At some point, the 2019-20 NBA season is going to resume. The free agency season, which usually kicks off in early July, is going to happen as well. It just might be a little later than normal.
The biggest name in the 2020 free agent class is Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis. The Lakers star is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract and test the free agent market.
The 2020 free agent class will not have the same ‘oomph’ as last year’s class when eight All-Stars found new teams via free agency or by trade. A handful of big names took themselves off the table by signing new deals with the current teams. Draymond Green signed a contract extension in Golden State and Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry both did the same in Toronto.
Teams might be looking ahead to next year’s free agency period, but there is plenty of value in 2020. Here’s a look at the top potential free agents this year.
As mentioned, Davis will opt out of the final year of his contract and test free agency. Make no mistake, though, the Lakers are going to keep Davis on a max deal. Los Angeles wants to keep Davis (26.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.4 bpg) and LeBron James (25.7 ppg, 10.6 apg, 7.9 rpg) together as long as possible.
Ingram was part of the trade that brought Davis to L.A. He blossomed in his first season in New Orleans earning his first All-Star Game trip. Like Davis, Ingram will most likely be back in the Big Easy with what could be a max contract.
VanVleet, who was undrafted out of Wichita State, is quietly one of the best guards in the league. He is averaging career highs in both points (17.6 ppg) and assists (6.6 apg) and he is easily one of the best defenders at his position in the league. His basketball IQ is outstanding and he is a leader in the locker room. Toronto would love to keep him, but the competition might price them out of the market.
The 6-foot-10-inch Gallinari is scoring 19.2 points per game and is one of the reasons why Oklahoma City currently occupies the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. Gallinari will be 32 before the start of next season, but he is versatile and effective at either the 3 or 4 spot.