In today’s edition we recap the week of NBA Free Agency. Spurs and Bucks come away as big winners but everyone needs to relax about the summer for the Knicks and Lakers. In a mediocre class, they took the smart route.
We all braced for what the market would be like this July when the reports began surfacing of players asking for higher salaries this year to make up the difference for next summer and beyond.
When the clock struck midnight and the day turned to July 2, there were 25 players who agreed to brand new contracts totaling approximately 1.4 BILLION dollars. Pure insanity.
Let’s evaluate a few of these free agent signings.
Every July a team in the NBA hopes to shift the balance of power by bringing in a big name free agent and this off-season will be no different. There may not be a long list of superstar players in this year’s class but this is the deepest free agent pool we’ve have in quite some time and with all the cap space available this July coupled with the jump expected in 2016, it’s going to make for a very intriguing off-season.
This free agency special targets a specific crop of players and list what would be the best fit for their talents and the team’s needs but also indicate who they will likely ultimately sign with.
If the Portland Trail Blazers aren’t able to re-sign LaMarcus Aldridge, no fan will be looking forward to next year.
Franchise record 49 wins this season. Back-to-back seasons of at least 48 wins for the first time in team history. Not a single core player is older than 28 years old and yet I look at this team and I’m not in love with it at all.