contention. They had their days when Steve Nash was their guy, but he's long gone. Payton would be a good piece to start rebuilding their team around alongside Devin Booker. That duo would be tough to defend and would give the Suns front office ease about their back-court for the next five-ten years. If the Suns want to take a positive step forward, they will strongly consider making this move to acquire Payton.
2 Chris Paul - San Antonio Spurs
Chris Paul spent many years with the Los Angeles Clippers alongside Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and head coach Doc Rivers. They always seem poised to make a run in the Western Conference playoffs. But unfortunately, they just couldn't get past the second round. The Rockets saw his contract was up so they traded for him this offseason. With Paul now having a say in where he goes next, expect him to sign with the San Antonio Spurs.
This move seems like a match made in heaven on both sides. Chris Paul and the Spurs have been linked for years now. He would be playing under one of the best coaches in the game in Gregg Popovich, and he would be surrounded with talent like Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs have proven they can win under Popovich's system, and adding a high quality point guard talent in Chris Paul can only make them be more of a contender for years to come.
1 Isaiah Thomas - Orlando Magic
The last player on this list is probably the one that is going to garner a lot of attention this offseason. Isaiah Thomas is set to be a free agent, after Cleveland landed him in the Kyrie Irving trade. One team that can give him a huge payday is the Orlando Magic.
The Magic would love to be set up for years like they did during the days of Shaq, Penny Hardaway, Nick Anderson, Dennis Scott, and Horace Grant. This move would really put them in a solid position to get close to that. Thomas has proven he can be a prolific scorer and create/make his own shot in any given situation. The Magic need a reason to get the city of Orlando excited again and Isaiah Thomas is the big name free agent point guard this off-season that can bring that exact excitement needed. The Magic will give him the money, Isaiah plays his heart out for Orlando; everybody wins.
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