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The 13 best NBA free agents still available

Most of the best players are off the board, but teams looking for role players have plenty of options.

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The big names are all but gone -- especially with LaMarcus Aldridge deciding to head to San Antonio -- but there are plenty of free agents still on the table. Teams looking for solid role players and to add depth have a variety of players they can sign that are still on the market.

The problem is finding the right fit. It's not easy to pick the right free agent to fit the system. But chosen correctly by the right team, and a veteran could revive his career. There are no more guaranteed stars available, but there are still free agents who could make a big impact next year.

Here are the best 13 free agents still on the board, plus 10 more. Tom Ziller's free agency ranking is in parenthesis.

1. LeBron James (1)

All signs point to James signing in Cleveland, but he's taking his time to make sure the roster is intact, especially Tristan Thompson. James isn't going to talk about his contract with Cleveland until Thompson works out his deal.

2. Marc Gasol (3)

Like James, Gasol is going to sign with his current team, the Memphis Grizzlies. He hasn't even met with other teams in free agency so we know he's not seriously considering a move. The two sides are reportedly nearing a five-year, $100 million deal.

3. Tristan Thompson (18)

As mentioned above, as soon as Thompson signs, James will likely sign, too. The two sides had reportedly reached an $80 million deal on the first day of free agency, but it fell apart at the last minute.

4. Reggie Jackson (28)

After Thompson, most of the big-time free agents are gone. There's a glut of solid players remaining, and teams looking to add depth will have to choose carefully. Jackson is a good point guard, but he's received little interest around the league. Perhaps that's because he's a restricted free agent that most teams expect Detroit to keep, or perhaps that's because there's just no interest in signing him. He'll likely be back with the Pistons.

5. Lou Williams (31)

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year hasn't received much interest in free agency this summer, but now that he's one of the top players on the board, expect his name to come up in plenty of rumors.

6. David West (41)

San Antonio landed Aldridge, but it's still pursuing West. Cleveland and Washington are also options. He'll be a good fit in D.C. and his "veteran-ness" can replace what was lost by Paul "I called game" Pierce, even if they play slightly different styles and positions. But it appears the Spurs and Cavaliers are ahead of Washington, for now.

7. Josh Smith (48)

There are a lot of options for Smith right now, almost all of them good. Wherever he signs, he's still getting paid by the Pistons until 2020.

8. Enes Kanter (50)

Kanter came to Oklahoma City at the trade deadline, and it's the likely destination for the big man. He's not great defensively, but he's one of the best offensive post threats in the NBA, which can be a huge asset for the Thunder with a healthy Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

9. J.R. Smith (51)

He struggled in the NBA Finals, but it's likely that Smith comes back to Cleveland. As long as Kyrie Irving is healthy, he'll be able to come off the bench for spurts of offense rather than having the offense run through him.

10. Jordan Hill (52)

Whoever signs Hill is getting a great rebounder and solid defender. His sixth season was the best in the league, and he will add strength to any frontcourt he joins.

11. Manu Ginobili (54)

It's the Spurs or retirement. Probably the Spurs. Those guys won't ever retire. And now that LaMarcus Aldridge is on board, the Spurs are lobbying even harder for Ginobili to come back.

12. Dorell Wright (56)

The 29-year-old didn't get much playing time in Portland last season, averaging only 12.3 minutes per game. But the guy is a sharpshooter who hits 38 percent of his shots from deep.

13. Matthew Dellavedova (57)

He was a hero during the NBA Finals, but Dellavedova has a lot of work to do. You know you're getting a hard-working athlete, but that's about it.

The next 10 best available free agents

14. Leandro Barbosa (62)

15. Wayne Ellington (63)

16. Andre Miller (64)

17. Darrell Arthur (65)

18. Jason Terry (66)

19. Mirza Teletovic (67)

20. Gerald Green (69)

21. Norris Cole (70)

22. Austin Rivers (71)

23. Cory Joseph (72)


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