Staying and going
A look at the biggest moves made so far during the NBA’s free agency period:
Leaves Miami for Cleveland. Best player in the world changes teams and goes home, and the balance of power in the East has now shifted out of Miami.
Staying in Miami, will be signing five-year deal worth $118 million. Keeping Bosh helped Heat avoid what would have been offseason disaster.
Reportedly on brink of staying with New York Knicks, who would be in worlds of trouble otherwise this season.
Staying in Toronto, and despite widespread speculation otherwise, there was no way Masai Ujiri was letting the Raps’ point guard go anywhere.
Leaves the Los Angeles Lakers for Chicago Bulls, making his announcement Saturday. Add Bulls to suddenly growing list of big-time East contenders.
Staying in Washington, five years and $60 million. Wizards impressed many last season and young core will only get better.
Staying in Utah after Jazz matched Charlotte’s offer sheet. Hayward has answered every challenge since coming to NBA from Butler. Stardom next?
Leaves Sacramento for Phoenix. With this playmaker running the point, the Suns will be a very popular sleeper pick in the West going into the season.
Staying in Memphis, which alone gives Grizzlies hope. When Randolph is right, he can be close to unguardable 1-on-1.
Leaves New Orleans for Oklahoma City. He’s one of the league’s best 3-point threats and now gets to play off MVP Kevin Durant.
Leaves Brooklyn for Golden State, gets chance to be a full-fledged starter and got paid. His comeback from that awful knee injury? Complete.
Leaves the Los Angeles Clippers for Sacramento, where he gets a nice raise and chance to be Isaiah Thomas’ replacement in the backcourt.
Leaves Dallas for Memphis, gets three-year deal. Leadership will help, but Grizzlies need more to get into mix with the best West teams.
Staying in Boston, getting $32 million over four years after proving himself last year when Celtics were without Rajon Rondo.
Staying in San Antonio, like there was any chance of anything else.
Staying in Dallas, also like there was any chance of anything else.
Leaves Cleveland for the Los Angeles Clippers. Big, strong and now a 3-point threat? Clips got better, without question.
Staying in San Antonio, and after the way he played in the Finals this is no surprise.
Staying with the Los Angeles Lakers, and really was the team’s lone bright spot at times last season. Explosive scorer when rolling.
Staying in San Antonio, even though he’ll miss several months because of shoulder surgery. Spurs did class thing keeping him.
Staying in Toronto, where Raptors rave about what he gives them on and off the court. Raps love the young core, with good reason.