The NBA's free-agent moratorium period ended yesterday, and with the flood gates open, a flurry of signings and trades cascaded down upon the league. Some of these deals we knew were going down long before the 11th, but others developed as soon as the market for the top players at each position cleared out.
Eighteen of Sports Illustrated’s Top 25 Free Agents already know which jersey they’ll be donning this fall, while Jeremy Lin and Eric Gordon are all but locks to be re-signed by their teams as restricted free agents. Some likely NBA starters such as JaVale McGee and O.J. Mayo are undecided right now, but the height of free agency is behind us.
Now, the players here are by no means anonymous—those players that fill out the end of NBA benches are usually the last to find teams in free agency. Still, their arrivals might not be heralded apart from the fans in their new city, but that does not mean that these five will not have a significant impact this upcoming season.