These players are the latest to join a history of late-season free agent acquisitions made by playoff and title contenders. Though some have been misses (Andrew Bynum and Deron Williams), there are a number of free agents signed after the deadline that have made important contributions to their teams.
Most fans would not consider adding a veteran of 10-plus years to be a splash �� they would be correct, but history suggests that sometimes a ripple is all a contending team needs to make. Let’s take a look at some of the more impactful late-season signings since 2008.
Just to seal the deal though, Wade had to do what he does best for the Heat: help his team bring home a win. The 36-year-old guard may have scored just three points in 22 minutes, but his block on Eric Bledsoe up four with less than 35 seconds to go could not have been sweeter for Wade or the fans who love him so much.
Rockets center Clint Capela just keeps on truckin’. The 23-year-old center had 23 points, 25 rebounds and two blocks in Houston’s 130-104 win over the Nuggets.
The Pacers tallied a 97-91 upset over the Celtics and a big reason was Victor Oladipo. The former Indiana Hoosier scored 35 points with 10 rebounds and five steals.
Richardson rushed for 950 yards and 11 TDs as rookie, then was part of a blockbuster deal with the Colts in his second season. Unfortunately, Richardson’s career never took off. He’s been on the practice squads of Oakland and Baltimore the past two seasons.
Indiana Pacers: Darren Collison (knee) isn’t quite ready to return to the court as he works his way back from getting his left knee scoped. He is at least another week away, per Pacers reporter Scott Agness, which means at least three more games for Cory Joseph to handle the starting point guard duties in Indiana.
Los Angeles Clippers: Doc Rivers said Wednesday that Avery Bradley has a 50/50 chance to play against the Warriors on Thursday due to a groin injury, and he said that the nagging injury could make Bradley a game-time decision for every game remaining on the schedule. This wasn’t what the Clippers were hoping for when they acquired Bradley in the Blake Griffin trade, obviously, and it probably makes Bradley too big of a risk to hold on to in standard 12-team leagues.