After Kevin Durant officially opting out of his $31.5 million dollar option with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday morning, the upcoming summer free agent class has become one of the deepest in many years. Durant, along with NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, his teammate Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton, headline a class that could see all of them get Maximum contracts.
But after the those guys, players like Al Horford, D’Angelo Russell and Nikola Vucevic will get big contracts as well. Now after those guys, who will be able to cash in?
Here is a list of a few guys that could break the bank after the top guys cash out:
Julius Randle- New Orleans Pelicans
Randle is one of the few players on this list that has flown under the radar and has gotten better every year he’s been in the league. He began this season coming off the bench for the Pelicans and became a full-time starter in mid-December. After he became a starter, his production increased and he was the Pelicans leading scorer during their interesting season.
He’s a tremendous scorer and rebounder for his size and position. He opted out of his $8.5 million contract for the upcoming season and is ready to cash. Whoever can get the 6th year forward will have a double-double threat, even though he’s an below average defender.
Expect Him To Get: $15-18 million per season
Terrence Ross- Orlando Magic
In this current day NBA, you can make a lot money on the open market if you can knockdown shots. In the case of the Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross, he’s one of the best on the open market. Ross, was the only non-starting player to hit over 200 three-point shots in the 2018-2019 season.
He had 24 games this season where he hit 4 or more three-pointers in a game. Terrence provided a solid and stable scoring threat off the bench and came through when Orlando needed him the most. In the last 6 games of the season, when the Magic were fighting for their playoff lives, Ross averaged 21.8 points a game and knocked down 28 three-pointers as they finished 5-1 to make the playoffs.
Expect Him To Get: $14-17 million per season
Jeremy Lamb- Charlotte Hornets
Kemba Walker got a lot of the headlines for the Hornets, but Lamb was arguably the best player on the team after Walker this season. After James Borrego decided to bring Lamb off the bench to close the season, his play didn’t falter. He finished averaging 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
He’s a very solid shooter who is outstanding from the free throw line. Now if Charlotte keeps Walker, then there is a good chance that they will retain Lamb as well. But if he isn’t resigned in the Queen City, expect Lamb to find plenty of teams ready to take on his services. Especially the ones who will miss out on Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler.