2024 NBA Free Agents List: 25 Names To Watch Out For

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We only have roughly two months of NBA basketball left, but as we all know, ball never stops. After the NBA Finals in June, teams gear up for the draft and speak to free agents roughly a week later. Speaking of which, the 2024 NBA free agents are thick on the ground, especially if teams look for starters and solid bench pieces to round out their rosters. 

2024 NBA Free Agents: All-Stars

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James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Harden is a first-ballot Hall of Famer when all is said and done, but his days as a first option are numbered. Some NBA personalities even thought he could be out of the league if he acted up like he did in Philadelphia. 

That said, The Beard has a relatively successful season with the Clippers. Even though he averaged the fewest points since his second year, the 10-time NBA All-Star is still one of the best playmakers in basketball. 

His playoff performance could spell the difference in the kind of offers Harden gets this summer. If he shows up, this could be the last max-type contract he gets. He will have a chance to do that with Kawhi Leonard nursing injuries again.

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (Unrestricted Free Agent)

We may have seen the last of Thompson in a Golden State Warriors jersey. Steve Kerr wanted him back, but the franchise may not be able to afford the money he wants. 

That said, a shooter of Thompson’s reputation and caliber will have no shortage of suitors. The Orlando Magic is one of them, a team with youth but limited shooters. The Dallas Mavericks are also expected to have interest, with perhaps a dozen others.

Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers (Player Option)

George has a player option to stay with the Clippers for next season. Even though he has 48 million reasons to do so, he could find more years of guaranteed money elsewhere. For instance, the Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly interested in having him aboard, alongside Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.

Let’s see if Russell Westbrook can make him stay put for the second time.

Pascal Siakam, Indiana Pacers (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Many NBA insiders believe the 2019 NBA champion is a lock to sign a multi-year deal with the Pacers this summer, but you never say never until you see a signed dotted line. It’s always the Wild West when a player tests free agency, and Siakam is no different.

That said, Indiana is the only team that can offer him a five-year max worth nearly $250 million. That’s a huge incentive to stay put.

DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls (Unrestricted Free Agent)

The Bulls really have no way of getting out of the purgatory, so the best-case scenario for the Compton native is to find a team that’s ready to contend. He led the NBA in minutes played per game and is still a capable scorer. The six-time All-Star expressed his desire to stay, but that could change over the summer.

2024 NBA Free Agents: Starters

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D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers (Player Option)

D’Loading seemed to have found his place in the Lakers’ scheme of things, all the more reason to decline his player option and test free agency. This will allow the one-time All-Star to secure a long-term contract, whether in LA or anywhere else. He shot the highest 3FG% of his career this season at nearly 42%.

Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers (Unrestricted Free Agent)

If there was any truth to the George to Philly rumors, the Sixers should let Harris walk away. The 31-year-old is as solid as they come but has not developed into a real third star the team envisioned him to be. Experts link Harris to the Detroit Pistons to provide a veteran presence to a young squad.

Jonas Valanciunas, New Orleans Pelicans (Unrestricted Free Agent)

The Lithuanian big man can be effective depending on matchups but can be game-planned out of a game. Even though he is a double-double threat every night, he is not much of a shot-blocker, shooter, or defender. Still, a team can surely use 12 points and nine rebounds a night.

Gary Trent, Jr., Toronto Raptors (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Trent Jr. is possibly the league’s best spot-up three-point shooter, who’s also not a bad defender. In a league predicated on deep shooting, that’s a skill that every team would love to have. Nevertheless, he is still young enough to fit the Raptors’ youth movement unless some GM overpays him.

Isaiah Hartenstein, New York Knicks (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Much has been said about Jalen Brunson, but the Knicks’ underrated star is Hartenstein. The 2017 second-round pick is an underrated passer, a terrific offensive rebounder, and a stealthy shot-blocker. He is a “connector,” as many NBA scouts would say. Would another team commit more than the $8 million he makes this season?

Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets, (Unrestricted Free Agent)

His off-court issues aside, Bridges is an ultra-athletic wing who can score, rebound, and defend. He just completed his second 20 PPG season, averaging 21 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in 69 games in 2023-24. The Hornets will try to bring him back, which makes sense considering the team’s lack of offensive production.

2024 NBA Free Agents: Solid Role Players

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Malik Monk, Sacramento Kings (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Monk is probably the runaway winner of the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award. That alone could fetch him more money than he’s making right now. Interestingly, the Kings do not have the cap space to keep him. If the Kentucky product is following the money trail, he will be out of Northern California next season. The only question is where would he end up.

He averaged a career-high 15.4 points and 5.1 assists in 72 games before going down with an MCL injury. Monk is talented enough to be a starter, but he seems to be comfortable as a flamethrower off the bench.

Nic Claxton, Brooklyn Nets (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Like Monk, Claxton is good enough to start and will be paid like a starter next season. He is a double-double threat and an excellent shot-blocker, but should still make strides as a decision-maker. The lanky center must also improve as more than a vertical spacer.

