When the NBA free agency period gets started, the action will likely be as fast and furious as ever. Not so much because there will be several big-name guys hitting the market. On the contrary, the market is going to be full of the ‘other guys.’
They are not star players, but many of them are the kind of players superstars need on the roster if their team is to contend for the championship. Bovada.lv has odds posted for several such potential free agents:
- Free Agency 2020 – Where Will DeMar DeRozan Play Next Season?
- San Antonio Spurs -175
- Detroit Pistons +750
- Charlotte Hornets +800
- Orlando Magic +900
- Chicago Bulls +1000
- Miami Heat +1200
- Brooklyn Nets +1200
There are rumors that he is not happy in San Antonio. If that is true, he can decline the player option for next season and enter free agency. But he has not played anywhere near the level he played at during his days in Toronto.
Teams would be interested, but no one would be interested in matching the $27.8 million salary he could get with the Spurs. Bet on him staying in San Antonio.
- Free Agency 2020 – Where Will Derrick Rose Play Next Season?
- Detroit Pistons +175
- Los Angeles Lakers +175
- Los Angeles Clippers +450
- Milwaukee Bucks +600
- Philadelphia 76ers +900
After struggling with injuries for years, Rose appears to have found his game again in Detroit, making him a popular trade target. But, the Pistons denied the Lakers once already. They seem to be happy with and like the experience he can bring to a young roster.
He is not going anywhere.
- Free Agency 2020 – Where Will Fred VanVleet Play Next Season?
- Toronto Raptors -225
- Phoenix Suns +550
- New York Knicks +650
- Detroit Pistons +900
- Atlanta Hawks +1200
VanVleet has always been a good player, but with how he played during the regular season and playoffs, there will be several teams interested in him. Toronto has said resigning him is a big priority once free agency starts. But they may also try to conserve cap space for 2021.
Of the options available, Toronto is the best one.
- Free Agency 2020 – Where Will Gordon Hayward Play Next Season?
- Boston Celtics -200
- Indiana Pacers +550
- Atlanta Hawks +800
- Memphis Grizzlies +850
- Detroit Pistons +1200
- New York Knicks +1400
Injuries have severely impacted his time in Boston, but he did have an excellent bounce-back season this year despite losing time with another injury during the playoffs. He will have to opt-out of his current contract to test free agency. But he is set to make $32 million for a team that will contend next year.
The only way he is leaving is via trade (Pacers were rumored to have interest). Bet on him staying in Boston.
- Free Agency 2020 – Where Will Serge Ibaka Play Next Season?
- Toronto Raptors +150
- Miami Heat +450
- New York Knicks +550
- Charlotte Hornets +600
- Los Angeles Clippers +900
- New Orleans Pelicans +900
- Golden State Warriors +1000
- Houston Rockets +1200
Ibaka is expected to leave the Raptors once free agency starts as the team looks to rebuild/reload for the future. Rumor has it that he wants to join a contender—which would mean either the Heat, Clippers, Warriors, or Rockets.
If Daryl Morey was still with the Rockets, they may be an option but don’t count on it. Until they hire a new head coach, it is hard to say what Houston will do. But with Montrezl Harrell expected to leave the Clippers and Steve Kerr expressing a desire for more size, the Clippers and Warriors may be the best bets.