10 NBA Free Agents Who Could Take Pay Cut to Play for Contender Next Season

June 6th, 2015 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
Though top-tier stars like Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge will command much of the attention heading into 2015 NBA free agency, a number of available veterans could help round out contenders' benches on a discount.

As this year's playoff run has demonstrated, we shouldn't downplay the significance of these complementary options. Sure, the Cleveland Cavaliers wouldn't be sniffing the NBA Finals without LeBron James, but ancillary veterans like James Jones have provided much-needed boosts in short bursts too.

With most contenders projected to be far beyond the 2015-16 salary-cap threshold, it's only more imperative for them to spend wisely in free agency. As the Los Angeles Clippers learned with Spencer Hawes last summer, one slip-up can severely restrict a team's ability to further improve its roster, placing a heavier burden on its star players.

Finding productive veterans who are willing to sign for the mid-level or bi-annual exception—if not a minimum salary outright—is key to any contender's chances of emerging with the Larry O'Brien Trophy come mid-June. Based on where the following 10 players are in their respective careers, ea ...

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