With 2018 NBA free agency winding down, it’s time to take a look at the summer’s biggest winners and losers.
2018 NBA free agency is finally winding down, with the vast majority of this summer’s available players already scooped up. From LeBron James to Kevin Durant to DeMarcus Cousins, the offseason’s biggest players have already chosen their new — or same — teams for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
Now that the dust has settled on every major free agent except for Clint Capela, the question is, which teams made out like bandits, and which were the ones that robbed themselves of a brighter future?
Coming off their third championship in the last four years, the Golden State Warriors enjoyed yet another unfair offseason, while their biggest competitors out West — the Houston Rockets — floundered and still have work to do.
Teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers watched their star players join new contenders, while the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers made headlines with their marquee acquisitions.
Some flew under the radar in a good way, like the Indiana Pacers, while others ducked under the luxury tax, like the Denver Nuggets. Others spent recklessly like the Chicago Bulls, or on odd fits for their roster like the Sacramento Kings.
These are just a few examples, but in the interest of sorting out the last few weeks of player movement, here’s a look at the biggest winners and losers from 2018 NBA free agency.