NBA free agency is all but over. The biggest names were all signed a week into the month, and the middle-of-the-pack ones have gone steadily since then until almost none of them are left. Still, every team needs a solid eighth or ninth man coming off the bench, and more rotations haven’t been finalized so far than have. That leaves us with the best players who are still on the free agency market.
The restricted free agent and the Mavericks were “not close” to a deal on Wednesday, according to a league source, but the team is still the extremely heavy favorites to sign him before the summer is up. It’s only a matter of time and whether someone else decides to extend him an offer sheet that would inevitably be matched. (There aren’t many teams left with cap space.)
Through five summer league games, Tatum has only taken 10 three-pointers, making three of them. He was a capable shooter from three-point territory (34.2 percent) in college, but it’s not his bread and butter. He’ll have to work to extend his range as he grows up in the NBA.
Tatum’s inability to get to the free throw line is also a concern. He had the Wholesale NFL Jerseys China second-lowest free throw rate of any American college player drafted in the top 10, only Youth NFL Cheap Jerseys behind Lonzo Ball.
Tatum’s summer league highlight reel is impressive in part because the shots he’s hitting are so difficult. It’s fair to wonder if that’s sustainable against better competition in the regular season.