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The NBA Playoff Winners

Even if they’re not in the NBA Finals, there are plenty of postseason winners worth celebrating, writes Benny Nadeau.

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As the NBA playoff picture slowly eases itself into the final round, there are far more winners than just the Golden State Warriors and the (presumed) Cleveland Cavaliers. Seasons are typically measured in wins and losses, especially so in the postseason, but that often isn’t the only criteria worth considering.

From redemption stories to a taste of impending free agency, these are the players, coaches and teams that will leave the postseason as a winner, even if they don’t lift the Larry O’Brien trophy in June.

The Celtics

Outside of their gritty Game 3 triumph, the Boston Celtics have been effectively waxed by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers in the conference finals. Even so, this is a young basketball team that is outperforming their skill set thanks to the heroics of Isaiah Thomas and the wise-beyond-his-years coaching of Brad Stevens. Sure, Thomas has finally tapped out after one of the most grueling postseason journeys of all-time and the Celtics now understand that they can’t take down James as currently constructed, but still, there’s much to like moving forward.

In case you’re just tuning in (or feigned ignorance as a Nets fan), the Celtics took home the No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft last week. Popular sentiment — including all four of our writers here at Basketball Insiders — predicts that Boston will select Markelle Fultz, a budding franchise player. With another unprotected Nets pick coming their way in 2018, general manager Danny Ainge can approach the draft and free agency with a clear head.

Can the team win with Thomas at the helm? Is Gordon Hayward the missing piece? Could moving the No. 1 for Jimmy Butler be the answer? Or should the Celtics opt for a strong core in a 2020 landscape that could be post-LeBron? Whichever way Ainge leans, he’s got the tools and assets to build this franchise exactly how he pleases. Between reaching the conference finals and receiving the first pick within a day of each other, there’s just simply no situation better than the Celtics’ as of right now.

Restricted Free Agents

Across the board, this summer’s crop of restricted free agents are about to earn the most lucrative contracts of their careers. In San Antonio, the Spurs may have a hard time holding onto to Jonathon Simmons, the man that excelled in Kawhi Leonard’s absence. Of course, Simmons, who once paid 150 dollars to try out for the D-League, wouldn’t be faulted for cashing in with the highest bidder. Between providing some much-needed energy off the bench to replacing Leonard in the rotation outright, Simmons soared in the postseason, tallying solid efforts of 17, 18 and 22 points. While the Spurs will no doubt look to retain Simmons, their current cap situation may ultimately price them out of the conversation.

Elsewhere, the Washington Wizards’ Otto Porter will have plenty of suitors this summer as well. While the Brooklyn Nets’ front office has made it clear that they won’t cap themselves out in order to become a 30-win franchise, Porter certainly fits their developing movement: hard-nosed defense and three-point shooting. If the Nets don’t dip their toes in the near-to-max contract pool, the Philadelphia 76ers have recently popped up as a potential destination for Porter. The forward’s big step couldn’t have come at a better time, and now the only question left is whether or not the Wizards will match whatever albatross offer sheet he signs.

Of course, who could forget about the unparalleled heroics from the Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk? The Canadian’s 26-point outburst in Game 7 of the conference semifinals definitely increased his impending price tag. As the NBA continues to shift toward a league where most bigs can stretch the floor and hit three-pointers, Olynyk now stands as a healthy gamble in free agency. Given Ainge’s laundry list of upcoming decisions, he probably didn’t anticipate mulling over whatever large offer sheet Olynyk receives.

Additionally, Joe Ingles, the Utah Jazz’s tough perimeter standout, should be in line for a major payday on the open market. The Jazz will no doubt be focused on retaining George Hill and the aforementioned Hayward, but they’ll have a difficult choice to make on Ingles too. As our Ben Dowsett wrote last month, Ingles was quietly Utah’s biggest surprise of the season — but can they afford to keep everybody? When Ingles wasn’t destroying the typically steady playoff basketball of J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford, he took blows defending Chris Paul. Even if his sky-high mark of 44 percent from three-point range in 2016-17 dips closer to his career average of 39.9 percent next year, Ingles will be worth his weight in gold come July.

