The 2019 NBA free agent class is stacked and has the potential to alter the league — here are the best players available

Matt Slocum/AP; Winslow Townson/AP; John Raoux;APKevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard highlight the best NBA free agents in 2019.


The NBA season is over, and teams will now turn their attention to free agency.

The class is headlined by four bona fide superstars in Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, and Jimmy Butler. Below them are some legitimate All-Stars in Klay Thomson, Kemba Walker, and Khris Middleton. Of course, injuries in the Finals to Durant and Thompson could change this offseason.

Dig a little deeper beyond the stars, and you’ll find some big-name role players who could change a team’s outlook or some talented young players who could still develop into stars.

The class is massive, and if players change teams as some expect, it could change the entire NBA. We broke down the best players in the loaded 2019 NBA free agent class, including rumoured landing spots (based on reports or simple speculation because of a player’s fit).

Take a look at the best available players below:

* = restricted free agent (team has the right to match any contract offer)

** = player option (player could opt into contract year to stay with team)


Kevin Durant, F**

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Age: 30

2018-19 team: Golden State Warriors

2018-19 stats: 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 52% FG, 35.3% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Warriors, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers

One thing to know: Durant was set to be one of the most coveted free agents ever. Then he tore his Achilles in the Finals. It’s unclear how that will affect his decision to stay or leave the Warriors, who will give him a max, and whether he may still team up with Kyre Irving, as has been rumoured.


Kawhi Leonard, F**

Age: 27

2018-19 team: Toronto Raptors

2018-19 stats: 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 49.6% FG, 37.1% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

One thing to know: People are unsure what Leonard wants to do this offseason. Many think he’ll move back closer to home in Southern California with one of the two LA teams. Will winning a championship with Toronto change his decision?


Kyrie Irving, G

Age: 27

2018-19 team: Boston Celtics

2018-19 stats: 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 48.7% FG, 40.7% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

One thing to know: In October, Irving verbally committed to re-signing with the Celtics, but later downplayed it in February, saying he doesn’t “owe anyone s—.” The Nets are reportedly the front-runners for Irving, though some think teaming up with Durant on the Knicks or with LeBron James on the Lakers could be in play.


Jimmy Butler, G/F**

Age: 29

2018-19 team: Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers

2018-19 stats: 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.9 steals, 46.2% FG

Rumoured landing spots: 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks

One thing to know: Across the league, there is some trepidation about giving Butler the full max, given his age, overall miles in the league, and locker room issues in past stops. But he may be the top consolation prize for teams that miss out on the top three free agents.


Kemba Walker, G

Age: 29

2018-19 team: Charlotte Hornets

2018-19 stats: 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 43.4% FG, 35.6% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Hornets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks

One thing to know: Walker’s big question this summer will be making more money as the undisputed No. 1 star on a lottery team in Charlotte, or taking less money to join another star on a better team.


Klay Thompson, G/F

Age: 29

2018-19 team: Golden State Warriors

2018-19 stats: 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 46.7% FG, 40.2% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Warriors

One thing to know: Thompson suffered a torn ACL in the Finals. The belief has been that he would re-sign for the max with the Warriors, but will his injury affect his next contract?


Tobias Harris, F

Age: 26

2018-19 team: Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers

2018-19 stats: 20.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 48.7% FG, 39.7% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks

One thing to know: The belief is Harris will get a max contract offer from some team this summer, despite being seen as more of a second or third option on a good team. After being traded four times in eight years, he finally gets to choose where he’ll play for a few years.


Khris Middleton, G/F

Age: 27

2018-19 team: Milwaukee Bucks

2018-19 stats: 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 44.1% FG, 37.8% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Bucks, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers

One thing to know: The Bucks have to decide whether they want to max-out Middleton as the No. 2 next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, or whether they decide not to match another team’s offer for him.


D’Angelo Russell, G*

Age: 23

2018-19 team: Brooklyn Nets

2018-19 stats: 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 43.4% FG, 36.9% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Nets, Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks

One thing to know: Russell had a breakout season with the Nets and earned an All-Star spot. Would the Nets balk at matching a max offer for Russell which would preclude them from signing multiple star free agents?


Al Horford, F/C**

Age: 32

2018-19 team: Boston Celtics

2018-19 stats: 13.6 points, 6,7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 53.5% FG, 36% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Celtics

One thing to know: It’s unclear whether Horford will opt into the final year of his contract, worth $US30 million, or if he’ll hit the open market to secure a long-term deal. He’ll be in high demand if he opts for free agency.


