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Friday, June 30, 2017


This column, which details fantasy-relevant free agents, will be periodically updated in the coming weeks. I've aimed to be thorough but there are a few dozen marginal free agents you won't see listed below -- fantasy owners don't need to know that Jarell Eddie is an unrestricted free agent.

 

Salary information and pertinent news are included for each player, with greater attention paid to upper-echelon free agents. If you see any glaring omissions, let me know via Twitter @Knaus_RW. There will be plenty of changes in the coming days, so check back occasionally for the latest updates.

 

Fair warning: You will quickly become numb to the concept of millions of dollars.

 

Unrestricted Free Agents

 

Kevin Durant: Declining $27.7 million player option, but he will re-sign with GSW. Durant is expected to wait until the Warriors address their other free-agency priorities before inking a new deal in late July.

 

Stephen Curry: Curry will re-sign with GSW, presumably on a five-year 'super-max' contract that pays him roughly $201 million over five years.

 

Blake Griffin: Declining $21.4m player option. Blake is reportedly the Clippers' "top priority" but the departure of Chris Paul could change their star PF's thinking. He's expected to meet with the Clippers on Friday, and the Suns on Saturday, with teams like the Celtics and Thunder also vying for his attention. UPDATE: Blake is reportedly closing in on a five-year, $173 million deal to remain win the Clippers.

 

Jrue Holiday: The Pelicans are expected to re-sign Holiday, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. The Mavericks were interested but they've cooled on him after landing Dennis Smith Jr. in the draft, and New Orleans' ability to offer Holiday a five-year deal could be the clincher. The Nuggets have also been suggested as a potential suitor. If the Pelicans don't quickly sign Holiday he's expected to meet with the Knicks.

 

Kyle Lowry: Eligible for a massive max-contract, the 31-year-old PG will be a fascinating case-study in free agency. The 76ers were a contender prior to drafting Markelle Fultz, and the Spurs are still seen as a threat to sign him away from the Raptors. The Nuggets could also emerge as a contender.

 

Serge Ibaka: The Raptors reportedly hope to re-sign Ibaka as their primary center, with Jonas Valanciunas has been mentioned in trade rumors.

 

Gordon Hayward: Declining $16.7m player option. The Celtics are viewed as a real threat to land Hayward, who may be waiting to see if the Jazz retain fellow free agent George Hill.

 

George Hill: Hill said he hoped to re-sign with the Jazz, and GM Dennis Lindsey added that there's a "very good chance we're each other's best option come July." That went out the window when Utah traded a first-round pick for Ricky Rubio on Friday, all but assuring that Hill lands elsewhere next season. A reunion with the Spurs is possible.

 

Danilo Gallinari: Declining $16.1m player option. Gallo said that it's his goal to remain in Denver.

 

Nick Young: Declining $5.6m player option. Young's agent said that his client "knows the Lakers are going in a [different] direction," and the 32-year-old will likely be seeking his final long-term deal. Update: Young has reportedly drawn interest from the Thunder, Warriors and Pelicans.

 

Paul Millsap: Declining $21.4m player option. The Kings, Nuggets and Suns are all reportedly interested in Millsap. Hawks GM Travis Schlenk suggested that the team won't offer the 32-year-old Millsap a max offer. Update: The Wolves and Suns appear to have cooled in their interest in Millsap, and the Kings don't seem to have gained any traction. That leaves the Hawks and the Nuggets as the most likely teams to land him.

 

Andre Iguodala: The former Finals MVP is 33 years old and he's likely looking for a final big payday this summer. The Warriors won't tie up their long-term finances and Iguodala will reportedly draw interest from the Timberwolves, 76ers, Spurs, Clippers, Magic, Nets and Jazz. He's also scheduled to meet with the Spurs. Update: Iguodala has agreed to a fully-guaranteed three-year, $48m deal to stay with the Warriors. Golden State wasn't messing around in their pursuit of their super sixth-man.

