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NBA Free Agency 2024: The 10 best free agents still available

NBA free agency has moved quickly.

The only one who makes the difference, Paul George, moved to the East Coast and made Philadelphia a threat. Klay Thompson left the Warriors – that still feels strange – and brought Dallas throwing and championship experience. James Harden stayed exactly where he waswhile Oklahoma City signs Isaiah Hartenstein (and Alex Caruso in exchange).

Who's gone? Here are the top 10 free agents still available on the evening of July 2.

(Note: LeBron James is not included in this list because he is a free agent in name only and is not leaving the Lakers. The only question is, will GM Rob Pelinka make a trade for a player good enough to get LeBron to take a discount, or will they have to pay him max?)

DeMar DeRozan

The Alex Caruso trade made everything clear for DeRozan – he wants to win, but doesn't see a way to do it in Chicago (ignore the fact that was the case for a few years and just let it be). DeRozan is a mid-range assassin who averaged 24 points per game last season and was strong in the decisive period. He's not a great defender, but he's an All-Star player and clearly the best player still available.

There is reportedly mutual interest between DeRozan and the Miami Heat, but the Lakers have also had talks with DeRozan about bringing him back to his Southern California roots. It could come down to who will agree to a sign-and-trade that pays more than the midlevel exception and, more importantly for the 34-year-old, years. (LeBron James would reportedly accept a salary reduction to make room for DeRozan's move to Los Angeles.)

Buddy Hield

Every team can use a sharpshooter, and Hield is the best on the board. Last season, he averaged 12.1 points per game and hit 38.6% of his threes, although his stint in Philly didn't go as either side had hoped. Hield is playing for the Bahamas in Olympic qualifying – doing so without an NBA contract is rare and a risk (if he's injured) – and scored 24 points in their opening win.

Hield has been linked to the Warriors in a sign-and-trade deal since Klay Thompson is gone. That seems to be the direction. The Kings are also said to be interested.

Tyus Jones

There are plenty of teams that could use a low turnover floor general (but too many of them rely on the Flash instead). Jones could help a lot of teams, he averaged 12 points and 7.3 assists per game for the low-scoring Wizards last season.

Jones was hoping to get starting money, but that seems to have dried up. The Wizards are exploring sign-and-trade options that could bring Jones to a playoff team for more than average exception money.

Caleb Martin

Just over a year ago, Martin should have been named MVP of the Eastern Conference Finals (Jimmy Butler did). This season, the athletic 3&D wing averaged 10 points per game and shot 34.9% from the three-point line. He's also a good defender. There are reports the Heat want to keep him. However, the Heat are only about $3 million under the second tax cap, and that's not enough to re-sign Martin without making other moves (the Heat are considering a sign-and-trade with DeMar DeRozan, so there could be more to come).

Gary Trent, Jr.

Another sharpshooter for a team looking for a floor spacer – last season he averaged 13.7 points per game for the Raptors and shot 39.3% from beyond the three-point line. What's holding teams back is his defense (or lack thereof), but Trent Jr. could help a lot of teams. Trent Jr. may have to come to terms with the reality that he won't make the $18.6 million he did last season and may not even get the full mid-level exception ($12.8 million).

Part of the challenge for Trent Jr. is that this was a relatively deep class of shooting guards, and many of them – Klay Thompson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Malik Monk, De'Anthony Melton, to name a few – should now be at the front of the line.

Malik Beasley

Another shooter who is still available (keep that in mind when your team realizes in December that they don't have enough shooters). He has rebounded from his rough season with the Lakers and reminded everyone who plays against the Bucks what a shooter he is. He shoots 41.3% from the three-point line and scores 11.3 points per game. He's not a great defender, but he has an important skill. The only thing we know is that he's not returning to Milwaukee. The Rockets had shown interest initially, but things have been quieter lately. Some team will snap up a bargain.

Mile bridges

That's too low a ranking in terms of pure talent, he should be second or third on this list – he scored 21 points per game in Charlotte last season, is a physical wing who is a beast in transition and has developed a 3-point shot (34.9% last season). If you use him, some media and fans will ask questions about a domestic violence case in his past (he was on probation and suspended by the league; in a later case, charges were dropped).

Charlotte made an offer to Bridges, who wanted more money, and there have been rumors of interest from teams with salary space like Orlando and Utah. The most recent interest comes from the Clippers in a possible sign-and-trade. Those talks are real, though the parties apparently still have a ways to go.

Isaac Okoro

A reserve wing who never developed as Cleveland hoped but is a solid rotation player, Okoro can defend multiple positions and his offensive game has improved. He averaged 9.4 points per game and made 39.1% of his threes last season. The Pistons are rumored to be interested in him.

Saddiq Bey

There is a need in the league at the wing position and Bey can step in and provide defense and score some points off the jump. He is also strong at the basket. The problem is that he is coming off an ACL injury and will miss the first part of the season. He may not be himself the whole time. Bey has been a little low on news because of the injury, but he will end up on a roster at some point this season.

Mark Fultz

Although no one had their eye on the former No. 1 pick, he developed into a solid rotational point guard in Orlando, averaging 7.8 points per game last season. Fultz has been relatively quiet, but when teams need a reliable backup point guard, he's called upon.

Only this list is missing: Precious Achiuwa, Spencer Dinwiddie, Dario Saric, Alec Burks, Taurus Prince.