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Where do we stand with NBA’s top 50 free agents? An update.

Jul 4, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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We are just four days into free agency now and it has started to feel like the lightning round. Everything came quickly.

That may slow down a little for a few days. Until the top two guys on this list make their decisions things will bottleneck a little, teams looking at the second tier of players will wait. Just in case. Some role players will agree to terms, but the top guys and the teams chasing them will wait.

Let’s use this little pause and the Fourth of July to take stock of where we stand. Below is an update on our top 50 free agents list, and where each guy stands right now.

1. LeBron James: Unsigned. His agent has conducted meetings (Cavaliers, Rockets, Mavericks, Suns, Lakers) but LeBron has been on vacation. Nobody really thinks he leaves Miami, but if Pat Riley can’t get some help fairly soon… things could get interesting.

2. Carmelo Anthony: Unsigned. Met with the Bulls, Rockets, Mavericks, Lakers and Knicks. He wanted to be wanted, he got that. He’s expected to make his decision early next week (and most observers think he stays in New York).

3. Chris Bosh: Unsigned. Expected to take a pay cut to stay in Miami, but if LeBron bolts he has options.

4. Dirk Nowitzki: Reached three-year, $30 million deal with Mavericks. As expected, he took the Tim Duncan discount deal.

5. Eric Bledsoe: Unsigned. Remember he’s a restricted free agent, no offers trying to poach him from Phoenix. Yet.

6. Kyle Lowry: Reached four-year, $48 million deal with Raptors. The Raptors came at him hard to keep him and showed how much they wanted him with cash. That’s always nice.

7. Greg Monroe: Unsigned. He’s a restricted free agent, no offers yet, that is likely to change once the LeBron/‘Melo signings happen.

8. Chandler Parsons: Unsigned. Same as above, he’s a restricted free agent, no offers yet, that is likely to change once the LeBron/‘Melo signings happen.

9. Lance Stephenson: Unsigned. The Pacers offered him five-years, $44 million, and he thought that too low. But nobody else has yet stepped up to beat it. Stephenson is learning how much those antics during the playoffs cost him.

10. Dwyane Wade: Unsigned. Also willing to take a pay cut in Miami but no deal yet as the we all wait for the LeBron domino to fall.

11. Gordon Hayward: Unsigned. He met with the Cavaliers and is hoping someone signs him to an offer sheet — he’s a restricted free agent and the Jazz are expected to match any offer.

12. Luol Deng: Unsigned. Another guy with multiple suitors — Atlanta, the Clippers would like to talk to him — but it may be after Anthony signs that his interest from teams really picks up on

13. Marcin Gortat: Reached five-year, $60 million deal with Washington Wizards. The money isn’t out of line with what other big men get in the NBA, but the full five years was a surprise.

14. Pau Gasol: Unsigned. Interest is warming up for him from the teams missing out on ‘Melo. The Bulls, Heat, Lakers, Spurs, Thunder all have interest in him.

15. Channing Frye: Unsigned.

16. Isaiah Thomas: Unsigned. With Kings signing Darren Collison it appears Thomas is on his way out of Sacramento.

17. Trevor Ariza: Unsigned. Wizards considered the frontrunners but interest is heating up.

18. Avery Bradley: Reached four years, $32 million deal with Celtics. He’s staying in Boston.

19. Paul Pierce: Unsigned. Clippers pitched Nets a sign-and-trade, that died quickly.

20. Boris Diaw: Unsigned.

21. Andray Blatche: Unsigned.

22. Nick Young: Unsigned.

23. Shaun Livingston: Reached three year, $16.6 million deal with Golden State Warriors. He’ll come off the bench behind Stephen Curry but he will get lots of minutes.

24. Vince Carter: Unsigned.

24. Rodney Stuckey: Unsigned.

26. Darren Collison: Reached three three-year, $16 million with Kings. The Kings didn’t want to overpay Isaiah Thomas so they went out and got another point guard.

