Now that free agency has mostly drawn to a close let's take a look at this years winners and losers:
New York Knicks-
This will be a controversial opinion but here is what the Knicks accomplished this summer. They signed a 24 year old Julius Randle who I firmly believe can be a star. Bobby Portis is one of the best lunch pail bigs in the league and will make a great addition as well. Marcus Morris is a great veteran SF pickup additionally. New York after missing out on Durant could have chased B tier free agents and given out big money but they maintained long term financial flexibility instead.
The Clippers signed Kawhi Leonard a clear top 5 player and kept the core of a 48 win team. The Paul George trade was just icing on the cake.
The Miami Heat-
Although it was a sign and trade getting Jimmy Butler and solidifying their playoff chances is a clear win.
Bojan Bogdanovic is one of the most underrated players in the league. The Jazz with the Mike Conley trade now have three options on offense to pair with an elite defense. The stuff of nightmares once the playoffs begin.
Losing Bogdanovic hurts but adding Brogdon not only improves their shooting the TJ Warren trade likely replaces most of Bogdanovic scoring. The Pacers are even deeper in a much improved East.
Kyrie Irving is great not denying that but here is my worry. They have a post Achilles Kevin Durant on a max contract and punted on all star PG D'Angelo Russell. My other concern is Durant he's about to be 32 coming off an Achilles injury how well will he recover? That's Brooklyn's problem now.
The Hornets lost there only star for nothing and have a cap sheet that is literally tear inducing. Things are real dark in NC.
Kawhi Leonard left for nothing, a championship still doesn't change that. Although you can argue it was worth the cost.
Where do I even begin? The Suns paid Indiana to take Warren, signed Baynes instead of keeping the less expensive Holmes, paid Memphis to take former top 5 pick Josh Jackson. Even worse was anybody else going to pay Ricky Rubio 17 million long term? I seriously doubt it.