NBA free agency is an exciting time in the basketball world, as franchises battle to add valuable pieces from the market onto their team, possibly turning an average NBA team into a championship contender with one good free agent signing. Free agency last summer was interesting to say the least, headlined with former Oklahoma City Thunder's franchise player Kevin Durant, heading to the already incredible Golden State Warriors forming easily the most talented NBA team of all-time. While nothing that surprising will probably happen this summer, there are some high profile players that could definitely change the look of the league as franchises have their checkbooks ready to sign some of the league's best players to their teams.
In this article, we will be looking at the top 20 NBA free agents, and where they might sign for the 2017-18 season. Obviously these are just predictions for where these players will sign, but there is some research and logic going into these picks, and if you see your team's name there is reason to believe it may happen.
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Here are the top 20 upcoming NBA free agents and where they might sign.
20 Derrick Rose - Milwaukee Bucks
Derrick Rose's season with the Knicks this year has been anything but good, as the team is struggling and a rebuild could be coming sooner or later, as the Knicks certainly are not on the rise. Speaking of teams on the rise, the Milwaukee Bucks are a solid basketball team in this league, and are in need of a veteran point-guard to make them more dangerous against contending teams. Rose still has some solid years left in this league, but a lot of teams may be tentative to sign him this offseason as he hasn't had a lot of success over the last few years.
19 Nerlens Noel - Los Angeles Clippers
18 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Detroit Pistons
17 Andre Iguodala - Golden State Warriors
There's no way Andre Iguodala signs with anyone other than the Warriors this summer. While he may not have as big of a role that he did a few years ago with Golden State, the man won the Finals MVP two seasons ago due to his excellent defense against LeBron James, so Andre isn't just along for the ride when it comes to his team's success. The Warriors have already lost enough role players with the acquisition of Kevin Durant, and the team will be hell-bent on signing Iguodala this free-agency as he is a great defender and can shoot the ball nicely from downtown.
16 Greg Monroe - Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets have been a playoff team for the past few seasons, however they are missing an offensively skilled big man to take them to the next level, and that's where Monroe could come in. Monroe hasn't really thrived in Milwaukee like some people thought he would, and his stock have taken a hit since being a star big man in Detroit to a role player for Milwaukee. However he has some star qualities that could really come into play if he signs with a different team this summer.
15 Pau Gasol - San Antonio Spurs
14 George Hill - Utah Jazz
13 Jeff Teague - Indiana Pacers
Jeff Teague is one of the better guards in the NBA, as he is solid on both ends of the court and can fill the stat sheet. Teague is currently playing for the Indiana Pacers in his first year with the team, and even though the Pacers are struggling, Teague is still getting his when it comes to stats. Larry Bird, the Pacers president, said "We like Teague. We like Teague very much. Re-signing him this offseason is one of our biggest goals."
12 Danilo Gallinari - Los Angeles Clippers
11 Serge Ibaka - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka was traded this summer from the Thunder to the Magic, which had fans scratching their head a bit as he wasn't a good fit for the rebuilding Orlando squad. He has recently been traded to the Raptors however, which seems like a much better home for the forward, as the Raptors are a championship contending team Ibaka could thrive with. He will be a free agent this summer, but I don't see him signing with any other team, considering the Raptors are a great fit as they will be relying on him heavily as they are short at the power-forward position.
10 Otto Porter Jr. - Washington Wizards
9 Dwyane Wade - Cleveland Cavaliers
Dwyane Wade can't be happy with his current situation in Chicago. The team is trading to get younger as they continue to lose games, and it looks as though he won't be returning to his hometown of Chicago next season. Wade is getting old, and will be joining a championship contending team this offseason. Wade has expressed interest in joining good friend LeBron James's Cavaliers next season, which would be very interesting to see.
8 Jrue Holiday - New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday is one of the more talented players in the league when healthy, however staying on the court has been a problem with him throughout his career. Holiday is now paired up with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, which is probably a point-guard's dream so I can't think that Holiday would want to jump ship now. The Pelicans will be ready to sign Holiday with a lot of money ready to go when free-agency rolls around, making Holiday signing somewhere else a hard thing too do.
7 Paul Millsap - Houston Rockets
6 Kyle Lowry - Philadelphia 76ers
5 Gordon Hayward - Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward was an NBA all-star this season, as he is a tall, athletic, dynamic scorer that all franchises in this league would love to have play for their team. The Jazz are the lucky ones to be able to call Hayward their own, however this could be the last season we see Hayward in their uniform. Hayward is in the prime of his career, and will be looking to play for a championship contender as soon as possible. The Jazz are one of the better teams in basketball, but seem to still be a few years away from really contending.
4 Chris Paul - Los Angeles Clippers
3 Blake Griffin - Oklahoma City Thunder
2 Kevin Durant - Golden State Warriors
I really couldn't see Kevin Durant signing with any other team than the Warriors at least for this upcoming offseason. Durant even stated he didn't want to play for the Warriors for just a year. If the Warriors can't win the championship this year, I couldn't imagine Durant would just jump ship to another championship contending team. The Warriors are a nice fit for Durant and his excellent game, as he is getting opens looks all game, easily having his most effective season statistical wise.
1 Stephen Curry - Charlotte Hornets
Stephen Curry is one of the greatest NBA players of all-time. His shooting skill is completely unmatched in today's game, as he can put the ball in the basket from seemingly anywhere on the court. He has played on the Golden State Warriors his entire career, and the success he has had with the franchise is really something special. However with the acquisition of Kevin Durant, the Warriors have become one of the best teams to ever be assembled, on paper. Curry's stats have dipped this season, which is reasonable considering all the talent on his team.
This offseason, I wouldn't be completely surprised if Curry re-signs with his current team the Warriors, however Charlotte is his hometown, and the Hornets will definitely make a push in trying to sign the star point-guard. The Hornets would instantly become contenders, as the Hornets could keep him and Kemba Walker in the backcourt or trade Walker for a nice big. The Hornets would be a nice landing spot for Curry.
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