NOTE: Naturally there are a few Free Agents who are yet to sign… Notably Eric Bledsloe & Greg Monroe. They’ll be included at a later date.
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers - two-years, $42.1 million
Yes, the Miami Heat are a first class organisation. Yes, Dan Gilbert is a cretin. But LeBron James absolutely made the right choice here.
The future was murky in Miami (I mean seriously, trying to entice him back with the additions of McRoberts and Granger was laughable), but in Cleveland, with Irving and Wiggins and several other intriguing young pieces, the potential is off the charts.
It will take some time before the Cavaliers are truly ready to contend, but they will get there and they will be scary. A great, great move for LeBron and the NBA.
(Obviously the narrative will change here if Wiggins is traded for Love. If it does go down they’ll be a contender right out of the gate.)
Chris Bosh - Miami Heat - five-years, $118 million
The general consensus seems to be that the Miami Heat have recovered well from LeBron’s departure and can still contend in the east.
I don’t buy it.
This move reminds me of the Cavs in 2010 when LeBron left and they kept operating like nothing had changed.
With this roster, built around Bosh, I see a 6-7 seed and first round ouster. In the shitty east. So is it really worth the outlay?
Denial is a funny thing.
Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat – two-years, $34 million
I know he did them a favour by opting out and taking a bit less but these ‘payment for past performance’ contracts never end well. Like, never.
Luol Deng – Miami Heat – two-years, $20 million
This would all make sense if Dwyane Wade could be counted on. He can’t. So I don’t see the point.
Carmelo Anthony – New York Knicks – five-years, $124 million
Carmelo Anthony earlier this year: “I don’t care about the money, I just want to win.” Sure, bro.
With or without Melo the Knicks are going to stink (seriously, who on that team can defend?).
Patty Mills – San Antonio Spurs – three-years, $12 million
Huge props to the Spurs for stepping up and paying Patty his worth despite the injury. A lesser organisation might have played hardball and forced him in to a smaller contract. There’s no doubt the injury cost him money (probably $3-4 million over the life of the contract) but a $4 million per year deal is still a good get for Patty and commensurate with his talent and play over the last season. Well deserved, mate!
Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks – three-years, $25 million
Talk about a haircut. You gotta love the big German.
Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors – four-years, $48 million
A no-brainer, for both sides.
Pau Gasol – Chicago Bulls – three-years, $22 million
My issue with the Bulls is this - all of their key additions over the last few years (Gasol/Dunleavy/Hamilton/Boozer) have been guys that were past their prime and had an injury history. I’m just sayin’.
Nevertheless, this will be a formidable team and a genuine contender if, and that’s a very big ‘if’, everything breaks right and Derrick Rose is healthy.
Marcin Gortat – Washington Wizards – five-years, $60 million
It seems that $12 million per is the going rate for a 7-footer who can walk and chew gum at the same time. Glad it’s not my team, though.
Chandler Parsons – Dallas Mavericks – three-years, $45 million
A great acquisition for the Mavericks. Yes, they steeply overpaid, but to pry him loose they had to. And they couldn’t keep swinging and missing on all their free agent targets. A frontline of Parsons, Nowitzki and Chandler, with Monta Ellis on the perimeter, makes for a dangerous team.
Boris Diaw – San Antonio Spurs – four-years, $28 million
Considering how he played in the playoffs, it’s hard to criticise this deal (except for its length). He’s a unique player who fits perfectly in the San Antonio system.
Lance Stephenson – Charlotte Hornets – three-years, $27 million
The third year is a team option so it’s definitely a risk worth taking for Charlotte.
Man, the Hornets have some talent now in Walker, Lance, MKG, Vonleh, Big Al and Zeller. With an improved roster, a good coach in Steve Clifford and a defensive identity (which Lance will enhance) they could be the third/fourth best team in the east.
Gordon Hayward – Utah Jazz – four-years, $63 million
Utah couldn’t let him walk for nothing so they had to match Charlotte’s bloated offer sheet.
I like their young core of Hayward, Favors, Exum and Hood, but I don’t buy this narrative that Exum and Burke will be able to function together. That won’t work for Dante. It’s clear, they’re both point guards, but only one of them looks like a game-changing star. At some point it’s going to become blatantly obvious (if it isn’t already) that the team needs to be turned over to Exum, and Burke will either have to back him up or be moved.
Mike Miller – Cleveland Cavaliers – two-years, $5.5 million
I’m not a fan of LeBron bringing his chronies in. Miller’s made of tissue paper.
James Jones – Cleveland Cavaliers – one-year, $1.4 million
Now that’s just silly. Make no mistake about who is running the Cavs now.
Trevor Ariza – Houston Rockets – four-years, $32 million
I probably would have swallowed hard on the Parsons contract because he’s a better player than Ariza, but with the aim of maintaining flexibility I can understand why Morey moved on. At some point though you’ve got to bed down your team and stop star chasing.
Darren Collison - Sacramento Kings – three-years, $16 million
I don’t like it. The Kings are in desperate need of three things (especially from their point guard) – defense, a pass first mentality and shooting. Collison is none of these things and he’s now your starting point guard. They’re a mess.
