The NBA’s free agency frenzy usually happens at a fast and furious pace from the moment teams and players are allowed to agree deals. That was the case again this year, as the majority of the players on our top 75 free agents list were eliminated from the board within the first 24 hours of the moratorium. Since then, free agency news has been trickling in as the entire league awaits the biggest move of the offseason.
Kevin Durant applied for a trade with the Brooklyn Nets hours before free agency opened. The Nets reportedly want a young star and at least three first-round draft picks for the superstar forward. Recent reports say no deal is imminent and it’s possible the Nets could hold onto both Durant and Kyrie Irving until training camp. You can follow every Durant rumor with our updated tracker.
You can follow every free agency signing with our live tracker. There may not be much free movement until Durant is finally traded. With that in mind, here is a list of the best free agents in 2022 who are currently unsigned.
Ranking of the best remaining free agents in the NBA 2022
|1||James Harden||G||Philadelphia 76ers||Unrestricted|
|2||Deandre Ayton||C||Phoenix Suns||Restricted|
|3||Collin Kuester||G||Cleveland Cavaliers||Restricted|
|4||Caleb Martin||G||intense heat||Restricted|
|5||Montrezl Harrell||C||Washington Wizard||Unrestricted|
|6||Carmelo Anthony||f||Los Angeles Lakers||Unrestricted|
|7||Isaiah Roby||C||Oklahoma City Thunder||Unrestricted|
|8th||Thomas Bryant||C||Washington Wizard||Unrestricted|
|9||Dennis Schroeder||G||Houston missiles||Unrestricted|
|10||Hassan Whiteside||C||Utah jazz||Unrestricted|
|11||Austin Rivers||G||Denver nuggets||Unrestricted|
|12||Blake Griffins||C||Brooklyn Networks||Unrestricted|
|13||Juancho Hernangomez||f||Utah jazz||Unrestricted|
*This list does not include Miles Bridges, who remains unsigned after his domestic violence arrest shortly before opening free agency. He is a restricted free agent until Charlotte Hornets pull his qualifying offer, as has been rumoured. Read our explanatory text on the allegations Bridge is facing.
Here are some notes on the most interesting free agents that are still available.
- James Harden, G. Philadelphia 76ers: Harden is returning to the Sixers but is still awaiting a new contract after turning down his $47.3 million player option for next season. Expect Harden to sign a multi-year deal for less annually but more guaranteed money over the contract period.
- Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns: Ayton has always been this year’s most intriguing free agent, and it has proven to be true. There appears to be a real dispute between the Suns and the former No. 1 overall pick. With Phoenix chasing a Durant trade, Ayton likely won’t stay signed until KD is eventually postponed. If he doesn’t go to Brooklyn in a sign-and-trade, he could sign straight with the Indiana Pacers (who have the cap to maximize it) or return to the Suns with a long-term contract or the one-year qualifying deal Offer. Ayton will only be 24 next season and has already proven he can be a reliable two-way center for a successful team. We’ll see if he eventually gets the maximum contract that Phoenix didn’t want to give him.
- Collin Sexton, G. Cleveland Cavaliers: Sexton missed the rest of last season after tearing his meniscus in 11 games that year. The 23-year-old guard was previously on his way to a big payday as a microwave goalscorer who averaged more than 24 points per game in the 2020-21 season. There should still be a strong market for Sexton’s services, but again it feels like he won’t sign until Durant and Irving’s future is settled. His ideal cast would be a team with an oversized winger, allowing him to focus more on scoring than the game. Could the Mavs be interested after losing Jalen Brunson to the Knicks?
- Caleb Martin, G. intense heat: Martin’s twin brother Cody agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Hornets, and Caleb should consider a similar deal. Martin is a 6’5 winger who hit 41 percent of his threes with Miami last season. He is the best two-way wing on the market and will only be 27 next season.
- Carmelo Anthony, F. Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony just turned 38, but he was still an effective big wing shooter for the Lakers last year, hitting 37.5 percent of his three-pointers on nearly six attempts per game. A return to Los Angeles is not out of the question, but other teams may be interested in a minimum deal the longer he stays out of contract.
- Isaiah Roby, C, Oklahoma City Thunder: Roby is a mobile 6’8, 230-pound man who improved to a 44-percent three-pointer on 99 attempts last season. The 24-year-old has the right combination of size and athleticism to have a real advantage if his skills are allowed to develop further. He’s worth a flyer for almost every team in the league.
We will update this list as free agency continues.