This “99 Cent Store” series has been open for business for the last two offseasons. In the past, we’ve highlighted names like Fred VanVleet (pre breakout), Davis Bertans, and Christian Wood. Not all of the items turn out to be gems (is Nerlens Noel still not a DPOY candidate yet?), but the returns have been largely positive so far. Let’s see if we can keep that momentum going this season.
But rather than dwell on the obvious, this series intends to do the opposite: focus on the lower-profile free agents who may have some value to teams. No NBA player is actually “99 Cents,” of course, but these are all players who may be bargains based on their perceived market. Most of the players mentioned will probably go in the $3-5M range in terms of salary. Some exceptions will be marked as “featured items” that may go in the higher $5-10M range. If a player is listed as a “clearance rack,” then they may be on the fringes of NBA rosters and take minimum deals.