Tuesday marked the beginning of NBA free agency—an annual period that makes players, executives and fans giddy in anticipation. It is the time where a team’s landscape can change, whether by making that extra push forward toward becoming a contender (see: Miami Heat 2010 free agency) or through the collection of draft picks and assets for the future (see: Utah Jazz 2013 free agency).
And the first day did not disappoint. Kyrie Irving, Marcin Gortat and Shaun Livingston have all agreed to or already signed new contracts. Each signing carries huge implications for the teams going forward.
Keep in mind that the true impact of these new contracts cannot fairly be measured until a few seasons later. But who has time for that?
Instead, in typical media fashion, I’ll be making way-too-early judgment calls on the new signings, rating the contracts as either being overvalued (overpaid), fair value or undervalued (underpaid). I will use the past performance of the player as well as how he can fit into the team to help with my rating.
Without further ado, here are the latest 2014 NBA free-agency signings.