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Top 5 NBA free agents still available

NBA free agency didn't start as quickly as fans are used to, but it didn't take long for chaos to break out.

Some of the bigger transfers that have been reported include Paul George's return to the East to the Philadelphia 76ers, Klay Thompson's departure from Golden State after 13 years to the Dallas Mavericks (instead of the Los Angeles Lakers), and Isaiah Hartenstein's signing of a huge contract to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Among the players who stayed with their team, there were plenty of signings and contract extensions, including LeBron James with the Lakers, Jayson Tatum with the Boston Celtics, Donovan Mitchell with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cade Cunningham with the Detroit Pistons.

Nevertheless, there are still some talented players on the free agent market. We at Newsweek Sports wanted to compile the best five left at this point in the offseason that teams could still get great value from signing.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 7: DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls evades Gary Trent Jr. #33 of the Toronto Raptors during the first half at the United Center on November 7, 2022 in Chicago.


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5. Saddiq Bey

Bey is just 25 years old after being selected in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft. He averaged double-digit scoring in his first four seasons in the league, including a career-high 16.1 points in the 2021-22 season.

Last season with the Atlanta Hawks, Bey averaged 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game. His shooting percentage from long range was 35.2 percent.

4. Gary Trent Jr.

Trent is a 3-and-D player who has scored in double figures in each of the last four seasons. Last season, he averaged 13.7 points per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from the 3-point line. But in the three seasons prior to that, he averaged at least 15 points per game, including a career-high 18.3 points per game in 2021-22.

3. Buddy Hield

There were reports that the Golden State Warriors signed Hield in a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, but nothing was finalized at the time of this writing. So Hield makes this list as the best 3-point shooter still on the market.

The 31-year-old averaged 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game last season, shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 88.1 percent from the free throw line. He has a 40 percent 3-point shooting percentage and sinks three three-pointers a night.

2. Mile Bridges

Bridges missed the 2022-23 season after pleading no contest to domestic violence charges. He was subsequently suspended for the first 10 games of 2023, but returned to Charlotte and appeared in 69 games this season.

The 26-year-old averaged 21 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game and made 46.2 percent of his shots from the field, 34.9 percent from distance and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. He is 6'6″ tall and plays both forward positions.

1. DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan has been linked to many contenders in the league, including the Lakers and Miami Heat, but so far nothing has come of it.

The 34-year-old is a six-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA player who averaged 24 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 37.8 minutes per game last season. He was also one of the best clutch scorers in the entire league, finishing second in the Clutch Player of the Year voting behind Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. He has proven he can still play at a high level and would be a great addition to almost any contender.