The first wave of NBA free agency has come and gone. Although there wasn't one signing that completely changed the landscape of the league, there were still a lot of teams that improved their roster. Unless Kawhi decides he's done with the Clippers and moves on, it's been a pretty pedestrian free agency.
There are still a few interesting names out there. Of course, we also have big-time stars like Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal that can potentially be moved later this offseason. Below are three teams that I like for what they did in free agency so far.
Are the Chicago Bulls dare I say.... back? I love what the Bulls have done so far this offseason. Bringing in Lonzo Ball and Demar Derozan to round out that starting five is a nice boost. Although they gave up a lot for Derozan in a sign and trade, (Thad Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, 1st-round pick, two 2nd-round picks) they bring in a high-caliber player to play alongside Lavine and Vucevic.
A starting five of Lonzo-Lavine-Derozan-Patrick Williams-Vucevic can certainly contend for a playoff spot in the East. It's time for Chicago to get back in the postseason.
We all knew Miami was going to make some noise in free agency, and they certainly did. To start, they brought in Kyle Lowry to play alongside Jimmy Butler. I guess Lowry liked playing in Florida so much last year for the Tampa Bay Raptors, he decided to take his talents to south beach. Lowry and his big, juicy, fat ass is going to fit in perfectly with the Miami culture.
They also brought back Duncan Robinson on a 5-year, $90 million deal. Yes, the guy that was undrafted and looks like he works at Enterprise just got a fat bag. The lesson here is if you're over 6'5" with a little athleticism, go to your local park and get your shots up. The Heat also brought in PJ Tucker.
Miami should be back into the top half of the East next season.
Yes, although Brooklyn is already locked and loaded with stars, I like the moves they made this offseason! They were able to bring back Bruce Brown and Blake Griffin, who played great for them in the playoffs. Brown and Griffin were Brooklyn's "effort" guys last season. Crazy to say Blake Griffin is now considered a key bench/role player after carrying a shitty Pistons team to the playoffs few years ago.
Jeff Green and Spencer Dinwiddie depart, but they got a really good veteran guard in Patty Mills. Brooklyn is poised to make a deep run into the playoffs, so having a guy like Mills who has played in numerous big playoffs games will be a huge boost off the bench.
They didn't make any flashy moves that make your head turn, but I like how they kept Brown and Griffin while also adding a key veteran player to come off the bench.
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