And, finally, there’s Andre Roberson, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s swiss-army knife. Although Roberson earned plenty of criticism for his poor free throw shooting against the Rockets, his status as one of the NBA’s best perimeter defenders will likely supersede those concerns. This postseason, Roberson often frustrated James Harden into difficult shooting nights and scored in double-digits in four of the Thunder’s five games. A franchise could easily talk themselves into Roberson, a potential All-NBA first team defender, and develop his shortcomings along the way.

Rajon Rondo

Somehow, someway, Rajon Rondo performs just well enough to guarantee himself his next contract. Two years ago, it was his play in Sacramento that lured the Chicago Bulls in as they looked for a floor general to facilitate their all-veteran lineup. But as the Bulls struggled, the relationship with Rondo soured midway through the season. Given their disappointing record and the infamous social media shade he threw at Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, the Rondo in Chicago experiment was chalked up as a failure.

However, with Bulls surging toward the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff berth, they had nobody to turn to but Rondo. In a perfect storm, Rondo reclaimed his throne as the Bulls’ starting point guard and then throttled his former team not once, but twice on the road in the first round. Rondo’s impressive line of 11 points, nine rebounds, 14 assists and five steals in Game 2 had Bulls up 2-0 in Boston — halfway to a feat that would have ruined the Celtics’ immaculate season.

Unfortunately, Rondo broke his thumb and the Celtics promptly won four straight games to move on, but that will hardly concern the four-time All-Star. For years, Rondo’s off-court actions have kept him from landing another multi-year contract. As of now, it seems unlikely that Rondo will remain with the Bulls, which would send the point guard searching for his fifth team in four years.

But after striking fear into the hearts of Celtics fans everywhere, Rondo has done enough to earn himself another hefty one-year deal — maybe this time, he’ll head to a more postseason-ready franchise.

Avery Bradley

When the Celtics drafted Avery Bradley back in 2010, they believed he was the perfect backcourt partner for Rondo. Together, the pair would lock down any opposing set of guards while the latter would set the table for the former offensively. And, for a while, that’s exactly what happened: Rondo chugged along as the team’s pass-first point guard and Bradley earned an NBA All-Defensive second team berth in 2013. While Bradley made for an exceptionally talented professional, it was tough to foresee him playing the role of secondary scorer for any legitimate contender.

Now more than a month into the playoffs, Bradley has been one of the Celtics’ most consistent players on their bumpy road to the conference finals. Bradley certainly won’t explode for 40 points like Thomas, but the hard-working guard has left his mark on a number of playoff-altering moments.

In Game 7 against Washington, Bradley helped to shut down John Wall, forcing him into one of his worst shooting nights of the postseason at 8-for-23. Then, after getting walloped twice at home by the Cavaliers and officially losing Thomas for the remainder of the playoffs, it was Bradley that fueled the Celtics to their massive Game 3 win. Bradley scored 20 points, including the game-winning three-pointer, to rescue the Celtics without their All-Star guard on the floor.

Bradley will never reach the superstar echelon, but he’s more than earned his stripes with the Celtics. As a lockdown defender and a reliable option for 15 points or so per game, Bradley has carved out quite the niche — now, the rest the country has taken notice.

Mike Brown

It’s been a long and winding road to this point for Mike Brown, but that has made the newfound success all that much sweeter. Despite five straight seasons with a record above 50 percent for the Cavaliers, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2007 and a Coach of the Year victory in 2009, Brown was fired in 2010. After short stints with the Los Angeles Lakers and (again) with the Cavaliers, Brown eventually landed in Golden State as the Luke Walton replacement.

Brown hasn’t lost a game since he started filling in for the ailing Steve Kerr during the first round pummeling of the Portland Trail Blazers. For Brown, he’s taken the opportunity in stride — never overreaching on a team that is clearly self-sustaining but more than happy to play his part in the proceedings.

The Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps accurately described the Warriors’ search for a new assistant coach in a column earlier this month, and, as Golden State found out, Brown was the perfect fit:

“The Golden State Warriors knew there was a possibility Steve Kerr could be sidelined again this season. . . Eventually, the Warriors found their man: Mike Brown, the former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers (twice) and the Lakers; a guy who has won 347 games, two coach of the year awards, led a team to the NBA Finals and worked with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

“In other words, he checked every box. And if Kerr ever needed to be away from the team, everyone involved knew the squad would be left in safe — and experienced — hands.”

