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New contracts are now being brokered at a snail’s pace, which hasn’t left much room for change atop free agency’s big board. Here are the five best remaining names, as determined by our original big board. (Note: Text on returning players has been recycled from previous big boards.)
1. Clint Capela, C, Restricted
Clint Capela tweeted a pensive-face emoji without context on July 1. Was he simply reacting to LeBron James joining the Lakers a full 14 minutes before it became official? Thinking about what to have for dinner? Or could he and the Rockets be at an impasse in contract negotiations?
Hitting a snag in talks wouldn’t bode well for Capela. He doesn’t have any obvious leverage after the Dallas Mavericks burned their cap space on DeAndre Jordan. Only the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings can afford to sign him outright. Now, I’m not saying Atlanta should offer him a near-max deal and see what happens. I’m not not saying it, either.
2. Marcus Smart, PG, Restricted
Marcus Smart’s market is dwindling by the day. The Pacers loomed as a potential destination, but they’re out of the picture after landing Tyreke Evans. Hardly anyone has the space to offer
Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2785417-tuesday-nba-free-agency-roundup-rockets-not-heat-are-best-fit-for-melo
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