Predicting The Landing Spots For The Top 19 NBA Free Agents In 2019

19. Eric Bledsoe — Signs With The Pistons

An abysmal playoff performance likely lost Bledsoe a few million dollars this upcoming free agency period. After being traded to Milwaukee for a first-round pick, the springy Bledsoe vastly disappointed, unable to assimilate himself into a Giannis-led offensive attack.

Bledsoe’s shortcomings as a player are well-documented. He hasn’t played much defense since his days as a Clipper, and his outside shot comes and goes, making him unreliable as an off-the-ball player. He’s too good for a bench role, but an awkward fit in a lot of starting lineups.

Detroit can sympathize with Milwaukee’s disappointment in their point guard acquisition. The Pistons traded for Reggie Jackson back in 2015, and the results have been a mixed bag, at best. Jackson was strong in his first year, averaging 18.8 points, showing an improved outside shot, and leading Detroit to a 44-win season and their first playoff berth in seven years. Since then, Jackson has been inconsistent, inefficient, and mostly a negative on the court.

Jackson’s contract doesn’t expire until after 2020, but he could certainly be an interesting trade piece as an expiring contract next season. Bledsoe is already familiar with Blake Griffin from their days in Los Angeles. The Bucks would be fine seeing Bledsoe walk, and the Pistons are better off with him leading the team over Jackson.

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18. Terry Rozier — Stays With The Celtics

Rozier made a name for himself by embarrassing Bledsoe in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Boston’s backup guard filled in for Kyrie Irving valiantly, and seems to have found a niche as an energy guard that can score in a number of ways.

His emergence and low price tag instantly made Rozier a popular trade target among the NBA. However, Boston seems to have not put him on the table. The thinking is that Danny Ainge wants to hold onto him in the event Irving walks next summer. If that’s the case, they can’t let him go to unrestricted free agency.

A few teams might be interested, but for security purposes, the Celtics should match any offer. Although Marcus Smart’s recent deal could end up clouding Boston’s future salary cap flexibility, they should be able to snag Rozier for an affordable, multi-year deal.

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