Eight former Wildcats are waiting for offers now that NBA free agency has begun

If you were to line up Brinks trucks around New Circle Road, you probably still wouldn't have enough storage space for the sums paid to former Kentucky players in the NBA. This summer alone, teams have committed $456 million to just three former 'Cats' in the free agent pool. That doesn't even include Bam Adebayo's $165 million contract extension, which doesn't take effect until the 2025-26 season.

Tyrese Maxey his contract to five years and $203.5 million to remain the star guard in Philly, Immanuel Quickley signed a five-year, $175 million contract to become the cornerstone in Toronto, and Malik Monk receives $78 million for another four years in Sacramento.

NBA free agency officially begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, July 6 (though teams have been negotiating with players since June 30). While dozens of players wait for their phones to ring, here are the guys from Kentucky who played in the league last season but are still hoping for an NBA offer (or a better offer than the one they have).

TyTy Washington Jr. | Unrestricted Free Agent

After a draft-day deficit until the end of the first round, TyTy Washington has yet to find his feet in the NBA. He played for the Milwaukee Bucks last year (mostly with their G-League affiliate), but the franchise rejected his $1.87 million offer and now he will be looking for what will technically be his seventh team in three years, as he was shuffled around in transfers.

Washington has played some important games in the G League, but will likely need to put together a strong showing against an NBA team this season to stay in the league.

Brandon Boston Jr. | Unrestricted free agent

After much hype Brandon Boston Jr. was part of the most forgettable season in Kentucky history. Despite this, his potential landed him with the LA Clippers, where he spent three years as a reserve player. Now he will be looking for a new home, as the Clips rejected his offer of $2.48 million.

Boston has had several games where he showed signs of tremendous potential, including a 27-point outburst against the Celtics in December 2021. Unfortunately, those spots have been few and far between, and he is now looking for another team to give him a chance.

Olivier Sarr | Unrestricted Free Agent

Olivier Sarr also played for the Kentucky team we're not talking about here, and has since found himself on the fringes of NBA rosters. Last season, he had a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they rejected his qualifying offer of $2.17 million, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Washington Wizards just drafted Sarr's younger brother Alex with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, so could an honorary trade be coming to our capital soon? Only time will tell, but Sarr's size, shooting ability, and now blood ties will likely be enough for another team to sign him.

Ashton Hagans | Unrestricted Free Agent

Ashton Hagans made a surprise return to the NBA last year, signing a two-way contract with the Portland Trailblazers and spending a good amount of time on their active roster at the end of the season. He even made a few starts due to injuries and played well during his time on the court. Unfortunately, Portland decided to reject his $1.87 offer and he will once again be looking for a new home.

Hagans has been a fixture in the G League since leaving Kentucky, but his improvements last season earned him a spot in the NBA. Let's see if that momentum carries over to another team.

Unrestricted free agent

Technically, Hamidou Diallo is not on the NBA's official free agent list, but he played for the Wizards last season on a 10-day contract, so I included him on this list. The former slam dunk champion spent most of his career with the Detroit Pistons, but played almost exclusively in the G League last year.

Diallo can still jump over a house and his experience shouldn't be discounted. It will be interesting to see if he stays in the NBA next season or decides to explore offers from overseas.

Restricted free player

It came as no surprise to anyone Oscar Tshiebwe dominated the G League last year. Unfortunately, the most attention he attracted during an Indiana Pacers game was an argument with Giannis Antetokounmpo over who got to take home the game ball.

The Pacers accepted his qualifying offer of $1.87 million as a two-way player, so unless another team comes along and offers more, we'll see Big O back at Indiana next season.

Jacob Toppin | Restricted Free Agent

Kentucky’s other rookie with a two-way contract, Jacob Toppinparticipated in All-Star weekend, although he didn't spend much time on the court for the New York Knicks. Although he lost the Slam Dunk Contest, the Knickerbockers picked up his $1.87 million option to stay in the Big Apple for another season.

Another team might offer him more as a restricted free agent, but it's safe to assume he'll give New York another try.

Johnny Juzang | Restricted Free Player

Yes, I still think Johnny Juzang a former Kentucky Wildcat, though he transferred. Leave me alone. The man who had a remarkable NCAA breakthrough in the wrong color blue was a reliable shooter as a pro.

The Utah Jazz accepted his qualifying offer of $2.09 million, so unless Juzang gets a higher salary elsewhere, he will stay in Utah next season.