The 2019 NBA free agency will be one to follow. It has plenty of star power that could potentially alter the landscape of the league for years to come, with the likes of Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard expected to become free agents.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the 10 biggest free agents this offseason, along with about 40 other names that could help teams 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 re-join his current team or enter free agency unrestricted. Team option means that the team has the choice to re-sign 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. Even after his injury in Game 5 of the Finals, he is the highest-touted free agent in this class. You could say the next few years of the league rests on this decision, both because of how it impacts the Warriors and whichever team he joins should be leave.
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. With the level that Leonard has been competing at this season, his free agency decision is equally as big as Durant's.
3. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Unrestricted
Irving is the first player on this list to decline his player option for the upcoming season, making him an unrestricted free agent. Will he stay with the Celtics or will he sign elsewhere? Irving is coming off of a season in which he made the All-NBA Second Team for the first time in his career.
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 league, and you can expect him to be paid like it this offseason.
5. Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia 76ers, Unrestricted
Butler has reportedly declined his player option and will enter free agency unrestricted. Butler should gauge interest from a number of teams after an extremely impressive stretch of play this past postseason.
6. DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors, Unrestricted
It once seemed unlikely that Cousins would be with the Warriors beyond this season, but he suffered another serious injury early in the playoffs. Will he return to the Warriors on another "prove it" deal or will another team take a chance on him?
7. Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, Restricted
Porzingis missed all of the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL. Following his trade to the Mavericks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the one-time All-Star is planning to sign the qualifying offer this summer, which would make him an unrestricted free agent next summer.
8. Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, Unrestricted
Walker is widely regarded as the second-best point guard in this free agent class. If he re-signs with the Hornets, he'll lock in his spot as the best player in franchise history, if he hasn't done so already.
9. Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers, Unrestricted
Harris has shown out this season for two different franchises. The 76ers have all intentions of re-signing the scoring forward, but Harris will be a highly coveted option for teams looking to get one final piece to make a championship push should he weigh his options.
10. Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, Unrestricted
Despite a rough postseason, Vucevic put everyone on notice this season by posting career-highs across the board. The first-time All-Star will be a highly touted piece this free agency.
Other notable free agents
Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers
Trevor Ariza, Washington Wizards
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
Michael Beasley, Free Agent
Patrick Beverly, Los Angeles Clippers
Bojan Bogdanovic, Indiana Pacers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers
Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers
Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs
Taj Gibson, Minnesota Timberwolves
Danny Green, Toronto Raptors
Al Horford, Boston Celtics
DeAndre Jordan, New York Knicks
Enes Kanter, Portland Trail Blazers
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Luc Mbah a Moute, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris, Boston Celtics
Markieff Morris, Washington Wizards
Nikola Mirotic, Milwaukee Bucks
Julius Randle, New Orleans Pelicans
J.J. Redick, Philadelphia 76ers
Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Lakers
Ricky Rubio, Utah Jazz
Lance Stephenson, Los Angeles Lakers
Isaiah Thomas, Denver Nuggets
Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies
Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers
Goran Dragic, Miami Heat
Marc Gasol, Toronto Raptors
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets
Dwight Howard, Washington Wizards
C.J. Miles, Memphis Grizzlies
Jeff Teague, Minnesota Timberwolves
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat
Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks
Kelly Oubre Jr., Phoenix Suns
Bobby Portis, Washington Wizards
Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics
D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets
Jabari Parker, Washington Wizards
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