The Miami Heat may have been the NBA’s most active team in free agency over Sunday and Monday, but a handful of other squads added impact players, too.
A trio of point guards found new homes on Sunday, while Jared Sullinger bounced back Monday from the Boston Celtics rescinding his qualifying offer by heading up north for the next season. Though none of the players signed over the past two days project to move into their respective squads’ starting lineups, most of them will have late-round upside heading into the year.
Below, you’ll find a brief look at all of the moves that went down Sunday and Monday, along with explanations of what they mean for fantasy owners.
Jared Sullinger to Toronto
After losing Bismack Biyombo and Jared Johnson in free agency, the Toronto Raptors reloaded their frontcourt depth by coming to terms with Jared Sullinger on a one-year deal “believed to be in the $6 million range,” according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Though Patrick Patterson and Jonas Valanciunas have Toronto’s starting frontcourt jobs locked down, Sullinger will largely be competing with a rookie lottery pick (Jakob Poeltl) and a lightly used former mid-first-rounder (Lucas Nogueira) for reserve minutes.
Last season with the Boston Celtics, Sullinger averaged 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in just 23.6 minutes per night, finishing as the 108th-ranked player in eight-category leagues. He won’t start in anywhere close to the 73 contests he did last year, but given his dearth of competition among Toronto’s frontcourt reserves, he could average around the same number of minutes per game, giving him late-round intrigue.
Jarrett Jack to Atlanta
Upon trading Jarrett Jack to the Indiana Pacers and elevating Dennis Schroder into their starting lineup, the Atlanta Hawks found themselves in dire need of a backup point guard. They filled that hole by reaching an agreement with Jarrett Jack on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, per Shams Charania of The Vertical, after the Brooklyn Nets waived him just prior to the beginning of free agency.
Before Jack tore his ACL in the beginning of January, he averaged 12.8 points on a career-worst 39.1 percent shooting, 7.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 triples in 32.1 minutes per game, starting all 32 contests in which he appeared. Whether he’s ready for the beginning of the season remains to be seen, but barring any setbacks, he could have late-round upside as the Hawks’ primary backup point guard.
Greivis Vasquez to Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Nets’ backcourt overhaul continued Sunday, as they came to terms on a one-year deal with Greivis Vasquez, per Woj, after the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers matched their offer sheets for Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe, respectively. Vasquez joins Jeremy Lin, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal earlier this offseason, along with second-round pick Isaiah Whitehead in Brooklyn’s new-look backcourt.
Vasquez appeared in only 23 games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season before undergoing surgery on his right ankle, averaging 5.7 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 triples in 20.0 minutes per night. Provided he can stay healthy this year, he should have some late-round upside as Lin’s primary backup at the point, as Whitehead figures to play more of a combo guard role at the outset of his career.
Aaron Brooks to Indiana
While nothing has been finalized as of Monday, Aaron Brooks appears to be headed to the Indiana Pacers on a one-year deal, per Charania, after spending the past two seasons with the rival Chicago Bulls. This past year, Brooks averaged 7.1 points, 2.6 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 triples in just 16.1 minutes per night across 69 games, which had him ranked 261st in eight-category leagues.
In Indiana, he’ll be doing battle with Rodney Stuckey and Joseph Young for backup point guard minutes behind the newly acquired Jeff Teague, although he could steal a few minutes as an off-ball threat at the 2. The odds aren’t in favor of him carving out a significant enough role to become fantasy-relevant in 10- or 12-team leagues, but he’s someone worth monitoring on the waiver wire if he does find himself in a larger-than-expected role at the beginning of the year.
Andrew Harrison to Memphis
After spending his entire rookie season in the D-League with the Iowa Energy, where he averaged 18.5 points, 4.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 triples in 35.3 minutes per game, Andrew Harrison is headed up to the big leagues. He and the Memphis Grizzlies agreed to terms on a three-year, $3 million deal, per Woj, where he’ll battle with Jordan Adams and Troy Daniels for minutes at the 2-guard spot behind incumbent starter Tony Allen.
The Grizzlies finished with the fourth-fewest made treys and second-worst three-point shooting percentage last season, which opens the door for Harrison to carve out a legitimate role if he can knock down triples at a consistent rate. He’s best left to the waiver wire in non-dynasty leagues at the outset of the season, but stay glued to reports during training camp in case he’s generating buzz as a legitimate rotation player right out of the gate.