UNC Alumni in the NBA: Looking at a few Tar Heel free agents

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NBA free agency officially begins this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST and plenty of movement is expected. What former UNC Tar Heels could be on the move?

It’s that time of the year again.

The 2018-2019 season is now over, the champ has been crowned (congrats, Danny!), 60 players heard their names called at the Barclays Center, and now approximately 40 percent of the entire NBA is in flux as the latest free agency period rounds the corner.

On Sunday, June 30th at 6:00 p.m. EST, the NBA’s offseason will really be in full swing, with teams and players clamoring to ink new deals. A lot of players are on the market, a lot of teams are in need of talent, and a lot of money is up for grabs.

Some of those players vying for roster spots and new contracts will be former Tar Heels. UNC has produced many, many professional players over the years, and a strong selection will be available as free agents this summer.

Eight Tar Heels will be among the field of free agents: Raymond Felton, Vince Carter, Theo Pinson, Wayne Ellington, Reggie Bullock, Danny Green, Ed Davis, and Harrison Barnes.

We’ll go through all of these former Tar Heels, one by one, breaking down their 2018-2019 performances, their potential contract ranges, and what teams (or type of teams) could be interested in them based on their on-court contributions.

There will be a lot of moving parts given the top-shelf talent available this summer, so most, if not all, of these UNC alumni will be afterthoughts who will be waiting for the big dominoes to fall before they reach deals with any teams. So, don’t be surprised if some of these former Heels don’t get inked to new deals until later in the process, although it’s certainly plausible that they get picked up regardless of the timing.

Without further ado, let’s look at some Tar Heel free agents, shall we?

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