 

Jeff Teague: The Knicks are reportedly interested in Teague, who offered some unusually convincing evidence that he wants to re-sign with his current team.  "I love Indiana," he said. "You all know me, born and raised, tattoos on my arm. I’ve wanted to play for the Pacers my whole life." However, Sam Amick reports that Teague is a "heavy, heavy favorite" for the Timberwolves. That sounds more like the Wolves desiring Teague, rather than him favoring the Wolves, but we'll know more in the coming days.

 

Derrick Rose: New York has "legitimate" interest in retaining Rose, but they also used a lottery pick to draft PG Frank Ntilikina this summer. A more recent report suggests that Rose returning with the Knicks is "a long shot," so this is a very uncertain situation.

 

Zach Randolph: When asked whether he intends to re-sign with the Grizzlies this summer, Z-Bo replied, "That's my goal." Randolph accepted a bench role for the majority of the 2016-17 season, and he has a great relationship with David Fizdale, so it would likely take a compelling offer to pry him away.

 

Tony Allen: Allen is the physical embodiment of the Grizzlies' grit-and-grind style. He said that he hoped to stay in Memphis and was "not trying to break the bank," but the Grizzlies are reportedly unwilling to offer him more than the veteran's minimum. Allen is 35 years old but he can still command more than the minimum as a defensive specialist.

 

Vince Carter: The ageless athlete said that playing for Memphis was a "pleasure," and he commended the fans and atmosphere, so it sounds like he could stay put. Carter, who is 40 years old, added that he hopes to play two more seasons in the NBA.

 

Marreese Speights: Declining $2.1m player option. This was an easy choice for Speights, who is reportedly seeking to earn the mid-level exception ($8.2 million). His ability to spread the court should buoy his appeal around the league -- he shattered his previous career-high with 1.3 triples on 37.2% shooting beyond the arc last season.

 

J.J. Redick: The 76ers and Nets have been mentioned as suitors for Redick, who is reportedly looking for an annual salary in the $18-$20 million range. He may also have interest in joining the Rockets "if [the] finances can work." Update: Redick opted for a one-year deal with the Sixers, who will pay him $23 million for the 2017-18 season.

 

Luc Mbah a Moute: Declining $2.3m player option. The 30-year-old defensive specialist will seek long-term security and he should see a significant bump in salary.

 

Dion Waiters: Declining $3.0m player option. Waiters is coming off a breakthrough season and he could earn roughly $15 million per year on a new contract. He said he's willing to take a discount to stay with the Heat, but that likely depends on the money other teams throw at him this summer. Update: The Knicks, Bulls and Kings have all been linked to Waiters.

 

Willie Reed: Declining $1.6m player option. Miami drafted Bam Adebayo with the No. 14 pick in the draft, a surprising move that telegraphs their uncertainty about retaining Reed.

 

James Johnson: The mercurial forward is coming off his best-ever season, and at age 30 he's likely looking to secure a lucrative long-term contract. Johnson said he'd like to stay with the Heat, but wouldn't commit to giving them a salary discount.

 

Rajon Rondo: Rondo's $13.4m salary was only guaranteed for $3.0m until June 30 and the Bulls opted to waive him -- the Pacers and Pelicans reportedly might have interest in the veteran PG.

 

Luke Babbitt: Re-signing Babbitt isn't a priority for the Heat this offseason.

Udonis Haslem: He wants to re-sign with the Heat, the only franchise he's known in his 13-year career.

Manu Ginobili: The Spurs' stalwart is still deciding whether he'll retire this summer. He'll be 40 years old when the 2017-18 season starts.

Patty Mills: He's due for a big pay raise this summer, but it's unclear which team will be signing the checks.

Pau Gasol: Declining $16.2m player option, but he reportedly hopes to re-sign with the Spurs on a multi-year contract.

P.J. Tucker: As with most free agents, Tucker suggested that he wants to remain with his current team, the Raptors. He's also been linked to the Knicks and Wolves. Update: Tucker will meet with the Kings on Sunday.

