Three days remain for the NBA free agency to begin. Most of the teams focus on the popular names of the market, like Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and others.
Let’s see some NBA names that flew under the radar in the “rumor mill” and are about to draw significant attention in the market.
The Orlando Magic had an incredible “finish” in the previous season and made an impact, since they got into the playoffs with the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Vucevic was the main offensive “attraction” for the team, but also Terrence Ross played a vital role in coach Clifford’s rotation.
Mainly coming off the bench, “T Ross” was the perfect “sixth man” in this Orlando squad, averaging a career-high in points with 15.1 per game, on 38.9% from the three-point line.
It’s more than obvious that the teams that need scoring from their “wings” will target the 28-year-old forward.
The Magic want to re-sign their free agent, but it remains to be seen if they can keep him, since Ross will draw major attention on the market.
2. Jeremy Lamb
Lamb can become one coveted free agent this summer after the decent performances of the last quarter of the season.
Him and Kemba Walker tried to bring the Hornets within the eighth seed without much help.
Lamb had an incredible season, in which he averaged about 15 points, 5.5 rebounds and two assists. The 27-year-old forward could become a probable consideration for any team that needs a complimentary scorer on its starting five.
He made about 44% of his attempts on field goal percentage and shot about 35% from above the break.
3. Bojan Bogdanovic
The Croatian scorer will draw enough attention in this year’s free agency because of his remarkable last season.
Bogdanovic became the main focus in the Indiana Pacers’ offense after the serious injury of Victor Oladipo, which kept him out for the rest of the season.
Bogdanovic finished the season averaging a career high in points (18), field-goal percentage (49%) and three-point percentage (42%).
As a result, the Croatian “sniper” will attract interest from many teams and the Pacers might need to provide a great chunk of their salary cup to retain him for the next couple of seasons.
4. Dwayne Dedmon
The center from the USC University had the best shooting season of his career last year. Namely, he was attempting 3.4 shots per game from the three-point line and he was making them at a 38% rate, which was the best of his career.
The Atlanta Hawks depend as much on three-pointers as any team and they will signify their interest on re-signing the 30-year-old “big man”.
Of course, they need to consider all the available options, since Alex Len proved to be also a good three-point shooting center and is younger than Dedmon.
However, the center from California can attract interest from teams that are contending for the championship and are looking for quality role players. In that case, Atlanta may not have the affordability to retain Dedmon in their roster.
Morris was one of the “bright” spots in the Boston Celtics roster last season. The ex-Detroit and Phoenix forward had one of the best seasons of his career, averaging about 14 points and attempting a “career-high” five three-pointers per game.
He was making those on 37.5% clip spacing the floor, whenever he was playing on the “wings” and excelled on the “catch and shoot” situations, making 39% of them in the regular season and 54% in the NBA playoffs.
There are a few teams in the league, in which a reliable “wing” like Morris can prove useful. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old forward expressed his interest throughout the previous months to remain in the Celtics for the next couple of years.