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Top 5 Best NBA Bargains This Season

Credit: Nick Hoppe

Credit: Nick Hoppe

It’s never easy to get a deal done in the NBA. Either you offer a huge shot at Championship contention, or you have to put a lot of money on the table in order to get good role players for your squad.

More often than not, teams tend to overpay players, mostly because they’re coming off very good years and prove they’re worthy of a nice deal, but they are almost never able to actually live up to the expectations.

Nonetheless, and even though we’re still during the offseason, we’ve seen some great deals come through, with players being signed for a reasonable price. Today, we’ll let you know about the top 5 bargains of the offseason

5. Marcus Smart - 4 years, $52 million

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Marcus Smart wanted more money than the deal he winds up accepting to come back with the Boston Celtics, and truth to be told, he should’ve gotten way more considering what he brings to the table.

Smart should be a Defensive Player of the Year perennial candidate, he’s a fierce dog that can guard 1 through 5 and bring a lot of hustle. He’s not afraid to put his body on the line, and you can tell he truly loves the team.

4. Nerlens Noel - 2 years, $3.7 million

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The Oklahoma City Thunder took a low risk - high reward approach when deciding to sign Nerlens Noel, who is expected to bring a lot of upside in their frontcourt defense either next to Steven Adams or coming off the bench.

Noel’s career hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts due to injuries and poor work ethic, but even so, he’s got the upside to be one of the league’s best rim protectors, and if he doesn’t improve, they’re really not losing much money either.

3. Julius Randle - 2 years, $17.7 million

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Julius Randle has improved a lot over the course of the past couple of seasons, and he definitely earned a huge paycheck this prior campaign due to his hard work, grit, grind and effort with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Randle is strong and athletic and is never going to be out hustled, and even though he’s no DeMarcus Cousins, he’s going to do an outstanding job trying and fill the void he left, and they managed to grab him for way less than he could’ve gotten elsewhere.

2. Brook Lopez - 1 year, $3.3 million

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The Milwaukee Bucks have been looking for a starting big man ever since losing Larry Sanders and even though Thon Maker looks like a stud in the making, he’s still one or two years away from breaking out.

In the meantime, they can rely on Brook Lopez, an already proven veteran that’s been known for his sweet scoring touch for his size, and that should be an immediate upgrade for this roster, especially with his newfound ability to stretch the floor.

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1. DeMarcus Cousins - 1 year, $5.3 million

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And obviously, DeMarcus Cousins has to be this year’s biggest bargain. The decision to sign with the Warriors and give up that much money was extremely controversial and soft, to say the least, but hey; the rich keep getting richer.

Soft or not, Cousins was one of the best players of this market and even if he’s only able to play a handful of games following a season-ending injury, the Warriors managed to land an All-Star for just 5.3 million. So unfair.