Roughly 40 percent of the NBA entered free agency this offseason. Yeah, that’s very big number.
With so much talent flooding the market, some free agents were inevitably going to be signed to cheaper deals than expected. Which GMs did the best deals that year?
Let’s look at some of the most interesting and smartest contracts for this season.
(Note: No obvious stars here like Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant. They are powerful enough to dictate what kind of contracts they receive.)
DeMarcus Cousins, Lakers (one year, $3.5 million)
Yes, Cousins wasn’t himself in 2018-19. Cousins only played 30 regular season games for the Warriors, and he was a liability in certain playoff matchups. For $3.5 million, though? We’re talking about a four-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA player. He should be fully healthy entering the 2019-20 season after recovering from injuries. Reuniting with former Pelicans teammates Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo should help, too.
Kevon Looney, Warriors (three years, $15 million)
Looney had very impresive games in playoffs this year. This player is the perfect center for Golden State. He won’t take offensive possessions away from Stephen Curry, D’Angelo Russell and Klay Thompson. He is young(23) and very talented player, who shows very good defensive and offensive skills.
Jeremy Lamb, Pacers (three years, $31.5 million)
Jeremy Lamb had nice season in Charlote Hornets. Lamb is one of the best defensive players of his team.
After Kemba Walker, Lamb was second scorer on the team with 15.3 points per game. Over his last two years in Charlotte, he shot a respectable 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and displayed a little creativity off the dribble.
JJ Redick, Pelicans (two years, $26.5 million)
New Orleans is going full-and-gun under head coach Alvin Gentry, after they signed one of the best 3pt-shooter in NBA.
JJ Redick hit nearly 40 percent of his 3-pointers last season, and career-high 8.0 attempts per game. Redick is comfortable drilling shots off movement and in transition, and that will provide plenty of spacing for Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson as they attack the basket.
Tomas Satoransky, Bulls (three years, $30 million)
Someone had to fill the void at point guard for the Wizards when John Wall went down. Satoransky stepped up and proved he can be a consistent contributor. He averaged 8.9 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from the 3-point line in this season.