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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.