Nearly two months into the NBA’s free-agency period, all of the top- and second-tier players are off the market. General managers have used up most—if not all—of the salary cap and have turned their attention to filling out the bench with modestly priced talent.
Yet, there are still free agents available who are capable of contributing on a playoff team. They tend to fall into one of three categories: career journeymen, former starters who are past their prime and younger players with potential who have struggled to find their niche in the league.
Some of the remaining free agents would jump at any offer. Others have the luxury of choosing between a few teams based on the order of their priorities, which often include the amount and length of the contract, location, quality of the team and the opportunity for playing time.