Not every organization in the NBA has the luxury of adding DeMarcus Cousins to what already was the best team in recent history. Some teams have had to rely on less flashy signings that will still provide them with lots of value at a good price. Here are the four best under the radar signings teams have made so far this offseason.
4. Jeff Green - Washington Wizards
Despite playing for nearly half the teams in the NBA, Jeff Green has carved out a consistent role as a guy who will get you 10 points per game, can handle the ball when needed, and reliably guard both forward positions. Outside of Otto Porter, Washington has been desperately lacking competent combo forwards for the entire John Wall-Bradley Beal era. They don't need an All-Star performer, just someone who can switch defensively and spread the floor. While he's on the wrong side of 30, Green is finally here to provide Washington with the positional versatility off the bench they've been missing.
3. Brook Lopez - Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez has been overlooked for much of his career because he's spent it almost entirely on non-competitive teams. Lopez has quietly averaged nearly 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game during his 10-year career. He's even added a reliable three-pointer to his game to fit in with the modern NBA. Milwaukee has desperately seeking added shooting and rebounding to fit around Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Lopez solves both of those problems and he does so for very little money. At 30 years old, he fits in perfectly with Milwaukee's win-now timeline.
2. Trevor Ariza - Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns were tired of losing and Trevor Ariza wanted a paycheck. Sounds like a match made in heaven. The prototypical 3-D wing provides immediate veteran leadership, a winning pedigree and valuable talent to a young Suns team. Ariza can be the mentor to Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges that they desperately need. Additionally, he'll be the defensive stopper for a team that was the league's worst in 2017. While $15 million might seem a bit expensive, it is only a one-year deal and Phoenix had plenty of room to operate.
1. Tyreke Evans - Indiana Pacers
When you have the opportunity to leave the Western Conference, join a winning team that has room for improvement and get paid to do so, you take that every time, which is exactly what Tyreke Evans did. Indiana learned the hard way in the first round of the playoffs that they need someone to create offense when Victor Oladipo takes a seat. Evans does that at a much higher level than the departed Lance Stephenson and shoots a better percentage from three. Also a combo guard, Evans can play alongside Oladipo in addition to coming off the bench to help out Aaron Holiday.