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The NBA offseason isn't too far away and the free agency class of 2018 looks, well rather weak. Here's a breakdown of some of the best and most intriguing point guards and shooting guards that will be hitting the market this summer.
The ultimate floor general and “point god” has had a great first year in Houston. He's set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and I don't see him going anywhere, even if Houston doesn't make the NBA Finals. It will be interesting to see what contract Paul demands and ultimately gets, as he isn't exactly young.
So much for backing up the brinks trucks. Unable to get and stay healthy, IT will go into an offseason full of questions about his game and overall health. While it's too early to say his career is over, how he recovers will dictate his immediate and later future.
Fred Van Vleet is far from a house hold name, but he helped turn the Raptors bench into one of the best in the NBA. Set to be a restricted free agent and with Toronto already in salary cap hell, Van Vleet is most likely set to get a huge payday.
A Spurs legend, Tony Parker has unfortunately not aged as well as Manu or Tim Duncan. Set to become an unrestricted free agent coupled with a huge cap hold of over $20 million, the sun may have set on his tenure with the Spurs. Parker is still a serviceable back up guard, so expect him to be picked up by a team late into free agency.
Fun fact, there were 3 players to average at least 19 ppg, 5.0 rbg, 5.0 apg, and shoot over 39% from 3 point range: Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Tyreke Evans. Evans has a “prove it” year in Memphis and delivered, he did so well actually that he got a lot of trade rumors attached to his name at the deadline. Evans is going to want long term security and a payday, he'll get both with ease.
Brought over from Minnesota in the Jimmy Butler trade, LaVine had an okay bounce back year for the Bulls. The question is if he's still a long term cog in their rebuild. Set to be a restricted free agent, some team could take a flyer out on him and I doubt Chicago will match.
The prototypical 3 and D guard, Avery Bradley will not be on the market for long. Having bounced from Detroit to LA, expect him to seek a long term deal on a contending team. Every team should try and snag him once free agency begins.
A mix of JJ Redick with a little Avery Bradley, Joe Harris isn't a name that will immediately come to you when you think of 3 and D players. In his fourth year, Harris has become a great 3 point threat and his skills will be highly prized this off season.