NBA executives are already forming their strategies and plotting their plans of attack for the annual arms race that is free agency.
While most coverage will center around the most lethal weapons on the market—this is a superstars league, after all—some of the wisest investments are the ones that don't draw front-page attention.
With the tight constraints set forth in the current collective bargaining agreement, teams desperately need to find cheap production. That's what helps balance the books so big-fish pursuits can be carried out.
Bargain buys in the league are no different than in real life. They're not easy to find but instantly gratifying when discovered.
So, what makes a good NBA bargain? When production trumps economic cost, something far easier to do when price tags don't extend beyond a $5 million annual salary.
These players all should stay within that range for a couple different reasons. Some have yet to find a situation that allows them to realize their potential. Others have lingering medical concerns, or have reached the stage in their careers where team success holds more weight than financial gains.
All of these players are unrestricted free agents, as the offer sheets extended to restricted ones are often inflated to dissuade clubs from matching.
For clubs searching for budget contributors, these seven players deserve strong consideration.