It’s July 10th which means the NBA’s league-wide moratorium has lifted and teams can now finalize contracts and trades which were agreed to over the 10-day break. There’s still a handful of impact players to be had, but we already have a solid understanding of some of the teams have improved or stumbled during the free agency period.
Here’s a look at some of the free agency winners and losers up to this point.
It’s pretty clear the Houston Rockets take the free agency cake in 2013 after luring Dwight Howard away from Hollywood. The combination of Howard and James Harden turns Houston into an instant title-contender in the West barring health. Harden showed last year that he can be a go-to-guy for a franchise last year. However at this moment, Howard isn’t a perfect fit on this roster. How will Dwight fare in the post without a proven distributor? It’s something we don’t know yet. We’re also unsure of what the Rockets will do with Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik yet.
The Los Angeles Clippers not only didn’t mess up the Chris Paul free agency, but they even added shooters (JJ Redick, and Jared Dudley) and a championship winning coach (Doc Rivers), which is a rarity in the NBA. They’ve assembled all the pieces, now it’s up to the maturation Blake Griffin to push this squad deep into the playoffs.
What’s unique about the Golden State Warriors’ offseason is that they improved by both addition and subtraction. The Warriors beefed up their perimeter defense, getting Andre Iguodala in a sign-and-trade while also dumping some bad contracts (Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush) on the Utah Jazz.