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Cleveland Cavaliers – The Cavs come out as the biggest NBA free agency winner we’ve seen in a long time simply by convincing some guy named LeBron James to come back to their squad. Just like that, the Cavaliers go from being a 30-40 win basketball team to being one of the favorites to win the NBA Championship this season, according to many oddmakers. The Cavs, who are an extremely young team with almost no playoff experience, now has the best basketball player on the planet and becomes head and shoulder better than they were last season. Anytime you can improve your team that much in a couple of weeks, you are the biggest winner of all.
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Los Angeles Clippers – Yes, losing Darren Collison to the Sacramento Kings does hurt the Clippers guard depth, but signing Spencer Hawes and Jordan Farmar makes them a much better overall team than before. Already loaded with bigs in Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers now have another massive player in Hawes, who can spread the floor, grab rebounds and be an effective player when one of those other guys gets in foul trouble. No rest for the opposing team. Also, while Farmar isn’t a player who is going to score a ton, he is a two-time champion who brings experience to a team that still lacks that championship pedigree.
Phoenix Suns – The Suns were one or two pieces away from being a contender in the West, and may have gotten it in point guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas shot above 45 percent from the field and averaged 20.3 points for the Sacramento Kings last season. He can get players involved, can stroke it with the best of them and is a solid upgrade over Goran Dragic, who is likely going to be traded. The Suns did lose Channing Frye to the Orlando Magic, but are likely to keep Eric Bledsoe. The Suns are now a playoff team in the West with this terrific addition to their backcourt.
Charlotte Hornets – Right when it looked like the Hornets were becoming a respectable team on the rise, they go ahead and strike out in free agency. The Hornets lost Josh McRoberts to the Miami Heat and missed out on Gordon Heyward after the Utah Jazz matched their offer sheet. McRoberts was the Hornets starting power forward who played 30-plus minutes and averaged more than four assists per game. Heyward is a bubbling star player who would have helped change the culture in Charlotte. There are still pieces in place for the Hornets to build around, but they missed a big opportunity to improve in a weak Eastern Conference.
Los Angeles Lakers – What did the Lakers do besides resign Nick Young and piss off Kobe Bryant even more? Anybody? The Lakers missed out on Carmelo Anthony, watched Pau Gasol leave for the Chicago Bulls, lost Jordan Famar to the Clippers and allowed Jodie Meeks to leave for the Detroit Pistons. The Lakers did nothing to improve during free agency and are almost a lock to miss out on the playoffs once again. Bryant can’t be pleased by spending his final couple of seasons on a team that will be lucky to win 40 games this season with the way the roster is looking. It almost makes you wonder if the Lakers have lost their magic touch.