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NBA Insider: 4 Teams Are Set To Be Huge Players In 2019 Free Agency

Kevin Durant hunched over in his Golden State Warriors uniform.

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 16: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors stands on the court during their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on January 16, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NBA news has died down a bit in recent days, with almost all of the top free agents having agreed to deals, and trade rumors surrounding Kawhi Leonard and Carmelo Anthony being pretty quiet as of late. Just wait until next summer, though.

If you thought the 2018 NBA offseason was a crazy one - and it was, of course, with LeBron James going to Los Angeles, DeMarcus Cousins going to the Warriors and Kawhi demanding a trade - the 2019 offseason is likely going to be mind-blowing.

NBA free agency next summer should be, in a word, insane.

League insider David Aldridge took a look at what the class will be like in his morning post:

Players with player options for 2019 include the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, the San Antonio Spurs’ (for now, anyway) Kawhi Leonard, the Cavs’ Kevin Love, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, the Dallas Mavericks’ Harrison Barnes, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton, the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol, the New Orleans Pelicans’ Julius Randle, the Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas and C.J. Miles and the Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside.


Players scheduled to become free agents outright include the Warriors’ Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, the Mavs’ DeAndre Jordan, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s (for now, anyway) Carmelo Anthony, the LA Clippers’ Tobias Harris, the Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe, the Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic, the Utah Jazz’s Ricky Rubio, the Knicks’ Mario Hezonja and Enes Kanter, the Celtics’ Marcus Morris and his twin brother, Washington Wizards’ big man Markieff Morris, the Indiana Pacers’ Thaddeus Young, Tyreke Evans, Darren Collison and Bojan Bogdanovic, the Lakers’ Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the Philadelphia 76ers’ J.J. Redick and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Al-Faroqu Aminu.

That's just a ridiculous list of names - perhaps the most-loaded free agency class in recent memory.

And, luckily for the NBA, four teams in huge markets are set to have a ton of cap space.

The Lakers, Clippers, Knicks and Nets should all have the cap space to go after at least one max player and maybe more.

"The Lakers will be back in the game. And, like the Clippers, Knicks and Nets, they have unique assets that will be central to their pitch," Aldridge writes.

We can't wait to see what happens.