Now that we can finally call Kevin Love a Cleveland Cavalier, it's safe to say the NBA offseason is in the throes of decline. The dust has settled everywhere (except in Phoenix), and it's time to assess the results.
Twenty-nine teams had the task of shuffling their rosters to close the gap on the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs, on the other hand, played it cool. San Antonio GM R.C. Buford locked down head coach Gregg Popovich for four years, re-signed the team's only free agents and added a sleeper through the draft in Zach LaVine of UCLA. It makes a whole lot of sense not to mess with an absolutely dominant formula.
The free agency market was abuzz this summer. A few numbers:
- All but five teams entered the 2013-14 season over the $58.67 million salary cap.
- Three teams (Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Phoenix) are under the $56.76 million minimum salary.
- For Phoenix, that includes Eric Bledsoe's qualifying offer!
- 119 free agents have signed contracts
We can only call a handful of teams true title contenders, but that's another debate unto itself. All 30 teams had a job to do this summer, and that's to improve the product on the court. Which franchises did themselves the biggest favors this summer in shedding their skin from a year ago?
This slideshow features five teams that made the shrewdest and most impactful signings, whether it was filling a big hole or strengthening an already solid aspect of the roster.
Make a case in the comments below for a team that didn't make it but would be on your own list.
Note: All salary information taken from BasketballInsiders.com unless otherwise noted.