NBA Free Agency 2015: Basketballs Biggest Winners and Losers
The NBA's Biggest Free Agency Winners In 2015
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NBA free agency is still underway but with majority of the big fish settled in and nothing but role players left out there, it’s time to look at some of the biggest winners and losers.
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San Antonio Spurs - Will the Spurs ever just go away? The Spurs were able to lock up a long-term deal with Kawhi Leonard, convince Tim Duncan to return for at least one more season and get the best available player on the open market in LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs, a team that’s reached the NBA Finals in two of the last three seasons, just got even better. Some teams are just lucky that way.
Dallas Mavericks - Another Texas team is ready to make a deep playoff run in the West, as the Mavericks added DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. Both guys are terrific defenders, which should help a Mavs team that hasn’t had a good defense in forever. Matthews is also a knockdown shooter who can spread the floor and open looks up for others. The Mavs still need to find a point guard for everything to work out, but they improved greatly the past week.
Milwaukee Bucks - While neither move made groundbreaking headlines, the Bucks were able to sign Khris Middleton for the long-term and also stole Greg Monroe from the New York Knicks. The Bucks were a young team that was clearly on the rise already, but now they have a legit center to help give them an extra boost. The Bucks are long, lengthy and a nightmare on the defensive end. Pay attention to Milwaukee, as this team is sure to surprise some people.
New Orleans Pelicans - Anthony Davis, who will soon be crowned as the best player in the NBA, signed a long-term deal to stay in New Orleans. This move by itself saved a franchise and gives the Pelicans an extremely bright future moving forward.
Los Angeles Clippers - Landing Paul Pierce was solid for the Clippers, a team that’s lacking championship pedigree and an edge. However, losing DeAndre Jordan is by far the biggest blow of this offseason. Blake Griffin will be forced to play center at times, as the Clippers play small ball. The defense is going to take a major hit. More attention will now be focused on Blake, as defenses no longer have to worry about the dunks to DeAndre every time a guy leaves. No more Lob City, and the Clippers current current group even with Chris Paul won’t be good enough to win a championship.
Portland Trail Blazers - The good news for Portland is that Damian Lillard isn’t going anywhere after signing a nice contract extension. The bad news is that the Trail Blazers lost Aldridge, Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez. Can you say ouch? I don’t remember the last time a playoff team lost so much talent in one offseason. While I love Lillard and watching him expand his workload will be fun to watch, the Trail Blazers aren’t a playoff team in the West after all they lost over the last week.
Los Angeles Lakers - The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t the losers they were a couple of days ago, as adding Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass are decent additions that improve their team. However, missing out on Aldridge and every other top free agent you can think of still puts them in the losers category. The Lakers will be better by adding three rotation guys, but none of them are going to make the difference when it comes to a playoff spot. This is Kobe Bryant’s last season, and you hate to see it end with another roster that’s going to struggle in the loaded West.