A lot of players have the potential to move up in the free agency rankings this offseason, but a few notable names are currently sitting in the mix.
Here are the top five candidates: 1.
Terrence Ross: The 6-foot-10 center was one of the most impressive offensive rebounders in the NBA last season, averaging 13.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
With his contract expiring after this season, Ross will likely find a team willing to pay him as a free agent.
He’s also a veteran presence in the locker room, and he’s one of a handful of centers who will be under contract through the 2019-20 season.
Kyle Lowry: The Raptors superstar has the most guaranteed money on the team (about $70 million), and it will be interesting to see how he handles it when it comes to his contract situation.
The Raptors were able to offer him a new deal this past summer, but he decided to remain with Toronto and sign with the Phoenix Suns in the summer of 2019.
The team also is in the market for a big man, and the Raptors may need to shed salary.
DeMar DeRozan: The Toronto Raptors star is expected to be a free-agent in 2019, but there are some questions surrounding his health and how he will handle the NBA’s grueling schedule.
It’s also worth noting that DeRuzan was a three-time All-Star in the league last season and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
If he wants to stick around for the entire season, the Raptors will likely need to make a trade.
Jahlil Okafor: The Duke product is entering his fourth season in the D-League and could find himself in the same position as DeRizan in 2019.
He was named to the All-Rookie team last season after averaging 19.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in 27.3 minutes per game with the Blue Devils.
However, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers last month for a second-round pick and the rights to a 2020 first-round draft pick.
The 24-year-old will need to prove he’s a better player than he was a year ago to land a contract with a team in the Eastern Conference.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: The veteran forward was selected by the Raptors in the first round (16th overall) of the 2016 NBA draft and is one of their best young players.
He played the last three seasons with the New York Knicks and is averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game over the last two seasons.
However the 22-year old is still a free man after this upcoming season and will need a new team to be willing to offer a contract extension to him.
The Toronto native has the ability to be an All-NBA caliber player for the franchise.