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BallIsAll
07-08-2015, 12:29 AM
Who are your winners and losers?


July 1st is an exciting day every year for fans of the NBA, players in the NBA and teams trying to sign talented players in order to improve their records. This year’s free agency was in some ways has been more intriguing than the 2010 free agency when Lebron James decided it was smart to televise his decision on a 1-hour special on national television to leave his hometown Akron Ohio’s Cleveland Cavaliers and join forces with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. This free agency has a borderline superstar as well leave the only professional team he has ever played for but this time he is going to his hometown in Texas. LaMarcus Aldridge, the backbone of the Portland Trailblazers for the last 9 years decided to join the San Antonio Spurs in an attempt to have a real shot at the finals.

This season has led to many star or borderline star players leaving their respective teams and joining contending teams as well as leaving a ton of money on the table from their initial offers. We will be listing the 3 teams who we think of as winners during this free agent period as well as the 3 teams who we think have done worst.

Winners

San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs have by far been the most successful team in this years free agency period. They have made some key additions while retaining the veterans that have kept them in contention all along.

Re-Signed: Danny Green, Manu Ginobilli, Tim Duncan.

Added: LaMarcus Aldridge, David West.

Lost: Tiago Splitter.

Grade: A.

New York Knicks: The Knicks have quietly gotten better in the weak eastern conference. After striking out with all of the big name free agents, the Knicks have been able to put a formidable team around Carmelo Anthony. They have put capable defenders as well as possible scorers and all around NBA talent on a roster that only had 2 players with NBA talent last year.

Re-Signed: No one.

Added: Arron Afflalo, Robin Lopez, Derrick Williams, Kyle O’Quinn.

Lost: Jason Smith.

Grade: B.

Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have quietly built a playoff team full of young athletic and talented players at every position. Their latest acquisition makes them that much better.

Re-Signed: Khris Middleton.

Added: Greg Monroe.

Lost: Ersan Ilyasova.

Grade: B.

Losers

Los Angels Clippers: The Clippers were looking to upgrade at the wing thinking that their team was a wing player away from contention. They got a wing player but lost their most important defensive presence.

Re-Signed: No body.

Added: Paul Pierce.

Lost: DeAndre Jordan.

Grade: C-.

Los Angels Lakers: The Lakers built their whole draft process around the star free agent big men. They drafted D’Angelo Russell as they had hopes of signing Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge or DeAndre Jordan.

Re-Signed: No one.

Added: Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams.

Lost: Ed Davis.

Grade: D.

Denver Nuggets: There are 25 teams to have made transactions during this free agency period and the Nuggets are one of the 5 who haven’t. They went into the offseason ready to wheel and deal as well as free cap space in order to sign a marque free agent. They have only one new player since their season ended and that is their rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

Re-Signed: No one.

Added: No one.

Lost: Could potentially lose Darrell Arthur, Jameer Nelson, Will Barton.

Grade: F.

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