NBA free agency: Top point guards on the market

The Philadelphia 76ers will surely want to hang on to Tyrese Maxey after his breakout season. (Elsa/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia 76ers will surely want to hang on to Tyrese Maxey after his breakout season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The NBA's crop of free agent point guards is deep, but on the surface only. The Philadelphia 76ers didn't let Tyrese Maxey land elsewhere, nor did the Toronto Raptors relinquish Immanuel Quickley after they traded OG Anunoby for him.

However, those players were technically on the market, and thus they got included. But fair warning: Things don’t really get interesting until we get a bit further down in the rankings.

This year's top free agents: shooting guards | small forwards | power forwards | centers

Status: restricted free agent agreed to deal
2023-24 salary: $4,343,920
2023-24 digits: 25.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists

The 23-year-old All-Star got his full-length five-year, $204 million maximum contract extension from the Sixers, who decided to use his low cap hold of just over $13 million to optimize cap space this summer.

Maxey’s season catapulted him into elite territory, as he not only made his first All-Star team, but also won the league’s Most Improved Player award. His explosive scoring prowess was complemented by his growth as a playmaker after taking over primary ball-handling responsibilities following the departure of James Harden.

Status: restricted but agreed to new deal
2023-24 salary: $4,171,548
2023-24 digits: 17 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists

After three-plus seasons with the New York Knicks spanning 253 games, the Toronto Raptors freed Quickley from the bench and inserted him into the starting lineup as their future point guard.

Quickley’s production increased as a starter, as he netted 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.8 assists over 38 games with the Raptors.

He agreed to terms on a five-year, $175 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors.

Status: unrestricted free agent agreed to deal
2023-24 salary: $35,680,595
2023-24 digits: 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 8.5 assists

The 10-time NBA All-Star and former MVP will be 35 by the time next season rolls around. Fortunately for Harden, he spent last season adapting to the role of non-superstar. Instead of trying to average 35 points, as he’s done before, Harden settled into a third-option role behind Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, functioning as the primary playmaker and a more opportunistic scorer.

He agreed to a two-year, $70 million deal to return to the Clippers.

Status: Exercised player option
2023-24 salary: $17,307,693
2023-24 digits: 8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists

The often-discussed Russell, who is frequently criticized due to his shot-selection, had a strong offensive season for the Lakers, connecting on 41.5% of his shots from 3-point range, which accounted for over half of his total shot attempts.

Russell, 28, is staying put and could become a valuable trade asset for the Lakers.

Status: Unrestricted free agent after being waived; agreed to deal
2023-24 salary: $30,800,000
2023-24 digits: 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 6.8 assists

Paul might be close to calling it quits, but not quite yet. After getting waived by the Warriors, the 39-year-old agreed to a one -year, $11 million-plus deal with the Spurs.

Status: unrestricted free agent
2023-24 salary: $14,000,000
2023-24 digits: 12 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists

While there are sexier names in the free agent pool of available point guards, Jones clears them in terms of impact, leadership and defensive intensity. The 28-year-old doesn’t have a stat sheet that wows anyone, but that’s offset by the fact that he rarely makes mistakes and plays a controlled game.

During 1,933 on-court minutes with the Wizards, Jones committed just 66 turnovers despite being the primary ball-handler. He also hit 41.4% of his 3-pointers and had a whopping 7.35-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Whichever team secures his services will acquire a steady hand, and one of the most reliable players at the position.

It’s likely he’ll also benefit from finding a new team, as opposed to returning to Washington, where the franchise is looking to rebuild. Should the Spurs decide to draft Nikola Topić, for example, signing Jones to start for a few years might not be the worst idea in the world.

Monte Morris, Minnesota Timberwolves
Status: unrestricted free agent agreed to deal

Efficient ball-handler and table-setter who should be given a larger role than the one he had in Minnesota. He agreed to a deal with the Suns.

Kyle Lowry, Philadelphia 76ers
Status: unrestricted free agent

Veteran point guard who will turn 39 next season and could have one last contract in him before he hangs up his sneakers.

Delon Wright, Miami Heat
Status: unrestricted free agent

Tall, defensive-minded backup point guard who should be of interest to numerous contenders.

Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic
Status: unrestricted free agent

Former No. 1 pick who should get offers due to his abilities as a decent table-setter and athletic slasher.

Reggie Jackson, Denver Nuggets
Status: picked up player option to avoid unrestricted free agency

Veteran floor leader who can still put the ball in the basket and create for others, albeit it on lower volume due to age (34).