NBA Free Agents 2013: Restricted Free Agents Sure to Get Huge Offers

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2013

Brandon Jennings is one of a few restricted free agents who will get a big contract.
Brandon Jennings is one of a few restricted free agents who will get a big contract.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

NBA free agents began exploring their options the minute the clock struck midnight on July 1, and Brandon Jennings is one of several restricted free agents who are going to get big offers.

Everyone is wondering where Dwight Howard will end up, but there are other quality free agents on the market. 

It's unclear what the market is for restricted free agents, but the point guards will be the big winners.

Ramona Shelburne of reported that Chris Paul has agreed to terms to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers, so teams will have to look at other point guards if they want help.

With Paul off the market, teams will be in competition for the remaining point guards.

All of the players on this list are 25 years old or younger, so teams will be willing to give multi-year deals to the young playmakers.

Here's a look at who joins Jennings on the list of restricted free agents who will get big offers.


Brandon Jennings, PG, Milwaukee Bucks

This looked like a guaranteed split, but Jennings may be back with the Bucks next season. 

Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (h/t CBSSports.comreports that the Bucks are going to make an attempt to re-sign the point guard.

Jennings has averaged 17 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game in his career. He has become a better scorer as his career has grown, and he is one of the best offensive point guards on the market.

He had 19 games with at least 25 points last season, and he had 13 double-doubles as well.

The point guard can hit free throws and is improving as a three-point shooter, but he could improve his jumper. 

Jennings is an explosive player and can improve any team. Milwaukee has recognized that his talent would be missed, and now the Bucks will have to give him a big contract.


Jeff Teague, PG, Atlanta Hawks

He's not as explosive as Jennings, but Jeff Teague is turning into a solid point guard. He can score, but he is very good at getting his teammates involved.

Teague averaged 14.6 points and 7.2 assists last season. Those were career highs in both categories, so he is showing growth as a player.

He has improved his shooting, and he hit 45 percent of his shots from the floor last season. 

The point guard had a chance to get an even bigger contract with a big performance in the playoffs, but he struggled shooting. He hit only 33 percent of his shots in the postseason.

Teague is turning into a good all-around point guard. He is a good shooter and knows how to get his teammates open shots. Al Horford gives the Hawks a big man to work with, and Teague can continue to develop as the Hawks get better.


Tyreke Evans, PG, Sacramento Kings

The other two players have put up bigger numbers in their careers, but Tyreke Evans still has a ton of potential.

The former No. 4 pick has been consistent in his career, but he has seen a slight decrease in his numbers in every season. He averaged 20.1 points, 5.8 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game as a rookie, but those numbers have dropped in each of the three seasons since.

Despite the drop in numbers, Evans is a good shooter. Over his career, he has increased his shooting percentage in three straight seasons to 47.8 percent.

He is not a great three-point shooter, but his 33.8 percent from deep last season was also the highest he has had as a professional.

The 23-year-old has great potential, but he hasn't had much help in Sacramento. The Kings now have Ben McLemore, so Sacramento can put two young stars together if it gives Evans a good offer.


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