Like last year, the 2017 NBA free agency period felt like the Wild West. A number of big-name free agents hit the market, and once again, some of the fattest contracts in NBA history were handed out. While massive deals like the one given to new Celtic Gordon Hayward made headlines to the point where even non-sports fans knew he’d taken his talents to Boston, other key signings managed to fall through the cracks. But don’t worry, we’re here to rectify that.
For all the large NBA deals, plenty of small moves don’t generate as much fanfare. Of course, that doesn’t mean they aren’t key to a team’s success. Here’s a look at some of the most underrated free agent signings of the 2017 NBA offseason.
1. Omri Casspi, Golden State Warriors
Given all the sizable contracts they’ve handed out over the years, the Golden State Warriors need to be careful about how they spend their money now more than ever. And yet, that didn’t prevent them from pulling off a major coup this offseason by signing Omri Casspi to a one-year, $2.1 million deal.
The 29-year-old shot 34.9% from three-point range last season. And he’s the kind of stretch four who will only make the Dubs more lethal offensively. Considering Casspi turned down more money — a one-year, $4.5 million deal — to join the defending champs just makes the signing that much more impressive.