25 players to look at in free agency after the NBA trade deadline

The Clippers will make decisions about several star players this summer.

Did your team not improve at the trade deadline? Don't worry, free agency is less than five months away.

Here are 25 players available this summer.

Feb. 7 All figures available as of Wednesday.


1. Ball handlers

Mike Conley, Minnesota

Conley will be 37 at the start of next season, but he's been a steady hand, and in his 17th season, he has the highest assist/turnover ratio (6.06) and the second-highest effective field goal percentage (58.0%). His profession.

James Harden, LA Clippers

Harden, who turns 35 this summer, has evolved from the league's best solar-powered superstar to the league's best facilitator for other stars. Shooting a career-high 43% from 3-point range, he also had his most efficient scoring season (64.0% true shooting percentage) since playing in Oklahoma City.

Jrue Holiday, Boston (Player Option)

Holiday saw a huge drop in usage rate when he moved to Boston, but still averaged 33.4 minutes and provides solid two-way play for the best team in the league. He's more of a ball player than Harden and has shot 44.7% on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers over the last three seasons.

Tires Maxi, Philadelphia (banned)

To protect cap space, the Sixers did not sign Maxey to an extension last summer, and he emerged as an All-Star. He is a guard with lightning speed and has averaged 41% from 3-point range over the past three seasons. Also, he is only 23 years old.

Emmanuel Quigley, Toronto (banned)

The Raptors didn't get much in the way of draft assets when they traded OG Anunoby, so they'll likely want to keep the 24-year-old guard along with RJ Barrett. Quigley's minutes with Scotty Barnes haven't been great so far, but this is a long-term game.

D'Angelo Russell, LA Lakers (player option)

Russell is a good passer who will have his moments, and he has 24 points on a field goal percentage of 58% over the Lakers' last 13 games. Defense and consistency will always be issues.

Russell Westbrook, LA Clippers (Player Choice)

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Westbrook has thrived in a smaller role with the Clippers and is still doing what he does. Perimeter shooting remains an issue, but he provides speed and adjusts the defense. He was one of five players to average at least 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per 36 minutes.

More value: Chris Dunn (UTA), Markelle Fultz (ORL), Deuce Jones (WAS), Monte Morris (MIN), Delon Wright (WAS)


2. Wing Strikers/Shooters

DeMar DeRozan and Malik Monk will be the scorers to watch in free agency.

Grayson Allen, Phoenix

Allen is in a great role in Phoenix, playing with three stars and leading the league in 3-point percentage at 49.2%. Grayson Allen's 3-point attempts are more valuable (1.48 points per attempt) than Anthony Davis' attempts in the restricted area (1.45) this season.

Malik Beasley, Milwaukee

While Beasley wasn't suited for the defensive stopper role that replaced Allen in Milwaukee, he did his part offensively, shooting 45% from 3-point range and leading the league (by a wide margin) with 65 corner 3s.

Kentavius ​​Caldwell-Pope, Denver

Caldwell-Pope (30) was an essential ingredient on two championship teams and a great fit in Denver. He's an efficient shooter (40% from 3-point range and 45% from mid-range over the past three seasons), moves well without the ball and helps defenses more than any other guy in this division.

DeMar DeRozan, Chicago

DeRozan, 34, has seen a big drop in mid-range field goal percentage (41.2%) over the previous three seasons (47.1%), but he's still a guy you can call up at the lineup. You get a good shot at an important offensive possession.

Eric Gordon, Phoenix (Player Option)

Another 35-or-over free agent, Gordon is a floor spacer (as in he has five feet of space beyond the 3-point line) who has averaged 39% from deep over the past three seasons. He's in a fitting role in Phoenix, but has a cheaper ($3.4 million) player option next season.

Buddy Hield, Philadelphia

No one has made more 3-pointers over the past five seasons than Hield (1,240 at a 39.3% clip), who can complement Maxey and Joel Embiid offensively. They will create open shots for him (compensating for his lack of free throws) and he will open the paint for them.

