Free agency was hectic, stars changed teams, players took control of their futures, players reneged from agreements and the Finals MVP signed away from his incumbent team. Rosters are beginning to take shape, while some free agents are hoping to get a call, knowing, they can contribute to any team. Here are four of the best available guards, in no order.
Fresh off a championship, Lin is awaiting an opportunity for another chance in the association. Linsanity seems like an eternity ago, in basketball terms, Lin still has enough left in the tank to contribute to a side missing a top notch backup point.
Before heading to Toronto, Lin provided good leadership to Trae Young in Atlanta, while coming off the bench and putting up 10.7 points per outing in 19.7 minutes of action. He shot a respectable 46.6% from the field and provided his side with 3.5 assists as well.
The Los Angeles Clippers seem like they could be an obvious landing spot for Lin, however, wouldn’t be surprised to see him remain in Toronto or be snatched up by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Seemingly an ageless wonder, Crawford had a solid season for a young Phoenix squad. His leadership on and off the court was visible, as the youth looked to the microwave for tips, despite a tough season. Crawford averaged just under 8 points a contest, while dishing out 3.6 assists.
He showed his abilities remain during the last four games of the campaign, averaging 31.3 points during that time frame, while hitting 55.1% from the field and 50% from behind the arc while dishing out 5.8 assists per night. The finale had Crawford going for 51 points on 18-30 shooting against the Dallas Mavericks.
Plenty of teams could use the leadership Crawford provides, along with the instant offensive punch. A return to Los Angeles could be a possibility, while Utah could also be a solid fit.
Fighting back from one of sport’s most gruesome injuries, Livingston has carved himself out a nice, lengthy career. After bouncing around for a bit, Livingston found himself at home with the Golden State Warriors, partaking in the run of five straight NBA Final Appearances, including three championship rings to go with it.
Due to salary cap constraints, the Warriors were forced to release Livingston, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agency, having the opportunity to determine which team he joins. Though, his statistics won’t jump out at you, Livingston provides leadership and a calming sense on the floor.
Numerous teams would benefit from Livingston’s services, including both Los Angeles teams. Portland and Utah could also both be nice fits for the veteran.
Bayless has been around the league for a while, entering his 12th season. Coming off a 30-game appearance with the Wolves, Bayless put up 6 points and 3.5 assists in 19 minutes of action. Best part was that Bayless averaged just under a turnover a contest at 0.9.
He isn’t quite the athlete he once was, but does have the experience and high motor to be a great emergency point guard on a good team.
Milos Teodosic: It’s unlikely the Serbian chooses to remain in the NBA after not getting burn on Doc Rivers’ Clippers side. His lack of defense was clearly exposed, however, Teodosic may be a better passer than anyone in the league currently, and can knock down shots from range.
Monta Ellis: Trying to make a comeback, Ellis has always been known for his scoring prowess. A two-year hiatus, Ellis could be a surprising addition for any team. Could be a great load management player.
Raymond Felton: If you need a veteran that will take care of the ball, facilitate and wave the towel, Felton may be the best alternative left. The soon to be 35-year old has earned minutes everywhere he’s went.
Jose Calderon: Calderon is nearing the end of his career, if not there already, however, would be a good mentor for the younger guys on any given roster.