Allow us to welcome this week’s special guest, Basketball Insiders’ own Alex Kennedy into the ‘Shop. Alex called his shot in advance and already let Lang know that he had better bring his A game, so let’s go ahead and strap Sir Managing Editor into the chair for this week’s discussion. We’ll be back later this week with another ‘Shop discussion on Saturday.
Jabari: Alex, thanks for joining the mix this week. Let’s go ahead and start off in Washington, because I’d love to get your opinion on why they continue to struggle and whether you think it will ultimately work out for John Wall as a Wizard? Scott Brooks was brought in specifically because of his experience with turning things around in Oklahoma City, but part of me wonders whether his star players will have quite as much patience with that process given they aren’t first- and second-year players as was the case when he took over the Thunder.
Alex: Thanks for having me, guys. After being on the editing side of these the last few weeks, I decided I wanted in.
The Wizards have been a huge disappointment for me early in the season. I really thought that the Scott Brooks hire would be great for them and they’d get back to looking like the team from two years ago that was so close to advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.
But after this start, I really wonder what is going on with this squad behind closed doors. I didn’t think much of the reports about John Wall and Bradley Beal having beef when they first emerged, but the more we see them struggle together and then seeing Wall making some comments about it on the record, it wouldn’t surprise me if things are pretty ugly behind the scenes. That’s where having Coach Brooks can help, because one thing he did really well in Oklahoma City was get everyone to buy in and create a family atmosphere as well as a winning culture. The question is, will he be attempting to create that environment with the team as currently constructed or do they make some kind of blockbuster trade?
Wall isn’t going anywhere. He’s a superstar on an excellent contract and you can build around him. Also, one thing that doesn’t get talked about enough is that he is friends with a TON of players. His relationship with Kevin Durant was well-documented, but what a lot of people don’t realize is he has A LOT of relationships like that with guys around the NBA (and in the college ranks). I used to do a ton of stories on top high school prospects and almost all of them would mention that they were friends with Wall or that he mentored them or that they viewed him like a big brother. And I’m not talking about this happening a couple times. It happened over and over and over. I’m calling it now: I don’t know who or when, but Wall will recruit at least one star to play with him before his career is over. He has the kind of friendships that lead to the formation of a super-team.
So, anyway, Wall isn’t going anywhere. But could the Wizards look to move Beal or Otto Porter or other key pieces? Absolutely. I’d be gauging interest in everyone but Wall and seeing what trade options are out there. Lang, what do you think? Do you think they should break up the core before the trade deadline in February?
Lang: Welcome to the Insider Shop, AK. Appreciate the visit. Before I get into the Wizards, let me go on record to say that you won’t be winning the Basketball Insiders’ Fantasy Football League. The trophy will be coming here to the ‘Shop. For the Hoop Freaks that don’t know, Alex is currently in first place in our league (yours truly is in second) with only one loss to date. When you get a chance on Twitter, ask Alex what team took away his 0. Ha.
Alex: Psh, it was a Week 1 loss and I’ve won 11 straight. I’m feeling good. Shout out to Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Ezekiel Elliot (it’s a two quarterback league). I’ll tweet out a picture of the trophy as soon as the season is over.
Lang: Back to the Wizards. No way they entertain trading John Wall, based solely on the strength of what Alex mentioned earlier: Elite player, reasonable contract and well connected/respected among his peers. That’s a trio of goodness right there.
But let me say this, playing Devil’s Advocate: That may be exactly WHY the Wizards should explore trading him. With all of those contacts, Wall hasn’t been able to lure any other elite guys into D.C. just yet. The Wizards’ roster is currently a collection of drafted players and band-aid type trade acquisitions. They’ve been unable to move the needle via free agency and if you look around the league, the contenders have been able to complement their drafts and trades with major free agency moves over the past few years. Let’s take a brief stroll through the major players…
Cleveland: LeBron James (2014)
Golden State: Kevin Durant (2016)
San Antonio: LaMarcus Aldridge (2015)
Heck, you can even throw in the Los Angeles Clippers’ retention of DeAndre Jordan last year as a major free agency win after they convinced him to leave Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks high and dry. So while I know the Wizards won’t entertain the thought, with a team this disappointing all options should be being seriously evaluated.
Jabari: I can see where both of you are coming from, but think it could be somewhere in the middle if I’m “in the room” in Washington. To Alex’s point about Wall being a top player (with league connections – I’m thinking Boogie, by the way), I agree that you can’t just let them get away without exhausting every single measure to make it work. I also agree with Lang in the sense that you also can’t be totally myopic and completely ignore the warning signs of a disgruntled employee that means so much to any potential success you may have as a franchise.
