The time has come for NBA free agents to start weighing their options, as they wait for the NBA free agency period to begin. Restricted free agents bring up a more unique situation, as players don’t have nearly as much leverage as they do when they earn their unrestricted free agent status. I think back to Eric Gordon a few years back, when he stated his heart was in Phoenix, yet the New Orleans club matched anyways (thank goodness).
For those unaware, restricted free agents are not under contract and can field offers, but their original team holds the right to match any offers they’ve received. This year will be an interesting one, considering we have a potential superstar in Eric Bledsoe, a stud center in Greg Monroe and some up-and-coming talent that teams will absolutely overpay.
The interesting situations that come up in addition to going against the player’s wishes is when a new team throws out a huge offer to a player, knowing they’re overpaying, in an attempt to get the home team to match at a dollar figure they’re not quite comfortable with. I’m fully expecting this for the Suns, as they’ll be getting pressure from all around the league for Bledsoe’s services.
We’ve got the 10 best restricted free agents listed here in order of least-to-most valuable.