NBA Free Agency: Crazy offseason’s most underrated signings

The 2017 NBA offseason has been a wild one, with several superstars changing squads. While everyone has been focusing on the construction of new super-teams, there has been a flurry of other important signings that fell under the radar. All-Stars Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Gordon Hayward and Chris Paul stole the headlines, but these ten free-agent moves will also impact next season’s Finals race.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lakers

Caldwell-Pope was a restricted free-agent, but landed in Los Angeles after Detroit renounced their rights to him after adding Avery Bradley from Boston. The one-year, “show me” deal is good for both parties. The Lakers get a proven scorer who is still just 24 and KCP gets $18 million with the opportunity to get a bigger contract next offseason. We have a feeling he’ll be happy playing with Lonzo Ball, too.

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Taj Gibson, Timberwolves

Gibson left Oklahoma City for Minnesota, rejoining his former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau on a two-year $28 million contract. The signing gives the T-Wolves a great veteran presence for its young core and bolsters their bench. Minnesota is clearly in a better place with Gibson, Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler and will be very fun to watch next season.

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JJ Redick, Sixers

Philadelphia’s acquisition of Redick gives its young roster a vet who can come in and provide immediate floor spacing. The one-year, $23 million deal is great for the former Clipper in the short-term, but still leaves the door open for both parties to revisit a more long-term scenario next offseason.

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Zach Randolph and Vince Carter, Grizzlies

Like other teams on this list, the Kings made veteran free-agents a priority this offseason. The additions of former All-Stars Zach Randolph and Vince Carter were important for a young team still findings its identity. The Memphis duo, plus point guard George Hill, instantly makes Sacramento a more entertaining and competitive squad for next season (just as long as Randolph’s recent charges don’t keep him off the court).

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Omri Casspi, Warriors

The rich just keep getting richer, it seems. After throwing tons of money at its stars to keep the band together, Golden State went out and signed the veteran Casspi to a one-year minimum contract. The small-ball forward reportedly turned down a better contract from a likely lottery team to join the defending champs. A title ring certainly has its own value, though.

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Danilo Gallinari, Clippers

Gallinari will bring a versatile body to Los Angeles, joining Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on an imposing and unique frontline. Chris Paul and JJ Redick are gone, but the addition of Gallinari ensures the Clippers should not fall of the cliff next season.

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Nick Young, Warriors

Golden State hit another home run with the signing of Young, who leaves the Lakers for a one-year, $5.2 million deal. The 32-year-old provides the Warriors with another scoring threat off the bench — and one of the NBA’s best personalities.

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Rudy Gay, Spurs

San Antonio missed out on Chris Paul, but still got better with the addition of Gay. The two-year, $17.2 million deal is a bargain for the perimeter slasher, who could play the four in some lineups for the Spurs.

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Paul Millsap, Nuggets

Millsap was one of the best players available in this year’s free-agency class and gives Denver a formidable frontcourt duo with Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets narrowly missed the playoffs last season and while the West is even more stacked, Millsap gives them a much better chance next season. The team-friendly third year on the contract was a big win for Denver, as well.

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