Nikola Vucevic, C

Age: 28

2018-19 team: Orlando Magic

2018-19 stats: 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 51.8% FG, 36.4% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Magic, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers

One thing to know: Vucevic put up career-highs in points, rebounds, and assists and near career-highs in shooting percentages while making an All-Star team this year.


DeMarcus Cousins, C

Age: 28

2018-19 team: Golden State Warriors

2018-19 stats: 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 48% FG

Rumoured landing spots: Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers

One thing to know: Cousins had an up-and-down season returning from a torn Achilles. Teams will have to decide whether he showed enough with the Warriors to be worthy of a big, long-term offer or a simple flyer.


Kristaps Porzingis, F/C*

Age: 23

2018-19 team: New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks

2018-19 stats: n/a – injured

Rumoured landing spots: Mavericks, Nets

One thing to know: There have been rumours that Porzingis would take the one-year qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. But coming off a torn ACL that cost him all of the 2018-19 season, many expect him to sign a long-term deal with the Mavericks, one way or another.


Marc Gasol, C**

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Age: 34

2018-19 team: Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

2018-19 stats: 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 44.8% FG, 36.8% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Raptors

One thing to know: Like Horford, Gasol is an excellent, but ageing player who has the choice between opting into a big payday in 2019-20 or signing one last long-term deal this offseason.


Brook Lopez, C

Age: 31

2018-19 team: Milwaukee Bucks

2018-19 stats: 12.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 45.2% FG, 36.5% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers

One thing to know: Lopez – who signed just a one-year, $US3.5 million deal last summer – has become a stout rim defender and one of the best three-point shooting big men in the league. Who wouldn’t want a player like that?


Bojan Bogdanovic, G/F

Age: 30

2018-19 team: Indiana Pacers

2018-19 stats: 18.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 49.7% FG, 42.5% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers

One thing to know: Bogdanovic quietly had a breakout season while stepping up in place of the injured Victor Oladipo. In a league that values shooting and ball-handling, he’ll have plenty of suitors.


J.J. Redick, G

Age: 34

2018-19 team: Philadelphia 76ers

2018-19 stats: 18.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 44% FG, 39.7% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

One thing to know: The ageless Redick seems to keep getting better each season. After playing on one-year deals in back-to-back seasons, he’ll be looking to sign a long-term deal.


Harrison Barnes, F**

Age: 26

2018-19 team: Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings

2018-19 stats: 16.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 42% FG, 39.5% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Kings

One thing to know: Barnes has a $US25 million contract option to decide on. Some wonder if he’ll opt out to sign a longer, cheaper deal with the Kings.


Malcolm Brogdon, G*

Age: 26

2018-19 team: Milwaukee Bucks

2018-19 stats: 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 50.5% FG, 42.6% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers

One thing to know: The Bucks can match any offer, but would an opponent try maxing-out the talented third-year guard, just to lure him away or put the Bucks in a difficult spot?


Danny Green, G/F

Age: 31

2018-19 team: Toronto Raptors

2018-19 stats: 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 46.5% FG, 45.5% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks

One thing to know: Green set a career-high in three-point percentage while playing stout defence for the Raptors this year, proving he can be of value to a contender or up-and-coming team.


Nikola Mirotic, F

Age: 28

2018-19 team: New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks

2018-19 stats: 15.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 43.9% FG, 36.5% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets

One thing to know: A floor-spacer at the four who can fill it up and rebound, Mirotic is an easy fit on many rosters.


Jonas Valanciunas, C

Age: 27

2018-19 team: Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies

2018-19 stats: 15.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 55.9% FG

Rumoured landing spots: Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers

One thing to know: According to reports, Valanciunas is opting out of a $US17 million player option with the goal of signing a long-term deal with the Grizzlies.


Julius Randle, F/C**

Age: 24

2018-19 team: New Orleans Pelicans

2018-19 stats: 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 52.4% FG, 34.4% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Pelicans, Phoenix Suns,

One thing to know: Randle put up big numbers on a bad Pelicans team but has improved each year, so he may decide to opt out of a $US9 million option for a bigger payday.


Al-Farouq Aminu, F/C

Age: 28

2018-19 team: Portland Trail Blazers

2018-19 stats: 9.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 43.3% FG, 34.3% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors

One thing to know: A solid defender and capable shooter at the four and five, Aminu doesn’t put up big numbers but can play a big role for a team.


Terry Rozier, G*

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Age: 25

2018-19 team: Boston Celtics

2018-19 stats: 9.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 38.7% FG, 35.3% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks

One thing to know: Rozier is almost assuredly gone from Boston, and though he didn’t have a great season, some team will take a chance on the talent that he showed in last year’s playoffs.


