Free agency has felt like the ticking clock of the 2018-19 NBA season.
That's because this free agency class might be the biggest ever in the NBA — perhaps even topping 2010 — and for the first time in a while, it feels as if there's been major movement.
The class is headlined by four bona fide superstars in Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, and Jimmy Butler. Below them are some legitimate All-Stars in Klay Thomson, Kemba Walker, and Khris Middleton.
Dig a little deeper beyond the stars, and you'll find some big-name role players who could change a team's outlook or some talented young players who could still develop into stars.
The class is massive, and if players change teams as some expect, it could change the entire NBA. We broke down the best players in the loaded 2019 NBA free agent class, including rumored landing spots (based on reports or simple speculation because of a player's fit).
Take a look at the best available players below:
* = restricted free agent (team has the right to match any contract offer)
** = player option (player could opt into contract year to stay with team)
Rumored landing spots: Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers
One thing to know: People are unsure what Leonard wants to do this offseason, and whether any result in Toronto could keep him in Canada. Many think he'll move back closer to home in Southern California with one of the two LA teams.
Rumored landing spots: Celtics, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers
One thing to know: In October, Irving verbally committed to re-signing with the Celtics, but later downplayed it in February, saying he doesn't "owe anyone s---." Some think teaming up with Durant in New York City could be in play.
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Jimmy Butler, G/F**
2018-19 team: Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers
Rumored landing spots: 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks
One thing to know: Across the league, there is some trepidation about giving Butler the full max, given his age, overall miles in the league, and locker room issues in past stops. But he may be the top consolation prize for teams that miss out on the top three free agents.
Rumored landing spots: 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks
One thing to know: The belief is Harris will get a max contract offer from some team this summer, despite being seen as more of a second or third option on a good team. After being traded four times in eight years, he finally gets to choose where he'll play for a few years.
Rumored landing spots: Bucks, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers
One thing to know: The Bucks' postseason may go a long way in determining whether they decide to max-out Middleton as the No. 2 next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, or whether they decide not to match another team's offer for him.
One thing to know: Russell had a breakout season with the Nets and earned an All-Star spot. Would the Nets balk at matching a max offer for Russell which would preclude them from signing multiple star free agents?
One thing to know: It's unclear whether Horford will opt into the final year of his contract, worth $30 million, or if he'll hit the open market to secure a long-term deal. He'll be in high demand if he opts for free agency.
Rumored landing spots: Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers
One thing to know: Cousins' season once again ended in injury, right on the heels of free agency. It's unclear who will sign him, for how much, and for how long.
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Kristaps Porzingis, F/C*
2018-19 team: New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks
2018-19 stats: n/a — injured
Rumored landing spots: Mavericks, Nets
One thing to know: There have been rumors that Porzingis would take the one-year qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. But coming off a torn ACL that cost him all of the 2018-19 season, many expect him to sign a long-term deal with the Mavericks, one way or another.
One thing to know: Lopez — who signed just a one-year, $3.5 million deal last summer — has become a stout rim defender and one of the best three-point shooting big men in the league. Who wouldn't want a player like that?
One thing to know: Jordan has lost some of the athleticism that made him a rim-protector and great finisher around the basket, but he's still efficient and should draw interest from teams without better center options.