With the season continuing in almost a month, teams are allowed to sign free agents to help them for the remainder of the season.
Guys like Davis Bertans and Trevor Ariza are opting out of the season so the Blazers and the Wizards can sign an additional player on their team to fill out their roster. David Nwaba and Anthony Tolliver have recently been signed by teams but these are 10 major free agents, in no particular order, that would be beneficial for teams to sign before June 30th, the end of the transaction period.
Last year, the Houston Rockets took a chance on Faried during the season when, in need of a backup center, they signed him on a cheap contract till the end of the 2019-20 season. Faried remains a free agent without an team to play for. In just 25 games for Houston, Faried averaged 13 points per game with a extremely efficient 59% from the field. He is known for his hustle, athleticism, and effort whenever he is on the court. He had his best years in Denver being their starting PF/C and he got the nickname "the Manimal" for his effort and ferocious style of play. He would be a great addition for teams lacking big man depth, athleticism, and effort. No teams have showed interest in Faried but he'd be a valuable edition to any competing team.
If there is a definition of a veteran scorer, that would be Jamal Crawford. The 40 year old is the oldest free agent available. However, he still is one of the best free agents available being a 3-time 6th man of the year award winner and a 15 point per game scorer. He has been known as a great scorer and one of the best 6th man ever. You would've thought that since Jamal dropped over 50 points in his last game, that he would be signed by a playoff team in the 2019 off-season. He still remains a free agent and if he gets signed, it might be his last NBA team.
Iman's been a role player for most of his career but he is known for his athleticism and shooting ability. Iman won a championship with Lebron James back in 2016 and was the teams backup shooting guard. Iman has a career average of 7 points per game and has never averaged double digit points for any season of his career, but he can impact your team if you need a corner 3 pointer. Iman has never been a star but good to add to your team for wing depth.
Lin was in tears when he figured out that teams didn't take a chance on him last off-season but the 31 year old point guard has shown he has something to prove. Last year, he got traded from Atlanta to Toronto to be their backup point guard. He eventually went on to win his first NBA championship while averaging almost 11 points per game. Many people know Lin as a one-season wonder when he was nicknamed "Linsanity" back in New York but he's proven to be a great backup to Kemba Walker and Kyle Lowry throughout his career. Lin isn't the best starting PG but a great backup PG thanks to his veteran presence and ability to score.
After the 2018 finals, JR was known for making one of the silliest plays in NBA history. However, JR was a great role player for Cleveland where he developed into a sharpshooter and good perimeter defender. JR won a championship with Lebron and he can help teams with his elite 3-pt shooting, and his veteran presence. He'll help any contender with his spacing and ability to help a team win.
After 2 years in Houston as their backup shooting guard, Gerald missed his 3rd season as a Rocket because he needed surgery on his left foot. If Gerald is ready to play for the season's restart, he'll be a great shooter as well as a great player to watch for his monster dunks. Even though he shoots a lot, if he makes them consistently, he can be a valuable asset for any playoff team. Green is a 10 PPG scorer, Dunk Contest champion, and 36% 3-pt shooter, can help any team in need of wing depth.
Without question the best free agent available, Cousins says he is ready for a team to sign him so he can get back on the court. Cousins's last 3 years have been filled with an Achilles Tear and a Quad Injury which put him out for the season. Cousins was one of the best centers in the league back in Sacramento and is a great big man for teams to sign. Teams have showed interest so we'll see if he gets picked up.
No doubt Noah is past his prime, but he can still give you good defense on any contending team. After Noah signed a 4 year/ $72 million contract, he never went back to his 2 time all-star on the Bulls. However, he might have some quality production left in the tank. Noah signed with the Memphis Grizzlies last season and played decent as their backup center before entering the 2019 free agency class. If the former Defensive Player of the year can play to his strengths, he'd be good for teams that need big man depth.
The 39 year old is one of the oldest free agents available, but he provides good shooting and good leadership for any team. Pau had a lingering foot surgery last May that kept him out for 6 to 12 months, but if his surgery is done, he can be on teams radar for stretch big men. Pau can help young teams as well as being a leader for a championship contender, since he won a championship on the Lakers. Pau will be a veteran leader and a valuable addition to any contender.
Isaiah has had a rocky few years after a hip injury in the 2017 playoffs. Isaiah has played for 5 teams in the last 5 years and hasn't been able to come back to his all-star self. He got signed by Washington last off-season before they traded him to LA. He has been against all odds being the shortest player in the league, but he still can score the ball and is a great backup point guard. If teams need a point guard who can score, Isaiah is a great option.
These are 10 free agents that teams should be on the lookout for before June 30th.