NBA free agency has been a whirlwind as usual. We’ve been tracking every move this summer, and there have been a lot of them. Fred VanVleet and Bruce Brown were the best players to change cities, while Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez all re-upped with their former teams.
Heading into Day 5, there are still some starter-level players available and teams with spending power remaining. The Nets, Hornets, Mavs, Grizzlies, Blazers, and Wizards still have their $12.4 million mid-level exception available, per Keith Smith of Spotrac. And the Jazz, Spurs, Magic and Pacers still have some cap space remaining, per Spotrac.
Other teams will be limited to minimums or players fitting into exceptions for $5 million or less.
Here are the best remaining NBA free agents.
Best players remaining in 2023 NBA free agency
1. Christian Wood | Status: Unrestricted free agent
The Mavericks are expected to let Wood walk in free agency. He’s a good 3-point shooter, but his undisciplined defense limited his minutes.
2. Grant Williams | Status: Restricted free agent
The Celtics might not be able to afford to keep Williams, who is a hard-nosed defender and capable 3-point shooter.
3. P.J. Washington | Status: Restricted free agent
Washington is a good 3-point shooter and rebounder. He has some issues on the defensive end.
4. Kelly Oubre Jr. | Status: Unrestricted free agent
Oubre is a good scorer with poor instincts and bad defense. But teams always need offense.
5. Dario Saric | Status: Unrestricted free agent
Saric played well for the Thunder after being acquired via midseason trade. He’s a smart player with some athletic limitations.
6. Paul Reed | Status: Restricted free agent
Reed is a good athlete and shot blocker who had trouble finding a spot in Doc Rivers’ rotation.
7. Matisse Thybulle | Status: Restricted free agent
Thybulle is a terrific defender who is a perennial candidate for All-Defense teams. He became a much better shooter, hitting 37 percent of his 3s last season. But teams still leave him open, and he has to let them fly more often in order to be playable.
8. Ayo Dosunmu | Status: Restricted free agent
The Bulls extended a qualifying offer to Dosunmu, so they have the ability to match any offer that another team makes for the 23-year-old. But it’s still possible Dosunmu could leave Chicago this offseason for the right offer.
The two-year point guard started 51 games last season, averaging 8.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He struggled with his 3-point shooting this year, but he is a good defender who still has plenty of room to grow.
9. Kendrick Nunn | Status: Unrestricted free agent
Nunn didn’t play two seasons ago because of a nasty bone bruise and was slow coming back from that injury last season. But his play picked up substantially after being traded to the Wizards. He’s a good scorer and shot creator.
10. Mo Bamba | Status: Unrestricted free agent
Bamba is a good shot blocker and 3-point shooter but has low feel on the court. The Lakers waived Bamba but could try to bring him back at a lower price than the $10.3 million that they would have owed him.
11. Bol Bol | Status: Waived
Bol was unexpectedly waived by the Magic on Tuesday night. The 7-foot-2 big man has a unique skill set. He’s able to put it on the floor a bit, shoot, and protect the rim. Any team with cap space or exceptions remaining can claim his $2.2 million salary.
If Bol clears waivers, he will be an unrestricted free agent.
12. Aaron Holiday | Status: Unrestricted free agent
Holiday is a good defender and hit 41 percent of his 3s last season. He does have a tendency to make mistakes on the court, but in a limited role as a backup, he can be useful.
13. Javonte Green | Status: Restricted free agent
Green is an energy wing off the bench. He’s a defensive menace who is great at getting deflections, and his athleticism lets him get up for dunks. He’s an improved 3-point shooter, hitting 37 percent from 3 last year, but he is very reticent to let them fly.
14. Terence Davis | Status: Unrestricted free agent
Davis is a good scorer with range from 3. He’s a nice athlete too who tries hard on defense but doesn’t have great technique.
15. Montrezl Harrell | Status: Unrestricted free agent
Somehow, Harrell is still only 29 years old. He’s still a pretty good scorer with terrible defense. He could be an okay scoring and energy option off the bench for someone.
16. JaMychal Green | Status: Unrestricted free agent
Green is a stretch small-ball five that can guard multiple positions and hits 37 percent of his 3s for his career. He wasn’t playable for much of the Warriors’ postseason but he can eat up minutes for a team off the bench during the regular season.
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