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Predicting Who The NBA's 5 Best Free Agents Will Sign With

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors speaks with the media following his teams victory over the Golden State Warriors to winGame Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

NBA free agency is officially a week away, with the signing period set to begin on Sunday night, June 30. There are several huge names set to hit the open market this summer and it should be a highly entertaining couple of weeks.

Where are the top free agents going to sign?

Here are our latest predictions for the top five free agents in this class. We've predicted where each of them will sign come July.

1. Kawhi Leonard: Clippers

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Sorry, Raptors fans, but it's going to be one-and-done with Kawhi. The latest speculation sounds somewhat promising for Toronto - maybe he'll sign a one-and-one contract and hit free agency again in 2020 - but we think the Finals MVP just wants to be back in Southern California.

2. Kevin Durant: Warriors

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Durant has long been linked to New York's NBA franchises, including both the Knicks and the Nets. There are still many who believe Durant will end up in New York, though we don't think it's happening this summer. Durant is in for a year of rehab with his torn Achilles and the Warriors are committed to giving him more money than anyone else can.

3. Kyrie Irving: Nets

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Irving announced before the start of the NBA's 2018-19 season that he planned on re-signing in Boston this summer. Oh, how times have changed. Irving appears to be dead-set on leaving Boston for Brooklyn. We'd be very surprised if anything else happened, though Irving is no stranger to theatrics.

4. Jimmy Butler: Sixers

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New reports suggest that Butler is attempting to push his way to Houston, though that would take some serious maneuvering by the Rockets general manager, Daryl Morey. It's tough to envision that happening and Butler seems like a good fit in Philadelphia. The Sixers should offer him a max contract.

5. Kemba Walker: Hornets

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The Lakers have been mentioned as an option for Walker, who could star alongside LeBron and Anthony Davis. However, it doesn't look like Los Angeles will have a true max slot. The Hornets can offer Walker a lot more money than anyone else - a "supermax" worth $221 million over five years, to be exact - and we can't see him turning that down.


NBA free agency is set to officially begin on Sunday night, June 30.