The buyout market has slowly become essential to playoff contending and championship contending teams over the years and this year, it has been no different. Some big names in the league such as Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Jeff Teague all were bought out of their contracts before and after this year’s NBA trade deadline and all of them are set to make big impacts with their new teams.
Both Griffin and Aldridge signed with the Brooklyn Nets, Andre Drummond signed with the Los Angeles Lakers and Jeff Teague signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. While these guys may not be the All-Star like players they once were, they will all still play huge roles with teams that are looking to compete for a championship.
While some of the key free agents have signed with teams, there are still plenty of players available that could definitely make an impact on a playoff-contending team. Whether it is adding an extra frontcourt player or adding some shooting depth, there are always moves to be made.
Right now, both conferences are very tight and outside of maybe two teams in each conference, every team still has high or slim playoff hopes alive. With the amount of talent in the league today and the competitiveness of almost every game, we will not know who will be in the playoffs this season until the final game of the season!
What we do know though is that one of these four names still available in free agency could be the difference in a team making or missing the playoffs this season or even better, the difference in winning a title. Now, let’s take a look at four free agents who could help NBA title contenders right now.