The dust has settled in NBA free agency after the big names have found homes for the future. Gordon Hayward chose the Celtics, Chris Paul ended up in Houston (and Carmelo Anthony could soon follow), Blake Griffin stayed in Los Angeles, Kyle Lowry returned to Toronto, and the Warriors kept their championship core together.
Now, the best available second-tier free agents are on the clock. The Nets threw a max offer sheet at Otto Porter, only for the Wizards to match the four-year, $106 million pact. With Porter off the market, guys like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jonathon Simmons, and JaMychal Green patiently wait as teams make their pitches and sell themselves as the ideal destination.
In case you missed it, Lonzo Ball bounced back from his dreadful NBA debut. The Lakers still lost because Jayson Tatum was virtually unstoppable in the second half, finishing Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Tatum is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in the Summer League.
Markelle Fultz got hurt, but the injury turned out to be less severe than many anticipated. Patrick McCaw shined through for the Warriors, with 25 points on five three-pointers. And Cheap Professional Jerseys rookies Dennis Smith Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Bam Adebayo each showed why their respective teams drafted them with their lottery picks.
Regardless, there were three clear winners on Saturday night and one easily identifiable loser:
Of the remaining free agents, though, nine stand out as players who will inevitably sign a deal sooner than later. In no particular order, here are the best left:
The Mavericks traded Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson, and a first-round pick to Philly to get Noel. It’s unlikely they let another team pry their next Tyson Chandler away.
With Nerlens Noel, it’s a matter of how much and when Mavs get deal done to keep their restricted free agent big man.