Five most cost-effective players

NBA teams getting great value with Andray Blatche, Matt Barnes, others

Updated: February 5, 2013, 1:27 PM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider
Andray BlatcheHoward Smith/USA TODAY SportsAndray Blatche has been one of the league's best bargains this season.

Today's NBA front offices must have the ability to fill out rosters with cheap, veteran talent. When you find on-court value from that cheap talent, you create roster flexibility, a goal that cannot be understated. With a new, draconian luxury tax system taking effect, most competitive teams will have a limited amount of salary to allocate to a handful of rotation spots. They gain a significant advantage if they have the ability to identify, recruit and ultimately sign vets to bargain deals.

It's essentially the NBA equivalent to shopping at a thrift store and getting as much utility (at a fraction of the cost) as you would get from the same item from a high-end store. And the teams that signed the following five players are enjoying the very inexpensive fruits of their scouting.

These are the five best value deals signed last summer; all five were one-year deals and under $3 million.