We are nearing free agency in the NBA, and what better way to prepare for it than by predicting where the top-8 free agents will land this off-season.
1. Stephen Curry PG. Current team: Golden State Warriors.
2018 team: Warriors
Stephen Curry is a two-time MVP and the first ever unanimous MVP. For the third straight year, Curry has a chance to lead the Warriors to yet another NBA title, making it hard to imagine this star point guard ending up anywhere else besides Golden State next season. He is without a doubt one of the best point guards in the league, and the best shooter in the league as well. There’s no way the Warriors will let him walk. A max contract should be in his future.
2. Kevin Durant SF. Current team: Warriors
2018 team: Warriors
The whole world was in shock when Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and sign with the team that had eliminated him in the playoffs. It was clear Durant was playing for a ring at this point and he would do whatever he needed to do to get one, even if it meant joining a 73-win super-team that is the Golden State Warriors. There’s a high chance that Durant gets his ring this year, but that doesn’t mean he is going to want to leave the Warriors just yet. Durant will for sure remain with the Warriors.
3. Blake Griffin PF. Current team: Los Angeles Clippers
2018 team: Boston Celtics
It’s time for Griffin to find a new home. The former first overall pick’s run with the Clippers could have been much better than it ended up being. Both Griffin and the Clippers have shown mutual interest in parting ways, as there were even heavy rumors of Griffin being traded this past season. There was also a swirling rumor that the Celtics made an aggressive push to try and bring in Griffin, but were clearly unsuccessful. Now is the Celtics’ chance to pick up Griffin and solidify an amazing 5-man lineup to help push them to an NBA title.
4. Gordon Hayward SF. Current team: Utah Jazz
2018 team: Miami Heat
Keeping Gordon Hayward around will not be cheap for the Jazz. The Miami Heat have shown significant interest in Hayward, giving us reason to believe that they will be making a much stronger and aggressive push towards signing him in the off-season. If Hayward does indeed end up in Miami, he will become the star of the franchise and make them a serious threat in the Eastern Conference.
5. Chris Paul PG. Current team: Clippers
2018 team: Clippers
At least for now, it looks like Chris Paul will remain in LA. It seems that Chris Paul is happy as can be in LA right now; he’s the star of the franchise and continuously plays at an all-pro level. The Clippers would be fools to let Paul go at this point. For now, he’s staying a Clipper.
6. Kyle Lowry PG. Current team: Toronto Raptors
2018 team: Denver Nuggets
It’s become well known that Lowry was not happy with his position on the Raptors and plans on opting-out of his contract, making him a free agent. There’s no way he returns to Toronto. Joining the Nuggets would be a perfect scenario for Lowry, as he would join young future stars such as Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris and Emmanuel Muiday. Last season, the Nuggets missed out on Dwyane Wade, but this year, they might get a better player in Kyle Lowry to help fill in their teams missing pieces.
2018 team: Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets continue their aggressive push in free agency by signing another all-star in Paul Millsap. This vet power forward brings experience and skill to a now stacked young team. Millsap would join Lowry, Jokic and Gary Harris to form their own version of a super team. Millsap would put the finishing touches on this team to help them push a future playoff run.
2018 team: Wizards
The Wizards cannot afford to lose Porter this season. Unless they have full trust in Kelly Oubre, they need to keep him. The Wizards already don’t have much money to spend, and if they lost Porter, they would barely have enough to replace him. Porter is a big part of the Wizards team and losing him would be costly.