The 2020 NBA free agency period has seen a host of big-name players either re-sign with their teams or find a fresh start elsewhere.
While the big names like Brandon Ingram, Fred VanVleet, Montrezl Harrell, and Gordon Hayward grabbed the headlines, we break down the five best under-the-radar moves in free agency that will have the biggest impact on their teams.
In no particular order:
Aron Baynes - Toronto Raptors
The deal: Baynes has signed to a two-year, $14.3 million deal with the Toronto Raptors. The second season is reportedly a team option.
The Raptors said goodbye to their championship-winning big man tandem of Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol in free agency, signing with the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers respectively, but the Raptors did a great job filling the void of defence, shooting, and dirty work in the form of Phoenix Suns big man Aron Baynes.
The bruising Australian gives the Raptors a physical defensive presence at the rim with his 6'10", 260-pound frame, and with his penchant for setting screens, grabbing offensive rebounds, and muscling up with the league's best bigs, he's sure to win Raptors fans hearts from the jump.
The 34-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists on 48% shooting from the field, 35.1% from the 3-point line, and 74.7% at the free-throw line in just 22.2 minutes per game for the Suns.
His evolution into a reliable floor-spacing big, who can knock down threes at a steady pace, also bodes well for the Raptors. According to NBA.com, just under half (44.4 percent) of his field-goal attempts last season were catch-and-shoot 3s, which he converted at 35%.
At just over $7 million per season, Baynes' value versus his production is a home run for Masai Ujiri.
Tristan Thompson - Boston Celtics
The deal: Thompson has signed to a two-year, $19 million deal with the Boston Celtics after spending the first nine seasons of his career in Cleveland.
Thompson brings championship experience to the Celtics, a team who are looking to take the next step in the Eastern Conference after three trips to the Conference Finals in the past four seasons. Thompson has 78 games of playoff experience to his name, playing in four NBA Finals.
At 6-foot-9, 254 lbs. with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, the Canadian fills a need in the Celtics frontcourt as a versatile big man, who can control the glass and switch out onto the perimeter to defend smaller guards.
While Daniel Theis has proved to be a reliable fit in that role, the Celtics needed reinforcements up front with the likes of Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Bam Adebayo likely awaiting them in the playoffs.
Thompson is coming off of a solid season with the Cavaliersaveraging career-highs of 12.0 points and 2.1 assists to go with 10.1 rebounds per game. The 29-year-old has also been expanding his game beyond the arc, connecting on 39% of his 3-point attempts (9-for-23).