Free Agency

The best restricted free agents on the market

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Restricted free agents Marcus Smart, Clint Capela and Jabari Parker (Getty Images)

While top free agents like LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins off the market, some teams are looking to fill out their rosters with the few free agents that are still available.

Here are a few players available via restricted free agency that hope to cash in...

Clint Capela

Season stats: 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.9 blocks per game

A rim-running, shot-blocking center who is reportedly upset with how the Rockets are handling negotiations. Houston will likely match any offer for Capela given his fit alongside James Harden and Chris Paul, but the Rockets don't want to throw out a huge number with no competing offers on the table.

Marcus Smart

Season stats: 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds,1.3 steals per game

Defence, effort and energy in a 6-4, 220-pound package. Smart could sign Boston's $6.1 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next year, but there's a chance the Kings jump in with an offer sheet and force the Celtics to make a difficult decision.

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Jabari Parker

Season stats: 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game

A versatile scorer with a troubling injury history. At 23 years old, Parker is still scratching the surface of his potential, but multiple ACL tears have kept him on the bench for extended time. Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the front office is talking to Parker "every day," so he could end up back in Milwaukee.

Rodney Hood

Season stats: 14.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists per game

Scoring and shooting with a few red flags. Hood struggled to find a role with the Cavs after being moved by the Jazz ahead of the February trade deadline, but he did average 16.8 points per game while shooting 38.9 percent from deep in Utah before the trade. The Kings and Bulls are reportedly interested in making an offer for Hood, but the Cavs won't give up on him just yet.

Montrezl Harrell

Season stats: 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists per game

An undersized big man with a high motor off the bench. Harrell averaged 11.0 points in just 17.0 minutes per game last season with the Clippers, but it appears suitors are currently in short supply. That could mean a team-friendly contract for the Clippers is coming.

Honourable mention

Patrick McCaw - Enticing upside more than overall production. McCaw saw major dips in his shooting percentages during his sophomore year with the Warriors before his regular season was cut short by a scary spine injury. (He returned to play limited minutes in the playoffs.) All signs point to McCaw sticking with Golden State and completing the roster for another title run.

David Nwaba - A tough defender willing to do anything to help his team. Nwaba's numbers might not jump off the page (7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game), but his length, athleticism and toughness make him a switchable defender along the perimeter. The Bulls were reportedly at a "stalemate" with Nwaba at the start of free agency, leading to sign-and-trade possibilities.

Yogi Ferrell - A solid (but limited) option as a backup point guard. With no teams outside of Dallas lining up to recruit Ferrell, the former Indiana University star will likely take the $2.9 million qualifying offer from the Mavericks. Despite the presence of franchise cornerstones Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic, Ferrell should still be able to find some minutes off the bench.

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