This could be a potential mini-series I continue for the entire duration of free agency. I will go over my opinion of ever free agent signing of every day during free agency. Due to a lack of time, I’m only going to talk about players who switched teams. While Blake Griffin and Andre Iguodala signing with their old teams may be somewhat surprising, there isn’t going to be a major change of fits for those guys. Thanks, and enjoy!
Wow. What a day. I feel like just a couple days ago I was saying this same thing. Already this offseason, Chris Paul, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, and the number one overall pick have been traded. If that wasn’t enough, the first day of free agency has been great. Here are all of the significant moves from day one.
Jose Calderon to the Cleveland Cavaliers
This isn’t a crazy move by any means. Calderon has averaged under 10 points per game lifetime, and he was bought out by the Los Angeles Lakers last season just to finish the year playing insignificant minutes playing with the Atlanta Hawks. The move does make sense for both sides however. Calderon has been given the best chance to win a ring in his career, and the 2.3 million dollars he’s getting payed is just extra.
Michael Carter-Williams to the Charlotte Hornets
Michael Carter-Williams is a former rookie of the year. Following his first year in Philadelphia, his career has relatively been a disappointment. For 2.7 million however, he has the potential to be a serviceable backup point guard to Kemba Walker.
Langston Galloway to the Detroit Pistons
Langston Galloway was a part of the Demarcus Cousins trade. As a Kings fan, I can assure all NBA fans that he is a perfect backup point guard to a playoff team. He shows a lot of effort on defense, and is a very natural three point shooter. He shot 47% from three in the final stretch of the season and will most likely backup Reggie Jackson for the Pistons next season.
Amir Johnson to the Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers made two signings today that strongly point to the direction of the franchise. With the signings of J.J. Redick (talked about later) and Amir Johnson, we can officially say the process is complete. Amir Johnson is a very athletic defender that can play power foward and center. He will most likely play an energy role off the bench in Philadelphia, similar to Quincy Acy with the Kings.
J.J. Redick to the Philadelphia 76ers
While I like the signing of Amir Johnson, J.J. Redick turns the Philadelphia 76ers into legitimate contenders in the Eastern conference. Imagine a starting lineup of Markelle Fultz, J.J. Redick, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid. The shooting of Redick creates so much space for the driving abilities of Simmons and Fultz, along with Embiid in the post. This is my favorite fit so far in free agency, and 23 million dollars is a fair price to pay.
Jeff Teague to the Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague is an average NBA point guard joining an average NBA team. He signed a 3 year, 57 million dollar contract to play alongside a young core in Minnesota. He averaged 15 points and 8 assists last year in Indiana and should be a solid veteran placeholder at point guard for the next three years.
P.J. Tucker to the Houston Rockets
This signing didn’t make a lot of sense to me at first. The Rockets still have Trevor Ariza who plays a very similar game to Tucker and it looks like they may struggle to retain Nene from free agency. The last thing the Rockets needed was another 3 and D player. They need a scoring big man, like Nene. While I may not understand the trade now, I bet the Rockets work something out and improve on a fantastic season.
Zhou Qi to the Houston Rockets
I realize Qi was selected last year in the second round by the Rockets and is just now coming over to play, but how do i not mention potentially the next Yao Ming? Qi is 7’2 and apparently has a jump shot. I don’t know a lot about his game, but I am excited to say the least.