NBA Unrestricted Free Agents That Could Switch Teams This Offseason
There will be plenty of good free agents available this summer and with the salary cap projected to be at about 92 million, plenty of teams will be looking to spend big bucks. For this article I will be focusing on two of the top five NBA unrestricted free agents who are most likely to switch teams.
Durant is just entering his prime and has has already established himself as one the most prolific scorers of all time. He will undoubtedly be the most sought out free agent, but it’s still a mystery as to how many teams actually have a legitimate chance of luring him away from Oklahoma City.
Durant has remained loyal to the organization throughout his career and a likely scenario is him giving the Thunder one more chance by signing a two year contract with an opt out for next season. This will allow him to be a free agent once again in 2017 with teammate Russell Westbrook.
Fresh off the biggest collapse in NBA Finals history, the Warriors are poised to make some noise in free agency to help ease their pain. The Warriors have made it no secret that they will aggressively pursue Durant when free agency officially opens up on July 1st.
KD has stated that his choice will solely be a basketball decision. If this is the case and money isn’t a motivating factor, then moving to the Bay Area would make a lot of sense from a winning perspective.
Joining forces with three other All-NBA players in their prime with Curry, Thompson and Green, would all but secure his goal of winning multiple championships.
San Antonio Spurs
Durant takes his talents to the Bay Area.
Horford has been an underrated player his whole career and a lot of that is due to the fact he plays for a small market in Atlanta. The Hawks have had successful regular seasons and are always in the mix as one of the top teams in the East, but the stigma that follows them is that they won’t ever truly compete for a championship.
If Horford’s goal is to win a ring, then he may have to consider testing the open market.
The Celtics are the team of the future and they are a couple pieces away from challenging the top teams in the Eastern Conference. General Manager Danny Ainge has desperately tried to add a star player to his squad, but has failed to do so.
Ainge had a lot of draft picks to dangle come draft day, but in the end he couldn’t land that big name the team needed. He must now turn his attention to free agency and adding Horford could be one of those pieces that get the Celtics over the top in the East.
Pat Riley is determined to get the Heat back on track after losing Lebron James to the Cavs. With Dwyane Wade entering his twilight years, the window to compete for another championship is closing fast.
With the possibility of losing Hassan Whiteside to free agency and the uncertainty of Chris Bosh’s health, adding another star to the mix is essential if the Heat hope to contend for a title.
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers
The Celtics finally add a much needed star.
(NBA Unrestricted Free Agents)