Technically, most of this year’s top free agents remain unsigned. Until the on-site moratorium at the start of the 2020/21 championship year lifts at 11:01 a.m. CST today, most of them are not eligible to sign their new contracts.
However, in the past couple of days, many of the players on our 2020 best free agent list have pulled out of the market by entering into contractual deals with teams in the league.
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While these are only tentative deals and can still fall apart, this usually doesn’t happen more than once or twice in any given offseason, so it is prudent to draft these deals for the moment and assume that these free agents are off the table.
So who leaves this? Here are the top free agents on our Top 50 list who haven’t accepted any new deals yet:
- Anthony davis, F / C, Lakers
- Brandon ingram, F, Pelicans (RFA)
- Bogdan Bogdanovic, G / F, Kings (FRG)
- Hassan whiteside, C, Track blazers
- Dario saric, F, suns (RFA)
- Aron Baynes, C, suns
- Bryn forbes, G, spurs
- Marc Gasol, C, raptors
- Juan Hernangomez, F, Timberwolves (FRG)
- Kent bazemore, F, Kings
- Markieff Morris, F, Lakers
- Langston Galloway, G, pistons
- Harry giles, C, kings
- Reggie Jackson, G, Clippers
Several of the players listed in our honorable mentions section – including Chris Boucher (RFA), Chris Chiozza (RFA), Torrey craig, Shaquille Harrison, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Frank Kaminsky, Alex len, Jordan mclaughlin (RFA), E’Twaun Moore, Shabazz Napier, Austin rivers, and Glenn robinson – also remain unsigned.
Additionally, a few notable veterans have hit the free agent market since we released our list, having allowed waivers after they were released. This group includes Taj Gibson, Ersan Ilyasova, and Wayne ellington.
Now, while the idea that Davis and Ingram are still out there might sound enticing, the idea that either of these players will leave their current squad is probably wrong. Davis always planned to re-sign with the Lakers and simply intends to take his time before finalizing an agreement. It is possible that this will not happen until after Thanksgiving, or even in early December.
As for Ingram, his restricted status means the Pelicans would be able to match any offer he receives and it is assumed the team would. The most likely scenario is that Ingram and New Orleans will simply work out their own maximum wage deal.
So if we consider the best free agents that are still legitimately available, the list probably starts with Bogdanovic. We’ll see if anything happens with him today once the moratorium is over – if he signed an offer sheet at that time with the Falcons (who are very interested), the clock starts immediately on kings, who would have two days to decide whether or not to match.
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