The offseason is a golden chance for teams to capitalize on some free agent players. The Warriors got Kevin Durant this summer, which was a tremendous move. Though some teams truly capitalize on good players, some sign sluggish athletes. They do such because they need to fill certain positions in their roster, or because the team thinks the player is good.
Jerry West seems to think that the free agency itself harms the nature of sports. "To be candid with you, free agency hurts all sports. It's great for athletes making an enormous amount of money. But to say it helps the sports, I don't believe that." Is this testimony fact or fiction? It's neither. There are two opinion sides to this argument. Some say that the free agency is beneficial to sports by relocating players to respective cities. Others point out that money and sports have become too apparent with free agent pickups constantly. People tend to dislike players moving from team to team often, thinking it ruins sport. I would personally disagree with this claim.
The players picked up on teams in this article are in fact declining players, or just weren't smart transactions for a particular roster.
15 Gerald Henderson - Philadelphia 76ers
Henderson grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, so the Sixers were probably looking to honor a request, and pick up another body for the team. He will be paid $18 million for two years. Last season he didn't do much averaging 8.7 PPG and 2.9 RPG for the Trail Blazers. At 6-foot-5, with the solid playing time he was getting in Portland, he needs to have more boards. He's not a very good passer either, committing turnovers, and averaging nearly 1 assist per game. For being a seven year veteran, Henderson was supposed to be a better player in the pros.
14 Solomon Hill - New Orleans Pelicans
The former Pacers forward who did basically nothing statistically will make $52 million over four years. He will make $13 million annually, which is absurd for a player of this caliber. The 2013 draftee from Arizona is very alike to the following players according to ESPN's FiveThirtyEight's projections. He's similar to Fransisco Garcia, John Salmons, and the old Rudy Macklin. All players weren't quite so good in the NBA. Regardless of vague projections, he clearly is not an impact athlete. Hill has yet to have a breakout season, and the closest thing to that was in 2014, when he averaged nearly 9 PPG. He played only 59 games last season, a sluggish number.
13 Troy Daniels - Memphis Grizzlies
I don't think the guy brings much to the table. Daniels averaged 5.6 PPG last season, and less than 1 assist. He didn't play many games for the Hornets, nor the Rockets before that. That of course isn't his fault, but it's not like he was a show off athlete in the games he played in. He averaged all single digits through his career, and continues to be subpar. I'm not really sure why the Memphis Grizzlies would elect to pick him off the free agency. He may play 20 games this season, he may play in 40. Regardless, his level of excellence remains to be seen on any physical level in basketball.
12 Wesley Johnson - Los Angeles Clippers
Clippers... Why did you re-sign him? Remember the 2010 NBA Draft? Wesley Johnson was the fourth overall pick. There were pretty high expectations for him in Minnesota, and it wasn't clear that he wouldn't be good after his first season either. He averaged a decent 9 PPG his rookie year. If he had 6 or 7, the Wolves might consider the possibility of his overrating out of college. I'm just confused as to why the Clippers would re-sign him after the barely anything season he gave them. He played 80 games, getting around 20 MPG. He averaged like 6 PPG... I don't care that he is getting a low salary, but honestly if I'm the Clippers, I'm getting someone younger. I would pick up a young player, maybe fresh out of college who can be coached in his raw state.
11 Timofey Mozgov - Los Angeles Lakers
Mozgov was barely incorporated into the Cavaliers stellar offense last season. Though he will start in L.A. at center, I'm not a firm believer in his skills. The guy got okay minutes last season. Sure he didn't get as much as he would have hoped, but this was a stellar team. He averaged 6 PPG, and around 4 RPG. The statistics aren't the reason I don't like him. I think he should be playing bigger on the floor considering he is 7-foot-1. Timofey didn't manage many blocks last season. He isn't very quick on the court, or very mobile at all. Look, he can play ball, that is known. But can he be thrust into a starting position?
10 Seth Curry - Dallas Mavericks
He's a Curry. The Mavericks are hoping that he will somehow turn into his brother. News flash, he is NOT Stephen. The two are not nearly on the same basketball wavelength. Seth is the same height at Steph, sure. But he can't shoot nearly as productively. Okay, I'll stop comparing the guy to his brother. Seth averaged 6.8 PPG last season, along with 1.5 APG. He had a slow start to the NBA, and is adjusting into a role player position. He will play behind J.J. Barea, the third string point guard in Dallas. I don't imagine him getting any minutes, and I would have rather seen Dallas pick up a guard with upside. Curry isn't going to become something he already isn't.
9 Jason Smith - Washington Wizards
8 Jonathan Gibson - Dallas Mavericks
7 Chris Andersen - Cleveland Cavaliers
6 Festus Ezeli - Portland Trail Blazers
Festus has been overrated recently. The Blazers bought the bait, along with other teams. Teams feasted on Warrior players in the offseason, who weren't amazing in Oakland anyway. I don't care how many minutes he got in Golden State. I think watching him was kind of painful. He isn't the best scorer, and he's a weak free throw shooter. Ezeli isn't a game changer for any NBA team. He will continue in his role as an average center who is replaceable. Ezeli shows no super athleticism like some centers such as Jahlil Okafor, or Karl Anthony-Towns. He is not a good passer either, and he committed nearly a turnover a game in Warrior yellow.
5 Ian Clark - Golden State Warriors
4 Davis Bertans - San Antonio Spurs
The Latvian is like a bad Steve Novak. He was the 42nd pick by the Pacers in 2011, who remained overseas. He is 6-foot-10, and wasn't even very good overseas. He averaged just 8.6 PPG, and shot 40%. Best case scenario, he is a good version of Steve Novak, which isn't even really good... Bertans wasn't worth signing for San Antonio, as they try to transition into a new phase with younger guys. Bertans cannot fill the role they hope for, though he can learn from Tim Duncan's storied career.
3 Brandon Rush - Minnesota Timberwolves
It's almost like every Warriors player is somehow valuable because they played on the team. Rush was a bad shooter in Golden State. Not only was he bad at shooting, but he was a non-factor. He's not fast or quick, and has an awkward release motion above his head. I'm unaware of why the Wolves would sign him. His 4.2 PPG last season must have been thought of as stellar to the team. When he scores, which is rarely, his teammates go crazy.
2 Roy Hibbert - Charlotte Hornets
1 Anthony Bennett - Brooklyn Nets
Someone please tell me why Anthony Bennett is still in the NBA. He was the number one pick just three years ago and is already arguably the biggest bust ever. Give me a break Nets. Bennett's name is everywhere, and not for good reasons. He is often noted as one of the worst players in the NBA, maybe even the worst. Watching Bennett play is like viewing a turtle lethargically trudge along the sidewalk. He can't rebound properly, and the Cavaliers should have known better than to draft him. More importantly, the Nets should release him before the season even starts. He is a lost cause. I don't care what pick he was, or how much money he was supposed to make in the NBA. He has difficulty gripping a basketball, which overrides anything. He hasn't had one good season as of yet, and wasn't even a good player in the D-League. You would think he would dominate with lower tier players, but he averaged only around 9 PPG.
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