We’re currently on the 10th day of NBA Free Agency, and there are still some very good players out there on the market. Here are predictions for the top remaining NBA Free Agents:
1. Clint Capela – Restricted
2017-18 Team: Houston Rockets
Clint Capela was absolutely unbelievable during the 2017-2018 season, as he played a crucial role in the Rockets winning 65 games and making a run to the Western Conference Finals. However, the Rockets reportedly lowballed Capela, offering him a 4 year, $60 million deal when he was looking for 4 years, $100 million. I still think this stand-off could last another week or two, and I wouldn’t be surprised if another team swooped in and signed Capela to an offer sheet. Even if a team signs him to an offer sheet, the Rockets can still match an offer for Capela. Due to his restricted status, I don’t expect Capela to be anywhere except Houston next season.
Prediction: Houston Rockets
2. Marcus Smart – Restricted
2017-18 Team: Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart remains in just as awkward as a spot as Capela. Apparently the Celtics haven’t spoken to Marcus Smart about a new deal yet, and he was not happy about that. While the Kings were said to be interested, a new report is saying they have no interest. The only other team that I could see offering a contract to Smart is the Brooklyn Nets, who spoke to Smart in Vegas last night. However, Danny Ainge is a Smart guy (no pun intended) and might just be waiting to a point where he can offer Smart less money. Even if the Nets sign Marcus Smart, I don’t think it would be for enough money to make Ainge not match the contract. I think Smart will be back in Boston next season.
Prediction: Boston Celtics
3. Rodney Hood – Unrestricted
2017-18 Team: Utah Jazz/Cleveland Cavaliers
Rodney Hood was having a fantastic season with the Jazz before he was traded to the Cavaliers. In Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Hood showed what he could do, and at 25 years old, some teams still have interest in him. I think Sacramento is the perfect destination for Rodney Hood, where he’ll get a lot of touches, and likely start at the shooting guard position. Don’t be surprised if this happens sooner rather than later, as I expect Hood to sign a 1-2 year deal for about $10-12 million per year.
Prediction: Sacramento Kings
4. Jabari Parker – Restricted
2017-18 Team: Milwaukee Bucks
I don’t think that the Bucks want Jabari Parker back, as there’s a ton of injury concern that goes along with him. While many teams were going to pursue Parker in free agency, it seems as if that interest has diminished. Parker is certainly going to sign a two year prove-it deal, but the question is where? Parker is from Chicago, and the Bulls are a team that could use a small forward for this season. They just drafted Chandler Hutchinson, but I don’t think the Bulls would mind signing Jabari Parker to a 2 year, $6-7 million per year deal. I don’t even think the Bucks would bother to match that at this point, and I could also see Parker requesting that his restricted rights be renounced. This would be a great signing for Chicago, as Parker is still only 23 years old.
Prediction: Chicago Bulls
5. Isaiah Thomas – Unrestricted
2017-18 Team: Cleveland Cavaliers/Los Angeles Lakers
Isaiah Thomas likely has minimal interest around the league after he had a horrendous season coming off a hip injury. The only team that can use a veteran point guard to start right now is the Orlando Magic. The Magic would only sign Thomas to a cheap one year deal, with hope that he could recover some of his 2016-2017 form. If he could, it’d be a steal for the Magic.