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Here's all the former Tar Heels that signed new deals this NBA offseason

North Carolina forward Theo Pinson (1) drives the ball during Thursday night's home game against Duke. 

North Carolina forward Theo Pinson (1) drives the ball during Thursday night's home game against Duke. 

This summer was one of the wildest in recent NBA memory, and multiple former North Carolina basketball players played a part. Thus far, six former Tar Heels have signed new deals in NBA free agency, and four of those players joined new teams. 

Keep reading to see who's going where, and who could factor into a wide-open NBA title race in 2019-20.

Danny Green

After winning his second NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors in June, Green made the jump to another Finals contender, signing a two-year, $30 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

The veteran wing, who played at UNC from 2005 to 2009, adds an immediate boost on the defensive and 3-point fronts to a Lakers team highlighted by LeBron James and Anthony Davis. 

Last season, Green shot a blistering 45.5 percent from deep on 5.4 attempts a game. This year, he can slide into a starting shooting guard role and lock down an opposing team's best perimeter player, then space the floor for the ball-dominant James on offense.

If things break right for Los Angeles, Green could earn his third NBA ring sooner rather than later.

Harrison Barnes

Barnes, who won ACC Rookie of the Year with the Tar Heels in 2011, will return to the Sacramento Kings on a four-year, $85 million contract, providing size, scoring and veteran leadership for a young team looking to crash the playoff party next season.

After being traded to the Kings partway through last season, Barnes averaged 14.3 points on 45.5 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from 3-point range.

Next year's Western Conference will be a war zone, but the Kings have an exciting core of young players that, with Barnes' help, can contend further down the line. De'Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley and Buddy Hield will all continue to develop, and Barnes will be instrumental in helping Sacramento make its next big leap.

Theo Pinson

After having his free agent rights renounced, Pinson ultimately re-signed with the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, signing a two-year deal to remain with what is suddenly one of the league's most talented teams.

This offseason, the Nets signed All-NBA talents Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, going from a fun group of youngsters who made a surprise playoff appearance last year to a team ready to contend for an Eastern Conference title.

That all depends the health of Durant, who is expected to miss all of next season with an Achilles injury. But his absence will only provide more opportunities for Pinson, who played in 18 games last season and averaged 4.5 points in 11.7 minutes.

Perhaps Durant can help mentor the second-year Pinson while the former sits out, turning Pinson into a more steady contributor when playoff time rolls around.

Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington

Bullock and Ellington, a pair of sharpshooting guards who got their start in Chapel Hill, both signed with the New York Knicks near the start of free agency. Bullock signed a two-year, $21 million contract, while Ellington inked a two-year, $16 million deal.

Recently, it was reported that the Knicks and Bullock's agent are working on a new deal after the team had concerns about Bullock's ability to play the full season for 2019-2020. The sharpshooting guard had not yet signed his previous deal with the team, and a new figure has not been announced. 

The Knicks missed out big time in this year's free agent market, but perhaps their two Tar Heel signings can ease the pain. Both are veteran guards who can mentor the Knicks' semi-promising backcourt prospects, all while while providing floor spacing and 3-point shooting.

As for Bullock and Ellington... it's going to be a long season. Keep collecting those checks.

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Ed Davis

Rounding out the Tar Heel-related transactions is Davis, who signed with the Utah Jazz for two years, $10 million. As a member of the Nets last season, Davis averaged 5.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, playing the role of an energy big man in a limited role.

In Utah, Davis can play a similar role for one of the most complete rosters in the Western Conference. At worst, he provides intensity on both ends and a propensity to swallow up rebounds and thrive in the pick-and-roll. 

Don't be surprised if Davis comes off the bench and swings a playoff game or two in April or May.


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