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.
When free agency kicks off Wednesday a lot of movement is expected to come. With a huge salary cap increase on the horizon, many players want to get paid. Some free agents have made their moves clear some haven’t but here are five free agents bound to have a huge impact when pen goes to paper with their perspective teams:
No matter the year, watching Michael Jordan play basketball will never get old to me. It’s a thing of beauty. Especially when you’re watching footage of him in 1999, just one season after capping off his second three-peat. MJ seemed loose and free of any NBA Championship pressure, and just took Corey Benjamin to school virtually every possession.
“Look around you Look around you. What do you see?” That answer is easy. Championship banners.
Phil Jackson received all kinds of unnecessary criticism throughout his first full season in New York and it was mind boggling to me. Every single little move was critiqued as if Jackson was giving away Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in their prime for scraps.
For years George Karl has been about himself. He wants to be the star. No matter who the true face of the franchise is, whether it’s Carmelo Anthony or now DeMarcus Cousins, in Karl’s mind, the only true face of the franchise is his own.
The NBA Draft is one of my favorite nights of the year. Ahead of the NFL Draft by a large margin for me personally, and I love the NFL Draft. So many team’s fortunes can change with just one pick on this night and unlike the NFL Draft, most teams only get two shots at finding a player that can impact their franchise.
There might just be one franchise-changing talent in this year’s draft, but as you’ll see from this mock, I believe this class is very deep with a lot of nice young players getting set to make their marks in the NBA.