Free Agent Stock Watch 2019: Southeast Division

Every week, Hoops Rumors takes a closer look at players who will be free agents or could become free agents next offseason. We examine if their stock is rising or falling due to performance and other factors. This week, we take a look at players from the Southeast Division:

Devonte’ Graham, Hornets, 24, PG (Up) – Signed to a three-year, $4MM deal in 2018
The Hornets have until July 7th to decide whether to guarantee Graham’s $1,663,861 for next season. Safe to say, that decision has already been made. In terms of salary vs. production, Graham might be the biggest bargain in the league this season. Making just over $1.4MM, Graham leads the team in scoring at 18.0 PPG and 7.3 APG while coming off the bench in all but one game. The Kansas product appeared in 46 games last season, averaging 4.7 PPG in 14.7 MPG. With Kemba Walker bolting to Boston, Graham has blossomed in an expanded role.

Goran Dragic, Heat, 33, PG (Up) – Signed to a five-year, $85MM deal in 2015
Dragic played in just 36 games last season due to right knee surgery. Dragic, now 33, has been a starter most of his career and had to adjust to a second-unit role this season. Thus far, he’s been healthy and productive. He’s averaging 16.1 PPG and 5.1 APG in 28.4 MPG while making just 1.8 TPG. Dragic’s $19.2MM expiring contract is a tradeable asset if the Heat decide to shed salary. For now, Dragic is a valuable part of an improved team that should make the playoffs out of arguably the weakest division in the NBA.

Evan Fournier, Magic, 27, SG (Up) – Signed to a five-year, $85MM deal in 2016
Following a couple of sluggish outings against Oklahoma City and Dallas in which he shot 3-for-12 from the field, Fournier has put together a nice three-game stretch. He’s averaged 18.0 PPG and 5.0 APG during that span while knocking down nine 3-pointers and committing just four turnovers. Orlando won two of those games. The team’s second-leading scorer has a $17.15MM option on his contract for next season. In a very weak free agent market, Fournier has plenty of incentive to decline that option in order to secure another long-term deal.

Evan Turner, Hawks, 31, SF (Down) – Signed to a four-year, $70MM deal in 2016
A rotation piece for a playoff team in recent seasons, Turner was swapped by the Trail Blazers for Kent Bazemore during the offseason. Turner was expected to provide veteran stability to a mostly inexperienced unit in Atlanta. But he only averaged 11.3 MPG during the Hawks’ first three games before being sidelined by Achilles soreness. It’s uncertain how much time Turner will require to recover from the injury. In the meantime, Atlanta has plenty of other options at the wing positions and the return of Allen Crabbe further clouds Turner’s role whenever he’s healthy enough to play.

Isaiah Thomas, Wizards, 30, PG (Up) – Signed to a one-year, $2.32MM deal in 2019
Thomas’ latest attempt to revive his career seems to be working out. Since returning from a training camp injury, Thomas has jumped into the rotation and seen his playing time steadily increase. He’s averaging 13.9 PPG and 6.3 APG while shooting 38.5 percent from long range in 24.1 MPG. Following a lost season in Denver, Thomas has at least reestablished himself as a rotation player. That’s a heartwarming development for a popular player who was an MVP candidate just a few seasons ago in Boston.

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7 thoughts on “Free Agent Stock Watch 2019: Southeast Division

  1. Tazza

    Swap Reggie Jackson K. Thomas and a second rounder for Goran Dragic
    Heat get someone who is a better bench shooter, a pick and a young player, Pistons get more of a floor general type PG which they need.
    Dragic Kennard Snell Griffin and Drummond would make a better starting line up. Off the bench DRose Galloway Morris and role players

    • L Lawliet

      I like that as a plan B or C. But plan A should be trying toget Marcus Morris and one of NY’s pgs.

      • Tazza

        I suppose so but I think Payton won’t move, Ntilikina is playing well and they will want to keep him and continue developing him. I think DSJ is the best of that bunch but doesn’t fit in that team. I think if the Pistons were to go for DSJ and Morris it would cost them a first rounder and I don’t see the need for Morris. Griffin is the starting PF, Morris is a good back up. Marcus is playing well in NY and they will want to keep him.

        I don’t think the Pistons need to make a big move. Jackson who has been out of the rotation due to injury and Thomas who hasn’t had much of a role for a while wouldn’t be a big loss and Dragic would be a big gain in terms of getting something for nothing.

        I also think if they don’t need to go for a Knicks PG because in the draft there is a lot of talented PGs this year and it would be a better beat to get someone without issues and is younger.

        • L Lawliet

          Morris is a natural sf he played sf with the pistons amd plays alot of sf now with the knicks. He can help the pistons at sf!

          • Tazza

            I don’t really like the fit, think he only plays SF because the Knicks signed like 5 PFs. Morris has quite a lot of value too tho which makes him harder to get. I think if the ya re looking for a SF they should go after Jae Crowder.
            Much lower salary and has less value, a better 3 point shooter but still has good size and is good on D

  2. x%sure

    IT could score more if asked to. Right now he is showing how employable he is.

  3. Tazza

    Dragic Kennard Crodwer Griffin Drummond that’s a top 6 team in the east easy. Throw in you have DRose and Morris off the bench and some young role players that’s a good team

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