2021 NBA Free Agency: Top 25 Free Agents

It’s never too early for a quick look at some of the top free agents set to hit the open market in the NBA. The NBA Playoffs are just 67 days away, with the offseason following shortly after. Here is your ultimate NBA Free Agency Primer Guide.

This article will do a 5×5 by position outlook of the top 25 free agents, including some players likely to exercise their options to give you an in-depth look at the 2021 NBA Free Agent class. Along with that, we do a bonus section with the top veterans and restricted free agents at the bottom of this article.

A lot of these rankings are fairly loose and will be fluid throughout the year with plenty of season to go. A lot can change in just a few months.

Player Options likely to be exercised:

  • Chris Paul- PG ($44.2 mil. option)
  • Kawhi Leonard- F ($36.0 mil. option)
  • Jrue Holiday- G ($26.0 mil. option)*

Holiday’s player option is a toss-up, as it may be tough for him to top the per-year rate at his age in the somewhat dry spending market, but long-term security could be a factor if he wants an extension.


Point Guards

  • 1. Mike Conley- PG, 33 years old (UFA)
  • 2. Kyle Lowry- PG, 35 years old (UFA)
  • 3. Lonzo Ball- PG, 23 years old (RFA)
  • 4. Dennis Schroeder- PG, 28 years old (UFA)
  • 5. Goran Dragic- PG, 35 years old ($19.4 mil. club option)

Wild Card: Spencer Dinwiddie- PG, 28 years old ($12.3 mil. player option)


Shooting Guards 

  • 1. DeMar DeRozan- SG, 32 years old (UFA)
  • 2. Victor Oladipo- SG, 29 years old (UFA)
  • 3. Evan Fournier- SG, 28 years old (UFA)
  • 4. Tim Hardaway Jr.- SG, 29 years old (UFA)
  • 5. Josh Richardson- SG, 28 years old ($11.6 mil. player option)

Wild Card: Malik Monk- SG, 23 years old (RFA)


Wings

  • 1. Otto Porter Jr.- F, 28 years old (UFA)
  • 2. Duncan Robinson- F, 27 years old (RFA)
  • 3. Kelly Oubre Jr.- F, 25 years old (UFA)
  • 4. Will Barton- W, 30 years old (UFA)
  • 5. Doug McDermott- F, 29 years old (UFA)

Wild Card: Justise Winslow- F, 25 years old ($13 mil. club option)


Forwards 

  • 1. John Collins- F/C, 24 years old (RFA)
  • 2. Paul Millsap- F, 36 years old (UFA)
  • 3. Lauri Markkanen- F, 24 years old (RFA)
  • 4. Montrezl Harrell- F/C, 27 years old (UFA)
  • 5. Derrick Jones Jr.- F, 24 years old (UFA)

Wild Card: Nemanja Bjelica- F, 33 years old (UFA)


Centers 

  • 1. Jarrett Allen- C, 23 years old (RFA)
  • 2. Andre Drummond- C, 28 years old (UFA)
  • 3. Richaun Holmes- C, 27 years old (UFA)
  • 4. Cody Zeller- C, 28 years old (UFA)
  • 5. Serge Ibaka- F/C, 32 years old ($9.7 mil. player option)

Wild Card: LaMarcus Aldridge- F/C, 36 years old (UFA)


Bonus Section: Veteran Role Players

  • 1. Patty Mills- G, 33 years old (UFA)
  • 2. J.J. Redick- SG, 37 years old (UFA)
  • 3. PJ Tucker- F, 36 years old (UFA)
  • 4. Nic Batum- F, 33 years old (UFA)
  • 5. Lou Williams- G, 34 years old (UFA)
  • 6. JaMychal Green- F/C, 31 years old ($7.5 mil. player option)
  • 7. Kelly Olynyk- F/C, 30 years old (UFA)

Bonus Wild Card: Norman Powell- SG, 27 years old (UFA)


Additional Top RFA’s

  • 1. Devonte Graham- G, 26 years old (RFA)
  • 2. Mitchell Robinson- C, 22 years old (RFA)
  • 3. Talen Horton-Tucker- W, 20 years old (RFA)
  • 4. Josh Hart- SG, 26 years old (RFA)
  • 5. Bruce Brown- G, 24 years old (RFA)

This free agency class isn’t all that inspiring, to say the least with the likes of Giannis, Paul George, and Rudy Gobert all signing extensions before hitting the open market. There are plenty of impactful role players and some sneaky good restricted free agents that teams could try to poach away through an overpay so that’s something to monitor.

Ultimately this is a slightly below-average free-agent class, and I expect the trade market to be popping this offseason.



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