27. Greivis Vasquez: Unsigned.

28. Josh McRoberts: Unsigned.

29. Ray Allen: Unsigned.

30. Shawn Marion: Unsigned.

31. Anthony Morrow: Unsigned. Miami and Oklahoma City among the teams interested.

32. Spencer Hawes: Agreed to four-year, $23 million deal with Los Angeles Clippers. He is a huge upgrade for the Clippers off the bench (remember Ryan Hollins and Glen Davis were their bigs off the bench last season).

33. Chris Andersen: Unsigned.

34. Thabo Sefolosha: Reaches three-year, $12 million deal with Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta sees him as a Spurs-style reclamation project — if they can help get his three point shot back they have a “3 and D” guy to plug in.

35. Glen Davis: Unsigned.

36. Danny Granger: Unsigned.

37. Marvin Williams: Unsigned.

38. Patty Mills: Reached three-year, $12 million deal with San Antonio. He is out until January (at least) following shoulder surgery, but the Spurs wanted to keep the Australian pint guard.

39. Jodie Meeks: Reached three-year, $18 million deal with Detroit. One of the surprises of free agency, not that the Pistons picked him up (they could use his shooting), but at that price? That is over-paying Meeks.

40. P.J. Tucker: Unsigned.

41. Evan Turner: Unsigned.

42. Mario Chalmers: Unsigned.

43. Xavier Henry: Unsigned.

44. Jerryd Bayless: Unsigned.

45. Ramon Sessions: Unsigned.

46. Steve Blake: Unsigned.

47. C.J. Miles: Reached four-year, $18 million deal with Indiana. The Pacers have been trying to add shooting, they got it.

48. Mike Miller: Unsigned.

49. Jordan Hill: Unsigned.

50. Caron Butler: Unsigned.

  1. denverhoopdreams - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    LOL, there’s some guys that dip even into the 20’s that I’d place before D-Wade.

    That dude was a no-show last season. A joke. He’s done.

    • cantonb0und13 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      But you’re a Nuggets fan. #irrelevant

      • denverhoopdreams - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        I’m a Basketball fan, sir. I might represent the Nuggets when the season comes along, and hope the best for him, like any non-bandwagon fan should, but I know my hoops.

        Wade is a has been.

      • denverhoopdreams - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        And I meant, hope the best for them. I still haven’t had my coffee.

      • adoombray - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        ad hominem. attacking a person does not defeat their argument. stop trolling.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      A joke you say? A no-show this past season?

      He had the 18th highest PER in the league…

      What were the hundreds below him then if he was a joke?

      • denverhoopdreams - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        There are certain times PER works and doesn’t, and in judging Wade, it’s not a useful tool to really show how bad he was/is.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        not to mention he averaged 19-5-5 on 54% shooting. Yes he struggled some in the finals but he played well the rest of the time. I’m not a heat or spurs fan but some of the blind hate and criticism of supposed “knowledgeable” basketball fans on this site is a joke.

      • airlunchbox - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Forget your “PER” WATCH THE GAMES! You know like with your eyes. Wade cannot stay in front of ANYONE anymore and cannot finish at the rim anymore. I don’t care how his stats look after LeBron works to get him easy looks.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Wade was a no-show? He had a good season. Of course everyone only remembers his last two games, but his other 72 games were pretty good.

  2. cantonb0und13 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Everyone wants to see what Miami does because they know it’s inevitable they’ll be back in the NBA finals for the 5th consecutive year. Priceless!

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      I think their lying. After all, the Knicks might challenge. YEAH, RIGHT! THE KNICKS SUCK!

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM


  3. j4db - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Since the Lakers desperately need a PG, they should make an offer to Bledsoe now, forcing
    Phoenix to either match it and exit the Lebron sweepstakes or to not match it and the Lakers end up with a much needed piece. I would rather they end up with Bledsoe and ariza/stephenson than Melo. We need defense!

