7 of the Best Remaining 2022 NBA Free Agents

Carmelo Anthony has shot 35% or more from 3-point range in 5 of the last 6 seasons.

The NBA Free Agency’s rapid start quickly stalled as the basketball world braces for a resolution following Kevin Durant’s reported trade request from the Brooklyn Nets.

Teams and players were able to officially begin signings on July 6, and we’ve been keeping tabs on all reported and official free agency moves and off-season trades completed since the NBA draft on June 23. It seems we have at least some breathing room now as the league turns some of its attention to the 2022 NBA Summer League.

Still, some talented free agents in the NBA are looking for new contracts.

Here’s a quick look at seven of the NBA’s top remaining free agents of 2022, listed alphabetically (list doesn’t include Charlotte’s Miles Bridges, who was reportedly arrested on domestic violence charges on the eve of Free Agency):

LaMarcus Aldridge, Brooklyn Nets, unrestricted

Statistics 2021-22: 12.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.9 apg

You’ve probably forgotten Aldridge because the 36-year-old didn’t play a second of Brooklyn’s brief 2022 postseason run. But the man can still walk (not as fast as we’ve seen in the past) and he stays at the post and center almost automatically. Aldridge shot 55% from the field last season, and he’s still hungry to win his first title in 17 seasons.

Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers, unrestricted

Statistics 2021-22: 13.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.0 apg

We hear a lot about the need for teams to keep veterans around to teach youngsters the ropes, much like Miami uses Udonis Haslem. It’s an added bonus when this vet can help teams win games and that’s exactly what we’ve seen from Anthony on his last two stops. Over the past three seasons, the 38-year-old has shot 37.5% or more from 3-point range.

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns, restricted

Statistics 2021-22: 17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.4 apg

Ayton’s immediate future seems a bit complicated and put on hold by Durant’s alleged preference to join the Suns in a trade. The 23-year-old is expected to be unlikely to be signed until there is a solution on the Durant front and it appears multiple options involving multiple teams are on the table for the former No. 1 overall winner lie, who wanted to enter the 2021-22 season to secure Max deal.

James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers, unrestricted

Statistics 2021-22: 22.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 10.3 apg

Harden is expected to re-sign in Philadelphia for less money than the $47.3 million option for next season, which he opted out of. Harden has taken the step of taking less in what is expected to be a shorter deal to give himself and the team more flexibility as they work to improve a roster that already includes 2022 Kia MVP runner-up Joel Embiid.

Montrezl Harrell, Charlotte Hornets, unrestricted

Statistics 2021-22: 13.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.0 apg

It’s crazy to think that Harrell has played for three teams since 2020 when he was named sixth man of the year with the LA Clippers Kia because his game certainly hasn’t let up, not to mention the big man is only 28 years old. Harrell’s future may be in some doubt as he faces drug-related charges stemming from a traffic stop last month.

Dennis SchroederHouston Rockets, unrestricted

Statistics 2021-22: 13.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.6 apg

Played 49 games for the Boston Celtics last season before making a trade to the Rockets. Schroeder appears to be another player likely to sit in limbo until something happens to Durant. The speedy 28-year-old could be suitable for several teams looking for more depth in the backcourt. Given the youth movement currently taking place in Houston, Schroder is unlikely to re-sign there.

Collin KuesterCleveland Cavaliers, restricted

Statistics 2021-22: 16.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg

Sexton is likely to return to Cleveland as there seems to be a desire on both sides to strike a deal. The 23-year-old made just 11 appearances last season before suffering a meniscus tear that forced him to miss the rest of 2021-22. Sexton averaged more than 20 points over the two seasons leading up to 2021-22. While Darius Garland has emerged as an all-star, there’s still room for a goalscorer like Sexton.

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