15. JaMychal Green, PF/C
The Denver Nuggets very much needed JaMychal Green last season. He was a solid defender for them, but at 31-years-old his prime will be coming to an end soon. He’ll make around $8.7 million next season if he opts in and it’s safe to say that’s the best option for the 6-foot-8 big man.
14. Derrick Favors, C
It’s unfair to Derrick Favors that he’s stuck on the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder. Hopefully, the 6-foot-9 big man can get traded this offseason so opting into his $10.2 million deal can be an easy decision. The 30-year-old can be a valuable role player on the right roster if he gets traded.
13. Pat Connaughton, G/F
The Bucks received a career season from 3-and-D wing Pat Connaughton. The 29-year-old is set to make around $5.7 million next season if were to opt into his deal. However, it’s fair to assert due to the demand for 3-and-D players, the 6-foot-5 wing could stand to make more in the open mark. The smart move would be to opt-out.
12. Cory Joseph, G
To say that veteran Cory Joseph is a quality backup point guard is an understatement. The 6-foot-3 was a two-way guard for the Detroit Pistons last season. The 30-year-old has a tough decision whether or not to opt into his $5.2 million dollar deal for next season. If he does, he’d be an ideal trade target for the Philadelphia 76ers.
11. Jeff Green, F
Journeyman Jeff Green found himself on the Nuggets last season. The 35-year-old provided solid two-way play off the bench yet again. The 6-foot-8 forward is set to make $4.5 million next season if he opts in. Like Joseph, it’s hard to tell if he would get more money in free agency.