Free agency starts at 6:00 PM on June 30th, and everyone is anxious to see where this year top free agents will land. Fans hope that these top stars will help their team reach the promised land and for some teams give them the superstars that they always wanted. But I’m here to tell you that teams should want to add these underrated free agents to their teams to help them ultimately win a title. Championships is not just won with stars, they will also need a great supporting cast to help them get there. These are the players that can help tip the scale.
Year: 13 years
2018-2019 Stats: 13.7 ppg, 6.8 rebs, 2.6 ast
Gay is beginning to hit the last part of his career, and for a player who has been on mostly bad teams for his whole career will probably try and go to a team that will be serious contenders for the coming years. Many teams would love the services of Gay who can pretty much do it all on the court. He can get his own shot if he needs to, creat for others still has to improve but has become a better shooter than he used to be and is a solid defender. Gay ranked 73rd in offensive rating among players who appeared in 50 games or more this past season with a rating of 110.9. Gay also had a solid defensive rating of 106.8, a true shooting percentage of 58.3 (which is the highest of his career). Gay will bring a veteran presence to a team looking to add depth to their roster. It is unclear if Gay will take a smaller contract to join a team ready to win right now or if he will just try and get the most money he can. Gay will definitely go to a team though that will be in the conversation for a championship. He will be able to help right away and play any role that you need him to play. Gay will be a very crucial free agent this summer. There are talks that he might just re-sign with the Spurs, but don’t be surprised if we start to hear teams like the Warriors, Rockets, Bucks, Lakers, and Jazz being interested in his services.
Year: 9 years
2018-2019 Stats: 7.8 ppg, 2.9 rebs, 1.4 ast
Temple’s numbers are not going to blow you away. The film is needed to find Temple’s true value which is doing the dirty work. He will dive on the floor make the extra effort to help his team win no matter what. Temple is a veteran presence and a great locker room guy who will know his role once he is brought into a team. He also will be looking to play for teams that are trying to be championship or playoff contenders, especially being at this stage of his career. He is already on the radar of numerous contending teams who are trying to add three and D kind of players like Temple. He won’t demand the ball on offense in any way, so you know that he won’t disrupt the offense from the players that thrive on offense. But he is not afraid to shoot his shot if he needs to and is a very effective shooter having a true shooting percentage of 54.3 and also shooting 34.1 percent from three a season ago. Watch out for teams like the Sixers, Bucks, Celtics, Warriors, and Lakers to look to add Temple this summer.
Year: 8 years
2018-2019 Stats: 8.8 ppg, 3.7 rebs, 2 ast
Burks was a promising player early on his career in Utah including a period of time from 2013 to 2016 when he averaged around 14 ppg. Injuries have derailed his career to this point and have struggled to get consistent minutes. But when he is healthy and when he does play he is instant offense for any team. He won’t cost a lot for a team looking to contend as his injury history has definitely lowered his value on the market. He has however played better for teams that give him minutes so I believe a team that is a contender will need some help towards the end of free agency and will take the risk of Burks. For the right team, he can be someone who comes off the bench and just be a scorer when he checks into games. Teams that don’t have a lot of money to spend but need to improve their team will look to Burks. Such as the Rockets, Blazers, Hornets, Lakers, and Bucks. I would also not be surprised if Burks signs with a lower team for a year to try and improve his numbers.
Year: 10 year
2018-2019 Stats: 10.8 ppg, 6.5 rebs, 1.2 ast
If you can sense the theme with players there is one. Gibson is another veteran who knows his role. He plays hard defense, does a little bit of everything and does the dirty work for his teams. He has a good offensive game, can step outside and hit some mid-range jumpers and finish around the rim. He usual guard the opposing teams best big and has been a stout defender since his days with the Chicago Bulls. He will bring a presence into the locker room of professionalism that many teams need that are trying to reach the top of the mountain that is an NBA Championship. Many teams will be seeking the talents of Gibson this summer but will be interesting to see what kind of contract he demands. He might want a decent contract with length as he enters the end of his career or he could want to do less money in order to try and get a ring. Minnesota is still very much an option for Gibson but I believe he will try and go to a team that is ready to win now like the Lakers, Warriors, Sixers or even the Mavericks can come into play. Don’t be surprised if teams will make a push for Gibson after they sign stars this offseason like the Clippers, Nets or Knicks.
Year: 8 years
2018-2019 Stats: 6.5 ppg, 3.4 rebs, 3.9 ast
Joseph has developed into a solid backup point guard in the NBA, who can be a solid starter if there is an injury. He will be another player who will know his role with a team once he is signed. It will be interesting to see the kind of market that Joseph receives, he is still a young player at 27. He will be a factor for a team of their bench and can provide defense, scoring and the ability to distribute the ball. Joseph will get interested in mid-level playoff teams who are trying to make that next jump into serious contenders. Teams like the Jazz, Kings, Hornets and the Magic are all options for Joseph. There is a chance that a contender will want Joseph, but he will probably want contract security which will be hard for some contending teams to do this summer. I would not be surprised if the Lakers name comes up when discussing Corey Joseph this summer.
Year: 4 years
2018-2019 Stats: 6.4 ppg, 2.3 rebs, 3.4 ast
It seems like McConnell has been in the NBA and on the Sixers forever but only has been in the league for 4 years. His numbers do not do him justice for the kind of player he is. He is a junkyard dog and plays with a chip on his shoulder. McConnell is your least favorite player to play against and your favorite teammate if you’re on his team. That’s just the kind of player he is, he makes winning basketball plays. He will not demand a lot of money this offseason, which is beneficial for teams looking to contend and add depth this summer. I do think it could be difficult to sway him away from Philly, as he is a crowd and team favorite. That being said I do think the other team he will pursue McConnell hard will be the Lakers. It will be interesting to see what happens this summer.