1. Gordon Hayward. Even at the max, he would be a deal. Why? He's not quite 24 and he projects favorably in pretty much every way to a young Joe Johnson. If you're going to take a chance on a overspending, he's the guy to do it on. I'm getting in on the ground floor on him. (xRAPM 2.0, Simple Rating +2.6). One of only 5 players in the league to average at least 15 pts, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.
Anyway, I really meant to talk about cheaper guys. Guys that should be maybe available for the room exception $2.5M or veteran minimum.
2. Josh McRoberts. (xRAPM 0.6, Simple Rating -0.5). Again, I'm not looking for guys that are going to cost a fortune, I'm looking for guys who have a lot of skill. McRoberts averaged 5 assists per 36 minutes last year, shoots the 3 well, and he's only 27. He's can do everything Diaw or Gasol can do, but for less. Also a similar but bigger stronger and more athletic player than the much more expensive Chandler Parsons.
3. Evan Turner (xRAPM -2.5, Simple Rating 0.6 w/ Sixers, -7.0 w/ Pacers). Ouch, this guy has a lot of skills, but man, things haven't worked out for him at all. If you can bring him in on a minimum salary contract though, there's nothing but upside. He has the ability to dribble and pass, and we need that.
4. Anthony Morrow (xRAPM -1.5 , Simple Rating 3.6). This guy can shoot, but for some reason, people really seem to want to pay Meeks. Generally near the top of the NBA in 3 point shooting % and near the bottom in turnovers. A good, safe play that never seems to get adequate recognition. Get him for cheap.
5. Kirk Hinrich (xRAPM 0.6, Simple Rating -1.7). I sometimes get accused of being a Kirk hater, but on the minimum salary he'll probably get to stay here, he's a value. Plus I wanted to have at least one guy on the list that the Bulls have heard of and might sign.