After a wild start to free agency that saw billions of dollars shelled out to the players, we are in a wait-and-see period with the remaining NBA free agents. After most of the big names have signed large deals, the crop of players left can still make an impact on a team. This list will give you the best five available players in no particular order, excluding LeBron James, who is taking his sweet time before he re-signs with the Cavaliers.

NBA Free Agents
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1. Lance Stephenson 

  • Lance has had his fair share of issues since he left Indiana, but he can still offer a lot to an NBA team. He is a great perimeter defender who knows how to get to the paint and score. He’s now three years removed from being a walking triple-double with the Pacers, but is still one of the best viable options on the market. He was rumored to be returning to Indiana, but Larry Bird has shot down that report.

Predicted team: Denver Nuggets 

(Sun Sentinel)
(Sun Sentinel)

2. Mario Chalmers

  • Chalmers has turned a very successful college career into a very successful NBA career. He is a proven winner who has won at every level and can provide an NBA team with instant offense. At age 30, coming off of an Achilles injury, Chalmers value has taken a hit this off-season. According to his agent, he is ahead of schedule in recovering from his injury and will be choosing his team before Training Camp. He will certainly draw interest from multiple organizations.

Predicted team: Milwaukee Bucks

(USA TODAY Sports)
(USA TODAY Sports)

3. Josh Smith

  • Remember when Josh Smith commanded a $54 million contract from the Pistons only a few years ago? Well things have certainly changed, and it is certainly possible Smith’s NBA days are numbered. He’s not the best teammate, loves to shoot, hates to pass and his best playing days are behind him. All that being said, he can still offer an offensive boost to a second or third unit on an NBA team. Will a team take that type of risk is the question…..

Predicted team: Overseas

NBA Free Agent
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4. Ty Lawson

  • As stated in a previous article, Lawson’s career has taken a turn for the worse, but he still has a lot to offer a team in the NBA. If he can play like he did in Denver rather than Houston or Indiana then a team could get a veteran point guard at what would seem to be very little cost. Lawson needs to sign a one-year deal to show he can be a good player, teammate and that his off-court issues are in the past.

Predicted team: Sacramento Kings

NBA Free Agents
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5. David Lee

  • At age 33, Lee’s days as a serious contributor are behind him. But in the NBA teams look for a veteran presence on the end of their bench, and David Lee would fit that role. He can give you 15 minutes a game but more importantly would be great in the locker room. A reunion with the Warriors is not out of the question—he would sign for the minimum and the Golden State bench has taken a hit this off-season.

Predicted team: Golden State Warriors

 

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