The NBA offseason is quickly approaching with many teams having high hopes. We all know the Golden State Warriors are absolutely dominant and will be the favorites every single season they remain together. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the class of the Eastern Conference with the conference basically being needed to be renamed after LeBron James. Both teams will have the ability to make minor moves but everyone else is hoping to catch up to them. For most NBA fans, the offseason has been the most important NBA time frame since the regular season was dominant by the obvious teams.
Free agency has become equally as popular as the playoffs. LeBron coming back to the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors and DeAndre Jordan screwing over the Dallas Mavericks dominated the summer sports stories the past few years. Many top names will be on the free agent market once again this year and every NBA fan base has pipe dreams. The cap space situation makes it tough for some teams but trades can make just about anything possible. Pipe dreams can become reality with the signings coming in July. We'll take a look at the best case scenarios of fifteen free agents with where we would most want to see them sign.
15 Derrick Rose: Cleveland Cavaliers
A disappointing season with the New York Knicks will send Derrick Rose to the free agent market in hopes of finding a new home. Rose is clearly nowhere near his former Superstar days as the MVP Award winner for the Chicago Bulls. Injuries to his knee ruined the potential of Rose to become a Superstar point guard for the rest of his career.
14 Andre Iguodala: New Orleans Pelicans
The Golden State Warriors’ dominance is not just a product of the big four of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Golden State has a great supporting cast of role players that add to the greatness. Andre Iguodala is the most important asset to the bench. The former NBA Finals MVP replaces a center in a smaller lineup to make the Warriors absolutely deadly.
13 Jeff Teague: Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks have been in need of an upgrade of talent on their roster for a few years now. Yogi Ferrell, J.J. Barea and Seth Curry all showed signs of success last season, but none of them are legitimate starting point guards yet. Point guards have become the most important position in the NBA. Dallas can’t risk going into another season without a good point guard situation.
12 JJ Redick: Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets are a long way away from truly contending with the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference. Houston’s biggest improvement over the past season is the dominant three-point shooting. Any team to have an outside shot of defeating the Warriors will need elite three-point shooting.
11 Otto Porter Jr.: Washington Wizards
John Wall has stated that the Washington Wizards needs to be contenders by the time he's a free agent in a few years to remain. One of the more talented young stars on the Wizards roster is hitting free agency this summer with Otto Porter Jr. Aside from Wall and Bradley Beal, Porter is the most important Washington star for the future.
10 Jrue Holiday: New York Knicks
One team that badly needs a new point guard is the New York Knicks. They traded for Derrick Rose last offseason as an act of desperation for the starting point guard spot. Jrue Holiday is hitting the free agent market this summer and could be making a move. The New Orleans Pelicans has been the home of Holiday for a few years now but he seems best suited for a change.
9 George Hill: Philadelphia 76ers
Another point guard entering free agency is George Hill. The shocking success of the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference shined thanks in part of Hill joining the team. Hill however doesn’t seem like a good long term fit in Utah. The best role and the ability to make the most money could actually be on the Philadelphia 76ers.
8 Danilo Gallinari: Chicago Bulls
The utter disappointment of the Chicago Bulls season with the trio of Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo was perplexing. Everyone expected better of the new look Bulls to contend in the Eastern Conference. Chicago’s biggest problem was their lackluster three-point shooting. Wade and Rondo’s backcourt was the worst starting combination shooting from deep.
7 Serge Ibaka: Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have many young assets and that will only improve with whoever they select with the second overall pick. One issue the Lakers lack after Kobe Bryant’s retirement is toughness. Los Angeles also lacks a strong frontcourt. Their best young assets are mostly guards. The signings so far in the frontcourt have been busts with Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov.
6 Paul Millsap: Portland Trail Blazers
Paul Millsap is the quietest four-time NBA All-Star. The Atlanta Hawks have gotten away with underpaying Millsap during all four consecutive seasons of his greatness. Atlanta’s lack of excitement is one of the main reasons Millsap doesn’t get the proper respect in the mainstream basketball world. It makes perfect sense for Millsap to leave the Hawks for a better situation with his free agent value this summer.
5 Kyle Lowry: Toronto Raptors
The rumor mill is already red hot regarding the future of Kyle Lowry. Following his role helping the Toronto Raptors find their biggest success in franchise history, Lowry enters free agency with the opportunity to get a fat contract. Some fans would like to see Lowry on the San Antonio Spurs, but Lowry just means too much to the Raptors franchise.
4 Gordon Hayward: Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics have one of the best situations in the NBA right now. Boston just finished with the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and has youth on their side as they hope to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers in coming years. The Celtics also have a massive asset with the first pick in the upcoming draft thanks to that trade with the Brooklyn Nets many years ago.
3 Blake Griffin: Oklahoma City Thunder
We all wanted to believe the Los Angeles Clippers would become contenders in the Western Conference Finals. The window has closed with disappointment after disappointment every single postseason. We would all be better off if their star players left for new opportunities. Blake Griffin has gone from one of the most important stars in the league to a forgettable Superstar in recent years.
2 Chris Paul: San Antonio Spurs
Another Los Angeles Clippers Superstar that has to make a change for the betterment of his career is Chris Paul. The fair assessment on a season by season basis would easily show he’s one of the greatest point guards of all time in the conversation to the likes of Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and John Stockton. Paul however gets punished for the postseason failure as he has yet to make the Conference Finals.
1 Stephen Curry: Charlotte Hornets
Let’s just face it. The NBA will be no fun over the next few years with the Golden State Warriors dominating the league. Golden State one year into their run with Kevin Durant on the roster is easily destroying every other team in their path. Things will only get worse as they develop even more chemistry with years of experience together.
We have one pipe dream to stop it. Stephen Curry will be entering free agency this summer and can finally cash in after signing to one of the cheapest contracts for a Superstar in today’s NBA. It's 99% likely Curry will stay in Golden State due to the dynasty aspect, the love of the fan base and the happiness of his family.
The only possible scenario that could save us is Curry wanting to go home to sign with the Charlotte Hornets. Maybe the Warriors try to underpay him due to valuing Durant more. Maybe Curry buys into the lure of working with Michael Jordan. Regardless, we have to hope Curry leaves to break up a dynasty like never seen before.
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