The Kentucky Wildcats will have a strong influence on the NBA’s free agency period that will officially open at 6 p.m. EST.
High-impact players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and others are already to sign their league-altering contracts.
However, players can only give verbal commitments until July 6, when they can officially put the pen to paper. For now, it’s all just talk.
That being said, four Wildcats will play a major factor in the landscape of the NBA next season. They are Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins, Lakers’ Rajon Rondo, Pelicans’ Julius Randle and Blazers’ Enes Kanter.
Overall, it’s already been a wild few weeks for Wildcats in the association, starting with the Anthony Davis trade. That may be the most noteworthy transaction, but these four players will certainly make an impact on their next location.
Individually, Cousins is expected to sign with the Knicks as a backup option to Durant. As for Rondo, he’s likely going to sign back with the Lakers in hopes to help take the once-feared team back to the promised land.
Kanter and Randle are the two mysteries. We really don’t know where they’ll head. Randle will be securing the bag wherever he heads as financial gain is expected to be a big part of his next destination.
The most recent rumor has Randle connected to New York, a team with enough cap space to offer him a high-value contract. Kanter is expected to take a phone call from both Boston and Portland, according to ESPN’s Marc Spears.
All-in-all, the Wildcats are set for a big payday. As a unit, they should be looking at over $100 million of guaranteed money coming in.
Of course, there will be other Wildcats hitting free agency, including Patrick Patterson, and Nerlens Noel, who could make a big impact for the right team.