Now just four wins away from an NBA championship, Brown could easily channel this success into another head coaching opportunity down the road. For now, however, Brown is Kerr’s right-hand man, currently thriving once again on the game’s biggest stage.

If another team comes calling this summer, Brown will surely listen. But if he stays, Brown will have an indefinite front row seat to Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the best on-court product in the league. Anyway you slice it, that makes Brown the major winner in these NBA playoffs.

Ben Nadeau is a Boston-based writer in his second year with Basketball Insiders. For five seasons, he covered the Brooklyn Nets for The Brooklyn Game.

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NBA Daily: Second-Round Draft Steals to Watch

Several possible second round picks have a chance to make an impact at the NBA level, writes David Yapkowitz.

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The NBA Draft is upon us this week. The hopes and dreams of many basketball players will become reality. Each year there are players who are drafted in the second round who end up outperforming their draft selection spot.

A premium has been placed on draft picks in recent years. Even second round picks have become extremely valuable. For a team like the Golden State Warriors whose payroll might limit their ability to sign quality rotation players (veterans taking discounts to win a ring notwithstanding), smart drafting has seen them scoop up steals like Patrick McCaw and Jordan Bell. Both those players have emerged as key rotation guys on a championship team, and both were taken in the second round.

The second round is an opportunity to pick up overlooked young talent on cheap contracts. Sure, it’s rare to get a Manu Ginobili or an Isaiah Thomas or a Draymond Green that goes on to become an All-Star caliber player, but plenty of quality contributors can be found.

Here’s a look at a few guys who have a great chance at becoming second round steals.

1. Allonzo Trier – Arizona

Outside of DeAndre Ayton, there may not have been a more valuable player to the Arizona Wildcats last season than Allonzo Trier. He was the Wildcats second-leading scorer at 18.1 points per game. There have been questions about his supposed selfish style of play, but he’s been a solidly efficient player his three years at Arizona.

This past season as a junior, he shot 50 percent from the field and 38 percent from the three-point line. Over his three years in college, he was a 47.5 percent shooter from the field and a 37.8 percent shooter from the three-point line. He’s also an 82.3 percent shooter from the line. And he did dish out 3.2 assists this past season.

Trier is a scorer, plain and simple, an efficient one at that. Despite this, his name has failed to appear on many mock drafts. The few that actually project the second round as well have him being drafted near the end. At 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Trier has great size for a shooting guard in the NBA. A sixth man type scorer is probably his best projection at the next level.

2. Brandon McCoy – UNLV

The Runnin’ Rebels didn’t quite have such a noteworthy year, which might explain a little about why Brandon McCoy is flying under the radar. UNLV posted a 20-13 record and failed to make the NCAA Tournament. Despite that, McCoy managed to emerge as their biggest bright spot.

In his lone college season, he led UNLV in scoring with 16.9 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting from the field. He also pulled down 10.8 rebounds per game and was their leading shot blocker at 1.8 blocks per game. For a big man, he shot a semi-decent 72.5 percent from the free-throw line.

He has good size, he’s a legit seven-footer. He moves well on the floor and with some work, can be a very good defensive player. Part of what might be causing him to get overlooked is he doesn’t have much in terms of a mid-range game, a necessity for big men in today’s NBA game. But that can be worked on. At any rate, he can be a high energy big off the bench, good to come in and block some shots, grabs some boards and clean up around the rim. Every team could use a guy like that.

3. Devonte Graham – Kansas

One year ago, Devonte Graham’s Jayhawk teammate Frank Mason III was also being overlooked in the draft. Like Graham, the major issue working against him was his status as a four-year college player. Mason went on to be one of the bright spots for the Sacramento Kings, establishing himself as a legit NBA point guard.

This summer, Graham is looking to do the same. Mason was also a bit on the shorter side, coming in at 5-foot-11. Graham has little more size than that at 6-foot-2. He was the Jayhawks best player for most of the year, putting up 17.3 points per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the three-point line. He also dished out 7.2 assists per game.

Most mock drafts have consistently had Graham being drafted early to middle second round. Being a college senior, he has leadership abilities. He’d be perfect for any team looking for a solid point guard off the bench.

