Ed Davis: 2 years, $9.8 million (Utah Jazz)
As if trading for Mike Conley and signing Bojan Bogdanovic didn’t already make the Utah Jazz one of the biggest winners of free agency, landing Ed Davis at a perfectly reasonable $9.8 million over two years (room exception) represents one of the best bargains of the summer.
While casual fans might not be familiar with his game, Davis is a well-respected backup who does the dirty work and can even play the 5 in some small-ball lineups. He’s active on the boards, is a respectable defender and will be a perfect fit in Quin Snyder’s system.
Last year, Davis averaged 5.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 61.6 percent from the floor in his 81 appearances with the Brooklyn Nets. He’ll be playing for his sixth team in 10 NBA seasons, but this journeyman has bounced around the league because he’s been a coveted backup, not because he’s had trouble finding traction. In Utah, he’ll get to prove it once more on a legitimate title contender.