Community Shootaround: Free Agency

It’s been a wild and crazy July in the NBA with free agency dominating the sports news. An unparalleled spending spree, created by the expanding salary cap, allowed even journeyman players to enjoy extremely rich paydays.

Kevin Durant‘s decision to join the Warriors was the biggest jaw-dropper but certainly not the only one. The Celtics finally landed a big-time player, or something close to it, by wooing away Al Horford from the Hawks. Dwyane Wade stunned virtually everyone around the league by leaving the only NBA home he’s known for the place he grew up, jumping from the Heat to the Bulls.

Chandler Parsons received a huge contract to join the Grizzlies, who were also successful in retaining the top point guard on the market, Mike Conley. The Mavericks replaced Parsons with an offer sheet to restricted free agent and ex-Warrior Harrison Barnes, who became expendable when Golden State landed the biggest fish on the market.

Atlanta replaced Horford with Dwight Howard, while the Spurs — who struck out in their pursuit of Durant — nabbed aging but still highly productive big man Pau Gasol.

Several other big names in the free agency sweepstakes, including DeMar DeRozan, Nicolas Batum, Hassan Whiteside and Bradley Beal, decided to stay put.

This leads us to our question of the day: Aside from Kevin Durant joining the Warriors, what was the most significant free agent signing this month?

Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the topic. We look forward to what you have to say.

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GaiAides
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GaiAides
2 months 17 days ago

It’s going to be the Knicks signing of Brandon Jennings.

Andrew C.
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Andrew C.
2 months 17 days ago

Easy-ish answer is probably Horford to Boston. I’ll go with Conley re-signing with Memphis instead though. Without him, Parsons doesn’t join Memphis and Memphis goes on the brink of a somewhat significant rebuild. I really like what the team has done so far, and while it won’t allow them to compete with the top teams, they’ll definitely be highly competitive in the immediate future.

Xyrak
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Xyrak
2 months 17 days ago

Ill go with Conley staying put. A lot of teams hoping to get him to fill a PG hole, and did some crazy things when it was clear he wasnt available.

J
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J
2 months 17 days ago

Boban

mikey
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mikey
2 months 17 days ago

Feel like because Timmy Duncan retired, pay gasol was a huge pickup.

hill
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hill
2 months 17 days ago
D Wade by a mile. Not because he’s leading the Bulls to the finals, more that it signals a total garbage fire in Chicago. Hoiberg was overwhelmed last year…now he has Rondo and crusty home town hero on a farewell tour DWade to contend with. And Jimmy Butler was the MAN for like 48 hours when Rose was jettisoned…now he’s got Marquette hero taking the spotlight AND his position in the starting lineup bumping him to the 3?! This was the most significant. Horford, Dwight, Paraons we all knew were on the move. Conley and DeMar were near certainties to… Read more »
jak9dmb
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jak9dmb
2 months 17 days ago

I agree with your points, though I answered differently. Wade to Bulls is a significant impact on the Bulls, for sure (and I agree likely negative), but it has minimal impact on the league – the Bulls were irrelevant before, they might be slightly more relevant for 1-2 years if Hoiberg is a magician, but not real contenders even for the East.

ChiSoxCity
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ChiSoxCity
2 months 17 days ago

Butler didn’t impress anybody with his immaturity last season. While I can’t stand the Bulls front office, I beleive they did the right thing by bringing more veteran players in to sort of set an example for him. He’s clearly lacking in the leadership department. I would have preferred the Bulls had traded Butler and start an actual rebuild, but we know jow gutless GarPax is when it comes to committing to change.

If Wade disappears, and the mediocre performance continues with the Bulls next season, they’ll have no choice but to blow it up.

Andrew
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Andrew
2 months 17 days ago

Wade to Chicago as it was the move that gets Dunleavey to the Cavs, which will be the biggest acquisition any title chasing team makes outside of Durant obviously. Him coming off the Cleveland bench to spell LeBron is going to be so unnoticed initially but will pay huge dividends all year/postseason long

Grant Weddle
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Grant Weddle
2 months 17 days ago

Future MVP seth curry is the obvious answer but I am going with Ron Baker. Solid starting PG for the knicks since rose and jenning will be done by all star break

Thronson5
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Thronson5
2 months 17 days ago
Celtics finally getting a really solid free agent to come to them in free agency in Horford is number one for me. Next is Wade leaving the Heat. Doesn’t matter where he went it’s that he left. The next biggest thing to me is the Warriors losing more than half of their Championship team. People think the. Getting Durant is good well not so fast. That Strength Bt Numbers thing is long gone now. They are not going to be as deep even with that signing of West for the bench. Then next is the Spurs being able to bring… Read more »
lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
2 months 17 days ago

Durant Iggy curry klay green west zaza Livingston 8 deep and they still might add a few guys. They will be fine.

reg grn
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reg grn
2 months 17 days ago
As a 6er fan it pains me to say this,but I gotta go with Horford to the Celtics.he gives them the big stud they needed.Conley resigning didn’t surprise me at all,other then the money anyway.Howard has been rumored with Atl for years.Gasol leaving Chicago for Sa don’t surprise me much,as he’s chasing chips at this stage of his career.and Wade being in a new uni will be weird,but still seems like a desperate move to me.and ofcourse I love the 6er signings.would be hard not to improve from 10 wins,but having vets in the backcourt,knowing when to push or slow… Read more »
reg grn
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reg grn
2 months 17 days ago

They’re the most significant,but most surprising to me is Mozgov to La for 16 per.while him and Deng gives them veteran experience that come from winning culture teams,the money is crazy.dont care about the cap increase,16 per is still about a sixth of the cap,and he’s a 20 minute a night center.

jak9dmb
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jak9dmb
2 months 17 days ago

Horford to the Celtics, easy. It moves the Celtics up a significant notch. Barnes just helps the Mavs tread water as they lose Parsons, and same goes for Howard & Atlanta. Parsons will improve the Grizz, but not nearly as much as Horford on the C’s. Wade is a big name, but on the downside of his career, with a whole lot of potential issues playing alongside Rondo & Butler.

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