NBA free agency has begun. NBA teams were allowed to start contacting free agent players July 1 to try to work out a deal. A lot of signings were agreed upon and teams have started signing these players July 10. Every NBA team is working on upgrading their roster to compete with the 2 time defending champion Miami Heat. Here are my top 3 “confused” teams during the beginning of free agency.
1. Charlotte Bobcats:
- Al Jefferson – signed
- Gerald Henderson – re-signed
- Josh McRoberts – re-signed
- Byron Mullins – lost
- Tyrus Thomas – amnesty
After a very questionable draft move in Cody Zeller , the Bobcats only free agent acquisition was Jefferson. I’m baffled as to how you have a team that lacks a scoring option and pass over a guy like Ben McLemore in the draft. I love what Jefferson does and on this team he should easily be a 20/10/2 guy at the center position. Henderson is a solid player, but he’s not a great scorer or shooter at the SG position.
McRoberts is another version of Zeller , who is athletic and runs well although he’s not as gifted offensively as Zeller . Mullins was a very versatile big man who could stretch the floor and open things up. He wasn’t a great rebounder , but I think next to Jefferson he would have been a great fit. It was a questionable off-season for the Bobcats and Michael Jordan again for me.
2. Atlanta Hawks:
- Paul Millsap – signed
- DeMarre Carroll – signed
- Kyle Korver – re-signed
- Josh Smith – lost
- Devin Harris – lost
- Zaza Pachulia – lost
It was expected that they would lose Smith in free agency and they were also in the Howard running. Missing out on Howard didn’t help their off-season. Signing Millsap was confusing to me simply because it still forces Al Horford to play out of position at center. Horford is a better option and natural PF. Re-signing Korver was a solid move for them as well, but losing Harris and Zaza hurt them.
More confusion comes from the guys they’ve been rumored to be going after. Andrew Bynum would be a great fit if healthy, but I’m not talking about him. Monta Ellis is a horrible fit for this team, especially after they signed a similar player last season in Louis Williams. They are 6th man type scorers off the bench. Ellis brings a little more overall than Williams, but that much money caught up on two bench players is unacceptable. Also Brandon Jennings and Ellis weren’t that great together last year, so why bring him in and let Jeff Teague go? I don’t know what Danny Ferry is doing in Atlanta right now, but I don’t like it!
3. New Orleans Pelicans (I really have to get used to that):
- Tyreke Evans – signed
- Al-Farouq Aminu – re-signed
- Grevais Vasquez – lost trade
- Robin Lopez – lost trade
With the surprising draft day trade to acquire Jrue Holiday, the Pelicans went and screwed it up. They gave the Philadelphia 76ers two 1st round draft picks for Holiday. Going into the season with an “All Star” PG and Vasquez who averaged 9 apg last year they seemed set. Instead of being smart, they go and sign Evans to a ridiculous amount of money for a guy who’s stats have declined EVERY SINGLE YEAR he’s been in the league. Evans still can’t shoot the ball and is more effective with the ball in his hands, but lost his starting PG position to a 5’9 ” Isaiah Thomas.
Pairing Evans and Holiday makes no sense to me unless you play him strictly at SF, because Evans can’t shoot and doesn’t defend very well. Also, losing Lopez who was their only true center doesn’t help the development of Anthony Davis who’ll be forced to guard big men on a nightly basis. With Holiday they became a better team, but after getting Evans and trading Vasquez and Lopez they have dropped drastically in my book.
Honorable mention: New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings