Every Move Made by Every Team in Free Agency, Plus Grades


After the frenetic start to free agency, everything seems to have calmed down, as there are only a few players who have yet to move or resign. In the meantime, let’s break down what every team has done in free agency, and then hand out some grades.

Atlanta Hawks:

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Departures:

Delon Wright

Kevin Huerter

Danilo Gallinari

AJ Griffin (draft pick)

Tyrese Martin (draft pick)

Acquisitions:

Dejounte Murray

Maurice Harkless

Justin Holiday

Remaining question mark: Will the Hawks trade John Collins? If so, what will they get in return? The Washington Wizards have been in trade rumors for Collins, and they could offer some very solid rotation players to the Hawks.

Overall grade so far: A-

Boston Celtics:

Departures:

Daniel Theis

Aaron Nesmith

Nik Stauskas

Malik Fitts

Juwan Morgan

Their 2023 first-round pick

Acquisitions:

Malcolm Brogdon

Danilo Gallinari

Remaining question: Will the Celtics sign someone as a backup big man? What’s the replacement plan for Al Horford down the line? This isn’t a question that necessarily needs to be answered this offseason, but it’s something Brad Stevens has to keep in mind over the next few seasons.

Overall grade so far: A

Brooklyn Nets:

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Departures:

Bruce Brown

Acquisitions:

T.J. Warren

Remaining question: What’s going to happen with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving? We won’t know for sure until we get a report from Woj, Shams, or Windhorst, but you can read my thoughts on the situation here.

Overall grade so far: B

Why: They haven’t done anything of huge significance yet. They lost Brown, but got Warren. They resigned Patty Mills, Nic Claxton, and Kessler Edwards. Until Durant and Irving are traded (if it happens), then their grade remains neutral.

Charlotte Hornets:

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Departures:

Acquisitions:

Mark Williams (draft)

Remaining Question #1: What will happen with the Montrezl Harrell and Miles Bridges? One is an unrestricted free agent, the other is a restricted free agent, and both are in serious legal trouble. It’s clear that’s the reason why neither of these players have signed either with the Hornets or another team.

Remaining Question #2: How will Steve Clifford and LaMelo Ball work out? Plus, with Harrell and Bridges likely leaving the Hornets in one way or another, who’s Ball going to throw alley-oops to?

Overall Grade so far: C-

Chicago Bulls:

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Departures:

Acquisitions:

Goran Dragic

Andre Drummond

Resigned:

Zach LaVine

Derrick Jones, Jr

Remaining Question: Will Coby White be traded during the offseason?

Remaining Question Number Two: Will Anthony Davis be traded to the Chicago Bulls in a package surrounding DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic? Probably not, but it’s still possible, right?

Overall Grade So Far: B+

Cleveland Cavaliers:

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Departures:

Ricky Rubio

Acquisitions:

Robin Lopez

Raul Neto

Resigned:

Darius Garland

Remaining Question: Where will Colin Sexton end up?

Overall Grade So Far: B

Dallas Mavericks:

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Departures:

Jalen Brunson

Acquisitions:

JaVale McGee

Jaden Hardy

Remaining Questions: None at the moment, aside from how Christian Wood will fit with Luka Doncic.

Overall grade so far: C+

Denver Nuggets:

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Departures:

Acquisitions:

Bruce Brown

DeAndre Jordan

Resigned:

Nikola Jokic, for five years and $264 million

Davon Reed

Remaining Question: When will Michael Porter, Jr be back from injury, and will he play like he did pre-injury?

Remaining Question #2: Will the Nuggets resign DeMarcus Cousins?

Overall grade so far: B

Detroit Pistons:

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Departures:

Jerami Grant

Acquisitions:

Jaden Ivey (draft)

Jalen Duren (draft)

Marvin Bagley

Alec Burks

Nerlens Noel

Kevin Knox

Remaining Question: Will the team extend an offer to Miles Bridges, despite the legal trouble he’s in?

