5 Best Remaining NBA Free Agents Following First Day
By Zach Brunner
The first official day of NBA Free Agency lived up to the hype, with constant news and seemingly more sign-and-trade deals than you could keep track of. While many of the biggest names have already committed to a new home, there is still plenty of talent available.
Here are the five best NBA free agents that remain available.
1. Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi will be meeting with the LA teams later this week, so don't expect a decision from him too quickly. The reigning Finals MVP showed just how good he is, taking over the playoffs en route to delivering Toronto their first NBA championship. The Raptors, Clippers and Lakers appear to be the only three landing spots for Kawhi, and he will be an immediate game changer wherever he ends up. However, the other two teams will consider their free agency period a failure.
2. DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins signed with the Warriors last offseason for two reasons: to win a championship and to get healthy. He did neither. Injuries continued to plague the year for Cousins, and they will likely be the reason he signs another short-term, prove-it deal. However, Cousins is one of the best players on the floor when he is healthy, and every team can use a big man that is capable of knocking down jump shots.
3. Enes Kanter
Kanter is a traditional post player that can control the paint for a team. Deserving of a pay day, Kanter can be a nightly double-double candidate for a contender, such as the Celtics or Lakers. Expect a number of landing spots to be rumored in the coming days for Kanter, but he will ultimately go where the money takes him.
4. Kevon Looney
Often overshadowed by the star power on the Golden State Warriors, Looney is one of the best available talents that nobody is talking about. In fact, Steve Kerr has called him "a foundational piece." This past season, Looney put up a career-high in points (6.3), shooting percentage (62.5), rebounds (5.2) and minutes (18.5). While the Warriors will do what they can to keep them, Looney is said to also be meeting with the Rockets and Bulls.
5. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Hollis-Jefferson has been an important piece for the Nets the past four seasons. And while he isn't going to be a game-changer, he is an affordable forward that can be asked to play a number of roles for a championship-caliber team, if he decides to go that direction. While his long-range shot needs some work, he's a big-bodied small forward that isn't afraid to battle in the paint for extra possessions. RHJ has averaged 10 points, six rebounds and two assists per game during his Nets career, despite averaging just over 23 minutes of action.
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