NBA Free Agents Who Will Hurt Their New Teams the Most
NBA free agency is a time for every team in the league to improve, but an ill-advised signing could do just the opposite heading into the 2012-13 season.
Not every bad signing is going to make a team worse, but if expectations are too high heading into the new year, disappointment could be looming for a number of NBA squads.
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Brandon Roy is either going to be the biggest steal or the biggest bust of the free-agent season.
At two years, $10.4 million, the deal is relatively low risk, but the status of his knees has to be a concern, as he attempts to make his comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Health is a big fear with the three-time All-Star, but it’s is only part of the story when it comes to Roy and the Timberwolves.
Anybody who’s watched Roy play over the past six years knows that the 6’5” guard plays one of the slowest styles of basketball that the league has to offer.
His isolation game was perfect in Nate McMillan’s slow-down system, but the Timberwolves ran the fourth-highest pace in the NBA last year.
If Roy is healthy and able to adjust his style of play, he’ll be one of the best values in the league.
If his knees are an issue, and he can’t adapt to Minnesota’s pace, he’s going to hurt the Timberwolves next season.
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Having agreed to a four-year deal worth anywhere between $45-50 million (via espn.com), Nicolas Batum is about to receive a big-time paycheck from either the Minnesota Timberwolves or the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Blazers can choose to match Batum’s contract, as the 23-year-old forward is a restricted free agent.
Regardless of where Batum lands, whether or not he’s earned such a hefty contract is questionable.
Batum has struggled with consistency over the past few seasons. While he’s been very good at times, he seemingly disappears on occasion at both ends of the floor.
Batum averaged career highs all over the board last year but was still just a 13.9 point-per-game and 4.6 rebound-per-game player.
Anybody making double-digit millions will be given a load of responsibility, and it will be interesting to see whether he lives up to those lofty expectations.
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Marc Stein of ESPN reported on Friday that Omer Asik has come to terms on a three-year, $25.1 million deal with the Houston Rockets, begging the question, what does general manager Daryl Morey see in the two-year prospect that others don’t?
A backup to this point in his career, the 26-year-old center has averaged 2.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and .8 blocks in just 13.2 minutes per game.
His rebounding numbers are solid for the few minutes he’s played, but you have to wonder if Asik will ever develop his raw offensive game and become a viable scoring option.
Asik’s deal is backloaded, making it worth $15 million in his final season.
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Antawn Jamison has played at an very high level throughout his entire career.
A 14-year veteran, Jamison has career averages of 19.5 points and 7.9 rebounds, and he continued that excellent play last year, posting 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds.
That being said, Jamison’s numbers are trending downward, and you have to wonder when his age will finally catch up to the 36-year-old.
Jamison may not hurt his team right away, but if given a long enough contract, he will begin to show his age, and his numbers will no longer warrant the deal he’s likely to get this summer.
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Had Jason Kidd signed with the Brooklyn Nets, he would have been a fantastic backup behind NBA superstar Deron Williams.
Playing behind Jeremy Lin in New York creates a little less confidence.
Having agreed on a three-year, $9 million offer with the New York Knicks, Kidd will join the team after averaging career lows in points, assists and rebounds last year.
Those same averages have dropped each of the last three seasons, making it difficult to see him excelling as he prepares to enter his 19th year in the league.
Just two years removed from his All-Star days, Kidd is still a good player and has a great basketball mind.
But having watched his numbers decline over the past few years, I wonder if his services would have been much better utilized behind a star player who can give Kidd the rest he’ll need next season.