Technically, most of this year’s top free agents remain unsigned. Until the moratorium in place at the start of the 2021/22 league year lifts at 11:01am central time on Friday, most of them are ineligible to sign their new contracts.
However, over the last 16 hours, more than half of the players from our list of 2021’s top 50 free agents have taken themselves off the market by reaching contract agreements with teams around the league.
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While those are just tentative agreements and could still fall apart, that usually doesn’t happen more than once or twice in a given offseason, so it’s safe to pencil those deals in for the time being and assume those free agents are off the board.
So who does that leave? Here are the top free agents from our top-50 list who have yet to agree to new deals:
(Note: This list is up-to-date at the time of publication, but won’t be updated throughout the day as some of these players inevitably come off the board.)
- Kawhi Leonard, F, Clippers
- John Collins, F, Hawks (RFA)
- DeMar DeRozan, G/F, Spurs
- Dennis Schröder, G, Lakers
- Spencer Dinwiddie, G, Nets
- Note: Dinwiddie is reportedly nearing a deal with the Wizards, but there are sign-and-trade obstacles to work out and no agreement is in place yet.
- Lauri Markkanen, F, Bulls (RFA)
- Kelly Oubre, F, Warriors
- Reggie Jackson, G, Clippers
- Kendrick Nunn, G, Heat (RFA)
- Josh Hart, F, Pelicans (RFA)
- Bruce Brown, G/F, Nets (RFA)
- Danny Green, G/F, Sixers
- Talen Horton-Tucker, G, Lakers (RFA)
- Andre Drummond, C, Lakers
- Hamidou Diallo, G, Pistons (RFA)
- Patty Mills, G, Spurs
- Terence Davis, G, Kings (RFA)
- Rudy Gay, F, Spurs
- Paul Millsap, F, Nuggets
- Malik Monk, G, Hornets
- Lou Williams, G, Hawks
- Victor Oladipo, G, Heat
The following free agents were noted in the honorable mention section of our top-50 list and aren’t yet spoken for:
- Carmelo Anthony, F, Trail Blazers
- Khem Birch, C, Raptors
- Nemanja Bjelica, F, Heat
- Avery Bradley, G, Rockets
- James Ennis, F, Magic
- Bryn Forbes, G, Bucks
- Enes Kanter, C, Trail Blazers
- Robin Lopez, C, Wizards
- Markieff Morris, F, Lakers
- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, G, Thunder (RFA)
- Georges Niang, F, Jazz
- Elfrid Payton, G, Knicks
- J.J. Redick, G, Mavericks
- Ish Smith, G, Wizards
- Jarred Vanderbilt, F, Timberwolves (RFA)
- Justise Winslow, F, Grizzlies
While the idea of our top two free agents – Leonard and Collins – still being available may be intriguing, both players are considered highly likely to return to their current clubs.
Leonard chose the Clippers in free agency two years ago and has given no indication he wants to leave. While one report suggested he may be open to listening to pitches from other teams, another report stated that the Clippers are operating as if he’ll be back, and it doesn’t look like there are any clubs preparing to take a run at the star forward.
As for Collins, right before free agency began, a report indicated that he and the Hawks weren’t yet close to a new agreement. But he’s a restricted free agent, which limits his leverage, and multiple reports over the weekend suggested that his potential suitors were becoming resigned to the idea that he’d remain in Atlanta.
Still, while Leonard and Collins may not provide any surprises, there are some interesting names whose destinations remain very much up in the air. We don’t have a clear sense yet of where players like DeRozan, Schröder, Oubre, or Markkanen will end up, so there are plenty of storylines worth keeping an eye on today and the rest of the week.