Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and the rest of the top-tier, franchise-altering superstars in this year's NBA free-agent class aren't really on the market in a serious sense.
Their possible destinations are limited to a select few teams, predetermined by their oceans of available cap space and proximity to contention.
That means the rest of the league will have to satisfy their roster needs through more modest pursuits, putting out feelers for guys like Luol Deng, Chandler Parsons and Kyle Lowry. But even those players will come with hefty price tags most squads won't be able to afford.
So that leaves a crop of undervalued fallback options whom cost-conscious teams must settle for.
"Settle" might be the wrong word, though, as many of these less-heralded free-agent options could provide a major boost to whichever team signs them—and at a relatively affordable rate to boot.
As we're using the term, "bargains" pertains to players who'll sign for rates dictated by the market—not stars like Dirk Nowitzki or Chris Bosh, who'll take pay cuts to stick with contenders. And when we look back at some of these deals, they'll look comically cheap in hindsight.
Here's a list of players who'll give teams a solid return on their offseason investments.