Who’s Available?: Top Unrestricted Free Agent Point Guards
The Portland Trail Blazers have four free agents on its current roster they will have make a decision on this summer; including Jusuf Nurkic (restricted), Pat Connaughton (restricted), Ed Davis (unrestricted), and Shabazz Napier (restricted). Portland already has $112 million on the books for 2018-19.
Yes, the Blazers will have some difficult decisions to make on its current roster makeup, but as a whole this summer’s free agency is chalk full of some fairly big name point guards.
And, who doesn’t enjoy looking at who will be on the market this summer?
Let’s take a quick peek at what the summer will entail for the NBA’s free agent point guard market.
Team: Houston Rockets
2017-18 Stats: 18.6 ppg, 7.9 apg, and 5.4 rpg
# of years in the league: 12
2017-18 Salary: $24,268,959
Career Earnings: $162,527,669
It seems likely Paul would re-sign with the Rockets, who earned their way to a #1 seed this season.
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
2017-18 Stats: 15.2 ppg and 4.8 apg
# of years in the league: 6
2017-18 Salary: $6,261,394
Career Earnings: $23,914,451
It was made apparent in Cleveland early in the season, that IT wants to be a key piece and not be a bench player, but if he can get past that and be comfortable with a backup role, would you like to see him in Portland? His salary, most likely, would be difficult for the Blazers to take on but it's fun to play the "what-if" game.
Team: New Orleans Pelicans
2017-18 stats: 8.3 ppg, 8.2 apg, and 4.0
# of years in the league: 11
Career Earnings: $84,282,884
A good majority of Blazer fans are still thinking about “Playoff Rondo” after he led the Pelicans to a sweep over the Blazers. Rondo averaged 11.3 points, 13.3 assists and 7.5 rebounds per night in the first round series… Yes, it would be surprising to see Rondo test the market and not re-sign with New Orleans, but if the price is right you could see Rondo move on although Portland would be an unlikely destination.
Team: Indiana Pacers
2017-18 stats: 7.9 ppg and 3.2 apg
# of years in the league: 6
Career Earnings: $16,325,425
Financially, Joseph could make sense for Portland as a backup PG. Many around the league feel that Shabazz Napier will demand too much money for the Blazers to bring him back next season. So is Joseph a better salary decision? He could bring some defense off the bench too.
Team: San Antonio Spurs
2017-18 stats: 7.7 ppg and 3.5 apg
# of years in the league: 16
Career Earnings: $160,843,436
The bigger question surrounding Tony Parker is—when will he retire? ESPN reported last week that Parker is looking to continue playing next season even after battling a quad injury and playing in just 55 games this past season. There’s not many or anybody out there that ever would think that Parker won’t be staying put and retiring in a Spurs uniform.