The Duel

5 Best Remaining NBA Free Agents Not Named Kawhi Leonard

Zach Brunner
2019 NBA Finals - Game Six
2019 NBA Finals - Game Six / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
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In one of the crazier days in NBA offseason recent history, nearly all of the big names in free agency signed within the first 24 hours. Without a doubt, Kawhi Leonard is the top talent available, but with only a few teams in the running, teams are forced to look elsewhere to fill out their roster.

These are the five best NBA free agents remaining that are not named Kawhi Leonard.

1. DeMarcus Cousins

2019 NBA Finals - Game Six
2019 NBA Finals - Game Six / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

DeMarcus Cousins signed a one-year, prove-it deal with the Warriors last summer in an attempt to get healthy and win a championship. He accomplished neither of those. When he was healthy, Cousins showed he can still score at a high rate. Look for a team to sign him to a similar type of deal as last year, as he looks to put himself in better position next July.

2. Danny Green

2019 NBA Finals - Game Five
2019 NBA Finals - Game Five / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Quite simply, Danny Green is a winner. He was a national champion with North Carolina and played an important role in his two NBA Championships, with the Spurs and Raptors. Green is taking a patient approach to free agency, likely waiting to see if Kawhi returns to Toronto. Any team looking to compete this season should make a pitch to the sharpshooter.

3. Marcus Morris

Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers - Game Four
Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers - Game Four / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Morris is an old school, gritty player that was one of the few bright spots of a struggling Celtics team last season. He averaged 14 points and six rebounds, with 37.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He's a versatile forward and great defender, making him a valuable role player in today's NBA.

4. Kelly Oubre

Milwaukee Bucks v Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks v Phoenix Suns / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Oubre is a restricted free agent, meaning the Suns can match any offer he gets. The 23-year-old forward has shown flashes of his potential and would be a great role player on just about any team. After being traded to the Suns last season, Oubre averaged 17 points on 45 percent shooting.

5. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Brooklyn Nets v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Five
Brooklyn Nets v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Five / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

After signing Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, the Nets will be moving on from Hollis-Jerfferson, who has played an important role for the team during the past four seasons. He struggles shooting, but the big-bodied forward is good around the basket and can defend various positions well. Hollis-Jefferson is an affordable forward that a team like the Warriors should look at.


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