NBA Free Agency: Grading all 30 teams’ offseasons

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Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (center) stands between Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (left) and Miami Heat forward LeBron James (right) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The final pieces of NBA free agency are all starting to fall into place after a flurry of activity caused by the decisions of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Once the most elite options were off the table, the pieces began to fall like dominoes. Even though there are still some big names on the board like Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe, for the most part, NBA free agency is starting to die down.

So how did everyone do? Who are the big winners and losers of the offseason now that things are finally starting to settle down? With dozens of trades, draft picks and free agency signings to go through, there’s only one way to determine who did what this offseason: by going through each and every transaction for all 30 NBA teams!

We begin, in alphabetical order, with the Atlanta Hawks.

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  • joe

    Pacers F? Lakers B? Sixers Incomplete? Cleveland A+++? and Spurs A- ? Are you drunk when you gave grade???? Pacers B, Lakers C, Sixers C, Cleveland A-, Spurs A+++

    • Gerald Bourguet

      The Lakers actually got a C-. Were you drunk when you read my grades? :)

  • Lyle Graversen

    Great write up, I’d imagine it took a lot of time to put together.

    • Gerald Bourguet

      Thank you and thanks for reading!

  • Kyle Burns

    Great job! Can’t wait for the season to start! Go Bulls!

    • Gerald Bourguet

      Thank you!

  • fidel305

    Cleveland A+++ ??? how is irving going to fit with james? he’s not a catch and shoot guy. he’s turrible at it. and, he’s a problem to deal with so good luck getting him to work on developing that skill and changing his game. And he cant play defense.
    and wiggins cant shoot and space the floor and he’s real rawwwww.
    oh yeah, and I cant wait to see Blatt schooling james and irving in the fine arts of the Princeton offense.

    • Gerald Bourguet

      From an offseason standpoint, adding the best player in the league and the No. 1 pick in the draft sure seems like enough to earn an A+. Don’t forget where they Cavaliers were last season, and where they’ve been since LeBron left. Maybe the narrative plays into it a little bit, but these are also offseason grades, not 2014-15 title odds

      • fidel305

        you can’t evaluate an offseason move in a vacuum. Need and fit come into it. If the cavs picked up rondo, youd likely say what a dumb move, how are he and irving going to play together. the same basic criticism applies here

        sometimes 1 + 1 = 1 and 1/2.

        it was the same thing with the original Heat, Bosh was not a good fit with james initially. But he changed his game to accommodate him. he learned to play out on the perimeter to spread the floor for james and became a better fit, at the expense of his personal stats. His stats at Miami , scoring, percentage and particularly rebounding, were always much better without james on the floor than with him.
        I don’t see irving having that same self-sacrificing personality and demeanor.

  • Kïd Špłãšh

    Wowwwwww, Cleveland Got A A+++ Just For Getting LBJ, DoubleM&Double J? Lakers Should’ve At least Got A C+ Just Because Their Roster Is Better Than Last Year. Pacers Get A F? Nawww D+. &Free Agency Is Over? No. Utah A B Because They Signed TB&Retained GH? Nice Grading. I Agree W/ With The Kings, Orlando, Phoenix &Philly Grade. But, I Really don’t believe Mitch offered Dirk A Max&He Even Said He Didn’t. The Lakers Grade Also Should’ve Went Higher Because They Didn’t Tie Up Their Cap On Another Player That Really Doesn’t Do Much Besides Score. Other Than This, The Article Was Good.

    • Kïd Špłãšh

      And I Don’t Want The Part About The Lakers Tying Up Their Cap Space In Another Player Who Doesn’t bring Much To The Table To Seem Like I’m Talking About Kobe Also Even Though His Contract Is Huge

  • Old Bill Collins

    Did you notice how team work and coaching decided the champion last season? Signing name players is only a small part of the puzzle. I doubt your grades will be confirmed by the improvement in the won/lost record.

    • Gerald Bourguet

      That’s why they’re offseason grades, not title odds

  • Adam Best

    Ouch. Pacers an F? Lance has All-Star talent but is disruptive, and might have been the biggest factor behind the locker room issues and bad ball movement that led to the meltdown. Miles and Stuckey are both unsung talents in their prime getting their first chance to play for a true contender. If PG makes another leap, Hibbert and Hill get their minds right, the Pacers could be OK. Might not be done making moves either. I could understand a C or Incomplete, but this was harsh.

    Enjoyed the read a ton, though.

  • Josh Strouth

    How exactly do the Pacers deserve an F for adding five solid contributors at good prices and only losing one self-centered, ball-hogging, locker room cancer?

  • Mario Elizondo

    Awesome article! You hit every nail on the head! Check out my articles on LA Sports Hub when you get a chance.