NBA Free Agency frenzy couldn't wait for July 1 this year. With a few big names changing zip codes, let's grade the biggest transactions.
Kevin Durant’s free agency announcement of 2016 shook the entire NBA world. Durant, as you may remember, announced, on July 4, that he would leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors as a free agent. That announcement may have changed the entire landscape of free agency as we know it.
Many questioned the integrity of the former MVP. Joining a stacked Warriors team that just completed a 73-9 season was seen as a “weak” move by fans and NBA analysts. However, after winning NBA Finals MVP in 2017, Durant’s decision may be the rubric used by free agents moving forward.
The idea of putting yourself in the best position to win, regardless of public perception, is already becoming a norm. The 2017 free agency period has shown us that athletes are hanging up their pride and teaming up with other stars, in hopes of winning a championship. Whether this new wave is favorable is up for debate.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the premier players to change their area code this offseason and grade the overall transaction.