And this is clear evidence that Patty Mills lost money because of the injury. (Note: it did come out that several teams had prepared big offers to Patty but pulled it at the last moment when news of his injury surfaced.)
Paul Pierce – Washington Wizards - two-years, $11 million
Like most people I thought Pierce was headed to the Clippers to reunite with Doc Rivers, so this one came out of left field.
Turns out, Ariza’s departure was a good thing for the Wizards. Instead of overpaying and locking in Ariza for 4-5 years, they get Pierce, who is still a very good player, on a short term deal and they can now try and work in their youngsters Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr. And the added bonus – it also opens up the possibility that they could make a run to bring Kevin Durant home in 2016. Don’t rule it out.
Health permitting the Wizards will be dangerous in the east.
Chris Kaman – Portland Trail Blazers – two-years, $9.8 million
I just don’t know why anyone would bother with this guy. He’s injury prone, shot happy and completely useless on the defensive end. He’s done as a relevant NBA player.
Steve Blake – Portland Trail Blazers – two-years, $4 million
I don’t think they’re in a position to be settling for washed up dudes like Kaman and Blake in crucial back-up spots.
Isaiah Thomas - Phoenix Suns - four years, $27 million
Goran Dragic. Eric Bledsoe. They draft Tyler Ennis. I don’t get it.
Jordan Hill - Los Angeles Lakers - two-years, $18 million
Who would have thought the Lakers would ever have to stoop to these levels (i.e. grossly overpaying someone just so they can hopefully transition from bad to mediocre).
Nick Young – Los Angeles Lakers - four-years, $21.5 million
Throwing the fans a bone with this one. Is it logical, though?
Carlos Boozer – Los Angeles Lakers – one-year, $3.25 million (Amnesty waiver)
Ok, so they get a flashy name on a cheap deal and someone who can make them slightly better next season. But, they’re still a bad team who won’t make the playoffs in the west. And Boozer is abysmal defensively. And this will take away minutes from their prized rookie Julius Randle. And it will probably guarantee that they don’t have a first round pick in next year’s draft (it’s owed to Phoenix if it falls outside the top 5). How the mighty have fallen, hey.
Spencer Hawes – Los Angeles Clippers – four-years, $23 million
I can see the benefit because a) they were way too thin upfront last season and b) Hawes can space the floor and allow Griffin to own the middle. But at what point are they going to start acquiring guys who can actually defend?
Channing Frye – Orlando Magic – four-years, $32 million
A deal like this was inevitable for Frye given the current love affair with stretch bigs. His quick release and smooth stroke make him deadly from beyond the arc, but there’s not a whole lot there beyond that. Regardless, his shooting and veteran presence should help this young Magic squad.
Marvin Williams – Charlotte Hornets - two-years, $14 million
$7 million per year for this guy? That’s $3 million more than Patty Mills. What’s he ever done, besides be a massive disappointment?
Jodie Meeks – Detroit Pistons – three-years, $19.5 million
I know shooting is important, but sheesh, that’s an overpay. Van Gundy’s strategy is clear – surround Drummond with shooters, similar to what he did in Orlando with Howard. But again, that’s a lot to pay for a one trick pony.
Caron Butler – Detroit Pistons – two-years, $9 million
Stan’s lost his mind.
Vince Carter – Memphis Grizzlies - three-years, $12 million
Disappointing, if that’s their only move.
Avery Bradley - Boston Celtics – four-years, $32 million
I could see him eventually living up to this contract but it’s very risky given his injury history. Ainge has a nasty habit of overpaying - see Jeff Green, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry.
Nikola Mirotic - Chicago Bulls – three-years, $16.6 million
That’s a lot to pay for an unknown. All indications are he should succeed at this level, but you never know.
Shaun Livingston – Golden State Warriors – three-years, $16 million
Not bad. He’s a good ball handler and stout defender so that will ease the burden on Curry. One problem though – he can’t shoot (he made one three-pointer last season) so that’s going to be problematic in postseason play.
Chris Andersen – Miami Heat – two-years, $10 million
Bringin’ back the band. You know my thoughts on it.
Mario Chalmers – Miami Heat – two years, $8.3 million
I would have let him go.
Udonis Haslem – Miami Heat – two-years, $5.6 million
I know they had to make him whole after the opt-out but that’s a waste of a roster spot.
Josh McRoberts – Miami Heat – four-years, $22.7 million
It’s not an overpay but it’s not pretty either.
Danny Granger – Miami Heat – two-years, $4.2 million
2011 Danny Granger ain’t walkin’ through that door.
Jerryd Bayless – Milwaukee Bucks – two-years, $7 million
I mean, did they learn nothing from the O.J. Mayo signing?
Patrick Patterson – Toronto Raptors – three-years, $18 million
He’s a good player, probably underrated, and can function pretty well as a stretch four. $6 million per seems a bit steep but I think he’ll live up to it.
James Johnson – Toronto Raptors – two-years, $5 million
Worth a gamble.
Greivis Vasquez – Toronto Raptors – two-years, $13 million
A handy player but more than $6 million per year is a bit rich.