4. Chimezie Metu – USC

For much of the mock draft season, Chimezie Metu’s name appeared as a first round selection. But in recent weeks, as other names began to climb up the draft ladder, Metu it appears has fallen back into the second-round. It’s interesting though, as his skill set for a big man appears to project well in today’s NBA game.

He was the Trojans’ best player as a junior this past season. He put up 15.7 points per game on 52.3 percent shooting from the field. He pulled down 7.4 rebounds while averaging 1.7 blocked shots. Although the percentages may not reflect that, he has an improving jump shot. He’s quick and mobile defensively.

He’s got all the tools be able to guard the post as well as switch out and guard other positions if need be. With a little more work, he can be a good jump shooter. With the evolution of today’s game, Metu has the perfect build and talent to find success as a modern NBA big man.

5. Tony Carr – Penn State

Tony Carr has been a consistent second round pick in most mock drafts. There has been the occasional one here or there that had him being drafted at the end of the first-round, but the second round is most likely where he’ll hear his name called.

Carr was the best player for a Nittany Lions team that ended up winning the NIT. This past season as a sophomore, he put up 19.6 points per game and shot 43.3 percent from the three-point line. He was able to pull down 4.9 rebounds per game and he dished out 5.0 assists.

He can play both guard positions and create for himself or his teammates. There have been question marks about his athleticism and ability to defend at the NBA level, but all a team needs for him to do is come in off the bench, run the offense a bit and get a few buckets. He’s definitely capable of doing that.

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NBA Daily: Kawhi Leonard Would Look Good In a Knicks Uniform… In 2019

The Knicks need to take a page out of the Sixers’ book… and trust the process.

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The NBA world nearly stopped last week when reports circulated that Kawhi Leonard wanted out from San Antonio.

All of a sudden, within a few days, both he and Kyrie Irving were both reportedly open-minded about taking their talents to New York.

And while either (or both) of the two would look great as Knicks uniforms, they’d look much better in orange and blue in 2019.

After all, only a fool does the same thing over and over and expects different results.

Seven years ago, the Knicks the made mistake of trading their farm for a superstar caliber small forward. His name is Carmelo Anthony, and we all know how that story ended.

If you want to make the argument that Leonard is a better player than Anthony was at 27 years old, that’s your right, but one thing that not even Max Kellerman could argue is that smart teams simply don’t trade assets for players they could ultimately end up getting for free. That’s exactly why Paul George spent last season flanking Russell Westbrook instead of arguing with LaVar Ball.

So if Leonard or Irving wants to eventually take up residence in New York City, they can prove it… Next year.

If there’s one thing the Knicks historically imprudent front office should have learned from Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, it’s that.

This summer, after hiring David Fizdale, Scott Perry will have another opportunity to prove that the job at Penn Plaza isn’t too big for him, so it’ll be interesting to see whether he even publicly entertains the idea of attempting to make a splash this summer or whether he continues to hold steadfast to the belief that there are not shortcuts on the route to contention.

The right play for the Knicks is to follow the route that the Lakers took as it relates to Paul George—refrain from dealing valuable assets for players that you could sign for free. Danny Ainge hit home runs with Gordon Hayward and Al Horford and by essentially adding each of them to an existing core of young talent—and more importantly, refraining from acquiring either via trade—the Celtics now have an embarrassment of riches.

The Knicks don’t have those kinds of problems, and as it stands, have little aside from Kristaps Porzinigis going for them. With the Latvian unicorn expected to miss the majority of next season, they’ll probably have a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. That could be paired nicely with Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and the ninth overall pick that they’ll have in the 2018 draft.

In other words, one year from now, the Knicks could have four of their own lottery picks under contract—Porzingis, Ntilikina, and whichever players they will have selected in 2018 and 2019. Between now and then, the team would be best served scouring the G-League and overseas markets to find cheap help that can contribute at the NBA level. Let the young guys play, let them develop and then carry them into the summer of 2019 with a clear plan in place.

That type of prudent management will not only help the Knicks in the long run, it will go a long way toward convincing soon-to-be free agents and player agents that Perry and his staff actually know what they’re doing.

If they play things right, and if the team managed to unload either Courtney Lee or Joakim Noah, they could open up the very real possibility of landing both Leonard and Irving, but instead of trading the farm for them, they’d have a realistic shot at signing them. They’d be adding them to the core instead of sacrificing it for them. Imagine that.

