With the NBA’s free agency period all but over, most players and teams have settled into what their rosters are going to look like for the most part.
We had some explosive signings in big destinations like New York, Boston and Oakland. Those large moves look to swing the balance of power in the two conferences.
The smaller signings are a bit tricky as they lead to some players getting a chance to showcase their talent in a different city or situation.
The veterans who find themselves on one year deals are in a dangerous sort of place for players in this league. If you perform well, you could find yourself in line for a huge payday during next year’s cap room explosion.
But, those who don’t make the most of their chances run the risk of missing out on millions. Here are three players on one year deals that need to make the most of next year:
#3) Jared Sullinger
The four-year-man out of Ohio State is looking for a bit of a jumpstart to his young career. He played well for his four years in Boston where he put up career averages of 11 points and seven rebounds a game.
In his rookie season, Kevin Garnett took the young forward under his wing and provided the kind of mentoring most young players only dream of.
Sully stepped into the regular rotation and proved himself to be a rebound munching energy big. In recent years, teams even had to respect his outside shot as it improved.
But, weight issues have plagued his young career and concerns about conditioning led the Celtics to pass on the young big during the most recent free agency period.
The Buckeye finds himself in Toronto now where he will be asked to fill the void of postseason bench hero Bismack Biyombo. If he can fill his role, expect the market for the young big to be much better going into next season.
#2) Jeff Green
Jeff Green has always been something of an enigma. As one of the original “Bro-ingtons” with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, he played minutes on the floor at both forwards and shooting guard.
The appeal of Uncle Jeff has always been his size and considerable athletic skills. He’s the type of player that looks unreal on highlight reels of his best moments.
But, as most will tell you, there are some ups and downs that come with the former Hoya.
Green has always been talented. This is evident in his staggering $15 million contract with Orlando this offseason. To ensure that he can snare a long-term deal, he has to show more of the good than the bad with the Magic.
#1) Derrick Rose
It’s not often that former MVPs find themselves in this position while they are still young but, Rose’s story has been the definition of unorthodox.
After his dazzling MVP campaign in 2011, the All-Star guard has battled injury after injury. Meniscus tears, ACL tears, an orbital fracture and other ailments have sidelined the former Bulls star.
He hasn’t played in more than 70 games in a season since his MVP year. If D-Rose is going to make his resurgence this would be the perfect time and situation for it.
He goes to a New York team with multiple big names in Carmelo Anthony and his old friend Joakim Noah. Add in rookie-phenom Kristaps Porzingis and you have a frightening squad on paper.
The newest Knick can look for a huge payday if the 27-year-old can look like his former self for more than half a season without getting injured.