In recent seasons, the buyout market has been a goldmine for teams looking to improve their regular season position or fill a gap on a roster for the playoffs.
Last year, the Philadelphia 76ers added Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Bellinelli. Those additions were massive parts of their run to the second round of the playoffs. This is a good example of a smart playoff teams using the buyout market to their advantage.
With that being said, here are some guys that could be in new places:
DeWayne Dedmon – current team Atlanta Hawks
The Bucks still have one roster spot and if possible, they would like to pick up a stretch big who can block shots. Dedmon could fill this spot nicely for them. He can stretch the floor and plays strong defense. More importantly for Dedmon, the Hawks don’t have a need for him. There is no reason for the Hawks not to let him negotiate a buyout.
Golden State Warriors
Robin Lopez – current team Chicago Bulls
It’s no secret that the defending champion Warriors would love to pick up veteran center Lopez. A great defender and rebounder, he would fill the hole at backup center for the Dubs. The rumor is that Chicago recently has refused to buy him out. If this was to change, Lopez would be a lock to join the Warriors.
Lance Thomas – current team New York Knicks
The Kings have needed help at small forward all season. With the potential of a first playoff spot in over a decade on the horizon, a veteran with two-way experience is just what they need. Recent addition Harrison Barnes has been playing small forward, but the Kings young roster could use another experienced forward like Thomas to play some bench minutes. The Knicks are using him sparingly and as he won’t be part of any future plans for them, they shouldn’t object to any buyout plans.
Patrick Beverley – current team Los Angeles Clippers
Houston still needs to tidy up their roster with the addition of another shooter. They would prefer a 3-and-D addition if possible. Ex-Rocket and All-NBA defender Beverley fits perfectly.
Traded to the Clippers from the Rockets before last season, Beverley has recovered nicely from an injury he once had this year. The Rockets defense needs an upgrade, so Beverley is the perfect fit. The Clippers have traded away a lot of the pieces that kept them in playoff contention earlier this year. Letting Beverley go wouldn’t be a big deal for a team who is giving the young players the keys to the franchise.
Aron Baynes – current team Boston Celtics
Though this one may come out of left field with Baynes as a strong player for the Celtics in the last two seasons. He is currently getting less minutes in the rotation with second year big Daniel Theis picking up more minutes.
The Nets need an upgrade on the defensive end. Not expecting to make the playoffs at the start of the season, their defense has been below league average in the regular season. Baynes would bring playoff experience and some real grit for a team that is heavy on younger guys. The Celtics have a logjam in their current rotation so a Baynes buyout could be just what they need while helping the Net push for a playoff spot.