From where most people sit, Irving seems to have an ideal situation in Boston, and his entertaining the idea of taking his talents elsewhere seems curious, at best… But so did the choice of leaving LeBron James.

Irving has been consistently rumored as having real interest in playing in New York when he’s able to test the market next July, and depending on who you ask, there does seem to be a genuine level of concern in Boston that he could opt to take his talents elsewhere.

Growing up in the shadows of Madison Square Garden, the young guard knows better than most what winning in New York City would do for his legacy. At the end of the day, would one championship in New York make Irving a legendary figure among the likes of Kobe Bryant or LeBron James? Probably not. But one thing we can call agree on is that winning in a single championship in New York would do much more for Irving than winning a single championship in Cleveland or even a single title in Boston.

As it stands, fair or not, history will always look at Irving as the “other” player on James’ championship Cavaliers team, even though he was the one who made the biggest shot of James’ career.

And with the success of the Celtics this past season, truth be told, Irving helping lead the Celtics to a championship with the team’s current core in place wouldn’t necessarily cement his legacy in the way it would have had we not seen Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown show signs of being franchise-caliber players.

Because Irving is a shoot-first guard, he’ll continue to unfairly carry the reputation of being someone who doesn’t make his teammates better. He’s no Steve Nash, but he is truly special. Just don’t tell the national media that.

Because of the circumstances, he’s now in a bit of a catch-22. He’ll get less of the credit than he’ll deserve if the Celtics manage to win an NBA title and more of the blame than he’ll deserve if they fail to.

Still, even if Irving and/or Leonard end up elsewhere, the summer of 2019 will feature other free agents including Kemba Walker—the only “true” All-Star caliber New Yorker in the NBA—and Long Island product Tobias Harris. Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Kevin Love and Nikola Vucevic, too.

Going from Leonard and Irving to Walker and Butler might seem like a sad story of riches to rags, but one could very easily make the argument that adding two high-quality All-Star caliber starters to a core featuring Porzingis, Ntilikina and two lottery picks would do more to make the Knicks contenders than unloading the cupboard in an attempt to bring one in.

If that sounds like exactly what the Celtics did, that’s because it is. The Lakers, too. There’s a reason why they’re the most winningest franchises in NBA history, it would seem.

One thing we know for sure in the NBA: there will always be marquee free agents. The Knicks just need to do a better job of being able to attract them.

So this summer, if Perry wants to continue to earn favor with Knicks fans with even half a brain, the best thing to do might actually be to do nothing.

In other words, if the Knicks have truly learned anything from the futility of their recent past, it’s that they should try to be more like Magic Johnson and Danny Ainge. 

So if word eventually gets to Perry that Leonard’s interest in the team is real, and if Irving decides that he wants to take up residence in his backyard to try to succeed where Patrick Ewing, Stephon Marbury and Patrick Ewing fell short, Perry’s response should be simple.

“Prove it.”

Either would look great in a Knicks uniform, but they’d look much better in a Knicks uniform in 2019.

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Ranking the Free Agents – Power Forwards

Basketball Insiders continues to evaluate the top free agents at each position. David Yapkowitz breaks down the power forwards.

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This week at Basketball Insiders, we’re taking a look at the top free agents set to the open market in just a few weeks. We’ve already covered the point guards, shooting guards, and small forwards. Now we check in with the power forwards.

There may only be a few power forwards who can probably expect a max or near max deal this summer, but there are quite a few guys that, for the right price, can end up being difference makers on a team next season.

Before getting into the actual free agents, here’s a look at what the salary cap numbers project to be. The NBA’s salary cap is expected to jump to $101 million this offseason. Based on that, here are the projected numbers for max contracts:

$25,250,000 for players with 0-6 years of experience
$30,300,000 for players with 7-9 years of experience
$35,350,000 for players with 10+ years of experience

Max/Near Max Guys

Julius Randle* – Los Angeles Lakers – Last Year’s Salary: $4,149,242

Julius Randle is definitely in line for a bigger payday this summer. The fourth-year forward turned in his best NBA season yet and was arguably the Lakers best player for most of the year. He played in all 82 games with 49 starts.

