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Top NBA Free Agents to consider this offseason

Top NBA Free Agents to consider this offseason
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This is a look at the spending on free agents last season, and if early signs are to be acknowledged those numbers could more than double this 2016/17 preseason.

Here’s the biggest names set to become free agents at season’s end.

And no, we don’t see LeBron James or Kevin Durant considering a market outside of the big metropolitan cities like Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Chicago.

Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard, center, misses a basket as Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, left, and Harrison Barnes defend during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Houston. The Warriors won 121-94. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard, center, misses a basket as Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, and Harrison Barnes defend during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Houston. The Warriors won 121-94. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Dwight Howard, center, Houston

2015-16 stats: Howard provided the Rockets with 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

Garbersports’ take: Lots of drama, but lots of rebounds and blocked shots, too.

Al Horford, center, Atlanta

2015-16 stats: Horford averaged 15.2 points per game along with 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 blocks.

Garbersports’ take: Might be the best fit in the post because he can stretch the floor.

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) smiles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. The NBA announced Saturday, April 23, 2016, that Conley is the winner of the Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship. The annual award for ethical behavior and fair play is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) smiles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. The NBA announced Saturday, April 23, 2016, that Conley is the winner of the Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship. The annual award for ethical behavior and fair play is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

Mike Conley, guard, Memphis

2015-16 stats: In 56 games, Conley averaged 15.3 points, 6.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Garbersports’ take: Intriguing, likely to leave Grizzlies and it’s a thin PG crop.

Hassan Whiteside, center, Miami

2015-16 stats: Whiteside gave the Heat 14.2 points, 3.7 blocks and 11.8 rebounds per game through 73 appearances.

Garbersports’ take: Everybody loves his skill, but worried about his flakiness.

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay, left, tries to stop New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. The Pelicans won 123-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay, left, tries to stop New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. The Pelicans won 123-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Ryan Anderson, forward, New Orleans

2015-16 stats: Anderson averaged 17.0 points per game while shooting at a 42.7 percent clip for the Pelicans. He also offered up 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

Garbersports’ take: Very high on a lot of people’s list, especially the Dallas Mavericks.

Pau Gasol, center, Chicago

Apr 9, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol (16) backs down Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the second half at the United Center. Chicago won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

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Apr 9, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol (16) backs down Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the second half at the United Center. Chicago won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Garbersports’ take: He would allow any team with a good power forward to remain in their position because he can play at Center.

Marreese Speights, forward, Golden State

2015-16 stats: Speights gave the Warriors 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while averaging 11.6 minutes over the season.

Garbersports’ take: He’s come on strong this season and in the playoffs.

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 17: Nicolas Batum #5 of the Charlotte Hornets drives on Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 17, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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MIAMI, FL – APRIL 17: Nicolas Batum #5 of the Charlotte Hornets drives on Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 17, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Nic Batum, forward, Charlotte

2015-16 stats: Batum gave the Hornets 14.9 points per game along with 5.8 assists and 6.1 rebounds.

Garbersports’ take: He’s a great support player, and at this point of his career will make a great role player.

Evan Turner, forward, Boston

2015-16 stats: In 28 minutes per game, Turner averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

Garbersports’ take: He’s got flaws, but he’s also got a nice, diverse skill set.

Kent Bazemore, forward, Atlanta

2015-16 stats:  Bazemore gave the Hawks 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game while averaging 27.8 minutes.

Garbersports’ take: Could be a good fit at a relatively good price.


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