On Thursday, we examined the NBA's biggest offseason winners. Today's topic: the losers.
1. Which team was this offseason's biggest loser?
Rob Mahoney: Kings. To be clear, I don't find any team's workings this summer to be all that disastrous in total. There are moves I don't quite understand and those I wouldn't make were I in a position to run a team, though most are at least somewhat defensible and tempered by their short term. Front offices, now further protected by the CBA, are generally smart enough to prevent out-and-out offseason disaster. Generally.
Brooklyn's financial situation also capped a potential offer to Shaun Livingston, whose insertion into the starting lineup changed the trajectory of the Nets season. He chose to sign with the Warriors at a price greater than what the Nets could offer. Alan Anderson was brought back in part because the Nets had so few other choices; had Brooklyn simply let Anderson go, its only wing alternatives would be those willing to sign for the minimum salary. The taxpayer mid-level ultimately went to Bojan Bogdanovic, an unproven 25-year-old wing who could help fill the void. It remains to be seen what can be done with Andray Blatche, who is a free agent after turning down a player option for this coming season.
Of the five-year contracts that were handed out, Gortat sets up to be the most prone to long-term second-guessing. He's a solid center but not an All-Star level player, and his new contract will run past his 35th birthday, with no options, at $12 million per year. The Polish Hammer has proven to be durable and the money involved isn't outrageous, Wizards fans can be forgiven if they are feeling a little itchy about committing that last season to a seven-footer.