Free agency is one of the most exciting things about offseason basketball, with organizations that were wise enough to carve financial flexibility for themselves finally getting the opportunity to improve their teams. When a big name player changes cities in search of another contract, the entire landscape of the league can change—as we saw with LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Here's a list of the top 25 players heading into unrestricted and restricted free agency this summer. The players are subjectively ranked based on their talent levels today (when healthy), and how positive an impact they'll likely have in the first year of their next contracts.
On the matter of player/early termination options, those who are expected to opt out (Monta Ellis, O.J. Mayo) and become unrestricted free agents will be included on this list, while those who've shown no indication of doing so (Andre Iguodala, Shawn Marion) will not.
All projected contract figures were calculated with the help of Basketball-Reference, Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ, Sham Sports and HoopsRumors. This article wouldn't be possible without their help.