NBA’s Top Five Most Significant Free Agent Signings

When LeBron James (R) joined the Miami Heat in 2010, they became instant title contenders while his former Cleveland team fell to the bottom of the league. (Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
When LeBron James (R) joined the Miami Heat in 2010, they became instant title contenders while his former Cleveland team fell to the bottom of the league. (Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

When former Portland Trail Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge announced his intentions to sign with the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, it completely shifted the balance of...

  • The Orlando Magic and GM Otis Smith (L) along with coach Stan Van Gundy (R) shelled out $118 million to sign forward Rashard Lewis, who quickly regressed and was later traded. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Why NBA Teams Should Be Cautious of the Free Agency Spend-a-thon

    With rumors of the Knicks willing to shell out an absurd $38 million to sign guard Arron Afflalo—who averaged just 10.6 points per game in... Read more

  • The Knicks took Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft—much to the chagrin of most Knicks fans. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    Why the Knicks’ Much-Booed Selection of Kristaps Porzingis Will Work Out

    Let’s get this out of the way first: It’s difficult projecting an amateur player’s future value. Especially one from Europe, who isn’t visible in the... Read more

  • Michael Olowokandi, the first pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, but played on three different teams with minimal impact over a nine-year career. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    NBA Draft: Three Reasons Some of the Best Prospects Go Bust

    Every year the NBA Draft brings top talent into the league—as well as a number of busts. It’s what makes draft night so exciting. Not... Read more

  • Former NBA Commissioner David Stern (R) saw some busts in his time but Kevin Durant wasn't one of them. The Thunder grabbed stars Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden in consecutive drafts. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    Four NBA Teams That Know How to Draft

    Former MVP Kevin Durant will become a free agent after the 2016 season, but unless he’s planning to pull a LeBron James and team up... Read more

  • DeMarcus Cousins could soon be traded from the Sacramento Kings. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Why the Lakers Shouldn’t Mortgage Their Future for DeMarcus Cousins

    Tuesday’s news from Yahoo! Sports that Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl is pushing the team to trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins only diminishes Cousins’s... Read more

  • Quincy Acy and the New York Knicks will need plenty of help from their rookie class after a 17–65 mark in 2014-15. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Why History Says the Knicks Will Have Plenty of Options Picking 4th

    When the woeful New York Knicks surprised everyone by winning two of their last three games of the regular season to move out of the... Read more

  • Golden State Warriors fans Vic Fontana, far left, and his son Rocco, second from left, wait along the route for the NBA basketball team's world championship parade in Oakland, Calif.

    Parade Celebrating NBA Champion Warriors Winding Down

    OAKLAND, Calif.—The streets of Oakland are awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watch and cheer the Golden State Warriors victory... Read more

  • LeBron James (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in these just completed finals, but we could be headed for a rematch next year. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Why We Should Expect an NBA Finals Repeat Matchup in 2016

    The 2015 NBA Finals were the most-watched finals since 1998 when Michael Jordan’s now-infamous jump shot in Game 6 topped Utah for his (and Chicago’s)... Read more

  • LeBron James has the Cleveland Cavaliers three wins away from the NBA Finals. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Believeland: Where I Am From

    I am not quite sure what to say post-Game 6. I usually take losses with a greater swing of emotion, either sad and disheartened or... Read more

  • The Golden State Warriors rode regular season MVP Stephen Curry (L) and Finals MVP Andre Iguodala (R) to their first title since 1975. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

    4 Ways the Champion Warriors Turned the Finals Around

    The Golden State Warriors came back from a 2–1 series deficit to win the final three games and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in six as... Read more

  • Head coach David Blatt (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers has the team in the NBA Finals despite the loss of stars Kyrie Irving (R) and Kevin Love. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

    Former Colleague Isn’t Surprised at David Blatt’s Success in Cleveland

    When the Cleveland Cavaliers hired David Blatt last summer, it was met with general apathy around the country. This country anyway. Yet halfway around the... Read more

  • Andre Iguodala (R) and his insertion into the starting lineup has helped spark Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors to consecutive wins in the NBA Finals. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Why Andre Iguodala Should Win Finals MVP

    Let’s get this out of the way right now. Barring a major unforeseen circumstance, Golden State forward Andre Iguodala is not winning the Finals MVP... Read more

  • Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (C), is flanked by teammates Jerami Grant (L) and Michael Carter-Williams. Embiid missed all of the 2014–15 season with a right foot stress fracture. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    The Injured Joel Embiid: The Next Greg Oden or Nerlens Noel?

    With the news out of Philadelphia that rookie center Joel Embiid’s right foot stress fracture, which caused him to miss all of the 2014–15 season,... Read more

  • LeBron James (L), Tristan Thompson (C), and Matthew Dellavedova have the Cleveland Cavaliers on the verge of their first NBA Championship. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Cavaliers New Big Three?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Golden State Warriors 96–91 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night to take a two games to... Read more

  • The late Danny Biasone, in the March 8, 1992 photo, was an innovator of the current 24-second shot clock. He met with other National Basketball Association owners met in Syracuse in 1954 and tested the 24-second clock at a basketball game in a local school. (AP Photo/Michael Okoniewski)

    NBA: Score! Score! Score!

    Watching NBA high flyers, three point shooters, is a bit like watching pinball machine action in a game controlled by a clock. And all of... Read more

  • LeBron James of Cleveland has won a pair of titles already, but none with his hometown Cavaliers. (Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

    How LeBron James Could Eclipse Michael Jordan

    Before we go too far down this path, let me just be clear in saying that Michael Jordan and LeBron James are probably the two... Read more