It has already been an exciting NBA offseason with Chris Paul and Jimmy Butler getting traded. What will happen when free agency actually begins (July 1st)? Here are odds from Bovada.lv on where the top free agents will sign.
What team will Blake Griffin sign his next contract with?
- Los Angeles Clipper: 5/7
- Miami Heat: 3/1
- Boston Celtics: 7/2
- Oklahoma City Thunder: 9/2
After trading Paul to the Rockets, the Clippers have said they want to bring Griffin back. The All-Star forward suffered a toe injury in the playoffs that could keep him sidelined until December and limit the interest from other suitors. L.A. is the favorite to sign Griffin.
What team will Gordon Hayward sign his next contract with?
- Boston Celtics: 10/11
- Utah Jazz: 3/2
- Miami Heat: 12/5
This move has been rumored all season. Hayward played for Brad Stevens at Butler and the two have a strong relationship. Plus, the Celtics have the cap space and were the No. 1 seed in the East last year. This makes too much sense but Hayward did say, “I can’t stand Tom Brady.” So maybe Utah has a chance.
What team will Kyle Lowry sign his next contract with?
- Toronto Raptors: 5/6
- Minnesota Timberwolves: 5/2
- San Antonio Spurs: 7/2
- Chicago Bulls: 11/2
Toronto has the advantage of being able to offer more money than any other team, 5-years and $205 million compared to 4-years and $152 million. That might not be enough. Jimmy Butler has been recruiting Lowry to play for the T-Wolves. Adding the star point guard would make Minnesota a serious contender.
What team will Paul Millsap sign his next contract with?
- Denver Nuggets: 4/5
- Phoenix Suns: 3/2
- Atlanta Hawks: 7/2
- Sacramento Kings: 5/1
Atlanta is facing a rebuild and won’t offer Millsap a max contract. The power forward will be playing somewhere other than with the Hawks in 2017.
What team will Serge Ibaka sign his next contract with?
- Toronto Raptors: 5/6
- Atlanta Hawks: 2/1
- Miami Heat: 2/1
If the Raptors sign Lowry to the max then bringing Ibaka back becomes very expensive and would push the team into the luxury tax. Yet, the odds give Toronto a 54.5% chance of retaining him. The Raps look set to run back the same team that got swept by the Cavs in the conference semifinals.
Where will these free agents sign? The bookmakers think they know, we find out starting Saturday.