It has now been over two weeks since the NBA free agency period began. We have seen most of the top-tier free agents sign with the teams of their choices. Gordon Hayward is now a Boston Celtic, and Paul Millsap headed West to join the Denver Nuggets. This period has been ripe with parody, and we still have a way to go — there are still some excellent players who have yet to find a home.
Nerlens Noel (Best Fit: Dallas Mavericks)
Nerlens Noel was, and still is one of the best big men available. His solid play after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks was very encouraging to see. His energy on the defensive end would help just about any team, but his offensive deficiencies in this era of pace-and-space will always hamper his overall value. Dallas is still the best fit for him at this point. They are still lacking depth at the center position, and he almost surely will see an increase in minutes after his play this past season.
Nerlens Noel is here in Vegas and getting a lot of love from Mavericks staff, including Mark Cuban.
— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) July 12, 2017
Derrick Rose (Best Fit: Milwaukee Bucks)
Although Derrick Rose came off of a tumultuous season with the New York Knicks, individually, he had his best season since he was the regular season MVP. Rose averaged eighteen points per game while shooting 47.1-percent from the field. Those numbers would normally guarantee a big payday for a point guard in the off-season, but because of all the noise and media attention that Rose attracts, teams have been hesitant to sign him. Hence why Rose heading to a small market like the Milwaukee Bucks would be the best for him. They are in need of some scoring punch at the point guard position, and that is exactly what Rose can provide. Unfortunately, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, there has been no meetings scheduled between the two sides.
While there’s mutual interest between the Bucks and Derrick Rose, no meeting is scheduled for now, I’m told.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 16, 2017
JaMychal Green (Best Fit: San Antonio Spurs)
After seeing an increase in minutes last season, JaMychal Green proved that he is supposed to be in this league. His size and shooting stroke from three-point range make him extremely valuable to teams that are in need of bench production. According to Sporting News, the Memphis Grizzlies will likely match any offer that is made to Green, due to their current salary situation, but Green would definitely be an excellent fit for a team like the San Antonio Spurs. He would be a great replacement for David Lee on the front line, and bring a youthful energy that Lee simply cannot provide at this stage in his career.
Ian Clark (Best Fit: Los Angeles Lakers)
Ian Clark has been a solid role player for the Golden State Warriors over the past few years, his field goal percentage and scoring have improved exponentially. He is now at a point in his career where having a bigger role on a team must be a priority for him. Golden State has signed Nick Young and Omri Casspi during this free agency period, so his minutes will likely not increase at all. The Los Angeles Lakers and Bucks have both expressed interest for his services.
— Sportando (@Sportando) July 16, 2017
Clark would be a great backup for Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at the guard positions. He has championship experience, and has already played under Luke Walton before. He would be a great piece for the Lakers moving forward.
Tony Allen (Best Fit: Los Angeles Clippers)
Coming fresh off of another season on an All-NBA Defensive team, Tony Allen clearly still has some gas left in the tank. Despite not being the same player he was a few years ago, he is still one of the best defenders in the NBA. His veteran leadership and defensive fortitude will be an asset to any NBA team. He has reportedly garnered interest from the Los Angeles Clippers and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) July 13, 2017
After losing both starting guards in free agency, the Clippers are in desperate need of help on the wing. Although Allen will provide next to no offensive punch, he can still bring a championship pedigree, and defensive effort that has immense value. Plus, a reunion with former coach Doc Rivers might be very helpful at this stage in his career.