5. John Wall, PG
It’s sad that the Houston Rockets shut down a healthy John Wall last season. The 6-foot-3 point guard is a former All-Star who can still be an above average starter at this stage of his career. While it’s clear that the 31-year-old won’t opt out of his $47.4 million player option, it would be the right thing for the Rockets to waive him after he does that.
4. Russell Westbrook, PG
The Lakers’ 33-year-old starting point guard won’t opt out of his 47.1 million player option. It would be insane for Russell Westbrook not to opt in. However, the 6-foot-3 playmaker will face the biggest challenge of his career if he stays with Los Angeles.
3. Kyrie Irving, PG
It’s safe to write that Kyrie Irving is one of the polarizing players in the NBA. That makes how the Nets approach the 30-year-olds point guard’s future vital. Personally, I don’t think the Nets can commit to the 6-foot-2 guard for any long period of time. However, Irving’s goal is to get the longest deal possible moving forward.
2. James Harden, PG
Let’s not forgot about the Philadelphia 76ers point guard James Harden. It looks like the decline of the 32-year-old All-Star has begun, but he’s still an elite playmaker at this point. The 6-foot-5 former MVP has to decide if he wants a short-term payoff or long-term security.
1. Bradley Beal, SG
The Washington Wizards want Bradley Beal to be there for the long term. Financially it would make sense for the 28-year-old to opt in and then sign an extension. Despite having a down year shooting the ball, the 6-foot-3 shooting is still one of the best scorers in the NBA and will get paid regardless.
If any of these players were to opt out of their current deals, which of these players would you like to have on the Philadelphia 76ers? Comment your thoughts below.