Overall grade so far: A

Golden State Warriors:

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Departures:

Gary Payton

Juan Toscano-Anderson

Otto Porter, Jr

Acquisitions:

Donte DiVincenzo

Resigned:

Kevon Looney

Remaining Question: How will spending less money on its bench to prevent deep salary cap trouble impact the team during the 2022-23 season?

Overall grade so far: C+

Why: The Warriors have a lot of money that they owe to their players, so it makes sense they’re not resigning Payton. However, he was a crucial part of their championship core, and they may find it difficult to win without him.

Houston Rockets:

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Departures:

John Wall

Acquisitions:

Resigned:

Jae’Sean Tate

Remaining Questions: None

Overall Grade so far: C

Indiana Pacers:

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Departures:

Malcolm Brogdon

Acquisitions:

Ricky Rubio

Daniel Theis

Aaron Nesmith

Malik Fitts

Nik Stauskas

Juwan Morgan

Remaining Question: Where will Myles Turner land at the end of the summer? It isn’t likely that he’ll remain on Indiana’s roster for the 2022-23 season.

Overall Grade so far: C-

Los Angeles Clippers:

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Departures:

Acquisitions:

John Wall

Amir Coffey

Resigned:

Nicolas Batum

Remaining Questions: Nothing. All they need is a healthy Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and the team is set to contend in 2023

Overall Grade so far: B+

Los Angeles Lakers:

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Departures:

Malik Monk

Acquisitions:

Lonnie Walker IV

Troy Brown, Jr

Juan Toscano-Anderson

Thomas Bryant

Damian Jones

Scottie Pippen, Jr (undrafted)

Shareef O’Neal (undrafted)

Remaining Question #1: What will the Lakers do with Russell Westbrook‘s contract?

Remaining Question #2: Could the Lakers somehow land Kyrie Irving? Again, my answers to both of these questions can be found here.

Overall Grade so far: C

Memphis Grizzlies:

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Departures:

Kyle Anderson

Acquisitions:

Resigned:

Tyus Jones

Remaining Questions: None. The Grizzlies have had a relatively quiet offseason, and it’s clear they don’t need to do much; they were one Ja Morant injury away from the Western Conference Finals. Losing Anderson’s a tough pill to swallow, but the Grizzlies have depth, shooting defense, and the most popular player in the entire NBA.

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Overall grade so far: B-

Miami Heat:

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Departures:

P.J. Tucker

Acquisitions:

Resigned:

Caleb Martin

Victor Oladipo

Dewayne Dedmon

Remaining Question: Do the Heat have a large enough package to coax a Kevin Durant trade from Brooklyn? It’s been made more difficult by the fact Bam Adebayo can’t be traded unless Ben Simmons is also traded away from the Nets.

Overall Grade so far: C+

Milwaukee Bucks:

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Departures:

Acquisitions:

Joe Ingles

Resigned:

Bobby Portis

Jevon Carter

Wesley Matthews

Serge Ibaka

Remaining Questions: None

Overall Grade so far: B+

Minnesota Timberwolves:

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Departures:

Josh Okogie

Patrick Beverley

Malik Beasley

Leandro Bolmaro

Jarred Vanderbilt

Walker Kessler

Acquisitions:

Kyle Anderson

Bryn Forbes

Rudy Gobert

Resigned:

Karl-Anthony Towns

Remaining Question: How will Gobert fit with Towns? Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until the start of the season to see how this core develops.

Overall grade so far: C (they overpaid way too much for Gobert, but Anderson was a good pickup)

New Orleans Pelicans:

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Departures:

Acquisitions:

Dyson Daniels (draft)

Resigned:

Zion Williamson

Remaining Questions: None

The Pelicans have three unrestricted free agents this year, only one of whom (Tony Snell) is making more than $2 million in salary. The only thing that mattered for this offseason was securing Williamson’s future with the team, and they did that.

