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10 best free agents remaining in NBA Playoffs

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The NBA Playoffs are continuing inside the Orlando bubble, as the league moves towards crowning a champion at long last after its months-long break due to the coronavirus. Soon after this season ends, 2020 NBA free agency is expected to take place this fall.

Here are 10 players on teams still remaining in the postseason who could hit the open market...

Anthony Davis, C, Lakers

Not much has been reported involving Davis' impending free agency, perhaps because most expect him to re-sign with the Lakers now that he has finally found himself on a winning team. Davis has a player option, and it would make a lot of sense if opted out for an extension to stay. If he for some reason did leave, however, his decision would instantly become a major sweepstakes. Davis is only 27 and well on his way to the Hall of Fame.

Gordon Hayward, F, Celtics

Like Davis, Hayward also has a player option and many expect him to stay with his current team. Hayward would have to turn down his $34.2 million salary for next season and then try to find a new deal in a free agent market that could have less money to go around thanks to the league's lost revenue this year. Hayward is probably best off taking those checks and then going into free agency the following offseason at the age of 31, hoping for one more long-term contract.

Fred VanVleet, G, Raptors

VanVleet has raised his game significantly each year he has been in the league, this year polishing off his free agent resume with 17.6 points and 6.6 assists per game with a 39.0 three-point percentage (6.9 3PA/g). He is going to be paid handsomely as a starting point guard, likely doubling his 2019-20 salary of $9 million. VanVleet can shoot, run an offense and defend. The question is can the Raptors afford keeping him with Kyle Lowry set to make $30 million next season in the final year of his contract.

 

Danilo Gallinari, F, Thunder

Free agency getting pushed back will not do Gallinari any favors, as he turned 32 in August. But he should have plenty of suitors thanks to his three-point shooting, which has been consistently good throughout his career but especially in the last two seasons. This year, he knocked down 40.5 percent on 7.1 attempts per game, numbers that put him in the upper echelon of shooters at his size. As we're seeing this year, Gallinari can be a third or fourth scoring option on a very good team.

Montrezl Harrell, F, Clippers

Paul George may have taken all the heat in the Clippers' first round series against the Mavs, but them advancing was also a relief for Harrell, who did not have his best showing in part thanks to a calf injury. Harrell, though, will have more time to continue making his case for free agency after a breakout season in which he averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. He is only 26 and should command a nice long-term deal on the open market.

Paul Millsap, F, Nuggets

Millsap isn't the All-Star he was in Atlanta, and he turns 36 in February, but he can still help a team. The longtime veteran averaged 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds this season while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from three. A young team on the cusp would be smart to bring in Millsap as a glue guy, just like the Nuggets did in 2017. Maybe going back to the Hawks would make sense.

Goran Dragic, G, Heat

Like Millsap, Dragic is in his mid-30s (34) and likely to see a big drop-off in the salary he's making this season ($19.2 million), but he can also still be an important player on a good team. In exactly what role that is, we'll see. Dragic is still productive, having averaged 16.2 points and 5.1 assists per game this season. But he has had some durability issues and lots of teams either have young point guards, or could find them in this year's draft class.

Marcus Morris, F, Clippers

Morris' foray into free agency last summer was quite the adventure and it led to him changing agents. Now he will give it another go after splitting time this season between the Knicks and Clippers. Morris' numbers have dropped off with L.A., and is best-known at the moment for playing dirty, but he has otherwise put in a strong year with averages of 16.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. At 31 years old, it will be interesting to see if he can get a multi-year contract after having to settle for a one-year deal last summer.

 

Jerami Grant, F, Nuggets

One of the most underrated players in this class, and in the game for that matter, Grant will get plenty of interest thanks to his defensive versatility and emerging offensive game. He can guard just about every position, force turnovers, play above the rim and knock down threes. Grant is known for his defense, but over the past two seasons has averaged 12.9 points while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three. With that skillset, he's the type of player that could fit with any team.