Ben McLemore: The Kings decided not to extend him a $4.2m qualifying offer. The No. 7 pick in the 2013 draft will be an interesting player to watch in free agency.

Rudy Gay: The Thunder are a team which "sees [a] fit" for Gay, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, and the Spurs have also been mentioned as a possibility. His ability to bounce back from Achilles surgery at age 30 is the unknown variable.

Tyreke Evans: The market for the oft-injured former Rookie of the Year is uncertain, to say the least.

Darren Collison: Sacramento used their No. 5 draft pick on De'Aaron Fox, which suggests that they're not interested in paying for Collison in free agency.

Ty Lawson: With Lawson, Darren Collison and Langston Galloway in unrestricted free agency this summer, the Kings need to find a capable backup for presumptive starting PG De'Aaron Fox.

Arron Afflalo: The Kings released Afflalo to avoid guaranteeing his $12.5m salary, which was an easy choice.

David Lee: Declining $2.3m player option.

Dewayne Dedmon: Declining $3.0m player option.

Langston Galloway: Declining $5.4m player option. Update: Galloway's gambit paid off and he signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Pistons.

Shaun Livingston: Livingston should draw solid interest as a free agent, and his return to Golden State could hinge on his salary expectations.

Zaza Pachulia

JaVale McGee: McGee reportedly "hopes" to remain with the Warriors after having a mini renaissance in 2016-17, but a big offer from another team could lure him away.

David West

Ian Clark

Matt Barnes

James McAdoo

Aaron Brooks

Patrick Patterson

Festus Ezeli: Portland waived him, paying him a guaranteed $1m out of his $7.7m salary.

Michael Carter-Williams: The Bulls declined to make a $4.2m qualifying offer, and the Thunder could "be in contact" with him once free agency opens. Update:  MCW accepted a one-year, $2.7 million deal with the Hornets, where he'll back up Kemba Walker now that Ramon Sessions is assuredly headed elsewhere.

Aron Baynes: Declining $6.5m player option.

Ersan Ilyasova

Thabo Sefolosha

Mike Muscala

Kyle Korver

James Jones

Roy Hibbert

Deron Williams

Lavoy Allen: IND declining $4.0m team option

Donatas Motiejunas: Motie said that he'd consider returning to Europe in 2017-18.

Dante Cunningham: Declining $3.1m player option. The Knicks are reportedly interested in him.

Andrew Bogut

Derrick Williams

Kris Humphries

Shelvin Mack

Jeff Withey

Jonas Jerebko

Anderson Varejao

Gerald Green

Amir Johnson: ESPN's Ian Begley reports that the Nets, Bulls and Raptors could be in the mix to sign Johnson. Update: The 76ers swooped in unexpectedly, landing Johnson on a one-year, $11 million deal.

James Young

Trey Burke: The Wizards declined to make Burke a $4.2m qualifying offer

Brandon Jennings: Washington traded a second-round pick to acquire Tim Frazier, so it doesn't seem likely that Jennings will be retained by the Wizards.

Justin Holiday

Sasha Vujacic

K.J. McDaniels: BKN declined $3.5m team option.

Randy Foye

Ramon Sessions: CHA expected to decline $6.3m team option.

Anthony Morrow

Beno Udrih

Tiago Splitter

Sergio Rodriguez

Alan Anderson

Raymond Felton

Brandon Bass

Tyler Ennis

Thomas Robinson: Update: Robinson is reportedly drawing interest from the Timberwolves.

Brandon Rush

Omri Casspi

Jeff Green

Jodie Meeks

Adreian Payne

Jordan Hill

Terrence Jones

Taj Gibson

Jared Sullinger

Ronnie Price

Nick Collison

Norris Cole

Joel Anthony

 

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Despite residing in Portland, Maine, Ryan Knaus remains a heartbroken Sonics fan who longs for the days of Shawn Kemp and Xavier McDaniel. He has written for Rotoworld.com since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter.
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