Elite 4 Cast

The 2021 Bucks had Bobby Portis. The 2020 Lakers had Dwight Howard and Markieff Morris. Golden State's dynasty lived off of minimum-salary role players. Miami's nabbed Shane Battier and Ray Allen with back-to-back mid-level exceptions. Championship teams are star-driven, but the often exorbitant price of those stars makes these teams extremely reliant upon the bargain bin. The 2019 Raptors are the only recent champion not to keep a below-market-value free agent in their rotation. 

The two most recent champions had several. Milwaukee was hard-capped and needed players like Portis and Bryn Forbes to leave money on the table for an opportunity to win in order to build a remotely palatable bench. The Lakers carved out max cap space, but when Kawhi Leonard didn't take it, they had to use that space to build a worthwhile supporting cast around their stars. This, essentially, is the path traditional contenders need to take to develop depth.

Last season's contenders largely did a good job of that. So let's look at some under-the-radar signings that will impact the championship picture either now, or, in one prominent case, potentially in the future.

1. Rudy Gay, Utah Jazz

The reported contract: Two years, $12.1 million (taxpayer mid-level exception): 

NBA free agency: Five under-the-radar free-agent signings that will prove surprisingly impactful next season

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NBA free agency: Five under-the-radar free-agent signings that will prove surprisingly impactful next season

Meet Brigitte Xie, the 4-yr-old piano prodigy set to perform at Carnegie Hall

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Meet Brigitte Xie, the 4-yr-old piano prodigy set to perform at Carnegie Hall

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Watch The Challenge Season 37s Intense New Trailer and Compete in First-Ever Fantasy League