By the time July rolls around, the NBA will be awash in the wheelings and dealings of what’s expected to be a frenzied free-agency period.
With Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony being just a few of the big names slated to dominate the news cycle, we could, before all’s said and done, be looking at a drastically different basketball landscape.
And yet, there resides beyond the singular game-changers a slew of solid free agents capable of helping any contender as part of its rotation. Because for every Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—the superstar title guarantor—there’s a P.J. Brown on the 2008 Boston Celtics or a Mike Miller on the 2012 Miami Heat.
What follows are eight veterans who could use free agency to help an upper-echelon team take the next step. Even if it’s at a discount.
For our purposes, we'll refrain from using free agents already on contenders—or teams that have near-contender status—in lieu of the role players facing minimal championship prospects with their current teams.
History is built to honor the championship-winning stars. Truth is, without the seemingly small cogs that help make the engine run, many a seemingly inevitable title would've been lost.
All salary data courtesy of ShamSports.com.