Thursday NBA Free-Agency Roundup: The Costliest Whiffs of Free Agency So Far

Not everyone can win the NBA’s free-agency period. It’s a zero-sum game, after all.

When the Golden State Warriors poached DeMarcus Cousins away from the other 29 organizations populating the Association, they won that move while the rest of the league lost. Ditto for the Los Angeles Lakers after LeBron James chose nfl nike jerseys cheap china to grace the Purple and Gold with his Father Time-defying presence. Each of these moves benefits the chosen team, while the remaining ones engage in a whiff forceful enough to lower the air temperature.

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Take the New Orleans Pelicans, who were building a compelling squad around Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. Not only was the team thriving before Cousins went down with a ruptured Achilles—if anyone tells you the bayou residents are definitively better without Boogie, please check to see if they reside in Bomont and are utterly opposed to players with dance-related nicknames—but also it benefited tremendously from the inspired postseason play of Rajon Rondo.

Both those players are now gone, departed to the Warriors and Lakers, respectively. For New Orleans, that’s not one, but two whiffs.

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Minnesota Complacency

If you need one symbolic signing that represents the Minnesota Timberwolves’ futility this offseason, that’s a simple request. Adding Anthony Tolliver on a one-year deal worth $5 million, as first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania,cheap official nike nfl jerseys  is a justifiable move that fills a need (floor spacing from the second-unit frontcourt), but the deal came so early in the free-agency period and hard-capped the organization, essentially preventing it from making any other splashes.

Given how quickly money is drying up in the current market, that’s a bit troubling—nfl cheap nike jerseys reminiscent of the Detroit Pistons hard-capping themselves last offseason to sign Langston Galloway during free agency’s opening salvo. And that’s not good news if the franchise is trying to win over a potentially disgruntled Jimmy Butler. new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

“A league source said Butler, who has been frustrated with the nonchalant attitudes of younger teammates—specifically Karl-Anthony Towns—does not intend to sign an extension with the Timberwolves,” Joe Cowley reported for the Chicago Sun-Times.

A potentially malcontent star? Essentially swapping a 30-year-old Nemanja Bjelica (who’s now making less money) for a 33-year-old Tolliver in a move that won’t disprove front-office nonchalance? That sounds like a whiff.