The buyout season is underway and must wrap up shortly. Players not waived before March 1st are ineligible to play in the postseason for their new teams. This means players like Danny Granger must complete their buyout agreements in the coming days. Buyouts are a common occurrence after the trade deadline because players on expiring contracts on bad teams don’t want to play for those teams. This fact has been escalated this year because so many teams are trying to be bad. They have no use for veteran players who help the team win. With that in mind let’s take a look at the buyout market and see where the bought out players might land.
Granger has a difficult decision to make. Does he take the buyout and pursue a championship or does he stay with the Sixers, make the rest of his 14 million dollar salary and attempt to better position himself in the free agent market. His decision is likely to be that he wants to chase a championship. With that in mind, he would fit in with the Heat, Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Rockets, and maybe even the Bulls. A smart move for him would be to go to the contender which offers him the most playing time, so he can chase a championship and build his free agency resume.
Butler has been bought out by the Bucks. He is a similar player to Danny Granger and will likely be chased by the same teams. If he wants to stay close to his Milwaukee home, he should probably sign with the Bulls. If he wants to win a championship, he should sign with one of the many Western Conference contenders.
Metta World Peace
There are a lot of small forwards on the market right now. World Peace should have no shortage of suitors because every championship team needs wing defenders. The smart money is on him returning to Los Angeles and playing for the Clippers.
Fredette is different from the players mentioned above in the sense that he is still young and is looking for an opportunity and not a championship. He will probably go to the team which offers him the best role. Some teams he will probably consider: New York, Memphis, and Utah. Fredette is a former first round pick. Let’s see if he can perform better after a change of scenery.