England was far from convincing in a 1-1 draw with Denmark on Thursday even if it likely ensured advancing to the round of 16 at the European Championship.

And with that, the NBA season has come and gone. For the better part of eight months, hoops fans were treated to heartbreak, glory and everything in between in yet another all-time year for the Association. 

With the Celtics coming out on top, only one team can well and truly look back on their year without nitpicking and dreaming of what could’ve been. However, now is the time to be rid of all those what-ifs and turn them into what-nows. 

It’s officially F5 season, so ready those refresh buttons and turn on your Twitter notifications because the time for team building is upon us. 

Free agency technically kicked off the second the clock struck 12 on Tuesday — the day after the Celtics lifted the Larry O’Brien — as teams were able to negotiate with their own upcoming free agents and pen some extensions right off the bat. Notably, the Indiana Pacers were the first team to take advantage of the new rule, extending Pascal Siakam with a four-year, $189.5 million deal. For all those testing the more open waters, free agency opens up on June 30 as teams are able to begin negotiating with players and then will be able to formally sign them on July 6. 

There are more than enough names out there still left to be accounted for. Here’s Sportsnet’s list of the top 25 free agents in what should prove to be an intriguing class. 

1. LeBron James, F, 39 years old — Player option for $51.4 million

Who but the King would top this list? Though it seems likely he’ll re-sign with the Lakers given his ties to Los Angeles and their willingness to draft his son Bronny James, you should never count LeBron out to stir up some drama. He may be turning 40 next season, but every team should at least be having conversations internally about bringing in the timeless superstar. 

2. Paul George, F, 34 years old — Player option for $48.8 million

In terms of who could garner the most intriguing market and line up the most suitors, Paul George is likely at the top of the list. Though the Clippers will want to retain the six-time All-NBA wing as they move to a new stadium, other teams on the brink of contention like the 76ers, Knicks and Magic should be making a big push for his services. 

3. Tyrese Maxey, G, 23 years old — Restricted free agent (RFA)

There’s no way the 76ers let Maxey go anywhere after the young guard had a breakout year, emerging as a tried and true lead guard and earning the Most Improved Player award in the process. They also won’t have to break the bank for him as he’s not eligible to sign a supermax rookie extension after not being named to an All-NBA team.

4. OG Anunoby, F, 26 years old — Player option for $19.9 million

Unlike Pascal Siakam with the Pacers, Anunoby re-singing to the Knicks never felt like as much of a certainty as concerns about his injury history and debate around whether or not he’s a max player were likely to prolong negotiations. However, his impact on the Knicks was clear the moment he got there as they went 20-3 in the regular season when he suited up.

5. DeMar DeRozan, F/G, 34 years old — Unrestricted free agent (UFA)

Though it may not have worked with the core the Bulls wanted to build around DeRozan, the former Raptors legend has continued to excel individually, continually refining his game well into his 15th season. The question now becomes if he’d rather spend his twilight years in Chicago or see if his talents, particularly his closing ability, would be better suited on a contender.

6. James Harden, G, 34 years old — UFA

The wear-and-tear, lack of playoff success and consistent drama have lowered the former MVP’s status as a marquee free agent going into this summer but Harden still enjoyed a solid year with the Clippers and should be in line for a lucrative extension, though not a max. His scoring numbers continue to decline, but his playmaking only seems to get better and L.A. feels like one of the better places for him to work his magic at this point.

7. Immanuel Quickley, G, 25 years old — RFA

Quickley came over to Toronto, immediately secured a starting spot and proved he belongs, putting up career highs in points, rebounds and assists while maintaining his efficiency, particularly from deep, shooting the long-ball at a 39.5 per cent clip. He’s in line for a solid extension, with Jordan Poole’s four-year, $123 million contract looking like a comparable figure.

8. Nic Claxton, C, 25 years old — UFA

Claxton earns the top centre spot here because of the class’s overall lack of depth at the five. That’s not to take anything away from the defence-first big as he finished the year with the eighth-most blocks (2.1) and was top-20 in both offensive (2.7) and defensive (7.2) rebounding. He should be at the top of the list for any team needing a centre such as the Thunder or Grizzlies. 

 9. Malik Monk, G, 26 years old — UFA

One of the most electric bench scorers in the NBA, Monk has established himself as a perennial Sixth Man of the Year conten

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