It’s safe to say that there are some big names heading into free agency this off-season. Teams may have a choice on whom to resign or let go. Sometimes this could be a difficult decision, which is why we are picking one free agent from each team that the organization should look to resign.
Disclaimer: These picks are made from the free agents currently on each team, not an opposing team that should sign them.
Atlanta Hawks, John Collins
Collins has been no short of impressive this season. He is shining in the playoffs next to Trae Young and the Hawks could look to resign him after a strong 2020-21 season.
Boston Celtics, Evan Fournier
The Celtics don’t have too many big names entering free agency this year. Fournier was a piece the Celtics had obtained from the Orlando Magic midway through the season. Without Kemba Walker, the Celtics could look to retain Fournier as a key bench player.
Brooklyn Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie
Dinwiddie is coming off a knee injury, which he was healing from for most of the season. Although he has been recovering, it is no secret that he is a star, and playing next to Brooklyn’s ‘big three’ could ultimately result in a four-headed threat to rest of the league.
Charlotte Hornets, Devonte’ Graham
Graham is an important piece to the puzzle down in Charlotte. He is a well-rounded role player for the Hornets that can play some solid minutes. Look for the Hornets to continue with their young core next season.
Chicago Bulls, Lauri Markkanen
Markkanen could be looked at as one of the most underrated players in the league. He is not afraid to shoot from beyond the arc. Next to Zach Lavine, Markkanen is a key piece to the Bulls.
Cleveland Cavaliers, Jarrett Allen
Without Andre Drummond, the Cavaliers needed a big man. Allen has been a solid answer for their need to fill the center spot. The Cavaliers should look to resign the big man who averaged 13.2 points and almost ten rebounds per game.
Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr.
Hardaway averaged almost 17 points per contest this year and if the Mavericks resign him and possibly a few other players, they could move up in the Western Conference standings.
Denver Nuggets, Will Barton
Barton is a pivotal starter for the Nuggets which was visible in the games he missed during the playoffs. He averaged just shy of 13 points and almost one steal per game.
Detroit Pistons, Wayne Ellington
The Pistons are in rebuilding mode, but this doesn’t stop them from resigning an underrated piece in Ellington. The guard finished the year shooting 42.2% from three point range and could continue to grow over the next few seasons.
Golden State Warriors, Kelly Oubre Jr.
It’s quite obvious that Oubre Jr. should be the free agent the Warriors resign. With Klay Thompson coming back from injury, Oubre Jr. could have a slight weight taken off of his shoulders. The Warriors could be a threat in the coming year with everyone back and healthy.
Houston Rockets, Kelly Olynyk
Olynyk was traded to Houston in a trade that sent Victor Oladipo to Miami. Since arriving in Houston, Olynyk has been fairly good. Keep an eye out for the Rockets due to the fact they have the second overall pick in the draft. They could look to build around the players they currently have in John Wall and Olynyk.
Indiana Pacers, T.J. McConnell
McConnell has been a well-rounded player that can do almost anything for the Pacers. He can score, dish out assists, and even tally steals. The Pacers could focus on resigning him in the off-season.
Los Angeles Clippers, Kawhi Leonard
If there was an obvious team that would like to resign a player, it would be the Clippers and Leonard. With their season ending to Phoenix in the Western Conference Finals, we could see a determined Paul George alongside a now healthy Leonard this year. There’s still optimism for Clippers after making it to their first ever conference finals this past season.
Los Angeles Lakers, Dennis Schröder
You can assume that the Lakers season did not end how many expected it to end. A silver lining is that Lebron James and Anthony Davis both seem to be staying in L.A., but the Lakers also should try to resign a key piece that they added the previous off-season in Schröder. He has maintained a solid season and could put together another good year in the 2021-22 season.
Memphis Grizzlies, Justise Winslow
The Grizzlies may have the least amount of free agents to choose to resign, which could be a good thing. Winslow along with Tim Frazier and Killian Tillie, the two other free agents, could all look to be resigned by the Grizzlies for added depth.
Miami Heat, Victor Oladipo
Although reports are estimating Oladipo to remain sidelined with an injury for the majority of the 2021-22 season, he is still an important player to the team. If the Heat fail to resign him, don’t be shocked if an opposing team picks him up.
Milwaukee Bucks, P.J. Tucker
A late addition to the team, Tucker has proved to be a reliable player. Tucker especially shined in the second round of the playoffs by defending Kevin Durant outgoingly. The Bucks should try to resign him before another team makes an appealing offer.
Minnesota Timberwolves, Jarred Vanderbilt
The Timberwolves are in the same boat as the Grizzlies. With only three free agents, the team could look to retain them all for depth. The one that stands out is Vanderbilt, a forward who can rebound, score, and play some good defense as well.
New Orleans Pelicans, Lonzo Ball
Ball has showed up this season. He has proved to be an option next to Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram to rack up some points on the offensive end, and maintain good defense at the same time.
New York Knicks, Derrick Rose
Rose has flourished in New York. He showed out in the playoffs and teams could try to sign Rose in free agency, but the Knicks should try to stay in that race as well.
Oklahoma City Thunder, Tony Bradley
Bradley came over to the Thunder from Philadelphia where he came off the bench. Bradley can score and lock down players on the defensive end. The Thunder may try to keep Bradley with new, younger players being added.
Orlando Magic, Otto Porter Jr.
Coming over from Chicago, Porter has been pretty good. With Orlando rebuilding, a player like Porter could help the team overall as well as help earn some wins this season.
Philadelphia 76ers, Dwight Howard
Coming off the bench for arguably the best center in the league is no easy task, but Howard has become a well grounded option in Philly. Throughout the playoffs, his role was played superbly and the 76ers may look to keep him going into next season.
Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul
Along with Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul is another obvious player that his team should try to retain. With the Suns making the NBA Finals, Chris Paul and the Suns may look to run it back regardless of how the Finals end.
Portland Trailblazers, Norman Powell
Powell was on a lot of team’s radars during the season but ultimately ended up in Portland. Powell is a pest defensively and proved he can do more than just score. Many teams could look to add him to their roster and the Trailblazers could use him if Damian Lillard does decide to leave.
Sacramento Kings, Richaun Holmes
The Kings forward could also be over looked but in reality is averaging 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and almost two blocks per game. Holmes might fly under the radar for a few teams, but the Kings should look to keep him on the team.
San Antonio Spurs, DeMar DeRozan
DeRozan has already proved himself in the NBA. He was dominant in Toronto and has continued to dominate in San Antonio. There is probably a multitude of teams eyeing DeRozan, but the Spurs should try to retain him if they want to make another push for the playoffs.
Toronto Raptors, Kyle Lowry
Lowry decided to stay in Toronto despite the trade rumors earlier in the season. Teams have been in contact with the Raptors for Lowry. He may decide to stay in Toronto again this off-season if they are willing to offer him a new contract.
Utah Jazz, Mike Conley
Conley was out for several playoff games and it was visible what he meant to the team. The Jazz could use Conley for at least one more season to make another push at the title next year.
Washington Wizards, Robin Lopez
Lopez is a great option in the post for Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal. He can play defense and could be an option for many teams in need for a big this season.