Who’s Available?: Top Unrestricted Free Agent Shooting Guards
Free Agent Shooting 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 well-known shooting 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 shooting guard market.
Be sure to check out our Point Guards section from yesterday!
Team: Los Angeles Clippers
2017-18 Stats: 14.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, and 2.0 apg
# of years in the league: 7
2017-18 Salary: $8,808,989
Career Earnings: $30,275,883
Avery Bradley landed in Los Angeles as part of the blockbuster deal that sent Blake Griffin to Detroit. However, Bradley didn’t make much of in impact with the Clippers. He played just six games before having surgery to repair his adductor and rectus abdominis muscles, missing the rest of the season. His ability to play well on both sides of the ball will make him a target on the open market, but he may not be in line for the same pay increase he would have been had he not been injured.
Team: Sacramento Kings
2017-18 Stats: 5.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, and 1.2 apg
# of years in the league: 19
2017-18 Salary: $8,000,000
Career Earnings: $173, 927, 444
Half a century, still amazing. Ok, he’s not that old yet but the man known as Vincanity will turn 42 next season. While that is ancient by basketball standards, Carter has stated his desire to play one more year. Carter still has fuel in the tank, and springs in the legs. It will be interesting to see where he decides to play his swan song. Is a reunion with his original team, the Toronto Raptors, in the cards?
Team: Denver Nuggets
2017-18 Stats: 15.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and 4.1 apg
# of years in the league: 5
2017-18 Salary: $3,533,333
Career Earnings: $9,120,781
Who’s ready to break the bank? Will Barton had the best year of his career in 2017-’18 and a well-deserved pay increase is in order. At $3.53 million last year, Barton was a steal. Look for him to make four or five times that number, if not more, in 2018-’19. Is there any way Portland could clear to cap space to bring The People’s Champ back to Rip City?
Team: Memphis Grizzlies
2017-18 Stats: 19.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, and 5.2 apg
# of years in the league: 8
2017-18 Salary: $3,290,000
Career Earnings: $59,846, 251
Tyreke Evans missed the final 10 games of the season with the Memphis Grizzlies due to personal reasons, all but ending his tenure in Grind City. Evans had a monster year for the Grizzlies, and with his ability to play point guard, shooting guard, and small forward, he may just be the most versatile player on the market not named LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Evans is going to cash in big, there is no doubt about that.
Team: Philadelphia 76ers
2017-18 Stats: 17.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, and 3.0 apg
# of years in the league: 11
2017-18 Salary: $23,000,000
Career Earnings: $56,158,008
J.J Redick trusted the process in Philly and ended up having one of the best years of his career. At 33-years-old he may not be in line for another $23 millions payday, but he will most certainly be a hot commodity on the open market. His veteran leadership, along with his 3-point prowess could make him a target for any contender - but is he willing to leave Philly?