Report Card Grades for Most Important 2014 NBA Free-Agent Deals So Far

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Report Card Grades for Most Important 2014 NBA Free-Agent Deals So Far
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The 2014 NBA free-agency period has played out like a lot of people thought it would thus far. Some of the biggest names available have chosen to re-sign with their teams, even if players like LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony haven't made their minds up yet.

Both teams and players are being patient, as Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge explained to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe: "We don’t want to do anything in a panic or in a rush to get there. There are free agents out there waiting to see what kind of team you’ll have and what opportunities are there."

While there is still plenty of intrigue to come, the free agents who have re-signed matter a great deal as well. Not only have they set the market in some cases, but they've also taken a few teams out of contention due to a lack of available funds.

To evaluate each of the most important free-agent signings on a case-by-case basis, we'll take a look at team composition, the price of the new deal, the overall franchise plan and comparisons to other players who provide similar production.

With that in mind, grading a signing like Josh McRoberts to the Miami Heat is difficult to do, as Miami's situation is still up in the air and that grade would change drastically based on what the Big Three decide to do. We'll address that one down the line.

So aside from a few we will deem "incomplete" for the time being, which teams got the best deals in free agency so far, and which teams didn't do so hot? Let's take a look and grade each of the most important signings in the early stages of the 2014 offseason.

 

Stats and contract information accurate as of July 7.

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