In reality, the Warriors weren’t the only teams with major acquisitions this offseason. And while the Lakers threw a combined $136 million at the likes of Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng’s 29,000-plus regular season minutes, a number of teams went out and found bargain deals in spite of market that dictated steep raises for role players and stars alike.
Other teams locked up key role players to deals that fall well below market value— a rarity with this salary cap. These players aren’t franchise saviors like Durant is, but they do help take their respective teams to the next level. And for most teams, landing Kevin Durant was never a realistic option, but finding valuable assets was. Here’s a look at the five best bargain deals of the summer.