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The NBA offseason is approaching and teams are ramping up there free agency strategies a bit early this year. The NBA has decided to push up free agency allowing teams to get a earlier start than normal.
Everybody knows the marquee names teams will be gunning for with Kwahi Leonard, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving on the market. Getting one of those guys will definitely boost your teams chances of playing for a title but it’s the little moves that get you over the hump.
Here’s five guys that might not get the spotlight, but will make whatever team they sign to better:
Brook Lopez: Heading into his 11th season, the veteran big man is looking for his first title. After solid season in Milwaukee where he was vital part in securing the best record in the NBA, Lopez will be highly sough after on the market. He’s a stretch five that can stretch the floor, shooting 36% from behind the arc this season.
Lopez will most likely want to finish his career with the next team he signs with. A return to the Lakers seems like the best fit. The Lakers will have some competition: expect the Bucks to try and retain him, or possibly the Warriors looking to add another shooter.
Best Fit: Lakers, Warriors, Bucks, Nets
Paul Millsap: Millsap is owed 30 million if the Nuggets decide to keep him. At 34, he might have played his last season in Denver. Don’t let the age fool you, Millsap still can play. He’s just not worth the big money.
He showed this year in Denver you still need a player of his caliber if you’re a young team that’s contending. His 12 points per game don’t jump off the stat sheet but just think of the scoring he had to sacrifice because of Denver’s supreme young talent.
As he starts fading off, the veteran can still help a team win. He’s not a liability on offense, Shooting 36% from three as a big he can still make his rounds as a stretch four that can rebound.
Best Fit: Nuggets, Sixers, Warriors, Clippers
Bojan Bogdanovic: Bogdanovic has proven he can play in this league during his tenure in Indiana. He is one of the better shooters in this league, hitting 49% of his shots from the field and 43% from three. He can play either forward spot depending on the lineup. He also is a solid ball handler and playmaker as well.
With Tyreke Evans gone, Indiana might have chance of resigning him. With Bogdanovic’s shooting ability he will command some serious interest as a free agent. As a third or fourth option on a championship team Bogdanovic would fit perfectly.
At 30 years old he wants to win now. No disrespect to Pacers fans but Indiana’s not winning a title anytime soon.
Best Fit: Lakers, Sixers, Hawks, Bucks, Pistons, Heat
Jeremy Lamb: A underrated two way player, Lamb would fit nice on few teams next year. Lamb can either start or come off the bench if needed and give you a nice scoring spark.
Lambs versatility is his calling card. not only can he score and defend, Lamb is a solid defensive rebounder averaging 5.5 a game this year. Lamb also shot 88% from the free throw line making him the last person you want to foul come crunch time.
Lamb can secure a nice deal as a solid rotation player. His time in Charlotte may be up but you can bet he will make a nice addition to any team that signs him
Best Fit: Lakers, Clippers, Sixers, Pistons, Raptors, Pelicans, Pacers, Nets
Darren Collison: Scoring point guards are at all time high in the NBA. Collison has proven when given the opportunity he can play in this league. Not only can he score, Collison can run an offense. The veteran can also play off the ball as well.
His game is more of a solid second unit point guard rather than a starter. Collison comes with a ton of playoff experience, so it doesn’t matter rather he starts or comes of the bench.
He can thrive in a role where’s he mentoring a young point guard or help a team that in win now mode make a deep post season run.
Best Fit: Sixers, Suns, Knicks, Lakers, Jazz, Clippers, Magic