Top 5 Potential Free Agents Who Are Likely To Re-Sign With Current Teams

There are some potential big-name free agents coming up this summer, players on expiring contracts or with opt-outs. But some of them won't truly be hitting the open market, and will likely sign extensions or otherwise re-up with their current teams when free agency hits.  

Let's take a look at the Top 5 impending free agents who will most likely be staying put with their current teams:

1. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Yes, LeBron James can technically become a free agent by opting out at the end of the 2023-24 season, but don't expect him to go anywhere. ESPN's Brian Windhorst said he believes James will finish his career with the Lakers and is "basically already negotiating for his contract." Windy adds that James is very likely to opt out of his current deal with the Lakers—but only because he can get a no-trade clause from them in a new deal.

2. Pascal Siakam, Indiana Pacers

Yes, Siakam originally had said the only place he wanted to sign a long-term deal with was Toronto. But after the Raptors traded him to the Pacers, and he got a taste of playing with Tyrese Haliburton and a winning team, he's made his intentions of re-signing a max deal in Indiana pretty clear. It won't be an extension, technically, as he can't max out his contract value that way; it'll have to be done in free agency once July 1st hits.

3. OG Anunoby, New York Knicks

Another former Raptor, Anunoby proved so valuable for the Knicks after the trade, that even though he missed most of two months with an elbow injury (and is oft-injured every year), the Knicks can't afford not to re-sign him. They gave up Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett to get him.

4. Paul George, LA Clippers

He watched his co-star, Kawhi Leonard sign a 3-year extension over three months ago, but yet, George has still not signed his own extension. And while many reports have the Philadelphia 76ers looming large to try and scoop him up this summer, most analysts believe that PG will be staying put with the Clippers. 

5. Klay Thomspon, Golden State Warriors

Yes, he's been relegated to a bench role at times this season, and yes, he'll have to take a big pay cut to remain with the Warriors, but does anyone really believe that Steph Curry will let the team allow his longtime Splash Brother to leave?  

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