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Looking Ahead to the 2018 NBA Free Agent Class

Hands hoist the Lombardi Trophy

Hands hoist the Lombardi Trophy Next summer’s free agent class could decide future NBA championships. | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The free agent period of the summer is one of the most enjoyable parts of the NBA calendar. Players enjoy a ton of freedom to move around the league, and they make huge amounts of money in the process. A team doesn’t even really need a General Manager to sign players in free agency anymore.

With the draft over and the biggest free agents off the board, we turn to the 2018 NBA free agent class. We looked at the 10 best potential unrestricted free agents for next summer, including players who can — and are more likely to — opt out of the final year of their contracts.

[Editor’s note: Players who can opt out but are not included on this list: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant.]

10. Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade looks on during a game against the Nets.

Dwyane Wade looks on during a game against the Nets. Dwyane Wade continues to cash in. | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Chicago Bulls shooting guard Dwyane Wade may be older, but he’ll almost certainly have some suitors next offseason when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

The Bulls are paying Wade, who is now 35, a total of $23.8 million for the 201718 season. But considering the stark decline in his abilities as he has aged — 18.3 points on 43.4% shooting last season in 60 games played — the cost for a contender to bring in Wade next offseason shouldn’t be anywhere near that high. With Jimmy Butler gone and the Bulls clearly rebuilding, there’s a good chance that Wade doesn’t even last the whole season in Chicago.