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Every week, Hoops Rumors takes a closer look at players who will be free agents or could become free agents next offseason. We examine if their stock is rising or falling due to performance and other factors. This week, we take a look at players from the Southeast Division:

Davis Bertans, Wizards, 27, PF (Up) – Signed to a two-year, $14.5M deal in 2018
The fact that the Wizards set such a high price on the unrestricted free agent, reportedly asking for two first-rounders and possibly more, shows how much Bertans is valued by the organization and other clubs. He’s averaging 15 PPG, albeit for one of the league’s worst teams, but his 3-point shooting is craved around the league. Big guys who can shoot 42.9 percent from deep, as Bertans has the past two seasons, command a high price tag. Washington desperately wants to re-sign Bertans and hopes the loyalty it showed will have an impact this summer. But the Wizards will have plenty of competition for his services.

Treveon Graham, Hawks, 26, SG (Down) – Signed to a two-year, $3.16M deal in 2018
Graham was tossed into the deal that sent Allen Crabbe to the Timberwolves last month. Perhaps the only thing surprising about Graham is that he wasn’t thrown into another trade by the very active Atlanta front office. He received steady playing time with Minnesota (20.1 MPG), including 20 starts, but his impact on the Hawks has been minimal. He’s scored a total of 12 points in nine appearances Graham just isn’t enough of an offensive threat and defenses don’t have to respect him on the perimeter. Graham becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and he’ll be looking at minimum deals at best.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Hornets, 26, SF (Down) – Signed to a four-year, $52M deal in 2016
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Yes, the second overall pick in the 2012 draft is still in the league. In fact, he’s just 26 years old. Injuries sidetracked MKG’s career but a bigger issue is his lack of an offensive game. Ben Simmons can get a max contract without a 3-point shot because of his wondrous playmaking skills and defensive versatility. A 6’6” forward without an outside shot is a dinosaur into today’s NBA. MKG has appeared in just 12 games this season and hasn’t seen the floor since late December. Charlotte’s front office is just counting the days to get his contract off its books.

Jae Crowder, Heat, 29, SF (Up) – Signed to five-year, $35M deal in 2015
Crowder was quietly enjoying one of his best seasons with the Grizzlies before getting dealt to Miami just before the deadline. He started regularly for Memphis despite modest offensive numbers (9.9 PPG on 36.8 percent shooting), finding other ways to contribute. He was averaging career highs in rebounding (6.2 RPG) and assists (2.8 APG) along with playing his usual solid defense. It will be interesting to see how coach Erik Spoelstra incorporates Crowder into the rotation but the impending unrestricted free agent will get an opportunity to show his value on a now serious Eastern Conference contender.

James Ennis, Magic, 29, SF (Down) – Signed to a two-year, $4M deal in 2019
Ennis’ playing time had diminished before the Sixers, who acquired perimeter shooters from the Warriors, found a new home for the journeyman forward. The Magic were willing to give up a second-round pick in order to secure Ennis’ services. Orlando president Jeff Weltman said Ennis will add “shooting, athleticism, and toughness” to the team, so from all indications, he’ll jump right into the rotation. Ennis is an adequate perimeter shooter and a factor in the open floor. Ennis holds a $2.13M player option on his contract next season and could choose to opt out with a strong finish.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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33,008 / 03 / #1
LeBron James
25,634 / 03 / #3
Carmelo Anthony
24,166 / 98 / #9
Dirk Nowitzki
23,165 / 03 / #5
Dwyane Wade
22,985 / 96 / #13
Kobe Bryant
22,940 / 07 / #2
Kevin Durant
19,306 / 09 / #3
James Harden
19,219 / 08 / #4
Russell Westbrook
19,021 / 01 / #10
Joe Johnson
18,958 / 06 / #2
LaMarcus Aldridge
18,237 / 04 / #1
Dwight Howard
18,060 / 00 / #8
Jamal Crawford
18,043 / 98 / #5
Vince Carter
17,916 / 98 / #10
Paul Pierce
17,898 / 01 / #3
Pau Gasol
17,872 / 05 / #4
Chris Paul
17,814 / 01 / #19
Zach Randolph
17,499 / 01 / #28
Tony Parker
17,189 / 03 / #4
Chris Bosh
16,396 / 09 / #7
Stephen Curry
16,172 / 97 / #1
Tim Duncan
15,680 / 06 / #8
Rudy Gay
15,350 / 09 / #9
DeMar DeRozan
14,888 / 02 / #9
Amar'e Stoudemire
14,858 / 05 / #40
Monta Ellis
14,343 / 04 / #15
Al Jefferson
14,194 / 95 / #5
Kevin Garnett
14,114 / 96 / #5
Ray Allen
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David West
13,804 / 05 / #3
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