This year's NBA free agency has a lot of superstars in the lineup: those who've stayed (Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets' Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George) and those who've said their goodbyes (DeMarcus Cousins for the defending champions, LeBron James for the Los Angeles Lakers).
Outside the next tier of basketball players waiting to be signed is another group that is worth Taking note of in this crazy offseason—the handful of seasoned veterans who are well past their prime but can still ball hard if given the chance. Teams that are one player away from contention or lacking in experience and mentors might want to consider these tried-and-tested names.
Tony Parker (36)
2017-18 season: 7.7 ppg 3.5
The Charlotte Hornets and Denver Nuggets are reportedly interested in the four-time NBA champion, but the Spurs would love to have him back. The feeling is mutual, as Parker told Sports Illustrated, "I would love to play 20 seasons with the Spurs, that's my dream." Last season, the veteran point guard was limited by a quad injury and replaced by Dejounte Murray as
Dwyane Wade (36)
2017-18 season: 11.4 ppg 3.8
After a subpar run with the Cavs, Wade had a fitting return to Miami, where he seemed to have rediscovered his mojo. The Philadelphia 76ers almost learned that the hard way when he gave them quite a scare in the first round of the playoffs. The Heat and its fans are said to be on standby for Father Prime's decision.
Joe Johnson (37)
2017-18 season: 6.8 ppg 3.1
Oh how time flies for
David West (37)
2017-18 season: 6.8 ppg 3.3
West went from ring chaser to solid reserve for the back-to-back champions. The two-time All-Star has emerged as Golden State's second-best big man behind Draymond Green. Now with a couple of titles under his belt, he has the options to hang up his boots as a winner, bring his steady presence to another squad, or gun for a three-peat with the Warriors.
Jamal Crawford (38)
2017-18 season: 10.3 ppg 2.3
The newly crowned Teammate of the Year has extended his career to 18 seasons by doing what he does
Dirk Nowitzki (40)
2017-18 season: 12 ppg 5.7
The Mavs reportedly declined Nowitzki's $5 million option for next season, but would be silly not to re-sign the former champion-slash-MVP. The greatest shooting big man in league history is expected to pass the torch to another foreign-born baller in rookie Luka Doncic, who will have his work cut out for him as the next franchise cornerstone.
Vince Carter (41)
2017-18 season: 5.4 ppg 2.6
It's astonishing to think that the oldest active NBA player still managed to get up there and pull off more than a few rim rockers as a reserve for Sacramento. By reinventing his game and developing his range, Carter was able to keep playing until gray hair started appearing on his beard. If we were to change his nickname, it would be "Half Man, Still Amazing."