Winners and Losers of NBA Free Agency Day 1

Winners:

Nets: They acquired their new Big Three in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan. Even though Durant will be out this year, the additions of Irving and Jordan are still significant improvements.

Trailblazers: Keeping Rodney Hood while acquiring Kent Bazemore in a previous trade puts them in a great spot to succeed this year.

Warriors: They were going to lose Kevin Durant either way, but they managed to flip him and Andre Iguodala into DeAngelo Russell. It was a brilliant business move despite feeling “sick” about having to move on from Iguodala.

Heat: Acquiring Jimmy Butler for Derrick Jones Jr and Kelly Okynyk is a tough move to beat.

Pelicans: The Pelicans got precisely what they needed in a Sharpshooter Guard to open up the paint for Zion Williamson. JJ Redick will fill that role perfectly. Derrick Favors will also be a player Zion can look at for guidance.

Jazz: Acquiring Ed Davis and Bojan Bogdanovic to fill out the bench and starting five might push the Jazz into the best record they’ve had in recent memory.

Losers:

Knicks: They had high expectations that resulted in low reality. Julius Randle isn’t a bad player, but losing out on all of the “Superstar talents” isn’t what Knicks fans were hoping for.

Celtics: Losing Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and Terry Rozier were not worth the signing of Kemba Walker.

Rockets: There were no big moves out of Houston so far. The Rockets would benefit from a dominant wing player to make themselves a very real Title Contender.

Justin W.

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