NBA Free Agency: Evaluating Every Major Signing From Day 1

The first day of NBA free agency has come and gone. Who’s staying with their current team, and who’s on the move?

Every year, a week after the draft, the NBA free agency period begins. This is always an exciting time for NBA fans, as it provides some excitement during the dull period that is the off-season. While this free agent class isn’t as exciting as some from years prior, there still have been a couple of big names receiving some large deals. Let’s take a look at some of the big transactions from the first day of free agency.

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets (5 years, $264 million)

This one is a no-brainer. The now two-time and reigning MVP got a nice payday today, receiving a supermax deal from the Denver Nuggets. Jokic would have been a free agent after the 2023 season, but after this extension he’ll be a Nugget for the foreseeable future. After willing his team to the playoffs this season, Jokic deserves every penny of the deal that makes him the highest paid player in NBA history.

Malik Monk, Sacramento Kings (2 years, $19 million)

The 24-year old shooting guard will now join the third team in his young career. Monk spent four years with the Hornets before joining the Lakers last year. Malik averaged 13 points per game and now joins a backcourt featuring his former college teammate De’Aaron Fox.

Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat (1 year, $11 million)

Oladipo has had a bit of an up-and-down career, but he seems to have found a home in South Beach. Oladipo was a former All-Star, and there was lots of hype around him at the time he joined Miami. Victor struggled to stay on the court in 2021, but he’ll get a chance to run it back with one of the top teams in the East.

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards (5 years, $251 million)

Here, we have another star player getting extended with his current team. Beal has been the center of trade rumors in the past week, and those grew louder after he turned down his player option recently. Today, we learned why, as Beal gets a massive extension, one that makes him among the highest players in the league.

Jalen Brunson, New York Knicks (4 years, $104 million)

The Knicks got their guy. After unloading a ton of cap space in the past week, all signs pointed to the New York choosing Brunson as their point guard of the future. The 25-year old had a breakout season last year, and played very well in the playoffs. Was he worth $104 million? Only time will tell.

Lu Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder (5 years, $87.5 million)

If there’s one guy who just had the best day of his career, it’s Lu Dort. Dort was one of the most underrated players in the league last season, averaging over 17 points and four rebounds. He’s an absolute force on the defensive end, and it will be exciting to watch him grow as a player in Oklahoma.

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (4 years, $214 million)

Early Thursday morning, it was reported that the Nets would want Devin Booker in return for any trade involving Kevin Durant. It’s clear now that won’t be happening. Booker, one of the elite scorers in the league will now be locked up in Arizona for a long time.

Overall, this was a pretty eventful first day of NBA free agency. For a group that didn’t feature a ton of big names, Thursday was still a whirlwind in the NBA world. There are still some big names remaining on the market, and the next few days should be interesting to watch.

Breaking: Heat Re-sign Victor Oladipo

The Miami Heat have agreed to a one year deal to bring back 2 time all-star Guard Victor Oladipo, who they traded for last season.

The Miami Heat have agreed to a one year deal to re-sign Shooting Guard Victor Oladipo. Olapido has signed for the veteran minimum, the two time all-star will return for a second year with Miami.

Victor Oladipo is signing a one year deal in Miami.

This comes after Miami dealt Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley to the Rockets for Oladipo at the trade deadline. After joining the team, Oladipo injured his right quadriceps tendon.

Despite requiring surgery, Oladipo is expected back with the team during the winter.

In the 4 games he played in Miami Oladipo seemed to unlock Miami’s defensive potential, giving them another point-of-attack defender and volume scorer.

He looks to help this team on both sides of the ball.

Miami has added proven veterans in Kyle Lowry, PJ Tucker, and Markeiff Morris.

In addition, they retained depth pieces Duncan Robinson, Max Struss, Dewayne Dedmon, Gabe Vincent, and now have re-signed Oladipo.

The Heat look to continue an active offseason to this point, looking to maximize stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.

They have shown interest in shooters across the league, adding depth that should help them in the postseason.

Heat are eyeing shooters.

Pat Riley always has something in his back pocket, and we can only guess what’s coming next. We will be sure to keep you updated through this fast paced offseason at ATB.

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