EVERYONE loves value for money and after last summers spending spree, NBA teams need it more than ever. With record breaking deals dominating the headlines, these cheaper under the radar moves could prove to make the difference for a handful of teams.
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Honourable Mentions: Dewayne Dedmon, Hawks (2yrs/$14mil), P.J. Tucker, Rockets (4yrs/$32mil), Patty Mills, Spurs ($4yrs/50mil)
Patrick Patterson, Oklahoma City Thunder (3yrs/$16.5mil)
WE live in an era where big man can’t find minutes on the court unless they are good shooters, defenders or both. After pulling off the Paul George theft OKC needed cheap value with all their cap dedicated to their two superstars. Addressing a position of need and doing so for very little money is a big tick for the Thunder and Sam Presti. A lineup of Westbrook, Roberson, George, Patterson and Adams is a pretty formidable group.
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Jonathon Simmons, Orlando Magic (3yrs/$20mil)
SIMMONS deserves to be paid more and it looked like he was going to get serious dough as free agency commenced. After a lack of interest from other teams and the market drying up though Simmons found himself on the outer before the Magic swooped on the Houston local. While his career average of 6.1 PPG doesn’t scream ‘sign me’ he has shown flashes of potential that demanded a higher pay grade, especially in last seasons playoffs. Simmons could become a big contributor with the Magic and even if he struggles it was a worthwhile investment for just over $6mil a year.
Thabo Sefolosha, Utah Jazz (2yrs/$10.5mil)
WHEN Gordon Hayward left, the Utah Jazz acted swiftly to find his replacement. And while Sefolosha isn’t exactly the option for the future, he has proved to be one of the best perimeter defenders over the past half a dozen years and give the Jazz a viable option to work alongside rookie Donovan Mitchell, who is shaping up as a long term replacement for Hayward.
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors (2yrs/$57mil)
17 players will earn more than Durant in 2017-18. SEVENTEEN! I don’t know about you, but I can’t name 17 players that are better than KD in the NBA right now. The likes of Al Horford, Jrue Holiday, Otto Porter Jr and Mike Conley are some of the names on that list and no offense to any of those four or the other players paid more than Durant, but with the exception of LeBron, KD deserves to be paid more than anyone in the league. An added bonus of the Warriors signing Durant for less than he’s worth means that they have added cap to bring back their core and continue to dominate the league.
Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs (2yrs/$17mil)
WITH Jonathon Simmons gone and the San Antonio Spurs famous for recycling players for cheap and turning them into stars in their system. I still think that Rudy Gay, who missed most of last season with an Achilles injury, can be a contributing player in the NBA and lord knows Gregg Popovich can get something out of him if there’s anything there. Getting him for $8.5 million a year considering Gay averaged 18 PPG in his 30 games last year and has a career average of 18.4 PPG, is a serious steal.
Alan Williams, Phoenix Suns (3yrs/$17mil)
PEOPLE laughed when Alan Williams resigned with the Suns and let’s be honest Williams isn’t exactly a household name. He did grow leaps and bounds in year two of his NBA career though, putting up around seven points and six rebounds a night in just 15 minutes a game. With Alex Len and Tyson Chandler struggling to show their worth and Marquese Chriss/Dragan Bender yet to develop into viable choices, Williams could be the forward of the future for Phoenix.
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