NBA Free Agency Grades
It's Year 1 A.D. for the Spurs, something none of us were looking forward to. There are many unknowns and a million question marks. Teams all over the league can relate. Most don't have five Hall-of-Famers on the roster and another coaching them.
There's a lot of combustible, flammable parts here and no one really expects much from the Wizards after a tumultuous off-season. Oddly enough, I think Scotty Brooks might be the perfect coach for them. He's been around young talent with big egos.
Poor Anthony Davis. What did he ever do to deserve this?
The T-Wolves were fun to watch last year, but what's going to happen when people stop being nice and start being real?
The whole roster is coming off injury, they've got a new unproven coach and the franchise seems to be cursed, but in spite of all of that, I really have a good feeling about these guys.
We've never seen the Lakers rebuild through the draft before. They've always reloaded with established stars. Can their kids shine or will they be swallowed whole by the bright lights?
It's not Curry, Green, Thompson and Durant, but the Clips have a pretty impressive "big four" of their own, and if they can ever avoid their own shadows, they might actually threaten the Warriors.
The Pistons have a talented young roster, two beloved former Spurs big-men and a great coach, yet all of their potential is being held hostage by their best player's Achilles heel. And unlike actual Achilles heels, this one may be inoperable.
While all the cool kids are watching the T-Wolves for their young-stars-on-the-rise bona fides, you can get on the ground floor with the Nuggets, who, without any fanfare, are building what has a chance to be just as special, if not more so.
Mark Cuban literally stars in "Shark Tank," a TV show about venture capitalists bankrolling crazy business ideas, and he let Harrison Barnes' agent talk him into offering a max contract. Either he needs to listen to his analytics guys, or fire them.
For the first time since he was maybe nine years old, LeBron James will get to play basketball without having to worry about living up to people's dreams or expectations. He's finally free to just have fun out there. Should we be scared?
The Hornets lost three of their best players in the off-season, replaced them with guys who are much worse and it wasn't even the most embarrassing part of their off-season.
Like the Spurs, the Hawks lost their starting center in the off-season. Like the Spurs, they replaced him with a dude fans of his prior club were all-too-happy to see him go. Now they just need Taurean Prince to turn into the next Kawhi Leonard.