DeAndre Jordan rumored headed to Dallas on max deal, player option on year four. If so, huge loss for the Clips.
|Posted: July 03 2015 at 1:54pm | IP Logged | 2
Most of the A-level guys have resolved pretty fast. So who's left besides Aldridge, Cousins and Gasol (the latter two of whom may stay home)? A bunch of players with issues. But some of them have surprising upside and I'd be willing to risk some money on a lot of them in the right situation, particularly on shorter term deals in case they don't work out. Some of them may prefer such short deals since the cap explosion in the next two years offers them huge upsides if they play well now (another reason to make bets on them in the short term). Here are some that are somewhat under the radar but which might merit a second look in the right setting.
Josh Smith PF unrestricted. Attitude issues got him dumped last year but he played decently for Houston down the stretch (17 pts / 8 rebs). If Houston lands a big fish free agent they'll probably let him go but he's certainly got some game left.
Enes Kanter Big scorer, rebounder (18.7/11). Bad defense. unrestricted. If you need offense, absolutely worth a shot. OKC hasn't resigned him yet.
Lou Williams PG/ SG 15.5 ppg sixth man of the year unrestricted. Surprised there's not more discussion of this unsung energy guy who can score.
Manu Ginobli SG 10.5 ppg unrestricted. Likely to re-sign with the Spurs for peanuts but if not, certainly worth the risk for short term lowball salary. He's near the end of his career but he can shoot and he can pass and he's a fundamentally sound winner.
Rajon Rondo PG unrestricted 8.9 ppg, 7.9 assists. He had a HORRIBLE year after being traded to Dallas and hasn't shot well in several years. He is likely to be disruptive, he's likely not to listen to the coach. He is one of the best distributors in the game and since nobody seems to want him, you might be able to get him for quite the deal. A cheap one-year tryout signing seems eminently worth the risk/reward.
David West 12 pts / 7 rebs PF unrestricted. He's declining and may be headed to SA if they can't nab Aldridge, but either way, he can still ball on a limited basis and if you need a big, he can fill the role.
Reggie Jackson 14.5 pts / 4.2 rebs / 6.0 assists restricted. 25 y.o. PG Dragic and Knight's signings may have raised Jackson's payday... in his 26 games with Detroit he averaged 17.6 points and 9.2 assists, better than either Dragic or Knight. Detroit may not match their deals, in which case this solid PG may walk.
Tobias Harris restricted. SF/PF 17.1 pts / 6.3 rebs Boston was interested but is apparently out now, so this decent forward may be available.
Edited by Rick Senger on July 03 2015 at 2:43pm