Pundits say he could make $20 to $25 million annually in his next contract, and at least two teams are expected to be interested. These are the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies.

Malik Beasley, Milwaukee Bucks (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Beasley kind of redeemed himself after a horrible half-a-season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He signed a veteran’s minimum deal with the Bucks and outplayed his contract. The sharpshooter is 11th in the league in three-point field goals made and shot 41.3% from that area. That type of shooting gets you paid in this league.

Tyus Jones, Washington Wizards (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Jones led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio five times since 2019. That reliability is his calling card in the league and will get him paid. The San Antonio Spurs are expected to look for a point guard who can feed Victor Wembanyama and the Duke product is a perfect fit on paper. Interestingly, he’ll join his brother, Tre, in San Antonio, if that scenario materializes.

Buddy Hield, Philadelphia 76ers (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Hield broke a 632-game streak without a playoff game and that should feel good. Maybe he’ll get addicted and join a contender for a deeper playoff run. As a career 40% three-point shooter, he should have no problem finding a home.

Kyle Anderson, Minnesota Timberwolves (Unrestricted Free Agent)

It’s not clear if the Wolves still consider “Slo-Mo” a part of their future. He was marginally worse statistically than the season before but is still one of the best all-around bench pieces in the league. The UCLA product averaged just 6.4 points per game, but you can’t find 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists elsewhere. He is a Swiss army knife type of player that every team needs.

Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Fultz is a former No. 1 overall pick but hasn’t found his groove because of health issues. He is still 25, but the Magic may have given up on him. The former Washington Husky will almost certainly wear a different uniform next season.

Kelly Oubre Jr., Philadelphia 76ers (Unrestricted Free Agent)

One of the best free agency steals in 2023, Oubre Jr. is bound to get a multi-year contract after signing a one-year, vet-min deal with the Sixers for a little less than $3 million. He massively outplayed that contract and averaged 15 points and five rebounds for Philly. The guy competes hard on defense and has always been a good penetrator since his Washington and Phoenix days.

It’s interesting to see which teams show him the money this summer.

Lonnie Walker IV, Brooklyn Nets (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Walker is a microwave scorer who got leaps and bounds better as a three-point shooter. He captured everyone’s attention as a Laker last season, starting 32 games for the Purple and Gold. NBA teams always need a scorer off the bench and the University of Miami product fits the bill.

Other names: Cedi Osman, Doug McDermott, Derrick Jones Jr., Alec Burks, Xavier Tillman

2024 NBA Free Agents: Veteran Presence

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Kyle Lowry, Philadelphia 76ers (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Already in his 18th season, Lowry is one of the league’s oldest players. However, he is still serviceable as a stabilizer on any unit. There is no word on the 2019 NBA champion’s camp about his plans, but it’s safe to say he doesn’t have time to mess around and join a non-contender. 

Will the Denver Nuggets or Boston Celtics be interested?

Nicolas Batum, Philadelphia 76ers (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Batum almost singlehandedly saved the Sixers in the 7 vs 8 play-in game against Miami. He proved how he can still be helpful in spurts, especially if the unit on the floor needs the stability a veteran brings. Nothing about his numbers pop out, but you know what he brings to the table when it matters the most.

Patrick Beverley, Milwaukee Bucks (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Beverley is an instigator and enforcer, something every team needs. The days where he plays minutes in the mid-20s are over, but he can still hound and get in the head of opposing players. Whether that would warrant another veteran minimum contract is up in the air. 

Andre Drummond, Chicago Bulls (Unrestricted Free Agent)

The big man out of UConn is still one of the NBA’s best rebounders but doesn’t offer much in other areas. That said, any team could use a big body that can grab caroms. At still only 30, the Bulls could give him another veteran’s minimum or somebody else will. 

Taurean Prince, Los Angeles Lakers (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Prince may have played too many minutes for the Lakers early in the season, but he is a solid player for a seventh or eighth guy off the bench. He shot a shade under 40% from deep this season and showed a willingness to compete. The Baylor product has reached a point where he’d simply sign minimum contracts, but honestly, teams can do worse.

Spencer Dinwiddie, Los Angeles Lakers (Unrestricted Free Agent)

Dinwiddie looks comfortable in a Lakers jersey, but if he wants to, he can fetch more than just minimum money in the free agent market. The LA native has career averages of 13 points and five assists and can still help teams with his playmaking and offense. 

That said, it looks like he wanted to be close to home and play with LeBron James. After all, he already has an estimated career earnings of around $86.9 million.

Other names: Gordon Hayward, Jae Crowder, Dario Saric, Boban Marjanovic

The Bottom Line: 2024 NBA Free Agents

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The life of most NBA players revolves around free-agent deals. The 2024 NBA free agents include some pretty big names and a wide assortment of role players and veterans. Some who are not on this list are young hoopers who may need a change of scenery, such as Talen Horton-Tucker, Luka Samanic, or Moses Brown. At the end of the day, it’s all about the fit, and that’s what these guys are trying to figure out this summer.

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