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Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies warms up (Credit: Getty Images)

Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies warms up prior to the start of Game Two of the NBA Western Conference semifinals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 5, 2015 in Oakland, California.

Al Iannazzone's top NBA free agents in 2015

The Knicks and Nets are creating as much salary cap space as possible to pursue free agents in the summer of 2015. Here are the more notable NBA players who are eligible for free agency after the 2014-15 season ends, listed in order from the top available. (Note: A restricted free agent can sign an offer sheet with any team, but the player's original team can retain him by matching the terms.)

LeBron James

LEBRON JAMES Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Type: James has
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LEBRON JAMES
Cleveland Cavaliers
Forward
Type: James has a player option after this season.
LeBron James returned home last year to try to bring a championship Cleveland, and can't leave after one year. He's keeping owner Dan Gilbert honest and making sure he makes the moves that give James the personnel to win.
Prediction: Re-signs with the Cavaliers

Marc Gasol

MARC GASOL Memphis Grizzlies Center Type: Unrestricted The
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MARC GASOL
Memphis Grizzlies
Center
Type: Unrestricted
The Knicks would love to be in play for Marc Gasol and will make the obligatory call to him and his agent. But the Spurs would seem to be the only team that could pry him from Memphis, and it's not likely.
Prediction: Re-signs with the Grizzlies

LaMarcus Aldridge

LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE Portland Trail Blazers Forward Type: Unrestricted
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LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE
Portland Trail Blazers
Forward
Type: Unrestricted
LaMarcus Aldridge looks ready to leave Portland and the perennial All-Star should have plenty of options, including the Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks, Knicks, Rockets and Raptors. It should come down to Spurs or Lakers.
Prediction: Signs with the Spurs

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Kevin Love

KEVIN LOVE Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Type: Love has
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KEVIN LOVE
Cleveland Cavaliers
Forward
Type: Love has a player option for next season.
Kevin Love appeared to be an outsider with the Cavaliers. He is expected to have the red carpet rolled out for him by the Lakers and Celtics, but playing with James is Love's best chance to win.
Prediction: Re-signs with the Cavaliers

Dwyane Wade

DWYANE WADE Miami Heat Guard Type: Wade has
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DWYANE WADE
Miami Heat
Guard
Type: Wade has a player option.
Dwayne Wade feels underappreciated, so he's testing the market. The Clippers, Lakers and Knicks could make pitches, and a reunion with LeBron James in Cleveland would make headlines. But Miami will pay Wade the most.
Prediction: Re-signs with the Heat

DeAndre Jordan

DEANDRE JORDAN Los Angeles Clippers Center Type: Unrestricted
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DEANDRE JORDAN
Los Angeles Clippers
Center
Type: Unrestricted
Count the Mavericks, Lakers, Knicks and Clippers among the teams interested in this double-double machine and elite rim protectors. Best guess for DeAndre Jordan is it's between the Clippers and Mavericks.
Prediction: Re-signs with the Clippers

Rajon Rondo

RAJON RONDO Dallas Mavericks Point guard Type: Unrestricted
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RAJON RONDO
Dallas Mavericks
Point guard
Type: Unrestricted
He won't be back with Dallas after the way last season ended. The Lakers and Kings are expected to be among the teams after Rondo, who has built a friendship with Kobe Bryant.
Prediction: Signs with Lakers

Greg Monroe

GREG MONROE Detroit Pistons Forward Type: Unrestricted Greg
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GREG MONROE
Detroit Pistons
Forward
Type: Unrestricted
Greg Monroe has been tied to the Knicks all season. The Lakers, Celtics, Bucks and Blazers are targeting him, too, but it would be a surprise if he signs anywhere but New York.
Prediction: Signs with Knicks

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Kawhi Leonard

KAWHI LEONARD San Antonio Spurs Forward Type: Restricted
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KAWHI LEONARD
San Antonio Spurs
Forward
Type: Restricted
Kawhi Leonard is a restricted free agent, and there is little chance he's leaving San Antonio where he will get a max deal and will become the face of the franchise.
Prediction: Re-signs with Spurs

