Top NBA Free Agent Superstars Remaining in the Market
Almost two weeks after the free agency market opened up, and yet there are still NBA superstars who haven't found their home or least to say, some are still hoping for bigger paycheck. With more and more teams running out of salary space, here are top NBA superstars who are still available in the free agency market:
Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose
Entering his ninth season (excluding 2012-13 NBA season), Derrick Rose still remains to be one of the top free agents in the market even after getting injured before the last season ended. According to Basketball Reference, the youngest NBA Most Valuable Player who will turn 29 this October averaged 18.0 points in 64 games with the New York Knicks, behind Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis who averaged 22.4 and 18.1 points, respectively.
This big man from Spain may have always been overlooked, yet Nikola Mirotic's numbers could definitely speak for him - an NBA career average of 10.6 points in three years. With the breed of sweet-shooting big men dwindling down, this 26-year old 6'10" of Spanish and Montenegrin descent is likely to remain with the Chicago Bulls.
At 6'11", the 23-year old Nerlens Noel has a lot of years to improve in making his defense more stable. The Dallas Mavericks wanted him to stay and placed around $18 to $20 million offer sheet on the table. However, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News, Noel's camp is still looking for a more lucrative contract. Based on the new CBA, the max offer Noel could possibly earn is $24.75 million. The question is, is he worth that much?
He was undrafted back in 2012 yet somehow, Jamychal Green rose to become the starting power forward for the Memphis Grizzlies last season. Averaging 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds, Green is known for his athleticism, his ability to defend multiple positions while shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from the three-point line.
Another rags-to-riches story, the 27-year old Jonathan Simmons proved he belongs in the big league after his impressive performance during the NBA Playoffs, averaging 10.5 points. The San Antonio Spurs would want him to return. But with a qualifying offer of only $1.6 million for this 6'6" restricted free agent, he would likely don a different jersey next season, unless of course the Spurs would match the offer, which as CBS Sports suggested, Spurs will likely do.
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