NBA Free Agents 2014: Best Players Still on the Market

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NBA Free Agents 2014: Best Players Still on the Market
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You don't typically see free-agency classes feature this much top talent, and it's even rarer for so many of those players to still be available this late in the game. That might not last for long though, as LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers could set off a chain reaction.

Here's Sean Deveney of the Sporting News with more:

Now, everything has changed. After two weeks rife with speculation and supposition, LeBron James has sent an earthquake through the NBA landscape, spurning a return to the Miami Heat and instead going back to the city where his basketball career began: Cleveland.

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But James’ Cavs return has a wide-ranging impact — obviously, that impact is most acute in Miami and Cleveland, but it will reverberate all over the NBA and could set into action a series of landscape-altering transactions.

Even with the biggest fish off the market, the 2014 free-agent class has a little bit of something for every team.

There are valuable veterans like Pau Gasol, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. There are up-and-coming young studs like Greg Monroe, Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe. There are even players somewhere in the middle of both groups like Luol Deng.

Of course, you can't forget about the established stars either. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are still out there, and teams are still salivating over the chance to acquire them.

There's still plenty of intriguing talent out there for teams lucky enough to have the cap space or the flexibility to easily create it. Let's rank the best players still available on the 2014 free-agent market based on current skill and the ability to produce down the line.  

 

All contract and player movement information is accurate as of 7/11. 
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