Community Shootaround: 2017’s Best Offseason Deals

We’re about five and a half weeks into the 2017/18 NBA season, which means we’ve seen enough action to start shaping clearer opinions about this offseason’s roster moves from around the league. Signings that we may not have paid much attention to back in July could be paying off in a big way now.

We can’t offer up any Black Friday deals here at Hoops Rumors, but in honor of the biggest shopping day of the year, we’re taking a look back at this summer’s free agent signings to identify some of the best deals of 2017.

Here are a few candidates:

  • Jeff Green (Cavaliers): Lost amidst the drama surrounding David Griffin, Kyrie Irving, and several other current or former members of the Cavaliers this summer was Green accepting a one-year, minimum-salary deal to join the defending Eastern champs. So far this season, Green has been far more productive than he was on a $15MM salary in Orlando last year. Although he’s playing just 20.4 minutes per game for Cleveland, Green is scoring 10.2 PPG with a career-best .492 FG%. He has also been one of the few Cavs playing solid defense.
  • Tyreke Evans (Grizzlies): With the Grizzlies once again impacted by the injury bug this season, the oft-injured Evans has been healthy, and he’s been a godsend in the Memphis backcourt. The former fourth overall pick is averaging 17.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 3.6 APG with a scorching .502/.417/.814 shooting line through 17 games, and his per-minute production is easily the best of his nine-year NBA career. Evans is doing all that on a one-year, $3.29MM contract.
  • Rudy Gay (Spurs): At the time, Gay’s two-year, $17.23MM contract was viewed as a below-market deal for a player of his caliber, but a reasonable rate given his ongoing recovery from Achilles surgery. Gay’s Achilles recovery progressed faster than anticipated, however, and he has been an important contributor for the Spurs in the early going, particularly with Kawhi Leonard sidelined. While his per-game numbers are modest, given his reduced role, Gay’s per-36 numbers (19.3 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.6 APG) are all above his career averages.
  • Jonathon Simmons (Magic): Gay essentially replaced Simmons in San Antonio, allowing the Magic to get a good deal on the veteran swingman, locking him up to a three-year, $18MM pact. Simmons has been everything Orlando hoped for so far, averaging an impressive 14.1 PPG in just 24.8 minutes per contest. He’s also chipping in 3.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, and a .497/.385/.763 to go along with reliable defense.

While the players listed above have been great investments for their respective teams so far, there are plenty of other free agent deals from around the NBA worth recognizing. For instance, it’s almost too obvious to mention, but having taken less than his maximum salary to allow the Warriors to make other moves, Kevin Durant is a terrific bargain at $25MM this season.

What do you think? Which 2017 free agent signings have represented the best deals so far in the 2017/18 season? Jump into the comment section below to weigh in!

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10 thoughts on “Community Shootaround: 2017’s Best Offseason Deals

  1. acarneglia

    I think you guys need an article looking back at the offseasons biggest trades and who did the best in each trade. You could include CP3, Melo/Kanter, Dwight, PG13/Oladipo, Kyrie/Thomas

  2. Knicks Fan

    Tyreke was the biggest bargain ever. He would be a great fit on the Knicks

  3. davengmusic

    Luc Mbah A Moute for the Rockets. Great energy, defense and scoring off the bench for league minimum, and that’s before the +57 plus/minus game.

    • Steven St Croix

      I would vote for Luc. On a minimum deal, Houston is lucky to have him at that price.

  4. Thomas Swanson

    Good list! Steals! Green got swindled by LeBron though! Simmons reaped the rewards!

  5. x%sure

    My cheap-new-FAs-ignored-by-Luke All-star team:
    PG) DwayneWadeCle. (Wade found a needed leadership role on a LeBron team. DarrenCollisonInd is making $10mil– too much for this list I think. RajonRondoNOP has been back for 5 tentative games: 3 steals, no FTs, 1for5 3ptrs… but in the end he could win this ‘contest’.)
    Wings)davidNwabaChi, t.SefoloshaUta,
    Galloway and Tolliver Detroit.
    Bigs)dewayneDedmonAtl, and–
    (These productive bigs only have ~120-200 minutes):
    tariqBlackHou, danielTheisBos, williReed LAC, mareeseSpeightsOrl, ericMorelandDet, jonasJerebkoUta. (From my list of Cavs-to-gets!)

  6. Thomas Swanson

    This is a 2nd go around for Collison in Indiana. They like him and his aggresiveness there.
    At $10 million as a starter, that’s a steal!

  7. bravesfan88

    David Nwaba has been a real bargain for the Bulls. Also, Holliday for the Bulls has been a really good signing, although he’s had some games where he’s struggled with his shot.

    Baynes for the Celts has helped that team tremendously on defense..Simmons is an excellent bargain for Orlando…Dedmon for Atlanta…Green for the Cavs…and of course Evans has been one of the greatest bargains of all…

    As far as excellent trade bargains Kyrie, Bradley, Oladipo, Kanter, Bledsoe, Monroe, and eventually LaVine, but we shall see what he can do coming back from injury…Also, Dunn has shown some occasional promising flashes offensively, he just cannot seem to find any consistency..


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