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Malik Monk, Sacramento

The Sixth Man of the Year candidate (who just turned 26) has seen a big improvement in his assist rate over the past two seasons, not a scorer. He has lasted 209 of a possible 221 games (including playoffs) over the last three years.

More value: Alec Burks (NYK), Sam Houser (BOS – Team Option), Luke Kennard (MEM – TO), Caleb Martin (MIA – PO), D'Anthony Melton (PHI), Kelly Oubre Jr. (PHI), Klay Thompson (GSW), Gary Trent Jr. (TOR)


3. Multidimensional forwards

LeBron James has a player option and could enter free agency this summer.

OG Anunoby, New York (Player Option)

Anunoby was an impact wing defender in New York, comfortable dribbling the ball, shooting corner 3s and hitting close-outs. The Knicks have been great with him on the floor and would not have traded for him without the intention of re-signing him.

Sadiq Bay, Atlanta (banned)

Bay hasn't fully developed since his first-team All-Rookie season in Detroit, and his 3-point percentage this season (31.4%) is the worst mark of his career. But his 2-point percentage (53.7%) is the highest by a wide margin and he's strong on the offensive glass.

Miles Bridges, Charlotte

Bridges' free throw rate and overall efficiency are down from two seasons ago, but he shoots well from the field and his defensive rebound percentage of 18.3% is a career high by a healthy margin.

Bruce Brown, Toronto (Team Option)

Brown is a terrific but underrated defender and offensive lineman. He's not a match for the Raptors as much as a contender, so they could have declined his $23 million option. Or Exercise it and look to trade him in the offseason.

Paul George, LA Clippers (Player Choice)

Like Harden, George's value has been boosted by the Clippers' success… and by the fact that he played in *46/47* of their 50 games. At age 33 (and with some help from Harden), he's having one of the most efficient scoring seasons of his career.

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Tobias Harris, Philadelphia

Harris is another of the Sixers. 12 (non-two-way) free agents, and (obviously) have a chance to be somewhere other than Maxey. But he's having the most efficient scoring season of his career (60.5% true shooting percentage) and will be hard to replace as Philly's third man.

LeBron James, LA Lakers (Player Choice)

The league's all-time leading scorer has slowed over the past few years, but not by much. He is an elite passer and efficient scorer, with his best mark of 39% from 3-point range over the past 11 years. His future may be tied to whether his son is in the league next season.

Pascal U, Indiana

Like the Knicks with Anunoby, the Pacers probably wouldn't have traded Siakam without the intention of re-signing him. He's been in 11 games with Indiana, but has only played 115 minutes alongside Tyrus Halliburton, so we've yet to see what the two can do together.

More value: Kyle Anderson (MIN), Nicholas Badum (PHI), Gordon Hayward (OKC), Derrick Jones Jr. (DAL), Isaac Okoro (CLE – Restricted), Royce O'Neal (PHX), Darrion Prince (LAL)


4. Adults

Nick Claxton, Brooklyn

The 24-year-old Claxton remains one of the league's best rim protectors, but he hasn't scored as efficiently as he has the past two seasons, as the Nets' only good passer has played in just nine of their 50 games. .

Isaiah Hardenstein, New York

Hardenstein was only 25 years old. One of the league's best role players, Hardenstein can pass, rebound and defend. He's not Anunoby, but he might be too valuable for the Knicks (averaging 32 minutes since Mitchell Robinson's injury) to let him go.

Jonas Valanciunas, New Orleans

Valanciunas (31) is certainly not the most mobile big and the defense is not going to worry if he spaces the floor, but size is important. He's one of the league's best rebounders and a relatively efficient scorer in the post.

More value: Precious Achiua (NYK – Ret.), Kelly Olynyk (TOR), Mason Plumlee (LAC), Dario Saric (GSW), Obi Toppin (IND – Ret.)

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