With Day 1 of NBA Free Agency in the books and with almost every team making some kind of move, lets take a look at which teams had a winning Day 1 of free agency.
Anytime you add the best player in the league, one of the best point guards, one of the best center’s in the league and add bench depth at the same time it’s considered a winning day. General Manager Sean Marks was able to acquire Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and Garrett Temple in a 3 hour period that has made the Nets an NBA Championship contender.
Even with Durant going to miss most, if not all of next season, the Nets can still contend with Irving leading the charge. Brooklyn did not have to trade key role players like Joe Harris or Spencer Dinwiddie to fit all four players on Sunday. Because players like those added in with Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and Rodions Kurucs, will allow Durant to take as much time heal and prepare to give the Nets their best chance to win a championship since Jason Kidd was playing point guard over a decade ago.
Now the teams focus has to be finding more front-court depth, especially at Power Forward. But if they don’t, they have already won Free Agency.
New Orleans Pelicans
Gayle Benson has turned a potential franchise damaging situation into one of brightest situations in the entire league with one move. Hiring David Griffin earlier this year has payed off and on Sunday he shined even more. The Pelicans added veterans J.J. Redick and Derrick Favors to a team that could be the franchise’s most talented team ever. Both players have played key roles on their previous teams and gives head coach Alvin Gentry more weapons to have at his disposal.
Adding one of the best sharpshooters in the league in Redick, gives the Pelicans a big-time threat from long distance. J.J should get easy looks from deep because the team’s starting point guard Lonzo Ball is one of the best pure passers in the game. With Favors to front-line that has Jahil Okafor and Jaxson Hayes, allows him to mentor the youngers and be able to play big minutes at the same time.
Welcome back to the playoffs, New Orleans.
You can never have enough long range shooting in the current day NBA and the Jazz added another sharpshooter. Former Pacer Bojan Bogdanovic will provide the shooting that departed with Kyle Korver being shipped off to Memphis in the Mike Conley trade. The Jazz potential spacing at the end of games will be potentially the best in the league with Joe Ingles and Bogdanovic being able to allow Conley and Donovan Mitchell to be able to drive freely into the lane.
Also the under the radar signing of Ed Davis to fill Favors role will be huge because he’s one of the best rebounders in the entire league. Utah gives the Western Conference at least 5 teams that could potentially make the NBA Finals next season.