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Written by Ben Pfeifer
Free agency begins tonight at midnight, and things will definitely get crazy. And I am not doing LeBron, because he is a deity in Cleveland.
Kevin Durant – Thunder
Although there are many intriguing options, such as Golden State or San Antonio, I believe Durant will and should stay. He does not want to leave or be hated, and the Thunder as is are many people’s NBA champions. Durant should sign a one year deal and evaluate his situation next season.
Hassan Whiteside – Trail Blazers
Whiteside is down to Miani, Dallas, and Portland, and I think he goes to the Blazers.They have the cap to offer him a max, which he wants, without giving up another player. He could play with Lillard and make one of the best point guard center duos in the league. I think he has the best chance to win in Portland, and can get the most money.
Bradley Beal – Wizards, and Andre Drummond – Pistons
Both restricted free agents, both will get max deals.
Dwayne Wade – Heat
With Whiteside leaving, Wade will be able to get the money he wants and stay loyal to Miami. Although, if he went to a team like San Antonio I wouldn’t be shocked, but I think he will stay in South Beach.
Harrison Barnes – 76ers
This should be a head scratcher. Why would Barnes want to go from a top team to a bottom team. The Warriors will need to unload some pieces if they want a chance at Durant, and Barnes will want max money. Philly has the most cap space of any team, so Barnes could get what he wants. Also, they could ship Nerlens Noel to the interested Raptors for Cory Joseph, Norman Powell, or both. Now, does a starting five of Cory Joseph, Norman Powell, Harrison Barnes, Ben Simmons, and Jahlil Okafor sound too bad?
Nicolas Batum – Hornets
Batum had a great season and is a very valuable player, and should be able to get a max contract in Charlotte.
Al Jefferson – Lakers
With Batum getting a max, Charlotte will most likely not be able to give Jefferson the deal he wants. LA needs a center, and Jefferson could be a perfect candidate to help them succeed.
Al Horford – Celtics
The Celtics need a center, Horford wants money and to win. This just seems like a match made in heaven, and Brad Stevens will surely be able to get the most out of Horford.
Dwight Howard – Hawks
With the Hawks losing Al Horford, Dwight Howard could be a perfect replacement. Although he is not what he once was, he is still going to give you a double double every game, and help Atlanta win games.
Chandler Parsons – Magic
The Mavericks do not want to give Parsons the money he wants, which is near max or max money. A team who can give him that however, the Magic. They have a glaring hole at small forward, and Parsons is one of the most solid and consistent players in the league. His team oriented style will vitally help the Magic.
Mike Conley – Mavericks
The Grizzlies most likely will not want to give Conley a max contract. The Mavericks could bring him in and have him make a big impact. He is a two way player who is very smart, can hit the three, and who will fit in any system.
DeMar DeRozan – Raptors
All signs point towards Derozan remaining north of the border. This is the best situation him, for he can get the most money and keep the Raptors a contender in the east.
Luol Deng – Raptors
Bismack Biyombo – Pacers
Joakim Noah – Knicks
Marvin Williams – Pelicans
Jordan Clarkson – Lakers
Dirk Nowitzki – Mavericks
Pau Gasol – Warriors
Kent Bazemore – Wizards
Jamal Crawford – Knicks
Timofey Mozgov – Lakers
Eric Gordon – Pacers
Ryan Anderson – Wizards
Solomon Hill – Pelicans
Dion Waiters – Kings
Matthew Dellavedova – Bucks