Terrence Ross, G/F

Age: 28

2018-19 team: Orlando Magic

2018-19 stats: 15.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 42.8% FG, 38.3% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Magic

One thing to know: Ross had a career season in 2018-19 and should have suitors as an athletic scorer on the wing.


Kelly Oubre Jr., G/F*

Age: 23

2018-19 team: Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns

2018-19 stats: 15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 44.5% FG, 32% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Suns

One thing to know: The Suns have said they view Oubre as part of their young core and would like to retain him as they continue their rebuild.


Ricky Rubio, G

Age: 28

2018-19 team: Utah Jazz

2018-19 stats: 12.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 40.4% FG, 31.1% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls

One thing to know: Some of the shine has come off Rubio in recent years, but he stills offers great playmaking and defence for a team in need of a point guard. He said the Jazz told him he’s not a priority this offseason.


Patrick Beverley, G

Age: 30

2018-19 team: Los Angeles Clippers

2018-18 stats: 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 40.7% FG, 39.7% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Clippers, Chicago Bulls

One thing to know: A dogged defender, functional three-point shooter, and emotional leader, Beverley fits on just about every team in the league.


Marcus Morris, F

Age: 29

2018-19 team: Boston Celtics

2018-19 stats: 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 44.7% FG, 37.5% 3FG

Rumoured landing places: Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

One thing to know: Morris had perhaps the best year of his career on the Celtics, with Celtics coach Brad Stevens calling him the team’s most stable player.


Derrick Rose, G

Age: 30

2018-19 team: Minnesota Timberwolves

2018-19 stats: 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 48.2% FG, 37% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Wolves, Pistons

One thing to know: Rose had arguably the best offensive season in 2011-12 in a remarkable turnaround. There will be trepidation about signing him, but he could offer scoring off the bench for a team in need of it.


DeAndre Jordan, C

Age: 30

2018-19 team: Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks

2018-19 stats: 11.0 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 64.1% FG

Rumoured landing spots: Knicks, Lakers

One thing to know: Jordan has lost some of the athleticism that made him a rim-protector and great finisher around the basket, but he’s still efficient and should draw interest from teams without better center options.


Jeremy Lamb, G/F

Age: 26

2018-19 team: Charlotte Hornets

2018-19 stats: 15.3 points, 5.5 points, 2.2 assists, 44% FG, 34.8% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks

One thing to know: Lamb had the best scoring year of his career, and though he’s not suited for the No. 2 role he occupied on the Hornets, he would make a nice addition on the wing for several teams.


Hassan Whiteside, C**

Age: 29

2018-19 team: Miami Heat

2018-19 stats: 12.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 57.1% FG

Rumoured landing spots: Heat

One thing to know: Whiteside has seen his playing time fall in back-to-back seasons and has taken some criticism for stat-padding when he’s on the court.


JaMychal Green, F/C

Age: 28

2018-19 team: Memphis Grizzlies/Los Angeles Clippers

2018-19 stats: 9.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 48.3% FG, 40.3% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers

One thing to know: Green’s stats won’t blow anyone away, but he’s an athletic forward and undersized center who defends hard and shoots threes.


Kent Bazemore, G/F**

Age: 29

2018-19 team: Atlanta Hawks

2018-19 stats: 11.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 40.2% FG, 32% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: unclear

One thing to know: Bazemore could opt into a $US19 million pay day, which is likely more than he would make annually on the open market, but perhaps he’d rather leave Atlanta, a rebuilding situation.


Thaddeus Young, F

Age: 30

2018-19 team: Indiana Pacers

2018-19 stats: 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 52.7% FG, 34.9% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: Pacers

One thing to know: A consistent, hard-working forward who’s a positive locker room presence, Young should have several suitors this offseason.


Enes Kanter, C

Age: 27

2018-19 team: New York Knicks/Portland Trail Blazers

2018-19 stats: 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 54.9% FG

Rumoured landing spots: unclear

One thing to know: Kanter proved his toughness and ability to play at least passable defence in the playoffs while filling in for the injured Jusuf Nurkic.


Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G/F

Age: 26

2018-19 team: Los Angeles Lakers

2018-19 stats: 11.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 43% FG, 34.7% 3FG

Rumoured landing spots: unclear

One thing to know: Caldwell-Pope’s name was in trade rumours last year. He offers solid play on the wings for teams and could be a consolation prize for teams that miss out on the top wings.


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