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The most outstanding free agents on the market

The rapid start of the free agency of the NBA was quickly put on hold, as the basketball world braces for a resolution immediately following the


The rapid start of the free agency of the NBA was quickly put on hold, as the basketball world braces for a resolution immediately following the Brooklyn Nets’ trade request for Kevin Durant.

Teams and players could officially begin signings on July 6, and we’ve kept track of all reported and official free agency moves as well as offseason trades consummated since the June 23 NBA Draft. It looks like we now have at least a little respite with the league turning some of its attention back to the 2022 NBA Summer League.

Still, several talented free agents in the NBA are looking for new contracts.

Here’s a quick look at six of the NBA’s top remaining free agents of 2022, listed alphabetically (the list doesn’t include Charlotte’s Miles Bridges, who was reportedly arrested for domestic violence on the eve of free agency):

LaMarcus Aldridge, Brooklyn Nets

2021-22 stats: 12.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.9 apg

You probably forgot about LaMarcus Aldridge because the 36-year-old didn’t play a second of Brooklyn’s brief 2022 postseason run. But the guy can still go (not as fast as we’ve seen him in the past), and he stays almost automatically in the post and midrange. LaMarcus Aldridge shot 55% from the field last season, and he’s still hungry to capture his first title in 17 seasons.

Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers

2021-22 stats: 13.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.0 apg

We hear quite a bit about the need for teams to keep veterans to teach young players the ropes similar to the way Miami uses Udonis Haslem. It’s an added bonus when that veteran can help teams win games, which is exactly what we’ve seen from Anthony in his last two stops. Over the past three seasons, the 38-year-old has shot 37.5% or more from 3-point range.

James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers

2021-22 stats: 22.0 dpi, 7.7 rpg, 10.3 apg

Harden is expected to sign a new contract in Philadelphia for less money than the $47.3 million option for next season that he opted out of. Harden made the decision to take less on what is expected to be a shorter contract to give himself and the team more flexibility, which is working to improve a roster that already features 2022 Kia MVP runner-up Joel Embiid. .

Dennis Schroeder, Houston Rockets

2021-22 stats: 13.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.6 apg

He played 49 games for the Boston Celtics last season before moving to the Rockets in a trade. Schroder appears to be another player probably sitting in limbo until something happens with Durant. The speedy 28-year-old could fit on a number of teams looking to add depth in the backcourt. Given the youth movement currently going on in Houston, it’s unlikely Schroder will re-sign there.

Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers

2021-22 stats: 16.0 dpi, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg

Sexton is likely to return to Cleveland, as there appears to be a desire on both sides to reach a deal. The 23-year-old played just 11 games last season before suffering a meniscus tear that forced him to miss the rest of 2021-22. Sexton averaged more than 20 points in the two seasons prior to 2021-22. So while Darius Garland has emerged as an All-Star, there’s still room for a scorer like Sexton.