A lot has been made of Kevin Durant’s upcoming free agency, as well it should, but there are quite a few other fish in the water this summer. As we enter the All-Star break, keep an eye on these names going forward. They’ll be fighting the rest of the season to earn their next contract.
Mike Conley and Rajon Rondo head up the point guard crop and Brandon Jennings is trying to show he can still play after his Achilles injury last year.
The rest: Greivis Vasquez, Deron Williams, Mario Chalmers, Ray Felton, Kirk Hinrich, D.J. Augustin, Jerryd Bayless, Leandro Barbosa, Mo Williams*, Jeremy Lin*, Ish Smith.
Joe Johnson and Dwyane Wade still have something left in the tank but guys like Bradley Beal and DeMar DeRozan* are the future of the position and will receive the most attention from teams.
The rest: Eric Gordon, Aaron Afflalo*, O.J. Mayo, Kevin Martin*, Jamal Crawford, Dion Waiters, Evan Fournier, Manu Ginobili*, Gerald Green.
There are several quality small forwards available this offseason. Obviously Durant and LeBron James* will command the most attention but Chandler Parsons*, Nicolas Batum, Luol Deng, Jeff Green and Harrison Barnes could also be there.
The rest: Marvin Williams, Mirza Teletovic, Matt Barnes, Evan Turner, Maurice Harkless, Danny Granger, Perry Jones.
Tim Duncan* and Dirk Nowitzki* could opt out and become free agents, where will they go? Kidding, of course. Two Als, Jefferson and Horford, will be the most sought after power forwards this summer.
The rest: David Lee, Nene Hilario, Ryan Anderson, J.J. Hickson, Jordan Hill, Mareese Speights, Terrence Jones, David West*, Josh Smith.
Dwight Howard* and Pau Gasol* could opt out of player options to pursue free agency. Andre Drummond and Hassan Whiteside are having All-Star-caliber seasons as they try to earn max deals this offseason.
The rest: Roy Hibbert, Joakim Noah, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, Timofey Mozgov, Ian Mahinmi, Meyers Leonard, Jared Sullinger, Festus Ezeli, Kendrick Perkins.
* denotes player option on 2016-17 contract