With the exception of a fraction of the league still in contention here in the postseason, most of the NBA has shifted to the offseason. Who to draft, who to sign and more importantly, who to let go are all questions being asked right now among NBA circles.
Who are the big names up for grabs in the 2014 NBA Free Agency battle?
While the balance of power won’t be shifting dramatically over the next several months in the NBA, there are moves that need to be made. Let’s take a look at the draft as well as some of the free agents that might be changing teams and shifting the NBA Odds this offseason.
2013 unrestricted free agents
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There are several others as well, but these are some of the best in my opinion. I think the locks to stay with their current teams are Ginobli, West, Allen and probably Paul. Howard could stay or go but if he wants to get paid he will stay. That leaves J Smith, Jefferson, Millsap and the others as fair game for the highest bidder.
Considering how awesome next year’s free agent class could be, I think we will see some modest offers this offseason. Another season brings about more luxury tax burdens and teams don’t want to overspend. With the exception of Paul, Howard and Jefferson, there are no real game-changing free agents, sorry Josh Smith. Since I think Paul and Howard both stay at their respective LA teams, I’ll spice it up and say Jefferson teams up with KG and Paul Pierce in Boston for one last run in 2013-2014.
The restricted free agent class also has some nice names on it, but these guys only leave on a few occasions.
2013 restricted free agents
I think the Bucks will match anything Brandon Jennings gets which will be max or close-to max money. Pekovic is very interesting along with Tyreke and both could be on different teams next season. The Kings and Evans obviously don’t work and he could shine elsewhere, while the Wolves have some financial shortfalls if Andrei Kirilenko opts into his $10 in 2013, so they might have to lose the mountain man.
NBA Draft and lottery
The lottery is Tuesday night so the 2013 draft in June will become much more into focus come this time next week. The Magic hold the best chance at catching the number one overall pick with a 25% chance, followed closely by the Bobcats with just under a 20% chance at getting the first pick.After them the Cavs and Suns both have solid odds as well, but overall this draft doesn’t have an Anthony Davis or a Kyrie Irving. It’s going to have some good players and might have some sneaky depth but overall, much like the free agent pool, everyone is calculating and waiting for next year’s draft and free agent pool. #1 overall recruit Andrew Wiggins is going to spend the next year at Kansas before almost certainly being the #1 overall pick in 2014. He is said to be the best player in the draft since Lebron James in 2003. I don’t see the NBA future odds shifting substantially until next year.