Re-signing Tony Allen showed the Memphis Grizzlies' commitment to a guy who was one of the biggest free-agent discoveries in team history. The "Grindfather" turned Memphis into a contender with his defensive leadership.
While he's purely a role player—far more effective swiping the ball than shooting it—he's been a game-changer. As a Grizzly, Allen has become one of the two best perimeter defenders in the league.
He also symbolizes the type of player that this small-market team chases. Since the Grizzlies don't have the money to pull big-name free agents from other teams, they're left browsing for role players.
While Chris Wallace and Jerry West largely built their teams through smart trades and draft picks, they managed to find reasonably-priced contributors on the free-agent market.
Both managed to find guys in a pinch. Wallace picked up Dante Cunningham with the frontcourt depleted just before the 2011-12 season started. West snatched Chucky Atkins at midseason when the point guard position was in dire straits.
Follow along for a look at the best signings. This list doesn't include players being re-signed.
Advanced metrics come from basketball-reference.com.