NBA Free Agency: Lakers, Biggest Free Agent Losers

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Dec 31, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center. The Bucks defeated the Lakers 94-79. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA free agency period is extremely important for teams to fill holes in their roster — especially when they weren’t able to make a big splash in the NBA draft. Such is life for teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, who thought they were going to make a huge splash by signing Carmelo Anthony. Who have the biggest free agent losers been thus far?

Some may want to see the Miami Heat here, considering they lost LeBron James and signed Chris Bosh to a too-much-to-be-real five-year, $118 million deal to stay in Miami. While they’re certainly going to feel the sting of losing LeBron, their demise is grossly overstated. They signed Josh McRoberts, who will give them quality minutes. They’re in the running for Luol Deng and the sentimental favorite — Dwyane Wade — could very well return. Going from the NBA Finals to the lottery would make them losers, but let’s be honest — they’re going to make the playoffs in the East (if Wade re-signs).

I’m tempted to throw the Minnesota Timberwolves on here, considering they’ve been sitting on their hands waiting for something to happen. However, we’re going to reserve judgement a bit since Flip Saunders has been hard at work trying to move Kevin Love. Get back to me once we see what they get in return. If they get the David Lee package from the Golden State Warriors (sans Klay Thompson), we’ll throw them on this list. Let’s get to our first loser.

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