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A Definitive List of NBA Free Agents 2020

Here are our predictions

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The NBA’s constant cycle of creating compelling, must-see drama will continue to flood our TVs and social media feeds this upcoming off-season as players enter free agency.

 

In just three short months, the dominoes of the 2020 free agent class will begin to fall. 2019’s summer moves saw the likes of Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, and others not only switch teams but flip the landscape of the NBA upside down.

 

The upcoming class may not be as star-studded as the last but it promises to deliver some shock waves and upgrades for the entire NBA. Here we will take a look at, rank, and predict where we believe the top 30 NBA free agents will make huge money playing basketball this coming October.

1. Anthony Davis

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Davis is easily the safest bet you could make all summer when it comes to free-agent signings. Davis didn’t sign the original max deal that the Lakers were rumored to have offered him earlier this year. No need to buy into anything negative about that. Davis is signing a big, huge, deal this summer to stay with the Lakers.

2. Gordon Hayward

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Gordon’s 2019-20 season has gone the way he—along with the Celtics— would have hoped. Injuries and an underwhelming ‘18-‘19 campaign left the Celtics star a player option that could steer him towards a big payday. Either way, Hayward is a Celtic next season.

3. Brandon Ingram

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Ingram will be the most missed Laker who left through the Anthony Davis trade. It may not have been a perfect fit then, but Brandon has really come into his own with the Pelicans. This season he has excelled, averaging over 24 points per game. We fully expect Ingram to ink a big deal that keeps him in New Orleans with rookie phenom Zion Williamson.

4. Andre Drummond

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Drummond is the prototype center that the NBA’s current structure doesn’t rely on like it used to in the past. However, his production on the glass and defensive side of the ball should have teams without legit centers giving him a strong long. We think he lands with the Knicks, pairing him with Julius Randle in their front court.

5. DeMar Derozan

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When Derozan was moved to the Spurs the last off-season in exchange for Kawhi Leonard the thought was that Derozan, along with LaMarcus Aldridge would keep the Spurs in playoff contention this year. Derozan’s numbers this season are consistent with his career despite the Spurs sitting five games behind eighth-place Memphis. There may not be a big payday market for a guy who doesn’t shoot the three-ball well. DeMar should take that $27 million and stay put in south Texas.

6. Danilo Gallinari

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Gallinari will enter this summer as an unrestricted free agent after having back to back 19 point per game seasons. Gallinari and his teammates were enjoying a surprising season as they sat in the fifth spot in the Western standings. Gallinari is an above-average wing player that could resign and stay put in Oklahoma City or take his talents to South Beach with Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat.

7. Montrezl Harrell

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Harrell has performed and over delivered on his two year, $12 million dollar contract over the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite how Harrell contributes during the Clippers playoff run he will command a max deal, more than likely moving him away from LA and possibly to the Big Apple with the New York Knicks.

8. Paul Millsap

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Milllsap will enter this coming offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Millsap, who will be 35, has still managed to put up 12 points and six rebounds per game despite missing 19 games so far this year. Hel can still contribute on both ends of the floor so we predict the Nuggets will attempt to resign the veteran forward this coming summer.

9. Bogdan Bogdanovic

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Bogdanovic’s 2019-2020 season has seen a rise in production. He’s averaging career highs in points and minutes per game. He is a restricted free agent this summer, meaning he can sign with another team but the Kings can match the offer and retain his rights. It’s highly likely that Bogdan will remain with the Kings, somewhere in the $10.5 million dollar range.

10. Goran Dragic

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In his last year before entering free agency the 11-year veteran’s field goal percentage, points and assists per game all rose. Dragic will enter free agency hoping to land another big-money contract. This time around the question is, will he play with a title contender? We like Dragic going to Salt Lake City to team up with Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley. 

11. Derrick Favors

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The Pelicans forward will enter the market as an unrestricted free agent. New Orleans is going through a youth-led movement with Zion Williamson, Ingram and Lonzo Ball which may take the veteran to another city. Look for Favors to reunite with the team that drafted him, the Brooklyn Nets. Playing alongside a healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. We think Favors would make a nice third piece.

12. Serge Ibaka

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Ibaka’s time in the north may be coming to an end as OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Fred Van Fleet (more on him later) will lead the Toronto Raptors forward. Ibaka is still a real asset to a title contender as he averages over 51% from the field and eight rebounds a game. We could see Ibaka signing with either the Dallas Mavericks or Oklahoma City Thunder sometime this summer.

