Who are the biggest free-agent signings in the last 10 years?
Dwight Howard will eventually figure out where he wants to go, and when he does, he will become one of the biggest free-agent acquisitions in history. When Chris Paul signed, he added himself to that list as well.
Who else makes it?
Before proceeding, we need to explain some of the criteria for this list. Who is and isn’t a free agent can be difficult to pin down. For instance, technically LeBron James was traded but only after deciding on a team as a free agent.
There are also free agents like Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki who chose to remain with their teams and were never seriously considering moving. We could include them, but that would just make the list boring.
Finally you have players such as Carmelo Anthony who forced trades before teams lost them in free agency. While technically never hitting the free-agency market, they moved to the team they wanted without doing so. In other cases, such as with Deron Williams and Chris Paul, teams used that potential as a loss to obtain players whom they later kept.
And then, weirdly enough, there were cases where a player just signed with a new team.
Therefore, for this list, we are listing players who changed teams as a result of imminent free agency. They are ranked by a combination of actual impact and potential impact.