Top 5 Underrated NBA Free Agency Signings of 2014

Top 5 Underrated NBA Free Agency Signings

Chandler Parsons
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Prior to the LeBron James signing, NBA Free Agency was dead for nearly two weeks. No team would budge until there was assurance that the marquee free agents were officially locked up with another team. As soon as those dominoes fell, the floodgates burst open as the free agency signings rapidly occurred. Surprisingly enough, a number of the big names on the market switched teams, and these signings were among the most underrated.

5. Steve Blake - Portland Trail Blazers

Steve Blake
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5. Steve Blake - Portland Trail Blazers

Steve Blake
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Contract: 2 years, $ 4.2 million, Player Option for second season

Bench production was a prominent issue for the Portland Trail Blazers last season. It would come in spurts, but for the most part the starting five was expected to carry the load throughout the season. Therefore, adding Steve Blake for the bi-annual exception is the perfect signing. Blake will instantly elevate the second unit with his defensive prowess and ability to create.

4. Luol Deng - Miami Heat

Luol Deng
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4. Luol Deng - Miami Heat

Luol Deng
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Contract: 2 years, $ 10 million, Player Option for Second Season

Losing LeBron James can spell major issues moving forward. Luckily, Pat Riley was able to ink veteran SF Luol Deng to a contract slightly below his original asking price. Deng is the perfect fit alongside Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, as he can possibly even help lead the Miami Heat high seed in the Eastern Conference. His defense and leadership qualities will shine in Miami.

3. Lance Stephenson - Charlotte Hornets

Lance Stephenson
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3. Lance Stephenson - Charlotte Hornets

Lance Stephenson
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Contract: 3 years, $ 27 million, Team Option for Third Season

After striking out on his pursuit of Gordon Hayward, Michael Jordan decided to make a strong push to acquire Lance Stephenson. Apparently his hefty contract offer was enough to entice Stephenson to sign as a new member of the Charlotte Hornets. Attitude will always be a looming issue, but Stephenson's production instantly catapults Charlotte into contention in the Eastern Conference.

2. Dirk Nowitzki - Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki
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2. Dirk Nowitzki - Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki
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Contract: 3 years, $ 25 million, Player Option for Third Year

Let this sink in for one second. Dirk Nowitzki passed up on maximum offers from both the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers to remain a Dallas Maverick. By doing this Nowitzki left about $ 72 million on the table in order to remain a Maverick for life; that's simply remarkable. Nowtizki is still a top player in the NBA today, so re-signing him on such a cheap salary is monstrous.

1. Chandler Parsons - Dallas Mavericks

Chandler Parsons
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1. Chandler Parsons - Dallas Mavericks

Chandler Parsons
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Contract: 3 years, $ 46 million, Player Option for Third Year

First off, this was a drastic overpay. However, in order to pry away the beloved Chandler Parsons from the Houston Rockets, the Mavericks had to do just that. Aside from the financial situation, no other free agents available were better suited to mesh with this Mavs team. Parsons will complement Nowitzki and Monta Ellis well, possibly boosting Dallas' playoff seeding a few positions.

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