13. Joe Harris

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Harris has been a consistent role player for the Brooklyn Nets the past few years. As he enters free agency he will do so with career highs in points: 14.3 average per game and 4.3 rebounds. If the Nets don’t try to keep the 7th year guard the Timberwolves could step in and make a play to add him to their depleted team.

14. Fred VanVleet

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With Kawhi Leonard leaving for the Clippers, Fred VanVleet was expected to take a big step forward this season with the Raptors. He has while averaging almost 18 points and 6.6 assists per game. In an underwhelming free-agent class, Fred could be very coveted by teams looking to add a guy who can play on both ends of the court. However, the Raptors can and should do what it takes to make VanVleet a part of their future.

15. Mike Conley

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Conley will enter the 2020 offseason with an early termination option in his contract. However, he is set to make over $34 million dollars so opting-out and leaving the Jazz to find a better or higher value deal isn’t likely. Look for the 12-year pro to stay put. 

16. Hassan Whiteside

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Whitside enters free agency as our number two ranked center. His 2019-2020 season sets him up nicely for a big payday this summer. Averaging 16 points and 14 rebounds a game this season for the disappointing TrailBlazers, Whiteside to the Golden State Warriors could prove to be a very real possibility. The Warriors will be looking to be right back at the top of the NBA next season and Whiteside would be a nice complement for Steph Curry and company.

17. Marc Gasol

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Like teammate Serge Ibaka, the 35-year-old Spaniard probably won’t be a Raptor next season. He has only appeared in 36 games this season averaging seven points and six rebounds a game. Look for the Spurs to potentially help the veteran get his groove back.

18. Jae Crowder

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The seven-year veteran is shooting over 44% percent since being acquired by the Miami Heat. Crowder seems to fit into the Heat’s rotation making a return to South Beach seem like a good idea for both sides.

19. Davis Bertans

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This three-point shark is set to make much more than the $7 million a year he's currently pulling in. Bertans is currently netting roughly 15 points per game and shooting over 39 percent from behind the arc. These stats will help land him a big payday with a team like the Boston Celtics.

20. Evan Fournier

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Fournier has a player option for 2020 that will pay him $17 million to stay with the Orlando Magic. Fournier is averaging over 18 points a game this year and will look to do so again next year so long as he stays put.

21. Dario Saric

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Saric will have a qualifying offer of $5 million from the Phoenix Suns this summer. Saric may have some suitors trying to woo him away from the desert but we predict the fifth year Croatian will stay in Phoenix.

22. Jeff Teague

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The 10-year veteran, Teague enters free agency after only appearing in 24 games this year. He may find greener—pastures in Sacramento with the Kings.

23. DJ Augustin

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As an unrestricted free agent, Augustin will look to land in a backup point guard role. Helping RJ Barrett develop alongside the Knicks seems like a solid fit.

24. Evan Turner

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Turner, a small forward only appeared in 19 games this season. Look for him to re-sign with the Hawks to help rookie Cam Reddish develop.

25. Dwight Howard

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The journeyman center was having a nice, bounce-back season with the Lakers. We expect LA to bring back DeMarcus Cousins to its roster this summer, which will lead Howard to a new team. Potentially the Brooklyn Nets.

26. Marcus Morris

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When Montez Harrel lands his big contract with the Knicks, look for the Clippers to bring Marcus Morris back to their squad next season possibly on a one year deal.

27. Kent Bazemore

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Since being acquired by the Sacramento Kings, Bazemore was averaging 10 points and five rebounds per game. The upward swing in production may help him land a solid contract as a role player with the Los Angeles Lakers next season.

28. Enes Katner

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The nine-year veteran will enter free agency after having a "down" offensive season. He has spent the past three seasons on three different teams. Look for Katner to have a bounce-back season in Charlotte with the Hornets.

29. Malik Beasley

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After spending the first four years of his career in Denver, Beasley was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. This summer Beasley will be a restricted free agent with a qualifying offer from the Timberwolves between three and four million.

30. DeMarcus Cousins

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The Lakers waived Cousins, who is out the entire season rehabbing his ACL injury, to sign Markieff Morris. Cousins stayed in LA to continue his rehab and CBS is reporting that there is mutual interest between the Lakers and Cousins for him to return next season.

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