The 2019 NBA offseason was one for the books as many players saw new teams. The 2019-2020 NBA season is weeks away, and everyone is ready to see the new NBA. Some teams missed out on free agents this year but could be making moves to get them prepared for next year’s free-agent class. Next year’s level will not be as stacked as this year, but they’re still some players that can elevate teams to contention. Here are five players that can potentially become free agents next year.
5. Anthony Davis
This year most significant trade was the trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers to join Lebron James. Davis can still exercise his player option to stay with the Lakers or decline it and become a free agent. Although it does not look like Davis will hit the free-agent market and instead get a sweet deal, if this season goes wrong for the Lakers then he could decline his player option.
4. Mike Conley
Mike Conley got traded to the Jazz this past offseason, he signed a substantial 5-year deal back in 2016. It is unlikely that he turns down his 2020-2021 option, but if he does, he can become a free agent and teams could decide to go after him.
3. Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward was a valuable free agent back in 2017 and got paid when he joined the Celtics. Hayward suffered a horrific injury in the first game of the 2017-2018 season and has not been able to be the player he once was, He does have a player option, and if he wanted to become a free agent that is possible but will not receive a big contract.
2. Andre Drummond
The 26-year-old big man whose been on the Detriot Pistons since he got drafted. Drummond re-signed with the Pistons during the 2016-2017 season and can decline his player option at the end of this upcoming season. If Detriot does make a significant push, then the big man could be the biggest free agent in the offseason.
1. DeMar DeRozan
DeRozan could become a free agent this year after being traded to the Spurs. DeRozan could decide to decline his player option and hit the market and try to get a long term deal. DeRozan likely ends up leaving San Antonio and going to a different team.