The 2017 NBA free-agent class hasn’t quite been picked clean, but its inventory is starting to resemble the final 30 minutes of a garage sale.
While a host of players remain available, most remain on the market for a reason. Some are snared in the thorny world of restricted free agency, while others are battling against Father Time or spotty track records.
With Otto Porter Jr. having signed his $106 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, per ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the top 12 players from Bleacher Report’s initial top 100 list are all off the table. Just four from our top 20 are unclaimed—three of them restricted free agents, the other a role-playing reserve.
Still, this is a time when bargain-shoppers are out in full force, as more and more cap space gets squeezed across the Association. The 25 best players available—as ranked by the aforementioned top 100—now move under the microscope as clubs attempt to fit their basketball dreams into their financial realities.