Jordan Farmar – Los Angeles Clippers – two-years, $4.2 million
With Chris Paul’s injury history it’s essential that the Clippers have a quality back-up behind him. I don’t think Farmar fits that bill.
Kris Humphries – Washington Wizards – three-years, $13 million
Insurance for the inevitable Nene injury.
DeJuan Blair – Washington Wizards – three-years, $6 million
They’re really beefing up that frontcourt. Nice move.
Thabo Sefolosha - Atlanta Hawks – three-years, $12 million
Bit of an overpay but a solid acquisition nonetheless.
Anthony Morrow – Oklahoma City – three-years, $10 million
He can shoot, but that’s it.
Sebastian Telfair - Oklahoma City Thunder – one-year, $1.3 million
If I were Kevin Durant I’d be unimpressed with the Thunder’s offseason. They have some flexibility but they’re not using it. They’re cheap.
2016 is not too far away, you guys.
Brandon Rush – Golden State Warriors – two-years, $2.5 million
A good deal if he can stay on the floor.
Ben Gordon – Orlando Magic – two-years, $9 million
He has barely played in three years and he was kicked off the Bobcats last season prior to the playoffs. This is nuts!
Rodney Stuckey – Indiana Pacers - one-year, $1.2 million
What a bizarre world the NBA is. Some guys are signing lucrative deals which make no sense at all (see above), and then a guy like Stuckey who is actually pretty decent can only get the minimum. It’s crazy.
This pick-up is a nice recovery from losing Lance, but they’re still a lesser team without Lance.
C.J. Miles – Indiana Pacers – four-years, $18 million
And who exactly were they bidding against?
Anthony Tolliver – Phoenix Suns – two-years, $6 million
You won’t get much out of him.
Luke Ridnour - Orlando Magic – two-years, $5.5 million
Does this guy ever want to play for a winner? He always signs on with terrible teams.
Devin Harris – Dallas Mavericks – four-years, $16.5 million
He should probably be their starter ahead of Felton.
Rashard Lewis – Dallas Mavericks – one-year, $1.4 million
Richard Jefferson – Dallas Mavericks – one-year, $1.4 million
D.J. Augustine – Detroit Pistons – two-years, $6 million
He earned it.
Kirk Hinrich – Chicago Bulls – two-years, $5.6 million
A helpful player, if he’s a back-up.
Glen Davis – Los Angeles Clippers – one-year, $1.2 million
PJ Tucker – Phoenix Suns – three-years, $16.5 million
That’s a bit much but a good story nonetheless.
Jimmer Fredette - New Orleans Pelicans – one-year, $1 million
Not a great situation for Jimmer, but beggars can’t be choosers I suppose.
Kent Bazemore – Atlanta Hawks - two-years, $4 million
The numbers that he put up in Los Angeles last season were a mirage. I hope this doesn’t mean less time for Schroder.
Matt Bonner – San Antonio Spurs – one-year, $1.4 million
I thought the Spurs would’ve moved on.
Alan Anderson – Brooklyn Nets – two-years, $2.6 million
I wouldn’t like to be a Brooklyn fan next season. Or beyond.
Ed Davis – Los Angeles Lakers – two-years, $2 million
Worth a flyer.
Xavier Henry – Los Angeles Lakers – one-year, $1 million
A bargain if he can stay healthy. That’s the problem though.
Wesley Johnson – Los Angeles Lakers – one-year, $1 million
There’s not much substance to his game.
Ryan Kelly – Los Angeles Lakers – two-years, $3.3 million
I haven’t seen him play much so I’ll reserve judgement.
Trevor Booker – Utah Jazz – two years, $9.7 million
You could do worse.
Jeff Adrien – Houston Rockets – one-year, $1.1 million
Joey Dorsey – Houston Rockets – two-years, $2 million
Having cleared the decks, they need bodies.
Ish Smith – Houston Rockets – one-year, $1 million
Jannero Pargo - Charlotte Hornets – one-year, $1.4 million
He’s lucky to still be drawing NBA checks.
Jason Smith – New York Knicks – one-year, $3.3 million
A good player but he can’t stay on the floor.
Brian Roberts – Charlotte Hornets - two-years, $5.5 million
Not sure what he’s done to warrant an almost $3 million per year contract.
John Salmons - New Orleans Pelicans – one-year, $2 million
Evan Turner – Boston Celtics – (terms not known, believed to be a portion of the mid-level exception)
He really got exposed in Indiana last season. He’s just not that good.
Gee, the C’s are going to be brutal to watch again. If they don’t trade Rondo before the February deadline, I’ll be shocked.
Aaron Brooks – Chicago Bulls – (terms not known, believed to be a one year minimum deal)
If Thibs can turn D.J. Augustine and Nate Robinson into helpful players, there’s no reason he can’t do the same with Brooks.
Drew Gooden – Washington Wizards – (terms not known, believed to be a one year minimum deal)
Nice recovery from Gooden. He played himself out of the league by not understanding his limitations (he thought he was a scorer), but when Washington threw him a lifeline late in the season he pulled his head in and accepted the role of defender/rebounder off the pine. He has a place in this league so long as he stays in his lane.