Friday's roundup: Warriors winners, Bulls losers in free-agent frenzy
The big winners of this season’s free-agency class are the Warriors.
Small forward Kevin Durant joins All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, making the Warriors prohibitive favorites to win the title next season.
Not even commissioner Adam Silver is thrilled with the super team the Warriors have put together.
“I’ve read several stories suggesting that that’s something that the league wants, this notion of two super teams, that it’s a huge television attraction,” Silver said. “I don’t think it’s good for the league, just to be really clear. But there’s no question when you aggregate the great players they have a better chance of winning than many other teams.
“It’ll be interesting to see what happens. But to be absolutely clear, I don’t think it’s ideal from a league standpoint.”
In addition to the Warriors, the Spurs also got fat through free-agency.
Sure, the ageless wonder Tim Duncan retired after 19 seasons. But instead of pouting, the Spurs reloaded by signing Bulls center Pau Gasol to a two-year, $30 million contract.
If you’re looking for free-agency losers, look the Bulls squarely between the eyes. After trading guard Derrick Rose to the Knicks, the Bulls signed guard Rajon Rondo for two years and $28 million.
And when Dwyane Wade shockingly walked away from his 13-year apprenticeship with the Heat, the Bulls happily scooped him up and signed him to a two-year, $47.5 million contract. But Rondo and Wade in the same backcourt?
Really? Good luck with that!
And what is the Heat doing? The Heat lost LeBron James two seasons ago and then Luol Deng joined Wade in bolting in free-agency. And there’s no assurance Chris Bosh (blood clots) will ever play again.
In Orlando, the Magic are in a quagmire.
After including the popular Victor Oladipo in a trade to Oklahoma City for Serge Ibaka, Orlando signed Jeff Green to a one-year, $15 million contract. Orlando also locked up guard D. J. Augustin for four years and $29 million.
Translation: Since Ibaka is in the final season of his contract there’s a good chance that he and Green will spend just one year with the Magic before moving on to greener pastures.
The Mavericks parted ways with starters Chandler Parsons and Zaza Pachulia and replaced them with Warriors starters Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut. That exchange is basically a wash.
The Magic acquired guard C.J. Wilcox and cash from the Clippers for Devyn Marble (Southfield-Lathrup) and a future second-round pick.
... The 76ers signed international prospect Dario Saric two years after they acquired his rights on a draft-night deal. Saric was drafted by the Magic with the 12th overall pick in 2014 and he was quickly traded to the 76ers for Elfrid Payton.
... Lakers officials said an MRI on second-year forward Larry Nance Jr. revealed a sprained right wrist and will be listed as day-to-day.
Nance played Thursday in an 88-80 loss to the Cavaliers in Las Vegas during the Summer League, getting injured with only seconds
Associated Press contributed