Overall Grade so far: B

New York Knicks:

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Departures:

Acquisitions:

Jalen Brunson

Isaiah Hartenstein

Resigned:

Remaining Question: Will the Knicks resign Mitchell Robinson, or will a rival swoop in and steal him?

Overall grade so far: B+

Oklahoma City Thunder:

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Departures:

Acquisitions:

Chet Holmgren (draft)

Ousmane Dieng (draft)

Jalen Williams (draft)

Jaylin Williams (draft)

Resigned:

Luguentz Dort

Remaining Questions: None

Overall grade so far: B+

Orlando Magic:

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Departures:

Robin Lopez

Acquisitions:

Paolo Banchero (draft)

Caleb Houstan (draft)

Resigned:

Mo Bamba

Bol Bol

Gary Harris

Remaining Question: How will Banchero fit with the rest of the Magic’s young core?

Overall grade so far: B

Philadelphia 76ers:

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Departures:

DeAndre Jordan

Acquisitions:

P.J. Tucker

Danuel House

Trevelin Queen

Resigned:

Remaining Question #1: Will James Harden sign a more team-friendly deal to help out Philadelphia, or still try to get the supermax he’s eligible for?

Remaining Question #2: Will Paul Millsap resign with the 76ers?

Overall grade so far: A-

Why: Because Tucker will help out the team that much. If Harden signs the more team friendly deal that Chris Paul took in Phoenix, then their grade goes up to an A.

Phoenix Suns:

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Departures:

Aaron Holiday

JaVale McGee

Acquisitions:

Josh Okogie

Damion Lee

Resigned:

Bismack Biyombo

Devin Booker

Remaining Question: What’s going to happen with Deandre Ayton? It isn’t likely that he’ll stay with the Suns, and he’s been heavily rumored to be in KD trades. Phoenix is one of Durant’s top choices for a trade, and if the Suns can get Durant without giving away Devin Booker, then it’s a win. However, aside from Durant, there’s also been rumors about a sign and trade to the Pacers for Myles Turner.

What’s going on in Phoenix?

From First Take on ESPN

Overall grade so far: TBD

Portland Trail Blazers:

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Departures:

Joe Ingles

Acquisitions:

Gary Payton II

Resigned:

Anfernee Simons

Jusuf Nurkic

Damian Lillard

Remaining Question: Can the Trail Blazers push to team up KD with Damian Lillard? It’s unlikely, but whatever they’d need to trade to make that move, they should. Mediocrity isn’t kind to teams in the NBA.

Overall grade so far: B

Sacramento Kings:

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Departures:

Donte DiVincenzo

Damian Jones

Acquisitions:

Malik Monk

Resigned:

Neemias Queta

Remaining Question: Will Jeremy Lamb resign?

Overall grade so far: C

San Antonio Spurs:

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Departures:

Dejounte Murray

Danilo Gallinari

Acquisitions:

Gorgui Dieng

Remaining Question: Will the Spurs’ tanking efforts be worth it and land them Victor Wembanyama?

Overall grade so far: C+

Toronto Raptors:

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Departures:

Acquisitions:

Otto Porter, Jr

Resigned:

Chris Boucher

Thaddeus Young

Remaining Question: Can the Raptors trade for KD?

Overall grade so far: B

Utah Jazz:

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Departures:

Danuel House

Rudy Gobert

Acquisitions:

Malik Beasley

Patrick Beverley

Leandro Bolmaro

Jarred Vanderbilt

Walker Kessler

Remaining Question: What other incredible moves will trader Danny Ainge pull off next?

Offseason grade so far: A+

Washington Wizards:

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Departures:

Thomas Bryant

Raul Neto

Tomas Satoransky

Ish Smith

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Acquisitions:

Johnny Davis

Delon Wright

Will Barton

Monte Morris

Resigned:

Bradley Beal

Anthony Gill

Remaining Question: What else will the Wizards do to better position themselves to contend while Beal is in his prime?

Remaining Question #2: How good will Johnny Davis be?

Overall grade so far: A-

 

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