With the NBA Season restarting in Orlando next month, teams are in need of making their travel plans - which includes players and coaches and other team personnel. The roasters have been expanded from 15 players to 17 players. So, teams can sign an additional 2 players and take them to Orlando.
Also, if a player opts out the team he plays for can bring an additional player. For example, David Bertans of the Wizards opted out, so the Wizards can now sign 3 additional players in the Transaction Window.
The Transaction Window Starts at Noon on Tuesday, June 23, and ends at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, June 30. Let's take a look at 7 free agents that could potentially get signed in the next week. This just a list, these players are not ranked and in no particular order.
DeMarus Cousins' last few years in the NBA have consisted of an Achilles Tear, Quad injury and ACL Tear. He was on the Warriors in the 2018-19 season then hit free agency only to be picked up by the Lakers in July. In August of 2019, the ACL Tear happened, keeping him out for the season, so we thought. He was waived by the Lakers in February and has been a free agent ever since. This restart in Orlando is a perfect opportunity for a team to sign a cheap veteran with very high upside. Before his injuries, he was one of the top players in the game. Don't let his injuries get in the way and keep in mind he is a lot younger than a lot of free agents out there. Whichever team Cousins signs with will certainly increase their odds at a championship.
There have been rumors that Cousins is not even interested in playing, but he is still available for teams to make an offer.
Just like Cousins, Isaiah Thomas has also had an up and down career. This past offseason he was signed by the Wizards to a one year deal. He played decently during his stay in the capitol, but was traded to the Clippers at the deadline. He never played a single game for the Clippers as he was waived a few days after the trade. He has been a free agent ever since and will remain one until a team calls him. Remember that Thomas was traded for Kyrie Irving in the summer of 2017 as one of the top rising stars in the NBA. Thomas will be a great addition to any team who needs a backup guard and to add depth to the roaster.
JR Smith had it pretty good in Cleveland: Four NBA Finals appearances and 1 Championship. After LeBron went to L.A., Smith played one season in which he only appeared in 22 games, averaging 11 points per game. After the season, he was waived and became a free agent. He hasn't played an NBA game since then and still remains a free agent. The 34 year old G/F would be a good addition to any teams just looking for depth. He isn't a game changer, but will certainly help any playoff team in chasing a ring.
We all know that one player who played for multiple teams and across multiple decades. That player is Jamal Crawford. He has played since 2000 and played for eight different teams. He last played for the Suns for the 2018-19 season. His contract was not renewed and he became a free agent. Crawford remained unsigned through the offseason and still has not signed with a team. This 40-year-old Guard is looking for another chance. The restart in Orlando is a perfect opportunity and might be "The Last Dance" for Crawford.
Pau Gasol has had an eventful 15 months. He played on 3 teams and experienced a pretty big injury. On March 1, 2019, he and the Spurs agreed on a buyout to make him a free agent. Two days later, the Bucks signed him for the rest of the season only to play three games and then have surgery. The surgery ended his season and he was poised to be a free agent. In late July of 2019, he reached a deal with the Blazers but was then waived on November 20, without even playing a game for the team. He has been a free agent ever since and looks ahead to an opportunity in Orlando. He is on the older side at 39, but if any team needs a big man, Gasol is one of the best available.
Joakim Noah's prime is over, but I believe a few more seasons are left in the tank. After a buyout with the Knicks in 2018, he signed with the Grizzlies for the rest of the season. He played pretty well coming off the bench, grabbing about 5 rebounds a game. He was not re-signed then and hit the open market. He went unsigned all the way until March 9, 2020, when the Clippers signed him to a 1- day contract. Hh never appeared for them because the NBA shutdown 2 days later. He is definitely in NBA shape and has been rumored to rejoin the Clippers. We will certainly see Noah in Orlando this Summer.
The final player who I want you to keep an eye out for is Andrew Bogut. He played in Australia from September- March for the Sydney Kings. He was honoring a 2 year contract he signed in 2018. He is now finished playing in Australia, after saying he won't re-sign. He was a member of the Warriors for last year's playoffs but then had to return to Australia. Bogut is now entirely a free agent and can play anywhere. He made it clear he wants to play in the NBA. Any team who is in need of more defense and a big man has a ton of great players to choose from, including Bogut.
Remember, The NBA Transaction Window is set from Tuesday, June 23, to Tuesday, June 30. It will be a "mini" free agency as teams can sign two additional players at no cost.