Best under-the-radar moves

Asik to Pelicans among unheralded offseason additions that could prove big

Updated: July 31, 2014, 1:41 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | ESPN Insider

Omer AsikAP Photo/Danny JohnstonOmer Asik gives the Pelicans another top rebounder and shot-blocker alongside Anthony Davis.

Not every NBA transaction has the seismic consequences of LeBron James' return to Cleveland, but smaller moves can still have a big impact.

An example of a difference-making move that didn't create any kind of stir when it happened was San Antonio's signing of Marco Belinelli last summer. Belinelli provided the already-deep Spurs with a reasonable facsimile to Manu Ginobili, and ended up second on the Spurs in minutes played during the regular season. Further, it was the efficiency of players such as Belinelli, Patty Mills and Boris Diaw that allowed the Spurs to keep their foundation players under 30 minutes per game, preserving the veterans' best performance for San Antonio's title run.

Likewise, Washington's midseason acquisition of Andre Miller last season helped to solidify the Wizards' rotation. Miller played more than 20 minutes in a game just twice, but the Wizards went 18-10 with Miller, and knocked out Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. 

So which relatively unheralded moves from the 2014 offseason will prove significant this season? Here's a look at five under-the-radar additions from this summer that could have important consequences down the line.