So, here’s where, as a franchise, you have to have real and honest conversations with Wall and find out where his head is at. If it is a relationship that can be salvaged, then obviously (like Alex mentioned) you do whatever it takes to continue building around him. Trouble is, unless he’s finally able to attract a buddy or two (BBN stand up), I think you have to seriously consider all options before the situation winds up spiraling to a point where you are painted into a corner.
Alex: I see what you guys are saying, but it’s so hard to land an elite, face-of-the-franchise talent in this league. Unless some team makes an amazing offer that Washington can’t pass up, I’m looking at mixing up the supporting cast and gauging interest in everyone else before I part ways with Wall.
Lang: Staying in the East is another situation that is rapidly developing: What in the hell is going on with Greg Monroe in Milwaukee? Here’s a guy who was considered one of the most sought after free agents in 2015. He turned down offers from the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks in order to join the youth movement in Milwaukee with Jason Kidd running the show from the sideline. But it hasn’t panned out – I mean, like, at all. He recently had a four-game stretch in which he played just 17 minutes – combined. Combined, I say. Oh, and this includes a DNP-CD. Greg is seemingly in his physical prime and Bucks need help on the interior. We’re talking about a 15/8 guys when given minutes. I’m wondering, what went wrong?
Jabari: The Greg Monroe situation is peculiar for sure. Makes me wonder if bringing him in was a management/ownership decision rather than one Kidd was in favor of? Obviously, that’s just me speculating, but it seems odd that he’s getting paid so well ($17 million this year, $17.9 million next) simply to wear a dark jersey in practice and get up the occasional tippy-toes dunk on a random fastbreak here and there. Part of it has to do with the fact that Milwaukee’s defense seemed to suffer when they added Monroe and Jabari Parker into that starting lineup.
Parker has actually improved as a defender as he’s added a bit more strength and agility, but Kidd’s reluctance to play Monroe does seem to still be related to that side of the court. So, Alex, do you see a realistic landing spot for Monroe if they were to seek a trading partner? Realizing he’s a “15/8ish” guy as Lang mentioned, part of me wonders if the league’s continued shift in style and tempo make Kidd look at Monroe’s potential production as sort of “empty numbers” since they would come at the expense of the defense and perhaps even the preferred flow of the offense.
Alex: I think you just hit the nail on the head, Jabari: The league is shifting away from big men like Monroe. Milwaukee was an elite defensive team the year before he arrived, and they just take a huge step back on that end when he plays. Not to mention, teams are also going away from back-to-the-basket bigs who can’t hit threes.
As far as his trade value, they have tried to move him and clearly don’t like any of the offers they’ve received. Monroe’s value has plummeted due to what’s happened in Milwaukee. It doesn’t help that, as Lang mentioned, his minutes and (as a result) his production are way down this season.
I will throw one potential destination out there: What about Washington? As we just talked about, this is a team that is struggling and may be looking to mix things up. Also, it’s worth noting that the Wizards’ front office expressed interest in trading for Monroe several times when he was with the Detroit Pistons, so they have liked him for awhile. I have no idea what they currently think of him, but they’re looking for change and they have trade assets, so it’s worth throwing out there.
Lang: Good stuff guys. I want to change gears one last time and talk a little about The Brow. There’s no denying Anthony Davis is one of the 10 best players walking on this earth right now, but his injury woes have to be concerning for the New Orleans Pelicans’ fan base. He’s never played 70 games in a season and while his injuries haven’t been career-threatening types, you get the sense every time he falls, lands, jumps into the crowd or sets a screen that Pelicans fans are holding their breath – much like Chicago Bulls fans used to with Derrick Rose. Alex, do you think The Brow will ultimately overcome these nagging small ailments and put together a string of 75-78 games played campaigns? Or is his destiny going to remind us of Marcus Camby (health wise)? On you, bro.
Alex: I really hope his injuries are a thing of the past. Davis is one of the most exciting NBA players to watch and I’d hate for him to be limited in any way going forward. With that said, it is somewhat scary that he’s had so many injuries because it doesn’t get any easier for a big man to stay healthy as they get older.
I’d like to see him connect with P3 or one of these other training facilities that monitor a player’s body, use various tests to see where that individual is vulnerable to injury and then strengthen those areas. A lot of guys are doing this in the offseason and these places have had some success with that method, predicting some injuries and helping prevent others. I’d also love to see a second star in New Orleans, giving him some help and reducing his usage rate, but that’s obviously easier said than done.
We’d like to thanks Alex for stopping through to talk shop with us this week. Make sure you join us on Saturday where we’ll talk the latest and greatest around the league. If you’re not following us on Twitter please do so in order to keep the conversation going: @JabariDavisNBA and @LangGreene. Later, Hoop Freaks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Either would look great in a Knicks uniform, but they’d look much better in a Knicks uniform in 2019.
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.
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.)