Some of the most influential 2013 NBA free agents won’t be stars, but instead they will be role players who settle for the mid-level exception to play for a contender.
Ray Allen signed with the Miami Heat for the mini-midlevel last summer, and he made a huge difference in them winning their second-straight championship.
Here are four free agents worth a full mid-level deal who could be the missing piece on a team’s quest for a title next season.
4. J.J. Redick, SG
Redick provides ideal instant offense off the bench. He’s scored double-digit points per game the past three seasons and has shot 39.0 percent from downtown for his career. The former Duke star also turned himself into a respectable defender, holding opposing shooting guards to a player efficiency ratio of 12.6, according to 82games.com (the league average is 15.0).
3. Jarrett Jack, PG
Jack is one of the best backup point guards in the entire NBA. He averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists per game this past regular season while shooting 40.4 percent from downtown. When his role expanded in the postseason, his scoring skyrocketed, as Jack averaged 17.2 points per game.
2. Ray Allen
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman, Allen will opt out of his current contract. After averaging 10.6 points and shooting 54.5 percent from three-point territory in the 2013 NBA Finals, it’s clear that Allen is still the deadliest long-distance shooter in the league. He could choose to re-sign with the Heat for cheap, but he’s worth the full mid-level exception.
1. Carl Landry, PF
Landry is another key Golden State Warrior reserve who would be a huge addition to a contender. He’s scored double-digit points the past four years, averaging 10.8 points this past season. He also shot 54.0 percent from the field, which is the most efficient Landry has been since his Houston Rockets days.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.