It is now two weeks into the start of the free agency period in the NBA and most of the the biggest free agents have either signed or have agreements in place. It is now the perfect time to look over what teams are the biggest winners and biggest losers of free agency so far.
Miami Heat– Hands down this team has to be the biggest winner of free agency. They were able to get the three biggest free agents with Chris Bosh, LeBron James and also resigned its star Dwyane Wade. Had the Heat just signed Wade and Bosh it would have been great for them, but with the addition of LeBron it is almost over kill. To round out the rest of the team the Heat have also been able to add Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Juwan Howard. It will be interesting to see how this team will finsish adding to its roster, but no matter what else happens the Miami Heat may have had the greatest offseason in free agent history.
Milwaukee Bucks– Everyone has been talking about the moves done by the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, and Chicago Bulls, but quietly the Bucks have had a fantastic offseason. They added a second good rebounder, low post guy in Drew Gooden to play along side Andrew Bougot and also a offensive weapons for Brandan Jennings to dish the ball off to in Corey Maggette and John Salmons. While Orlando, Miami and Boston are going to be the top teams in the east, the Bucks are are going to fight for position on that next tier with Chicago and Atlanta.
Chicago Bulls- They may not have had the free agency that many of them were hoping for, but no one can be upset with the additions that hey have made. Carlos Boozer is a good scorer in the low post who can also be a good pick and roll partner with Derrick Rose. The other addition they have made is Kyle Korver, a guy who will be a knock down three point shooter. The Bulls have also signed an offer sheet for J.J. Redick. Korver and Redick will both be able to thrive in the Chicago system thanks to Boozer, Noah, and Gibson will all dominate the paint and Rose being such a great slasher leaving both Korver and Redick open on the wings.
Other teams with good offseasons- Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder
Cleveland Cavilers– They lost the most talented player in the NBA and the guy who the economy of downtown Cleveland is based around. The fans were crushed with LeBron’s announcment and the owner Dan Gilbert go mad. Also Cleveland lost Ilgauskas who has seemingly been in Cleveland since Mark Price was running the point. Both those guys are leaving the Mistake on the Lake for the sun and fun of South Beach. To top it off Cleveland has yet to make any additions to there roster, and if they wait any longer they are going to have to scrap the bottom of he free agent barrel.
New York Knicks– I like the moves that they have made in adding Raymon Felton and Amare Stoudemire and then trading David Lee for Kelenna Azubulke, Ronnie Turiaf, and Anthony Randolph. These mosves should help the Knicks into he playoff this next year, but they still have to be considered losers. They have been telling their fans for two years that they were going to add LeBron James and they did not get him. After Cleveland, Knicks fans had to be the most disapointed fan base in not getting James.
Los Angles Clippers– They have to be here over the New Jersey Nets becaue at least the Nets were taken serious contenders for the big free agents this of season. The Clippers may have been able to get meetings with Bosh and Amare, but none of them really considered them. Also the Nets have at least added a couple of players (Jordan Farmer, Travis Outlaw, Anthony Morrow and Johan Petro) while the Clippers have not added anyone. The Clippers have a joke of a fanchise and maybe one of the worst teams in the history of sports.
Other teams with bad offseasons- Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors