2013 NBA Free Agents: Low-Profile Players Worth Cheap Price Tag
While all eyes will be on free agent Dwight Howard this July, a number of low-profile free agents wil quietly be signing new deals of their own.
With the salary cap limiting many NBA teams, money is tight and therefore must be spent wisely.
Below we'll highlight a trio of low-profile players worth their cheap price tag this summer.
*Salary information according to Spotrac.com.
D.J. Augustin, PG
Even though D.J. Augustin is coming off the worst NBA season of his career statistically, don't be so quick to write him off.
After all, the 25-year-old floor general averaged a career-low 16 minutes per game during the regular season for the Indiana Pacers and still shot slightly over 35 percent from downtown. He also averaged over two assists off the bench and shot 84 percent from the foul line.
Augustin signed a one-year deal with the Pacers a year ago after playing with the Bobcats. Indiana paid him $3.5 million for his services in 2012-13, which means he wouldn't come with a huge price tag following a season in which he averaged 4.7 points per game.
By no means is Augustin a game-changing point guard in the NBA, but he's worth the price as a player who can come off the bench and lead a second unit.
Randy Foye, PG
Veteran point guard Randy Foye isn't going to cost a ton of money, but that doesn't mean he can't play a significant role off the bench.
The 29-year-old has played for four different NBA teams since entering the league seven years ago. Last season he played for the Utah Jazz, averaging 10.8 points in just over 27 minutes per game.
Although Foye has struggled from the field throughout his NBA career, he is a knockdown three-point shooter and capable of getting hot from time to time. He shot 41 percent from beyond the arc in Utah in 2012-13, and is a 38 percent shooter from distance for his career.
Foye signed a one-year deal with the Jazz worth $2.5 million last summer. And considering he's flying under the radar heading into July's free agency period, there's a good chance he can be gotten for cheap.
Antawn Jamison, PF
At age 37, Antawn Jamison isn't getting any younger, but he's still a quality player for a team in contention. Plus, his price tag is solid.
The veteran forward is coming off a dismal season with the Los Angeles Lakers in which he averaged a career-low 9.4 points per game off the bench. He brought in nearly five rebounds per game and shot over 46 percent from the field for the year.
Last summer, Jamison signed with L.A. for the veteran minimum of $1.35 million. Regardless of where he winds up, he's not going to cost a ton and can offer a lot in return.
His experience and professionalism are invaluable and if he stays healthy, he can provide scoring off the bench for a team looking to chase a championship in 2013-14.
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