The Indiana Pacers will have a little bit of cap room to add a free agent or two this offseason.
The NBA Finals are set to start and it should be a good series. Both teams have relied on quality play from their role players to get them in this position. The Pacers will be looking to add a new role player or two this offseason and these are three possible free agents the Pacers could target that are in the NBA Finals.
Jae Crowder has been a solid role player for the Miami Heat this postseason. Crowder came over in the trade with Memphis that also landed Andre Iguodala. Crowder averaged 11.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in the 20 games he played for the Heat.
In the playoffs, Crowder has started all 15 games for the Heat and has averaged 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. The Heat start Crowder at the power forward spot and he provides excellent wing defense. He is interchangeable between the 3 and 4 positions and can guard anyone on the court.
Crowder is also a grizzled veteran who does a lot of things right on the basketball court and would be a great locker room guy. The Pacers really needed wing help in the playoffs and with Justin Holiday possibly on the way out, Crowder could be a cheap replacement and huge rotational player for Indiana.
Derrick Jones Jr.
Derrick Jones Jr. is another wing worth keeping an eye on during this series. The Heat’s young, athletic forward could hit the free agency market this offseason if the Heat decide to not re-sign him.
Jones Jr. is a superb athlete who is really good at running to the rim. Jones Jr. is also a very solid defender who could improve under Dan Burke’s defensive scheme. He played in 59 games for the Heat this season and averaged 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. Derrick Jones Jr. could be a cheap addition to the roster and give us an athletic, defensive wing.
Technically, Avery Bradley won’t be playing in the Finals since he decided to forgo the NBA restart in Orlando. However, Bradley will be a solid veteran guard to hit the free-agent market depending on what the Lakers decide to do with him this offseason.
Bradley was an important piece for the Lakers this season playing in 49 games and starting in 44. Bradley, who is a 2-time All-Defensive player, provides great perimeter defense and excellent veteran leadership.
With rumors of Victor Oladipo wanting out of Indiana, Bradley could be either a veteran replacement for him or a key roleplayer off the bench for the Pacers. For a team trying to take the next step in the postseason, Avery Bradley could be a solid veteran to add to their team that could be on a cheap deal.