The 2019 NBA free agency will be one to follow. It has plenty of star power that could potentially alter the entire landscape of the league for years to come with the likes of Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard among others. Lets take a look at the ten players you'll be hoping your franchise lands, along with about 40 other names that could help your favorite team inch closer to making a championship run.
Unrestricted means the player is free to sign wherever he pleases. Restricted means the players' current team has the opportunity to match any offer that player receives. Player option means the player has the choice to rejoin his current team or enter free agency unrestricted. Team option means that the team has the choice to resign the player or allow him to enter free agency unrestricted.
1. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, player option
Durant signed another 1+1 in the 2018 offseason, leading to another player option in 2019. He is without a doubt the highest-touted free agent and you could say the next few years of the league rests on this decision. Will KD return to Golden State to try and continue this run, or go write his legacy elsewhere?
2. Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors, player option
The Raptors took a risk trading for Leonard in the 2018 offseason knowing that it's completely his decision whether he stays or goes in the 2019 offseason. If Kawhi returns to the level of his Finals MVP days, you could argue his free agency decision is equally as big as Durant's. The Raptors have one season to make Leonard feel at home to resign next offseason.
3. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, player option
Irving made it clear on Thursday night that he intends on resigning with the Celtics after this season, but until we see pen on paper, he is still the third best prospective free agent this offseason. Irving missed all of last playoffs after having knee surgery late in the season but is fully recovered and ready to go for the 2018-19 season. His young and promising Celtics' core is set to run the East for the coming years and it is not likely we see him move on from that.
4. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, unrestricted
Thompson has proven his value over and over again as a main piece in the Warriors multi-championship run. He has emerged as one of the top pure shooters and perimeter defenders in the entire league and you can expect him to be paid like it this offseason. Many expect this to be the first piece to fall in the unraveling of the Warriors' dynasty, though Thompson has not truly hinted one way or the other on his decision.
5. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, player option
Where Butler will begin the 2018-19 NBA season remains one of the top unanswered questions of the preseason. Even if he is traded, there is unlikely to be any longer term commitment before his free agency this offseason. Butler, like Thompson, has proved he is a top wing defender in the league and he plans to be paid like one. Expect Butler to sign somewhere that he can join forces with another player (or players) on this list.
6. DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors, unrestricted
Cousins and the Warriors agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal this offseason. This came as a shock to just about every stakeholder in the NBA with Cousins widely considered as one of the league's top big men. He is still recovering from his achillies injury last season and many believe he'll use whatever he gets out of the 2018-19 season as leverage in a max deal in the 2019 offseason.
7. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, restricted
Porzingis will get his fair share of offers this offseason but it's very likely the Knicks will match any offersheet thrown their way. He is expected to miss the 2018-19 season in its' entirety, making a slow recovery from last year's ACL injury. Should the Knicks' match the highest offer Porzingis receives, they'll be able to pair him with two other players on this list to try and form a big three of their own with two max contract spots open on their roster after this year.
8. Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, unrestricted
Kemba has been quietly phenomenal in Charlotte and has back-to-back all-star appearances to show for it. He's spent the first seven years of his career with the Hornets and has hardly mentioned his plans for the future. He did say earlier this Summer that 'Charlotte is where he plans to be', but we'll see if that holds true following this season.
9. Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers, restricted
Turner earns a spot on this list as one of the league's most up-and-coming big men. He's showed great shot blocking ability, rebounds well and can knock down shots from beyond the arc. He proves to be a model of the direction the league is going in and he'll likely receive offers that match that potential. With that being said, it is hard to believe the Pacers won't match any deal that their 22-year old big man is offered.
10. Al Horford, Boston Celtics, player option
Horford has become the leader and captain of this young Celtics core and has played to the level of the max contract he received in the 2016 offseason. With a $30 million player option this offseason, I would expect one of two things from the Celtics defensive anchor: either he accepts the player option and takes his money, or he declines it to restructure his contract in favor of the Celtics. It is highly unlikely you will see Horford in anything other than kelly green and white following this season.
Other notable free agents listed alphabetically
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers
Trevor Ariza, Phoenix Suns
Michael Beasley, Los Angeles Lakers
Patrick Beverly, Los Angeles Clippers
Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks
Bojan Bogdanovic, Indiana Pacers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers
Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers
Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets
Tyreke Evans, Indiana Pacers
Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs
Taj Gibson, Minnesota Timberwolves
Danny Green, Toronto Raptors
Tobias Harris, Los Angeles Clippers
DeAndre Jordan, Dallas Mavericks
Enes Kanter, New York Knicks
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks
Luc Mbah a Moute, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris, Boston Celtics
Markieff Morris, Washington Wizards
Nikola Mirotic, New Orleans Pelicans
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
J.J. Redick, Philadelphia 76ers
Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Lakers
Ricky Rubio, Utah Jazz
Lance Stephenson, Los Angeles Lakers
Isaiah Thomas, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers
Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks
Goran Dragic, Miami Heat
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Dwight Howard, Washington Wizards
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
C.J. Miles, Toronto Raptors
Julius Randle, New Orleans Pelicans
Jeff Teague, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat
Malcolm Brogdan, Milwaukee Bucks
Larry Nance Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers
Kelly Oubre Jr., Washington Wizards
Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls
Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics
D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets
Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets
Jabari Parker, Chicago Bulls