We are two days away from the NBA’s version of the Hunger Games: free agency. Teams will be fighting to sign coveted players to add to their rosters. This year’s free agent class features some of the brightest players to take foot in the league and it doesn’t hurt to predict where they would be setting foot.
The Hawks are trying to clear up space to sign a marquee superstar and I don’t see them resigning this guy. GM Danny Ferry just drafted point Dennis Schroeder to, ideally, take over the reigns of the point guard position. That leaves Teague to search for a team in need of a starting point guard. Problem being there’s no team in dire need of a starting point guard. The most likely destination for Teague would be back in Atlanta. There are still questions on how NBA ready Schroeder is and Teague can still ball.
Destination: Atlanta Hawks
The former LA guard will probably not be back in Lob City. With Chris Paul kicking potential starters at point guard out like teenagers kicking their parents out of their room, I don’t see Mr. Big Shot sticking around. Fortunately, there’s a team out there in need of his experience and shooting range and that’s the team that made him famous: the Detroit Pistons. With Brandon Knight preparing to enroll in the Mo Cheeks school of point guards, why not have the best floor general the Pistons have had since Isiah Thomas help with the development of this young gun? Besides, who doesn’t want to see a homecoming between Detroit and Billups?
Destination: Detroit Pistons
Yea there’s no way he leaves Golden State. He is the lynch pin of the bench and it’s highly unlikely he leaves that role to be some secondary option off the pine on another team.
Golden State Warriors Jack will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Donkey had a coming out party in the NBA playoffs and showed off to teams that he was a high energy scorer off the bench. However, reports say that the Bulls will probably not resign Robinson. Look for the tiny giant to join a contender and sign for the minimum. I think he returns to the Big Apple and provides the scoring punch the Knicks need as I don’t see J.R Smith resigning with the Knicks.
Destination: New York Knicks
Now that the topic has arisen, let’s talk about the Knicks guard that exploded for New York last year despite the fact he isn’t a point guard. The combination of his asking price and the selection of Tim Hardaway Jr. makes it pretty evident the Knicks are ready to move on. The best fit for Smith would probably in Philadelphia. They will have tons of money as it looks like they will not retain Andrew Bynum after trading for Nerlens Noel. Look for the 76ers to pursue Smith and his consistent scoring punch since there’s no trusting JRich and Nick Young.
Philadelphia 76ers Smith will resign with the New York Knicks
This guy can still ball. After being traded to the Detroit Pistons, he proceeded to end the season off strong and prove to teams to overlook his horrendous defense and pay attention to his skills as a distributor. With Mo Cheeks placing his full trust in Brandon Knight, it doesn’t look like Calderon will return. Luckily for Calderon, there’s another guard from Michigan that needs mentoring and that’s Trey Burke. He will be the future starter in Salt Lake City, but I see the Jazz playing it safe and locking him up for two years for four million dollars a year, just enough time for Burke to get situated.
Utah Jazz Calderon will join the Dallas Mavericks
With Calderon in, Williams goes out. This is the same Mo Williams who would only stay in Utah if he were to be the starter and frankly the Jazz have had enough of this guy. Look for him to take a smaller contract in order to play for a contender. I can see him joining the Indiana Pacers, who were exposed in the playoffs due to their lack of depth at the point guard position. He could also overtake George Hill for the starting point guard position due to his inconsistency.
Destination: Indiana Pacers
There aren’t any teams with the playoff team status and cap space that really needs Brandon Jennings. He stays in Milwaukee to be the star of this young and rising squad.
Destination: Milwaukee Bucks
Paul signed on to join the Clippers the same time Doc Rivers did. Expect him to lead this Clippers team down the path of success.
Destination: Los Angeles Clippers Paul has resigned with the Los Angeles Clippers
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Written by Mark Kim
A student at the University of Missouri-Columbia looking to major in Sports Journalism.