NBA Free Agents 2012: Underrated Signings That Will Pay Huge Dividends
With NBA free agency well underway, we've been forced to tolerate the repetitive media as they constantly repeat the same names over and over again.
All we hear on the radio and television is broadcasters raving over Steve Nash going to Los Angeles, Jeremy Lin going to Houston, Deron Williams going to Brooklyn and Jason Kidd going to New York.
What we don't hear about often enough is the low-key signings that fly under the radar, but provide teams with great roster additions.
Here are four players who fit that description. Their contracts didn't result in breaking news headlines, but they should be solid additions for their teams.
Jerryd Bayless (Memphis Grizzlies)
Jerry Bayless was the No. 11 overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He struggled to get his career going, but he just concluded the best scoring season of his career with 11.4 points per game.
At the age of 23, there's still room for improvement, though, and the Memphis Grizzlies were able to recognize that.
Bayless is relatively cheap as he's reportedly receiving $3 million for the 2012 season, which makes the signing valuable.
Bayless should be able to immediately improve Memphis' perimeter shooting.
Grant Hill (Los Angeles Clippers)
The Los Angeles Clippers were able to add a veteran presence to their roster by inking 39-year-old Grant Hill to a two-year deal worth $3.85 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Hill will join Lamar Odom and Jamal Crawford as the Clippers' latest additions this offseason.
Hill, who has been with Phoenix since 2007, will provide the Clippers with a valuable veteran presence. He will turn 40 years old in October, so he's obviously not the same player he used to be, but his experience alone makes this a valuable signing.
Mirza Teletovic (Brooklyn Nets)
The Brooklyn Nets are frantically working towards building a playoff-caliber team to occupy their new home at the Barclays Center.
Deron Williams and his $98.7 million contract was obviously a major part of the Nets' offseason, but one of the underrated moves was the acquisition of power forward Mirza Teletovic.
Teletovic has spent his entire professional career in Europe, but the 6'9" Bosnian is coming off a monster season for Spain that resulted in 21.7 points per game.
Obviously, there will be a transition upon entering the NBA. But regardless, the potential is there and it was a smart move for the Nets.
Gerald Green (Indiana Pacers)
Gerald Green, a former first-round draft pick, has been bounced around the league throughout his five NBA seasons, but made a minor impact with the Nets last season.
Green averaged a career-high 12.9 points per game with the Nets, despite playing just 25.2 minutes a game on average.
Green has been fairly mediocre his whole career and may not be worth the $10 million that's being reported, but if last year is any indication, then he may finally emerge and become a player.
At the very least, he should immediately improve the Pacers' bench.
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