NBA Free Agency: A Week Since "The Decision," Who Are the Winners and Losers?

Hamza AhsanCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2010

MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6, Dwyane Wade #3 and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat show off their new game jerseys before a press conference after a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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This year's NBA free agency period was one of the craziest and most discussed in the sport's history. The main reason was all the hype given to LeBron James by the media, from ESPN to FOX to even CNN talking about this year's free agency and the decision by LeBron.

James had people who don't even know anything about basketball tune in to watch ESPN's big television special based on the team he chose (the Miami Heat). ESPN even named and profited from the one-hour long special known as "The Decision."

Now, almost a week later I wanted to see how teams responded to the whole LeBron James trying to make a super-team, and what moves teams made to improve their roster and make sure it is ready to handle teams like the Magic, Lakers, and now the Heat.

These teams had to have made some move or be impacted in a positive or even negative way to moves made in free agency so far. Let's check out which teams made the right moves to be winners in free agency and which teams made bad decisions and wrong moves to become losers during free agency.



Miami Heat-  This "decision" was a no-brainer. The Heat landed the top three free agents in the class in LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade. The team is still looking to add decent players to fill up their bench.

Getting rid of an unhappy Michael Beasley was a smart move by the Heat because they gained enough money back to make a good offer to Mike Miller and sign two veterans in Žydrūnas Ilgauskas and Udonis Haslem. Also, the Heat have enough money to sign all their second-round picks and have money to fill out their roster.

With the moves that the Heat have made, they should be considered one of the favorites to hoist the NBA Championship trophy next season.

Chicago_Bulls_logo.png image by jonasbrothersfan457Chicago Bulls-  The Chicago Bulls were a team that most considered dead-on losers if they struck out on landing any of the top three free agents, and even without landing any of the top three, they still are winners in my book.

The Chicago Bulls did smart things by immediately signing Carlos Boozer to a contract when Chris Bosh decided to go to Miami. Then, when LeBron decided to go to Miami, the Bulls made more good decisions by offering two of the best shooters left in free agency to contracts.

Although JJ Redick has yet to hear the decision of the Orlando Magic, the Bulls still got a great deal in Kyle Korver. With the leftover money from LeBron not signing, the Bulls still have enough to add a mid-level free agent and contend for an Eastern Conference Championship.

Dallas Mavericks-   Mark Cuban struck gold this as he helped turn the Dallas Mavericks into big winners this free agency.

With the re-signing of Dirk Nowitzki and Brendan Haywood the Mavericks put themselves back in the running to make it to the Western Conference Finals.

The Mavericks also landed Tyson Chandler, who when healthy is a double-double threat and will be a good player off the bench if the Mavericks decide to start Haywood. With the pickup of Dominique Jones from the NBA draft, the Mavericks have a solid team that can be a serious threat to the L.A. Lakers.

Milwaukee Bucks-Wow, this may be a first, but the Milwaukee Bucks became winners of free agency without making a major splash. The Bucks made a great and silent splash in free agency by resigning star shooting guard, John Salmons.

They also gained two great players in Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden to help out their already playoff-caliber team. The Bucks had a great free agency by gaining players that were good enough to help them go deep in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

I know with this new team the Bucks will be a major player, along with the Chicago Bulls, to win the Central Division. This new and improved roster, with a healthy Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut, will be a threat in the Eastern Conference for years to come.


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