Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NBA 2015 FREE AGENT RANKINGS BY TIERS

Tier 1: Stars that #1 options on playoff teams 

1. LEBRON JAMES-
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
SF #1 
6-4/250
AGE: 30
3 year games played average: 74.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CLV
Market Value:
Superstar Max Deal, 35% of the cap 

Best player on the planet isn't going anywhere but opted out to get more money. He'll likely sign another 2 year max deal with an opt out after next year 


2. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE-PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
PF (1-3) 
6-11/240
AGE: 30
3 year games played average: 71.3
Possible Destinations: SA, LAL, DAL, PHO, TOR, Re-sign with POR 
Market Value:
Superstar Max Deal, 30% of the cap 

Big man that can shoot, post up, rebound and defend. He wants to play for championship. The Spurs make the most sense if they can trade Tiago Splitter. 


3. MARC GASOL-
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 
C (1-3) 
7-1/265
AGE: 30
3 year games played average: 73.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MEM
Market Value:
Superstar Max Deal, 30% of the cap 

Arguably the best center in the league. He is clearly the go to guy and face of the franchise in Memphis. 90% chance he stays put. 





Tier 2: High end young restricted free agent stars (all are very unlikely to leave current team)  



4. KAWHI LEONARD-SAN ANTONIO SPURS
SF (3-5)
6-7/230
AGE: 24
3 year games played average: 62.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with SA
Market Value:
Under 6 years Max Deal, 25% of the cap 

2015 DPOY and 2014 Finals MVP is the future face of the Spurs franchise. 

5. JIMMY BUTLER-
CHICAGO BULLS 
SG (2-5)
6-7/220
AGE: 25
3 year games played average: 71.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CHI
Market Value:
Under 6 years Max Deal, 25% of the cap 

2015 was a breakout year for Butler. He won the NBA Most Improved Player Award. was am all-star and was second team all-defense. He along with Derrick Rose form the best backcourt in the East when healthy. 



6. DRAYMOND GREEN-GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
PF (4-8)
6-7/240 
AGE: 25
3 year games played average: 80.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with GS
Market Value:
Under 6 years Max Deal, 25% of the cap 

2015 DPOY Runner-Up by only 16 points, NBA champion does all the little things the Warriors need. He is the second most important player on the team. 


Tier 3: Number two scorers/high end role players



7. KEVIN LOVE-CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
PF (4-8)
6-10/243
AGE: 26
3 year games played average: 56.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CLV, LAL, POR
Market Value:
Near Max Deal, seeking 30% of the cap max deal

He didn't fit well in his first season in Cleveland. Does he stay for a chance to win a title or does he want to be the #1 or #2 scoring option elsewhere? 


8. DEANDRE JORDAN-LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 
C (3-7)
7-0/265
AGE: 27 in July
3 year games played average: 82.0 ( never misses a game)
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with LAC, DAL, LAL, MIL, NY
Market Value:
Near Max Deal, seeking 30 % of the cap max deal 

Only guy in the league that can give you 15 boards per night, elite shot blocker and rim protector too. He gives you little to no offense though. He's the ultimate role player. 


9. GORAN DRAGIC-MIAMI HEAT 
PG (6-13) 
6-3/190
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 77.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIA, DAL, LAL, NY 
Market Value:
Near Max Deal, 18.0 to 19.0 average 

A top 10 point guard and the only elite point in this free agent class (no offense to Rajon Rondo or Reggie Jackson) 

10. PAUL MILLSAP-ATLANTA HAWKS 
PF (6-12)
6-8/246
AGE: 30
3 year games played average: 75.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with ATL, Utah, BOS, ORL 
Market Value:
Near Max Deal, 16.0 to 17.0 average 

The most underrated player in the league. Can score from almost anywhere on the floor and is a solid rebounder as well. 

11. GREG MONROE-DETROIT PISTONS
C (6-8), PF (9-12) 
6-11/250
AGE: 25
3 year games played average: 77.3
Possible Destinations: NY, BOS, LAL, MIL, POR
Market Value:
Under 6 years Max Deal, 25% of the cap 

The Knicks will offer the farm for him. He has the size to play both the four and the five. He could turn into Al Horford in the right situation 

12. BROOK LOPEZ-BROOKLYN NETS 
C (8-10) 
7-0/275
AGE: 27
3 year games played average: 54.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with BRK, MIL
Market Value:
Seeking a deal with a 20 million average

He is always hurt, but legit seven footers that can score 20 per night are hard to find. 

