Who Wins The Buyout Market? Best Availible Free Agnets & Where They Could Make A Difference

Friday, February 8, 2019 11:43 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 11:43 PM UTC

While most of the focus has been on who is moving where this year's active trade deadline has left many valuable role-players without a home. We evaluate the open market and discuss which potential additions might make a difference on a team looking to make a postseason push.

<p>Now that the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-trade-deadline-damage-assment-76-ers-title-odds-improve-as-le-brons-lakers-fall-to-3000/88715/" target="_blank">trade deadline has passed</a>, teams in the playoff race can bolster their respective teams through the buyout market. Due to the number of trades and deals made in the last few weeks, the current number of good role players on the open market is greater than it has been in years past. With names like Enes Kanter, Robin Lopez, Wayne Ellington, Carmelo Anthony, Markieff Morris, Greg Monroe, Marcin Gortat, Omri Casspi, Zach Randolph, Shelvin Mack, and Salah Mejri, teams are destined to bolster their squads even further. But, who could win in this market?<br /><br />Historically, teams with open roster spots and a need on a contending team are usually first priority for players. A team like Boston could be in play for Enes Kanter, a player who’s really gifted offensively. If bought out, Robin Lopez could potentially see himself land with the Warriors which has been speculated for months.<br /><br />However, there’s already an early winner. Yesterday, Indiana moved quickly to get Wesley Matthews after his trade and then release from the New York Knicks. Known as a very capable “3-and-D” player, Matthews can hopefully fill some of the void that Victor Oladipo left after suffering a season-ending injury just a few short weeks ago. The Pacers, who currently sit third in the Eastern Conference, could maintain their level of play over recent months with the recent addition of Matthews, potentially helping them secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. It’ll be a tough task for Indiana, but their upcoming schedule looks favorable and their team has already shown it can step up in the absence of their new star player Oladipo. Look for the Pacers to rattle off a few victories in a row against the Cavaliers and Hornets, while a meeting with the Bucks next Wednesday should be a good game as it consists of two of the top-three Eastern Conference teams. Look for Indiana to shock a few people and rattle off more wins than anticipated.<br />[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The Pacers at +3600 to win the East is pretty crazy. I understand they lost Oladipo, but that’s still a good team that’s won four straight without him. Add-in the Wesley Matthews addition and I really think it’s an interesting, outside chance.&lt;/p&gt;— Oliver Maroney (@OMaroneyNBA) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/OMaroneyNBA/status/1093932322850652160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;February 8, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p>
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