Free agency began Wednesday, but with no marquee names or big deals on the horizon.
Here are a few things to watch for, starting with a few names to keep an eye on. 1.
Kevin Durant: The Thunder have made no secret of the fact that they believe Durant is the best free agent they could offer.
The Thunder are looking for big-time help at point guard and the most important position on the roster.
The team will likely need help at every position in order to make the playoffs and get back to the postseason.
They will also need to address the perimeter.
Durant could be a top-five pick in next summer’s draft.
The only problem is that he might have to waive his no-trade clause to do so.
The Celtics would like to get something for Durant, but it’s unlikely they’ll be able to get it.
The Lakers have the best offer in the NBA for Durant and the Thunder have been rumored to be interested in him since the draft, so there’s no guarantee that will happen.
The Suns are expected to trade him, but the Thunder aren’t likely to part with their prized asset.
Andrew Wiggins: Wiggins was one of the top scorers in the conference in his rookie season and could become a superstar with the Timberwolves.
He would be a huge upgrade over the team’s frontcourt, which has been in flux for years.
The Wolves have the chance to re-sign Wiggins, but they will likely want to move him and give him a better deal in order for him to take his talents to the NBA.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Bucks will likely have to make a trade or two in order be able be competitive.
The Bucks need to get to the playoffs or they’ll likely have a tough time getting past the Celtics in the East.
Antetouks best suit would be in the top five of this draft, but his contract would be worth more than a first-rounder in this year’s draft and that’s not something the Bucks will be willing to give up. 4.
Paul George: The Pacers will have to trade for a big man in order get better.
George is a top 10 pick in this draft and he has no interest in staying in Indiana.
The Pacers are going to try to rework George’s deal and he could be willing and able to waive it.
If they don’t get him to waive, they will have a hard time getting him to play with a new team, so that could hurt his draft stock in the long run.
Marcus Smart: The Celtics are reportedly interested in acquiring Smart and have already reached out to him.
The Cavs will likely be looking to move Smart for a top prospect in the draft and they will probably want to bring back a young player with a player option.
However, Smart’s current contract with the Celtics could end up being too much.
Isaiah Thomas: Thomas is one of those players who is on the rise in his draft class.
The 6-foot-8 forward has made the Celtics into a top contender, and he’s a huge contributor in Boston.
However the Celtics might need to give him another chance to show that he belongs in the league.
Andrew Harrison: The Sixers are likely looking to trade Harrison, and they have the potential to do just that.
The Sixers have had a bad start to the season, but there’s still a lot of talent there.
However they are also looking for a starting point guard, and that might be tough to find.
Kyle Lowry: The Raptors are looking to get rid of Lowry, who has become a big part of the Raptors offense in recent years.
They could look to trade Lowry to get a top five player in this years draft, and it would make sense for the Raptors to take Lowry as their pick.
Zach LaVine: The Wolves are reportedly looking for help at forward, but LaVines deal with the team and the team isn’t looking to make him the star of their team.
The Timberwolves need help up front and they might need LaVigne to sign a deal with a contender.
James Harden: The Rockets will likely look to get more than just the player they’re getting for Harden.
They also have a player in Houston who might want to come back and have a bigger role in the franchise.
That player would likely be the 6-10 forward James Harden.
Josh McRoberts: The Pelicans have a chance to make moves in free agency.
They’ll probably want a veteran backup center and a player to add to their rotation.
They’re not going to be able get that player by trading McRoberts, but that doesn’t mean they can’t trade him.
Isaiah Canaan: The Kings have already dealt Canaan to the Bucks and the Bucks want to keep him.
He’s a big-play threat and he can also shoot, so the Kings could try to find a trade