13. DWYANE WADE-MIAMI HEAT 
SG (4-7) 
6-4/220
AGE: 33
3 year games played average: 61.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIA 
Market Value:
Seeking a deal with a 16 million average 

Opted out, wants a three year deal, the Heat want to keep him, if he tests the market, I wonder if he would fit anywhere else if he tested the market 

14. TIM DUNCAN-SAN ANTONIO SPURS
PF or C (6-10) 
6-11/250
AGE: 39
3 year games played average: 73.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with SA
Market Value:
May take Vet minimum to have the Spurs sign Aldridge 

One of the greatest player in NBA history may have two years left. He's seeking his 6th title.


15. MONTA ELLIS-DALLAS MAVERICKS 
SG (4-7)
6-3/185
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 81.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DAL, ATL, IND, POR 
Market Value:
Good shooting guard, somewhere between Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million and Eric Gordon's 4 year/58 million 

Good scoring two guard with some point guard play making skills. Negatives are that he's undersized and approaching 30. 


16. TYSON CHANDLER-DALLAS MAVERICKS
C (8-13) 
7-1/245
AGE: 32
3 year games played average: 65.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DAL, LAL, ATL, LAC (sign and trade) 
Market Value:
Good role playing center: 12.0 average Marcin Gortat and Nic Vucevic  

He gives you almost the same thing DeAndre Jordan does at cheaper price 



17. DEMARRE CARROLL-ATLANTA HAWKS 
SF (11-17)
6-8/212
AGE: 28
3 year games played average: 69.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with ATL, NY, DET, BOS 
Market Value:
Defensive small forward, Nic Batum 4 year/46 million, seeking something around 4 years/50 million 

Good defender, will fit nice with a wing scorer 

18. DANNY GREEN-SAN ANTONIO SPURS 
SG (8-12)
6-6/210
AGE: 28
3 year games played average: 76.3
Possible Destinations: DAL, ATL, NY 
Market Value:
Good shooting guard, somewhere between Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million and Eric Gordon's 4 year/58 million 

Great 3 point shooter and defender with a high IQ and a team attitude. He can fit on pretty much any roster in the league. 


Tier 4: Restricted good young role players


19. BRANDON KNIGHT-PHOENIX SUNS
SG (8-12), PG (14-18)
6-3/189
AGE: 23
3 year games played average: 70.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with PHO
Market Value:
Seeking 5 year deal around 13-14 million average 

Very good young player, is he a better at the point or at the two guard? The Suns like him and may trade Eric Bledsoe if the right deal comes along. 



20. KHRIS MIDDLETON-MILWAUKEE BUCKS 
SG (11-16), SF (11-17)
6-7/225
AGE: 24
3 year games played average: 80.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIL 
Market Value:
Good shooting guard, somewhere between Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million and Eric Gordon's 4 year/58 million 

Great shooter with good length, can play both the two and the three



21. REGGIE JACKSON-DETROIT PISTONS
PG (17-24)
6-3/208
AGE: 25
3 year games played average: 78.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DET
Market Value:
Seeking 5 year deal around 12-14 million average 

Played very well in Detroit as a starter, coach Stan Van Gundy said that keeping him is priority one. 

22. TOBIAS HARRIS-ORLANDO MAGIC
SF (11-17), PF (16-20) 
6-9/235
AGE: 23
3 year games played average: 61.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with ORL, BOS, DET  
Market Value:
Good young small forward, somewhere between Nic Batum's 4 year/46 million and Rudy Gay's 3 year/40 million 

Good size and skill set, can play either forward spot. Magic can now play small ball with Harris at the four and draft pick Mario Hezonja at the three. 


23. TRISTAN THOMPSON-CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
PF (17-20)
6-10/238
AGE: 24
3 year games played average: 82.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CLV
Market Value:
Seeking 5 year deal around 12-13 million average 

LeBron loves him. His game fits with LeBron and he shares the same agent with him as well. It's nice to have friends in high places. 


24. ENES KANTER-OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER  
C (15-20)
6-11/245
AGE: 23
3 year games played average: 70.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with OKC, MIL, LAL, BOS
Market Value:
Good role playing center: 12.0 average Marcin Gortat and Nic Vucevic  


Tier 5: Solid veteran starters 


25. RAJON RONDO-DALLAS MAVERICKS
PG (17-22)
6-1/186
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 45.3
Possible Destinations: SAC, LAL
Market Value:
Solid/average point guard, somewhere between Jrue Holiday's 4 year/41 million and Ricky Rubio's 4 year/55 million 

Who knows what his true value on the open market is? He was once an all-star, but there's too many red flags including injuries, not getting along with coaches/teammates and he CANNOT score. Solid point guards are hard to find though. 

26. WES MATTHEWS-PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
SG (8-16)
6-5/214
AGE: 28
3 year games played average: 70.3
Possible Destinations: NY, DAL, TOR, ATL, IND, BOS
Market Value:
Good shooting guard, somewhere between Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million and Eric Gordon's 4 year/58 million

Similar to Danny Green, but he's coming off a torn Achilles. He wants close to 15 million per year but will likely have to settle for 12 million. 



