4 Winners and losers from a surprising first day of 2024 NBA free agency

The first day of NBA free agency is in the books and there were more than a few surprises involving several key players and here are the 4 winners and losers.
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Loser: Los Angeles Clippers

It was a bad 24 hours for the LA Clippers, who decided to let Paul George leave in free agency, with him joining the Philadelphia 76ers. This after giving up five first-round picks and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to acquire him five years ago.

The trade paved the way for them to sign Kawhi Leonard and the pairing was meant to turn them into title contenders but that obviously didn't happen. Now, they lose George for nothing but opted to sign James Harden for 2 years and $70 million and Derrick Jones Jr. to a 3-year, $30 million deal.

The former deal seems like an overpay for a player that didn't seem to have much of a market, then there was the baffling decision to sign Kevin Porter Jr. to a 2-year deal despite his legal issues and him sitting out all of last season. That doesn't help their reputation after having signed another polarizing player.

Those moves don't seem likely to make the Clippers better next season, and while they may be able to land a key free agent such as Klay Thompson, things don't appear to be going well at the moment for them.