The offseason can be a crazy one for free agents.
But if you’re willing to put in the hard work, you might just get lucky.
Free agents can sign with many teams, but not all of them will be the best fit.
We broke down the best and worst free agents available to those who want to maximize their potential.
The most expensive free agent is obviously Russell Westbrook, who could land a max deal of $100 million in the coming years.
However, it’s unlikely he’ll get that deal, as he’d need to opt out of his contract in 2019.
It’s unlikely his hometown Thunder will pay the maximum contract, so it’s probably best to find a team that offers more value.
That’s where Los Angeles Lakers’ Kevin Durant comes in.
Durant has been a free agent since last summer, and he’s signed an extension through 2021, which is a major departure from the typical free agent contracts of the past.
He’s expected to sign a max extension in 2019, which would mean a max contract of $160 million over three years.
Durant is coming off of a career season in which he averaged 29.3 points and 7.9 assists per game.
His scoring average also improved from the previous year.
The Thunder can still use Durant’s services if they want to add some depth, as they did last season with the signing of Steven Adams.
The Lakers have another option to make Durant an attractive offer.
The Lakers are the favorites to land Kevin Durant if they can sign the center to a max-level deal.
The former MVP was a huge disappointment last season, averaging 16.9 points and 6.6 assists per contest.
The Los Angeles Clippers have the second-worst record in the Western Conference, and they could be in need of a big addition at the point guard position.
The best player in the draft, Josh Jackson, is also coming off a career year.
Jackson has the potential to be the league’s best player, but he’s a restricted free agent, meaning he won’t get the max extension the Lakers are looking for.
The next most expensive player is Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard is coming out of retirement, and the Spurs have the cap space to sign him to a maximum contract for next season.
Leonard could easily sign a new contract next offseason if the Spurs don’t sign him.
However the Spurs might have to match his offer if they don’t want to give up cap space, which could put them in a tough spot if they’re interested in re-signing Leonard.
The Knicks, Pelicans, and Celtics all have cap space they can use, but the Celtics have the deepest roster.
Leonard’s deal would pay him $90 million over four years, which means the Spurs will have to pay more than the Knicks to get him.
The Celtics are also the team that has the most room to spend if they decide to make a run at Kawhi.
He would likely make the most money if they keep him for a max of $89 million over five years, but they could still make a deal with the Spurs.
It might take a lot of cap space for the Celtics to make the move, but if they could add the big man and have the flexibility to make it happen, they could make a very interesting deal.
The Clippers could be interested in signing Leonard.
He could be a steal for the Clippers if they add Leonard, and it would be a big coup for the franchise if they do.
However Leonard could be the perfect fit for the Los Angeles front office, as his scoring averages have been trending upward since he left the Spurs, and his game would be great for the team.
He is an excellent shooter and a great passer, and even if he doesn’t score enough to be a star, he would provide the Clippers with a lot more depth in the backcourt.
He can also contribute on defense, which the Clippers desperately need.
If the Clippers are interested in Kawhi, they will have a lot to prove if they try to sign Leonard, as the Spurs are one of the most competitive teams in the NBA.
They’ve got a good chance to win this season, but Leonard’s price tag might be too high for them.