A look at which NBA players changed teams on July 2nd
Paul Millsap signs with the Nuggets (3-Years. $90 million)
– Consistently one of the most underrated players in the NBA, Millsap simply goes out and produces night in and night out. The 32-year-old averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 1.3 steals a game for the Hawks last season. His versatility in the frontcourt should make for a fascinating pairing with emerging superstar center Nikola Jokic in Denver.
Ben McLemore signs with the Grizzlies (2-Years, $10.7 million)
– While his time in Sacramento goes down as a major disappointment, there is still time for McLemore to turn things around. Memphis appears to be a nice fit as shooting guard Tony Allen and Vince Carter are currently free agents. Still just 24-years-old, McLemore averaged 8.1 points in 19.3 minutes a game for the Kings last season while shooting a solid 38% from the outside. This could be the type of player who simply needed a change of scenery to figure things out.
Jodie Meeks signs with the Wizards (2-Years, $7 million)
– Prior to leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for the Detroit Pistons during the 2014 offseason, Meeks looked to be emerging as one of the more dangerous shooters in the NBA. Since then, injuries have seriously impacted his production. Meeks played in just 36 games for the Magic last season, averaging 9.1 points and shooting nearly 41% from the outside in 20.5 minutes a night.
Taj Gibson signs with the Timberwolves (2-Years, $28 million)
– Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau brings in one of his favorite players from his days coaching the Chicago Bulls. Gibson played in 78 games last season, scoring 10.8 points and hauling in 6.8 rebounds in just 21.2 minutes a contest. Look for Gibson to provide toughness and professionalism off the bench for Minnesota.
Jose Calderon signs with the Cavaliers (1-Year, $2.3 million)
– I’m not sure how much this is going to move the needle in their attempt to unseat the Golden State Warriors as champions next season, but it’s difficult to knock the addition of a savvy veteran and overall professional like Calderon. The soon-to-be 37-year-old played for the Hawks and Lakers last season, averaging a career-low 3.4 points and 2.1 assists a contest. While his skills have diminished, he remains a strong locker room presence.
P.J. Tucker signs with the Rockets (4-Years, $32 million)
– The 32-year-old forward averaged 6.7 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Raptors last season while providing high-level defense, energy and a dangerous threat from the outside (40% shooting on 2.5 attempts a game). Tucker is a veteran who knows his role and plays winning basketball. Primarily a small forward, he could also steal some minutes as a small-ball 4 off the bench.