Sheridan’s Top 50 Free Agents — July 2 Edition

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It was a day unlike anything the NBA had ever seen before. It was like “Make it Rain” night at a strip club, except the bills being tossed into the air were not George Washingtons or even Benjamins. This was a high-denomination spendfest that left folks at Sotheby’s envious. And it wasn’t just free agents that were getting showered with money.  The players on rookie deals who were negotiating extensions received money that trumped what the Kevin Loves and Khris Middletons and

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Top 50 Free Agents — Nos. 19-35

19. Brandon Knight, G, Phoenix (Restricted): He was Jimmy Butler with training wheels, unable to reach accord on an extension with Milwaukee in October, elevating his game to borderline All-Star level and setting himself up for a huge payday as a restricted free agent this summer. Then Bucks management – likely influenced by ownership’s struggles in getting taxpayers to pick up more of the tab for a new arena – got out from under Knight’s impending payday and dealt him

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Top 50 Free Agents — Nos. 36-50

36. Patrick Beverley, G, Houston (Restricted): Last summer, Rockets GM Daryl Morey played chicken and lost with RFA Chandler Parsons but somehow landed on his feet thanks in part to the contributions of Beverley, whose season ended early with a wrist injury. Morey cannot afford to do the same this summer with “Mr. 94 Feet,” who isn’t close to being a pure point guard but is among the top defenders at the position, a valuable commodity given the number of scoring

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Sheridan’s Top 50 Free Agents — July 1 Edition

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The biggest news in the first hours of 2015 free agency had nothing to do with a free agent. Instead, we got a whiff of the funny money that is going to be the new norm a year from now. And later in the day, the changing financial landscape became even clearer. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans agreed to terms on a five-year max deal for at least $145 million. Yes, one hundred and forty five million, with an

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Top 50 Free Agents: Nos. 19-35

19. Brandon Knight, G, Phoenix (Restricted): He was Jimmy Butler with training wheels, unable to reach accord on an extension with Milwaukee in October, elevating his game to borderline All-Star level and setting himself up for a huge payday as a restricted free agent this summer. Then Bucks management – likely influenced by ownership’s struggles in getting taxpayers to pick up more of the tab for a new arena – got out from under Knight’s impending payday and dealt him

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Top 50 Free Agents: Nos. 36-50

36. Patrick Beverley, G, Houston (Restricted): Last summer, Rockets GM Daryl Morey played chicken and lost with RFA Chandler Parsons but somehow landed on his feet thanks in part to the contributions of Beverley, whose season ended early with a wrist injury. Morey cannot afford to do the same this summer with “Mr. 94 Feet,” who isn’t close to being a pure point guard but is among the top defenders at the position, a valuable commodity given the number of scoring

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Top 50 Free Agents: Nos. 36-50

36. Rodney Stuckey, G, Indiana (Unrestricted): Has he finally added a 3-pointer to his arsenal? Stuckey shot .390 from distance this season, which is 73 percentage points better than his previous best. If that number isn’t an outlier, Stuckey is worth way more than the $1.23 million the Pacers stole him for last summer and may be worth more than the $8 million former Pistons GM Joe Dumars paid him. Again, there are plenty of teams that could use an upgrade

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Top 50 Free Agents: Nos. 19-35

19. Brandon Knight, G, Phoenix (Restricted): He was Jimmy Butler with training wheels, unable to reach accord on an extension with Milwaukee in October, elevating his game to borderline All-Star level and setting himself up for a huge payday as a restricted free agent this summer. Then Bucks management – likely influenced by ownership’s struggles in getting taxpayers to pick up more of the tab for a new arena – got out from under Knight’s impending payday and dealt him

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