The NBA free-agency period is due on Wednesday, and a number of high-profile players are set to decide their future destinations.
Among the six Africa-born NBA players who featured in the 2014-15 season, three may switch teams during this offseason.
NOTE – Restricted free agency means the team that owns the player’s rights may match offers. Player and team options must be decided on soon, typically by June 30.
While South Sudan native Luol Deng, an unrestricted free-agent, has opted into his $10.2 million 2015-16 salary with the Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets centreBismackBiyombo as well as Philadelphia 76ers forward Luc Mbah a Moute are yet to decide their NBA future.
Unlike Deng, Biyombo, a restricted free-agent who was selected seventh overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Hornets, may be on the move, judging by his recent comments.
In the wake of last week’s NBA draft, Biyombo welcomed his fellow Congolese Emmanuel Mudiay who was selected seventh overall by the Denver Nuggets.
Then, on Monday, the Lubumbashi native took to his twitter account to appreciate the fans in Charlotte.
“I’m excited and look forward to my new home,” he twetted suggesting he is on his way out Hornets.
He went on to “appreciate the people in the whole organisation. You guys Have been great to me and I wish you nothing but the best. God bless,” he concluded.
During his four-year time with the Hornets, Bismack averaged 4.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 21 minutes per game.
On the other hand, Cameroonian Luc Mbah a Moute, an unrestricted free-agent, continues to be linked to a number of teams including the New Orleans Pelicans, or even extend his stay in Philadelphia.
Back in April, the seven-year veteran said to Philadelphia local press: “I always thought they viewed me as part of what they were doing here.
“We will see what happens this summer. But pretty much what’s been kind of [established] is that I’m part of what they are trying to grow here. I’m part of the culture.”
Mbah a Moute has spent the first five seasons of his NBA career with the Milwaukee Buck. He had a short spell with the Sacramento Kings, and before he joined the Sixers, the Cameroonian played for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
List of top 10 free-agents:
1. LaMarcus Aldridge (Unrestricted), Power Forward, Portland Trail Blazers
2. Marc Gasol (Unrestricted), Centre, Memphis Grizzlies
3. Kawhi Leonard (Restricted), Small Forward, San Antonio Spurs
4. Kevin Love (Unrestricted), Power Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Jimmy Butler (Restricted), Shooting Guard, Chicago Bull
6. DeAndre Jordan (Unrestricted), Centre, Los Angeles Clippers
7. Draymond Green (Restricted), Power Forward, Golden State Warriors
8. GoranDragic (Unrestricted), Point Guard, Miami Heat
9. Paul Millsap (Unrestricted), Power Forward, Atlanta Hawks
10. Brandon Knight (Restricted Free Agent), Point Guard, Phoenix Suns
Note – Four-time MVP LeBron James has reportedly opted out with the Cleveland Cavaliers but is expected to re-sign with the team.