    • mazblast - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Except for the money, why would any self-respecting point guard want to go to the Lakers? So he can bring the ball up and see Kobe glaring at him for not already having given it to His KoMeness? so he can play for MAYBE the 10th-best team in the West?

  4. 2016olympics - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Where’s Kirk Hinrich on this list?

    • miamatt - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      I wondered that myself. A very capable back-up and spot-duty starter. This list could also be updated to include Jameer Nelson.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        chris humphries?

    • airlunchbox - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      I agree. Kirk is often injured but i see some stiffs on this list. Mouth breathing Chris andersen is in the top 20 lol.

  5. imthedudedude - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    The suns can sign 5 players with an average salary of $7mil and still not hit the luxury tax line.. Lakers need 10 players, and can offer a little over $2 mil per player.. Good luck with that

    • mazblast - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Never confuse a Lakers (or Heat, or Celtics, or Knicks) fan by bringing up the facts.

  6. cruzan80 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    If Emeka Oakafor is healthy he’ll be a huge steal someone. Shouldn’t Kirk Heinrich be on this list???

  7. sylpkt - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    38. Patty Mills: Reached three-year, $12 million deal with San Antonio. He is out until January (at least) following shoulder surgery, but the Spurs wanted to keep the Australian PINT guard.

    Freudian slip? ^^^^?

    • mazblast - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      An Australian pint (or two) sounds good today.

  8. groundpounder95 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Phil Jackson, Mark Cuban, and Gilbert all met with Lebron’s agent Rich P in Cleveland yesterday. Rich wanted all of them to meet in Cleveland. Late last night Lebron’s family met a private jet that landed at Cleveland Hopkins Int. When Lebron got off the plane he met his mother, wife, kids and, Gilbert at the private jet hangar. They all left together with a State Trooper escort. His wife already has their kids enrolled in the schools that start next month, and she is expecting.

    • mazblast - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      You forgot to mention that Sasquatch, Jimmy Hoffa, and Nessie were all there, too.

      • groundpounder95 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        Well? Taking that I work there. You go ahead and make jokes. You will see these are facts. Now go live in your magical cyber world and make more jokes.

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    C’MON BRON, MELO!! Hurry up and sign ANYWHERE and let’s get this ______g ball rolling!!

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      You know it, malted mahn. Happy 4th to you and yours!

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Thanks bro! It’s my birthday today and I’ve been smiling since I woke up. Life is good, can’t complain. Happy 4th to you and yours.

    • mazblast - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Happy birthday!

    • brookwell2013 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Happy b-day malt,! Yeah, when the two big dogs sign everything will happen quickly. Summer league up in here Vegas starts next week, too…….sump in’ to look forward to!

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    I like Chris Anderson as much as the next fellow but at 33. on this list GTFOH!

  11. cantonbound13 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Does Chalmers still think he’s a top 10 point guard?

  12. andreboy1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Isiah Thomas is a much better player than Channing Frye.

  13. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I get the Kyle Lowry signing. But Avery Bradley??? What the…..?

  14. phillipsta1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Hey d bag, when do you recant the “Derrick Rose, doesn’t recruit, not so much” comment? I mean now that it’s been out for two days that he wasn’t involved in the pitch, you should probably find some journalistic credibility for the first time in your career.

  15. mazblast - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    How is the shell of once was Dyane Wade #10 on this list? If I’m an NBA GM with a working brain, there are at least 30 free agents I’d want before that. Knees gone, can’t play a third of the time, can’t cover, wants a ton of money based on past performance, old for his age in basketball terms.

  16. metalhead65 - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    if Stephenson only wants the money than just say so. nobody will begrudge him or any athlete as long as they just admit it. just say upfront it is about the money and I want more than they can give me. none of this I was disrespected by their offer garbage or the I really enjoyed my time there and hate to leave nonsense when he signs with another club, just be honest. they have been straight with him since the season ended and let him know they want him back but only at the right price so they do not go over the cap, the least he can do for the fans is be honest and tell them what they already know.

  17. smiddlefish - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Boris Diaw should be number 1

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