With all the hype focusing on next year's big free agent signings, the present offseason has quietly emerged behind the curtains as an intense trade and signing extravaganza.
Notable players such Rasheed Wallace, Richard Jefferson, Vince Carter, Shaquille O'Neal, Emeka Okafor, Ron Artest, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Shawn Marion, Jamal Crawford, and Allen Iverson each received the golden opportunity to change cities and start fresh on a new roster.
Push the highly publicized players aside, and you're left with a bunch of athletes who have signed minimal contracts ($5 million per year and under) and are predicted by NBA Primetime to have maximum impact for their new organization.
Top Five Minimal Signing, Maximum Production Athletes (in particular order)
1. Jarret Jack (PG, TOR)-(Four Year, $20 Mill Signing)
Jack enjoyed a career-high season last year with the Indiana Pacers, playing in all 82 games, averaging 13.1 PPG, 4.1 APG, 3.3 RPG, and 1.1 SPG in 33.1 MPG.
Standing 6'3", Jack can play the point-guard position as well as the two spot. His quickness and defensive ability will enable him to produce consistent minutes off of the Raptors bench and immediately contribute to Toronto's winning percentage.
2. Matt Barnes (SF, ORL)-(Two Year, $3.8 Mill Signing)
Matt Barnes has made quite a name for himself throughout the last few seasons and now joins a young Magic team that is destined for success.
Barnes is extremely versatile and capable of playing various positions on the court. He is a fantastic shooter (43.3 percent career shooting) from every angle and a serious threat on the defensive side of the floor, adept to defending top tier shooting guards and small forwards in the league.
Making just under $4 million in two seasons, the Magic are without a doubt one of the few organizations that will get a big bang for their buck with the Barnes signing.
3. Hakim Warrick (PF, MIL)-(One Year, $3.0 Mill Signing)
While playing for Memphis during his first four seasons in the league, 6'9" Hakim Warrick sporadically showed flashes of his true talent when posting starters' minutes.
With the opportunity to now get a starting job in Milwaukee, Warrick will assuredly prove to his old team (the Grizzlies) that not giving him 30 plus minutes per game was a catastrophic mistake.
Although the Bucks are predicted to be one of the worst teams in the East, signing Hakim Warrick can arguably turn the four year forward into the Most Improved Player of the Year by season end.
4. Drew Gooden (PF/C)-(One Year, Guaranteed $4.5 Mill Signing)
After Orlando surprisingly re-signed Marcin Gortat, the Mavericks went out and signed PF/C Drew Gooden to a one year deal.
Since entering the league, Gooden has played for six different teams, averaging 12.0 PPG and 7.9 RPG on 47.1 percent shooting for his career.
Gooden will become the starting center for a revamped Dallas organization that is confident enough to compete for the title this season.
If the 6'10" banger can produce efficiently, the one year signing can quickly turn into a long-term deal.
5. Anthony Parker (SG/SF)-(Two Year, $6.0 Million Signing)
34-year old Anthony Parker joins an exciting Cleveland Cavaliers team with much expectancy to compete for the title during the '09-'10 season.
Parker's arsenal consists of an excellent three-point shooting stroke (career 41.5 percent three-point shooting), an attack the basket approach, and the ability to distribute, rebound, and steal the ball.
With the fascinating LeBron James running the floor, Parker will get the chance to camp out at the three-point line, run the court for multiple alley-oops, and contribute in bunches to the Cavaliers' overall success.
Costing just $3.0 million per season, Parker is a tremendous bang for your buck kind of guy.