He put up career-high numbers across the board with 16.1 points per game on 55.8 percent shooting from the field. Most of Randle’s scoring comes in the paint where his “bully” ball type game has proven quite effective. He has an improving jump shot and at 23 years old, he still has his best years ahead of him.

He will be a restricted free agent, giving the Lakers the ability to match any offer he receives, but doing so could come at the expense of signing two max-level free agents as has been the team’s plan. It’s going to be an interesting dilemma for the Lakers as Randle most likely will attract interest right away from potential suitors thus forcing the Lakers hand early on in free agency.

Aaron Gordon* – Orlando Magic – Last Year’s Salary: $5,504,420

Aaron Gordon will also most likely receive a max or near max contract his summer. Early in the season when the Orlando Magic started out hot, Gordon was playing like an All-Star and even a borderline MVP candidate.

The Magic’s play then went rapidly south, but Gordon finished the season averaging 17.6 points per game, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists, all career-highs. At the beginning of the season, he displayed a much improved three-point shot. The Magic have tried him at small forward before, but he’s a natural at power forward.

Gordon is also a restricted free agent allowing the Magic to match any offer. At age 22, he should also have his best years ahead of him. For a team like the Magic, in need of talent and quality young players, re-signing Gordon is probably ideal. But it’s also important to note that the Magic have a newer front office in place, one that did not draft Gordon. It’s also possible that John Hammond and Jeff Weltman might want to shape the roster in their vision.

Above Mid-Level Guys

Jabari Parker* – Milwaukee Bucks – Last Season’s Salary: $6,782,392

Jabari Parker is perhaps one of the most interesting and intriguing names on the free agent market. A former No. 2 overall pick, as a rookie Parker looked like he was definitely part of the Bucks growing young core. Unfortunately for him, injuries struck him hard as he suffered two ACL tears during a three-year period.

This season, he struggled a bit to find a role with the Bucks. There’s no question that if he’s healthy, he’d be quite an asset to any team. He represents the new breed of power forward with a perimeter game. Prior to his injuries, he’d almost assuredly be a max contract guy. It’s a bit difficult to imagine any team willing to pay him anywhere close to that now.

The Bucks have the option to match any contract offer he gets as he is a restricted free agent. It’s conceivable that they would do so as it will probably take a massive offer to pry Parker away from the Bucks. It’s unlikely that any team is willing to go that high.

Thaddeus Young** – Indiana Pacers – Last Season’s Salary: $14,796,348

Thaddeus Young could be another intriguing power forward on the free agent market. The thing with Young is he has a player option he could choose to exercise and become a free agent. Never an All-Star, Young has been a steady and dependable player his entire career.

His numbers were a bit under his career averages this season. He put up 11.8 points per game on 48.7 percent shooting from the field and he pulled down 6.3 rebounds. Nevertheless, he remained an important part of the Pacers rotation, especially on the defensive end.

Should he hit the open market, there likely wouldn’t be any shortage of suitors.

Derrick Favors – Utah Jazz – Last Season’s Salary: $12,000,000

Ed Davis – Portland Trail Blazers – Last Season’s Salary: $6,352,531

Montrezl Harrell* – Los Angeles Clippers – Last Season’s Salary: $1,471,382

Mid-Level Or Below Guys

Mike Scott – Washington Wizards – Last Season’s Salary: $1,471,382

Ersan Ilyasova – Philadelphia 76ers – Last Season’s Salary: $357,454

Trevor Booker – Indiana Pacers – Last Season’s Salary: $332,516

David West – Golden State Warriors – Last Season’s Salary: $1,471,382

Nemanja Bjelica* – Minnesota Timberwolves – Last Season’s Salary: $3,949,999

Kevon Looney – Golden State Warriors – Last Season’s Salary: $1,471,382

Mike Muscala** – Atlanta Hawks – Last Season’s Salary: $5,000,000

Amir Johnson – Philadelphia 76ers – Last Season’s Salary: $11,000,000

Channing Frye – Los Angeles Lakers – Last Season’s Salary: $7,420,912

Quincy Acy – Brooklyn Nets – Last Season’s Salary: $1,709,538

*Qualifying Offer (If made, the player becomes a restricted free agent.)
**Player Option (The player has the choice of whether to opt-in for another year with his current team or opt-out to become an unrestricted free agent.)

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