For most NBA teams, their offseason has already started—which means targeting free agents and planning to nab (or steal) those superstars/stars/role players– like Mike Conley, Rajon Rondo and Jeremy Lin– that are available in the free agency market. NBA rumors and speculations will dominate the circus called the NBA offseason but those same speculations could be crucial in the kind of future these teams face as they try to improve their respective squads.
One position that appears to be lacking in superstar quality in this free agency period is the point guard position. However, the list is “top-heavy”, which means that lucky teams might get that superstar PG if they have the salary cap space in signing these free agent point guards.
Here are the top court generals in the free agency market and their probable destinations this summer (or the NBA rumors point guard destination list):
Deron Williams (Dallas Mavericks)
2015-2016 salary: $5.37M
2015-2016 stats: 14.1 PPG and 5.8 APG
Made a good account of himself in his stint with the Dallas Mavericks this season. He plans to opt out of his contract next year looking to get the one last huge deal in his career. Some stupid general manager might just give it to him. Probable destination are the New York Knicks, who may be desperate enough just to get a starting PG.
Brandon Jennings (Orlando Magic)
2015-2016 salary: $8.34 million
2015-2016 stats (25 games with ORL): 7.0 PPG and 4.0 APG
Jennings was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Magic midseason and played well as a back-up in Orlando. Despite the injuries, he can still be a starting point guard in the league and could go to a team like the New York Knicks, who badly needs a PG.
Jeremy Lin (Charlotte Hornets)
2015-2016 salary: $2.139M
2015-2016 stats: 11.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG and 3.0 APG
One of the best sixth man of the year despite the inconsistent season. He has a player option left in his contract with the Hornets but could explore free agency, where he is expected to be one of the most talked about players in the NBA rumors department.
The Hornets bombed out of the playoffs even after leading their series against the Miami Heat and were just one W away from the second round. Jeremy Lin is not the type of player who will win about his role and minutes but with how they got embarrassed by Miami in Game 7, Lin at least has to consider if playing with Kemba Walker and under Steve Clifford is good for his career.
The Brooklyn Nets could be one of the teams interested in Lin as well as a possible return to the New York Knicks can be considered as Phil Jackson likes tall point guards to run his triangle offense.
Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers)
2015-2016 salary: $845,059
2015-2016 stats: 15.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.4 APG and 1.1 SPG
Clarkson was the Lakers’ best player in the last season. But experts are at a loss if his “star” production is only because Los Angeles has struggled all season and does not have many options on offense.
The Lakers will try to get the other top free agents first so Clarkson may be tempted to sign elsewhere and teams like the Memphis Grizzlies (who may lose Conley) and San Antonio Spurs (looking to replace 50-year-old Tony Parker) are teams that could be interested.
Rajon Rondo (Sacramento Kings)
2015-2016 salary: $9.5M
2015-2016 stats: 11.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 11.7 APG and 2.0 SPG
Played himself to a max contract last season with the laughable Kings franchise with triple doubles and proving that he’s one of the most versatile point guards in the league without a jumpshot. His fit with the New York Knicks and the triangle offense is in question but he could also land with another N.Y team without a point guard—the Brooklyn Nets.
Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)
2015-2016 salary: $9.6M
2015-2016 stats (36 games): 15.3 points, 6.1 APG and 1.2 SPG
Perhaps the top point guard in the market. His steady decision-making is highly-valued in Memphis, who will be aggressive in trying to retain his services and elsewhere as he is seen as one of the top PGs in the market with a high basketball IQ and a great two-way player. It’s likely that he stays with the Grizzlies but it’d be interesting to see if any team throws the maximum contract at him and he gets to play in another non-grit-and-grin Grizz system.
NBA rumors will include all these top point guards in the free agent market. Will Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson stay with their respective teams? Will Conley and Rondo command maximum money as the top PGs in free agency? And will Deron Williams convince an NBA general manager that he’s still not washed up?