NBA free agency technically does not begin until July 6 when teams can sign players, but on July 1 the league will commence a five-day moratorium when contracts can be negotiated. Some of those players will be restricted free agents if their teams make qualifying offers by the June 30 deadline. In those cases, offers can be matched to retain a player's rights.
Here is our ranking of the top 20 players set to hit free agency. The list does not include Kevin Durant or Stephen Curry, both of whom are certain to re-sign with the Warriors.
1. Blake Griffin, PF, Clippers
Like Chris Paul, Griffin could be on his way out of Los Angeles. At 28, a long-term deal could take him through the rest of his prime.
2. Gordon Hayward, SF, Jazz
The Celtics and Heat have already been linked to Hayward in rumors. He's the best swingman available this summer.
3. Kyle Lowry, PG, Raptors
Lowry has already been linked to the Rockets. He's a legitimate All-Star who could help a lot of teams.
4. Paul Millsap, PF, Hawks
It will be interesting to see what type of deal Millsap gets at age 32. He's a very good player, but for how long?
5. Serge Ibaka, C, Raptors
The best rim protector in this class, Ibaka should have plenty of interest.
6. Otto Porter, SF, Wizards (RFA)
It's unlikely the Wizards let Porter walk, though he should have some real suitors in restricted free agency.
7. Jrue Holiday, PG, Pelicans
The Pelicans are expected to do what they can to retain Holiday, who is still only 27. What if they can get Lowry, though?
8. Danilo Gallinari, SF, Nuggets
Gallinari averaged 18.2 points per game last season, but he's never been very efficient.
9. Nerlens Noel, PF, Mavs (RFA)
The Mavericks are intent on keeping Noel, who at 23 has as much potential to get better as anyone on this list.
10. George Hill, PG, Jazz
Hill had his best season in 2016-17, but is 31 and it's a deep class of point guards.
11. Pau Gasol, C, Spurs
Gasol, who turns 37 in July, is likely to return to San Antonio.
12. Jeff Teague, PG, Pacers
Once an All-Star, Teague could be a nice bargain compared to Lowry and the top point guards available.
13. Andre Iguodala, SF, Warriors
There have been conflicting reports on whether Iguodala will leave Golden State. At 33, this could be his last multi-year deal.
14. J.J. Redick, SG, Clippers
There should be a good deal of interest for Redick who can still start at age 33.
15. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Pistons (RFA)
If the Pistons let KCP go, he could offer a nice option for a team looking for a guard with upside. He does have some off-court concerns, though.
16. Mason Plumlee, C, Nuggets (RFA)
Perhaps Denver will want to bring Plumlee back just to save face on the Jusuf Nurkic trade.
17. Rudy Gay, SF, Kings
He turns 31 in August and ruptured his Achilles in January. Gay would probably be best served with a one-year deal to reset for next summer.
18. Derrick Rose, PG, Knicks
It will be interesting to see how much money Rose, who turns 29 in October and has dealt with all sorts of injuries, will get.
19. Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, Hawks (RFA)
Hardaway had a breakout season for the Hawks and is just 25. It's hard to see Atlanta letting him go.
20. Patty Mills, PG, Spurs
Long one of the NBA's best backup point guards, Mills should get paid nicely this summer and may finally get his chance to shine as a starter.
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