Top Playmakers to Watch in NBA Free Agency 2024

Top Playmakers to Watch in NBA Free Agency 2024

Only a few days left before the start of NBA Free Agency 2024. Like every year at TrashTalk, we prepare for the big ball by presenting the guests, namely the best free agents, those who will shake up the market this summer. First part of our section with the playmakers.

Tyrese Maxey (agent-libre restreint)

Stats 2023-24 : 25.9 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 45% shooting, 37% 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

He is the leader who will be at the top of the bill for this Free Agency 2024. Author of a breathtaking season, Tyrese Maxey confirmed all the potential that we already saw in him. Not content with becoming an All-Star, Maxey even earned his first career award with the Most Improved Player (MIP), a true validation of his dazzling progress. If all NBA franchises would dream of a Tyrese Maxey in their ranks, we can already close this file since the player is a restricted free agent, which means that the Sixers can match all outside offers and they have planned to offer Maxey a max contract this summer. Suffice it to say that the other GMs probably won’t even take the time to make a phone call.

From Stein: “It’s considered a leaguewide lock that the Sixers will secure All-Star guard Tyrese Maxey on a max five-year contract extension worth nearly $205 million after completing their other summer moves.”

Sounds like Maxey’s max will be a five year framework.

— Harrison Grimm (@Harrison_Grimm) June 23, 2024

James Harden (unrestricted free agent)

Stats 2023-24 : 16.6 points, 8.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 1.1 interceptions, 43% shooting, 38% 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

We could have classified James Harden with the guards, in memory of his past as a crazy scorer, but the beard is now more of a playmaker than a real 2. The 2018 MVP has swapped his cap as a scoring arsonist for that of a an almost full-time manager. That doesn’t stop him from sending a few stepbacks on occasion, but he was only the Clippers’ third option this season behind Kawhi and PG13. What future for Harden? The player left Philadelphia because he was promised an XXL contract before changing his mind. His stats (his lowest since the 2011-12 season) should not allow him to break the bank this summer but at 34 years old, James Harden still has a lot to offer on the floor. The Clippers are motivated to keep their combo guard, and he sees himself (it seems) ending up in LA. It remains to be seen how long this marriage will last.

REPORT: James Harden wants to sign a long-term deal to end his career with the Clippers, per @ChrisBHaynes.

— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) January 17, 2024

Immanuel Quickley (restricted free agent)

Stats 2023-24 : 18.6 points, 6.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 42% shooting, 39% 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

Traded during the season to bring OG Anunoby to the Knicks, Immanuel Quickley has adapted rather well to the Toronto side. At a freewheeling end to the season for his franchise, the leader was able to take some hot shots in scoring, fetching his best career stats, even if we’re talking about half a season. At 25 years old, Quickley can be one of the main pillars of the Raptors’ upcoming rebuild. The first weeks together have been a wonderful fit but of course everything will depend on the price to be put on the table, especially since Toronto has a big file in Free Agency with the XXL extension to offer to Scottie Barnes. The Raptors can in any case move forward with confidence, they have the possibility of aligning themselves with all external offers.

Russell Westbrook (player option)

Stats 2023-24 : 11.1 points, 4.5 assists, 5 rebounds, 1.1 interceptions, 45% shooting, 27% 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

With a player option, Russell Westbrook could also take advantage of his good performances off the bench to negotiate a small increase, at the Clippers or elsewhere. Although he is no longer his 2017 version, Brodie still brings crazy energy to each of his entries, and he was fully involved on both ends of the field, without making a fuss about his status. He notably finished 7th in the Sixth Man of the Year trophy. If his shooting limits remain problematic, especially in the Playoffs, The West Beast will have no trouble finding a buyer. We can imagine him continuing the adventure at the Clippers, where he seems fully fulfilled alongside his Californian friends.

D’Angelo Russell (player option)

Stats 2023-24 : 18 points, 6.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 46% shooting, 41% 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

History repeats itself once again for D’Angelo Russell. If the leader achieved a consistent and solid performance in relay from LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Devin Booker’s buddy once again sank during the Playoffs. A sad habit that dies hard. Not enough to take away the confidence of the player, who explained “having levers” before Free Agency. Hard to believe that a team will put a blind in him but GMs looking for outside shooting and a good manager could come knocking at the door, like the Orlando Magic for example. For the Lakers, this is a complex issue because a departure could not be compensated given the payroll, unless a sign and trade of course.

“When I signed my contract last year, I knew what position I was going to put myself in, so to be in that position now with a little leverage, I’ll try to take advantage of it.” D’Angelo Russell on his future.

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) April 30, 2024

Mentions honorables : Kyle Lowry, Tyus Jones, Markelle Fultz, Monte Morris, Pat Beverley, Cam Payne, Dennis Smith Jr., Spencer Dinwiddie, Aaron Holiday, Patty Mills, Kris Dunn, Delon Wright, Jordan Goodwin, Isaiah Thomas

2024-06-24 17:35:00
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