The five biggest winners of NBA Free Agency 2013
The NBA free agency affords teams the chance to add that “missing piece” or completely overhaul their franchise. While some head for the cellars to rebuild, others spend enormous amounts to bring glory to their respective teams. The free agency is always a safer bet when compared to the draft.
Whether it is through money (Brooklyn Nets), the city (Los Angeles, Miami) or legacy (Lakers, Celtics), in a market that is ruled by the players rather than the teams, the name of the game is wooing; and playing the free market is a tough game.
Three years ago it was Miami Heat and if you look further back to 2007, it was the Boston Celtics, who built their respective “big three” that has redefined the history of these franchises in years to come.
Like every year, there were the big movers and shakers. Here are the five big winners from 2013:
5) Cleveland Cavaliers
Notable additions: Andrew Bynum, Jarrett Jack, Anthony Bennett, Earl Clark
Notable losses: None
Kyrie Irving is well on his way to becoming a superstar but as one similar ex- Cleveland superstar found out, you just can’t do it all on your own. Enter Andrew Bynum.
When healthy, Bynum is arguably among the three best centres in the league. With a partially guaranteed contract, Bynum is a gamble that Cleveland can well afford to take. If Bynum remain healthy, then the word is “look out”.
Jarrett Jack, off of his best year at Golden State, will not only give the Cavs the punch off the bench but also frees second year guard and last year number three pick, Dion Waiters to concentrate on strictly off-guard duties.
Then there is the case of Anthony Bennett, who was chosen with Cleveland’s second number one pick in the space of three years. The pick certainly bewildered the experts but the value of Bennett as the alpha pick, will only be determined as time goes on.
Add the hard-working Earl Clark and Anderson Varejao, who is returning from a season-ending injury and you have a core group of players that can do some real damage.