27. THAD YOUNG-
BROOKLYN NETS
PF (15-20), SF (11-18)
6-8/220
AGE: 27
3 year games played average: 77.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with BRK
Market Value:
Good small forward, somewhere between Nic Batum's 4 year/46 million and Rudy Gay's 3 year/40 million 

Very underrated combo forward that is still pretty young



28. ROBIN LOPEZ-PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
C (16-20)
7-0/265
AGE: 27
3 year games played average: 74.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with POR, MIL, NO, NY, BOS 
Market Value:
Role playing defensive center, 4 years/36 million 

Your typical role playing big, solid rim protector and rebounder with great size 



29. LOU WILLIAMS-TORONTO RAPTORS  
SG (12-20)
6-1/175
AGE: 28
3 year games played average: 59.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with TOR, SAC, LAL, NY, BRK
Market Value:
Solid shooting guard, somewhere between Alec Burks' 4 years 41 million and Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million

6th Man of the year is set to get a nice pay day, he's basically a poor man's Monta Ellis though and will be paid as such. 



30. DAVID WEST-INDIANA PACERS 
PF (15-20)
6-9/250
AGE: 35
3 year games played average: 73.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with IND, NY 
Market Value:
Good veteran power forward, Zach Randolph 2 years/20 million and Dirk Nowitzki 3 years/25 million, like Z-Bo and Dirk, may take a smaller contract to play for a winner

West is an excellent mid-range shooter and one of the toughest players in the league



31. JOSH SMITH-HOUSTON ROCKETS  
PF (15-20)
6-9/225
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 61.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with HOU 
Market Value:
Good veteran power forward, Zach Randolph 2 years/20 million and Dirk Nowitzki 3 years/25 million, like Z-Bo and Dirk, may take a smaller contract to play for a winner

He played well in Houston. He can come back for a cheap deal or get more money for a non-contender. 


32. PATRICK BEVERLY-HOUSTON ROCKETS  
PG (23-30)
6-1/185
AGE: 27 in July 
3 year games played average: 56.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with HOU, DAL, SAC
Market Value:
Below average starting point guard, somewhere between Jose Calderon's 4 year/29 million and George Hill's 5 year/40 million

A poor man's Rondo. Great defender with major durability concerns 


33. PAUL PIERCE-WASHINGTON WIZARDS 
SF (11-17)
6-7/235
AGE: 37
3 year games played average: 75.0
Possible Destinations: LAC, Re-sign with WAS, return and retire in BOS
Market Value:
May take Vet minimum or part of mid-level exception to sign with the Clippers, may want at least 6 million to stay with Washington. 

Future Hall of Fame player is still a solid role player and clutch playoff performer 



34. JR SMITH-CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
SG (15-20)
6-6/220
AGE: 30 in September
3 year games played average: 74.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CLV, DAL, ATL, BOS, SAC
Market Value:
Solid shooting guard, somewhere between Alec Burks' 4 years 41 million and Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million

He takes horrible shots and makes incredible shots. You understand you are talking both the good and the bad with him, he's basically the Jay Cutler of the NBA. 


35. ARRON AFFLALO-PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 
SG (15-20)
6-5/215
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 71.6
Possible Destinations: NY, DAL, LAC
Market Value:
Solid shooting guard, somewhere between Alec Burks' 4 years 41 million and Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million

Solid #3/4 scorer, was a bad fit in Portand, New York is the heavy favorite to land him 


36. RODNEY STUCKEY-INDIANA PACERS 
6-5/210
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 73.3
Possible Destinations:  Re-sign with IND, CHI,SAC, HOU 
Market Value:
Solid shooting guard, somewhere between Alec Burks' 4 years 41 million and Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million

Almost as talented as JR Smith, but without the headaches, had a good year in Indy and the Pacers will try to keep him. 


37. OMER ASIK-NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 
C (20-23) 
7-0/255
AGE: 29 in July 
3 year games played average: 68.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with NO, MIL, ATL 
Market Value:
Role playing defensive center, just under 4 years/36 million 


38. AMIR JOHNSON-TORONTO RAPTORS  
PF (21-25) 
6-9/210
AGE: 28
3 year games played average: 77.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with TOR, SAC, LAL, BOS
Market Value:
Average/below average starting power forward, somewhere around Channing Frye's 4 year/32 million 


Tier 6: Role playing defensive specialists/sharpshooters 
Market Value:
Between PJ Tucker's 3 years 16 million and JJ Redick's 4 year/27.75 million, both contract are close to the full mid-level exception

39. COREY BREWER-HOUSTON ROCKETS 
SG/SF 
6-9/186
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 81.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with HOU, NY, BOS


40. IMAN SHUMPERT-CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
(RESTRICTED)
SG/SF
6-5/220
AGE: 25
3 year games played average: 60.3.
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CLV, LAL, DAL, MIL


