Ranking the All-Time Misfires in NBA Free Agency over Last Decade

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Ranking the All-Time Misfires in NBA Free Agency over Last Decade
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As teams land their big-name free agents, fans across the nation revel in unbridled glee. But will any of these signings join the ranks of the worst misfires over the last decade?

It takes some serious overpaying and more serious underplaying to join these ranks, but it’s not impossible that some recent signatories will someday make this not-top-10.

In selecting players there were two criteria that had to be met.

First, they had to be players who switched teams. Technically, free agents—even restricted—are still free agents, but the concern here isn't technicalities. We’re more concerned about the team that landed the big fish.

Second, a minimum of a $50 million contract was necessary to be considered. Yes, there are horrible contracts for less than that (are you reading, Tyrus Thomas?), but they don’t impact a team’s flexibility for years to come, ergo a certain measure of massiveness needed to be considered.

The players are ranked by cost per win share, derived by dividing the contract value by the total accrued win shares. Win shares are an advanced stat tracked at Basketball-Reference which are an estimate of how many "wins" a player adds to the team. 


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