We’re in the thick of wait-it-out free agency, as NBA teams hold out for late-stage bargains while hoping, in many cases, nobody else swoops in with a pricey offer for their own free agents.
With three of the top four players on our board falling under the restricted label, we could see this period of uneasy inactivity stretch on for a while. Nobody wants to extend an offer for more than they could match on the open market.
That’s just throwing money away, though resolving situations quickly in restricted free agency can sometimes send a message to the player in question that the organization values him enough not to let the market dictate terms.
Nerlens Noel, JaMychal Green and Mason Plumlee are all dangling out there, and their teams, so far, have been content to leave them hanging.
Pulled from our initial top 100 list at the start of the offseason, these are the best remaining free agents available.