41. JAE CROWDER-BOSTON CELTICS  
(RESTRICTED)
SF
6-/228
AGE: 25 in July
3 year games played average: 79.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with BOS, LAL, DAL, MIL


42. MARCO BELINELLI-SAN ANTONIO SPURS
SG/SF
6-5/215
AGE: 29 
3 year games played average: 71.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with SA, CHR, GS 


43. GERALD GREEN-PHOENIX SUNS  
SF 
6-8/210
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 72.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with PHO, BOS, LAC, DAL


Tier 6: Rotational Bigs 
Market Value:
Around Patrick Patterson's 3 years/18.1 million, around the full mid-level exception


44. ED DAVIS-LOS ANGELES LAKERS 
PF/C
6-10/240
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 74.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with LAL, DAL, LAC, MIL


45. BRENDAN WRIGHT-PHOENIX SUNS
C/PF
6-10/230
AGE: 27
3 year games played average: 65.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with PHO


46. LUIS SCOLA-INDIANA PACERS 
PF 
6-9/240 
AGE: 35
3 year games played average: 81.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with IND, take less and go to a contender


47. JORDAN HILL-LOS ANGELES LAKERS 
C/PF 
6-10/235
AGE: 28 in July
3 year games played average: 57.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with LAL, POR, NY, BOS


48. KOSTA KOUFOS-MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES  

7-0/265
AGE: 26
3 year games played average: 80.6
Possible Destinations: BOS, ORL, SAC, MIL 


49. AL-FAROUQ AMINU-DALLAS MAVERICKS 
PF/SF 
6-9/220
AGE: 25 in September 
3 year games played average: 76.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DAL, POR, TOR, LAL, NY 


50. BRANDON BASS-BOSTON CELTICS
PF 
6-8/250
AGE: 30
3 year games played average: 81.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with BOS, POR, TOR


Tier 7: Past prime value guys 
Market Value:
All will be looking to take the veteran minimum or part of a contender's bi-annual exception or mid-level exception 

51. MANU GINOBILI-SAN ANTONIO SPURS
SG/SF
6-6/205
AGE: 38 in July
3 year games played average: 66.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with SA or RETIRE 


52. MIKE DUNLEAVY-CHICAGO BULLS
SF (23-26)
6-9/230
AGE: 35 in September
3 year games played average: 73.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CHI, CLV, WAS, SA


53. AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE-DALLAS MAVERICKS
PF/C
6-10/245
AGE: 32 
3 year games played average: 51.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DAL, PHO, NY 


54. CARLOS BOOZER-LOS ANGELES LAKERS  
PF 
6-9/258
AGE: 33
3 year games played average: 75.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign LAL, DAL, MIA, BRK, HOU, SA 


55. KEVIN GARNETT-MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
PF/C
6-11/253
AGE: 39
3 year games played average: 56.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIN


Tier 8: Solid backup point guards
Market Value:
Best back-up in the league is Shaun Livingston, his contract is 3 years/16.6 million, solid backups like DJ Augustin and Jerryd Bayless make 3.0 million per year. 


56. JEREMY LIN-LOS ANGELES LAKERS 
6-3/200
AGE: 27 in August
3 year games played average: 75.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with LAL, SAC, DAL, IND, CHI, LAC, SA, MEM

57. MO WILLIAMS-CHARLOTTE HORNETS  
6-1/198
AGE: 32
3 year games played average: 62.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CHR, CLV, MEM


58. AARON BROOKS-CHICAGO BULLS 
6-0/161
AGE: 30 
3 year games played average: 69.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CHI, POR, SA, DAL, IND, MEM


59. JJ BAREA-DALLAS MAVERICKS
6-0/185
AGE: 31 
3 year games played average: 76.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DAL, MIA, CHI, LAL


60. CJ WATSON-INDIANA PACERS 
6-2/175
AGE: 31 
3 year games played average: 66.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with IND, DAL, LAC 


61. MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA-CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
(RESTRICTED)
6-4/200
AGE: 25 in September
3 year games played average: 69.5
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CLV


62. BENO UDRIH-MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 
(Unguaranteed contract, may be waived by July 15th) 
6-3/205
AGE: 33 in July 
3 year games played average: 61.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MEM, DAL, MIA, CHI, LAL


63. JASON TERRY-HOUSTON ROCKETS 
6-2/180
AGE: 38 in September
3 year games played average: 76.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with HOU


64. NORRIS COLE-NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
(RESTRICTED) 
6-2/175
AGE: 26
3 year games played average: 76.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with NO

65. JAMEER NELSON-DENVER NUGGETS 
6-0/200
AGE: 33
3 year games played average: 62.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DEN, MIA, CHI, LAL