After the first official day of free agency, it looks like the Biggest Winner has turned to the Biggest Loser.
For a second, it looked like the guy cashing in was Baron Davis, who accepted a five-year contract from the Clippers for $65 million, was looking to team up with fellow free agent Elton Brand for a stellar backcourt combination.
Instead, the Philadephia 76ers made their move, signing Brand to a five-year contract worth a reported $82 million. On the same day, after losing out on retaining Davis and signing Brand, the Warriors responded by taking another piece away from the Clippers, signing Corey Maggette for five years and about $50 million.
Now Baron Davis is alone with Chris Kaman as the "power duo" for the Clippers, who are said to be pursuing other restricted free agents like Josh Smith and Emeka Okafor.
Meanwhile, back in Oakland, the Warriors significantly upgraded their frontcourt. The signing of Maggette adds a complement to Stephen Jackson. Jackson, who provided terrific defense and a great perimeter shot, will now be allowed to be more comfortable playing outside.
Maggette is more of a scorer who slashes and powers his way towards the basket. He'll join Monta Ellis (20.1 ppg) and Jackson (20.1 ppg), and pitch in his 22.1 ppg to form a formidable scoring trio.
Although they've lost their emotional leader in Davis, the Warriors are not considerably worse than they were last year. It could be seen last year that Golden State would not be Baron's team forever.
The Warriors are in the process of re-signing their young core of Ellis and Andris Biedrins. By playing them alongside second-year forward Brandan Wright and veterans Jackson, Al Harrington, and now Maggette, they are certainly in position to keep pace with last year.
Their draft picks should also have an impact—especially if Don Nelson sees Anthony Randolph's length and Richard Hendrix's bruising ability in action.
It is reported that the Warriors have also signed veteran forward Ronny Turiaf from the Lakers, who adds bulk and experience to the front court. This almost makes it look like the Warriors are posed to trade away Harrington, but that waits to be seen.
The Warriors are still in the market for a point guard, as Ellis is not a viable option, and CJ Watson is not ready to be the everyday starting point guard. Names in consideration are Keyon Dooling and Knicks guard Jamal Crawford.
After all of their signings that have been announced, the Warriors are projected to still be around $8 million under the salary cap.