Jimmy Butler

JIMMY BUTLER Chicago Bulls Guard Type: Restricted The
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JIMMY BUTLER
Chicago Bulls
Guard
Type: Restricted
The Lakers and Mavericks would be good fits for Jimmy Butler, but the best spot for the restricted free agent is right where he is.
Prediction: Re-signs with Chicago

Brook Lopez

BROOK LOPEZ Brooklyn Nets Center Type: Lopez has
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BROOK LOPEZ
Brooklyn Nets
Center
Type: Lopez has a player option.
Just about every team wants a skilled big man, and the Nets have one in Brook Lopez. They have to pay him.
Prediction: Re-signs with Nets

Draymond Green

DRAYMOND GREEN Golden State Warriors Forward Type: Restricted
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DRAYMOND GREEN
Golden State Warriors
Forward
Type: Restricted
The Warriors will reward Draymond Green for being a major contributor on their championship team. He's restricted, so they will match anything, if it even gets to that point.
Prediction: Re-signs with the Warriors

Wesley Matthews

WESLEY MATTHEWS Portland Trail Blazers Guard Type: Unrestricted
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WESLEY MATTHEWS
Portland Trail Blazers
Guard
Type: Unrestricted
Wesley Matthews is coming off a ruptured Achilles and reportedly wants $15 million per season, which will price him out of most teams. But the Knicks, Blazers and Mavericks will express interest.
Prediction: Signs with Mavericks

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Danny Green

DANNY GREEN San Antonio Spurs Guard Type: Unrestricted
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DANNY GREEN
San Antonio Spurs
Guard
Type: Unrestricted
The North Babylon native would be a good fit for the Knicks. But contenders will want Danny Green if the Spurs can't pay him.
Prediction: Signs with the Hawks

Tobias Harris

TOBIAS HARRIS Orlando Magic Forward Type: Restricted The
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TOBIAS HARRIS
Orlando Magic
Forward
Type: Restricted
The ex-Half Hollow Hills star wouldn't mind a homecoming with the Knicks and will get offers elsewhere. But Tobias Harris is a restricted free agent, and the Magic could match anything reasonable.
Prediction: Re-signs with Magic

Paul Millsap

PAUL MILLSAP Atlanta Hawks Forward Type: Unrestricted There
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PAUL MILLSAP
Atlanta Hawks
Forward
Type: Unrestricted
There hasn't been much talk about Atlanta All-Star forward Paul Millsap, and that is probably because he's happy playing on a 60-win team and wants to stay.
Prediction: Re-signs with Hawks

David West

DAVID WEST Indiana Pacers Forward Type: West has
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DAVID WEST
Indiana Pacers
Forward
Type: West has a player option.
David West would give the Knicks a tough player and a leader, but playoff teams such as the Celtics and Clippers, where he would be reunited with Paul, want him, too.
Prediction: Signs with Clippers

DeMarre Carroll

DEMARRE CARROLL Atlanta Hawks Small forward Type: Unrestricted
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DEMARRE CARROLL
Atlanta Hawks
Small forward
Type: Unrestricted
Journeyman DeMarre Carroll is in line for his biggest payday, and the Suns and Raptors could have the money to pay him.
Prediction: Signs with Raptors

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Tyson Chandler

TYSON CHANDLER Dallas Mavericks Center Type: Unrestricted If
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TYSON CHANDLER
Dallas Mavericks
Center
Type: Unrestricted
If DeAndre Jordan signs with the Mavericks, Tyson Chandler could choose between playing with good friend Chris Paul and the Clippers or for good friend Jason Kidd with the Bucks.
Prediction: Re-signs with the Mavericks

Goran Dragic

GORAN DRAGIC Phoenix Suns Guard Type: Dragic has
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GORAN DRAGIC
Phoenix Suns
Guard
Type: Dragic has a player option.
The Knicks were interested in Goran Dragic before the trade deadline, but the Heat gave up two first-round picks for him so Miami had to believe it could re-sign him.
Prediction: Re-signs with the Heat

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