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NBA Free Agency 2020: 5 players who chose a bigger paycheck over contending for the title

Kunal Sethi
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Modified 23 Nov 2020, 00:18 IST
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#3 Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari was one of the best offensive options available in this year's NBA Free Agency. Despite changing teams frequently in recent years, his numbers have been consistent.

Gallinari was targeted by the Dallas Mavericks, who wanted to slot him into a potential frontcourt pairing with Kristaps Porzingis. Despite his large frame, the Italian forward prefers to operate on the perimeter and averages almost three made 3-pointers a game on 40% shooting.

Gallinari's unique offensive skill set could have been pivotal for a championship team, however, he decided to sign the Atlanta Hawks in NBA Free Agency. The forward has signed a 3-year $61.5 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, a team that has struggled to make the playoffs in the last couple of years.

#4 Jerami Grant

Jerami Grant
Jerami Grant

Jeremi Grant was a vital part of the Denver Nuggets defense last year. He regularly took up the toughest defensive assignments, guarding players like Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James in the postseason. Despite starting only 24 games in the regular season, he started 16 of 19 games in the playoffs. Entering NBA Free Agency, Grant was expected to receive a considerably larger offer than his team-friendly deal.

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Grant was pursued by multiple contenders, with the LA Lakers rumored to be interested in signing him. Other were convinced he would re-sign with the Denver Nuggets, but Grant has decided to move to Detroit instead. He has agreed to a 3-year $60 million deal with the Detroit Pistons in NBA Free Agency, which is a significant increase from his current salary of $9.3 million per year.

#5 Fred VanVleet

Fred VanVleet
Fred VanVleet

Fred VanVleet was one of the biggest names in this year's NBA Free Agency. His defense and 3-point shooting made him an attractive option for contending teams. VanVleet has improved in every single statistical category and his performance in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors had resulted in his stock rising.

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The latest news is that VanVleet has agreed to a 4-year $85 million deal with the Toronto Raptors, the largest ever deal for any player who went undrafted. Although the Raptors were the 2019 NBA Champions, their roster now looks quite different.

They have lost superstar Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and free agent Serge Ibaka in less than two years. The Raptors' star point guard, Kyle Lowry, is nearly 35-years-old and the team's chances of emerging from the East look slim. The Raptors face staunch competition in the form of the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, and Milwaukee Bucks.


Also Read: NBA Free Agency 2020: Carmelo Anthony could be a very positive addition to the New York Knicks this off-season

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Published 23 Nov 2020, 00:06 IST
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