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Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward headline top 20 players set to be available in 2017 NBA free agency

Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward headline top 20 players set to be available in 2017 NBA free agency

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?

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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.


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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.

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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.


[RELATED: 2018 NBA Mock Draft - The Lottery Edition]


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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!