As early as July 1st, the doors of NBAfree agency opened up, allowing every NBA franchise to negotiate reputable contracts with a free agent in the market. This season’s free agent pool is paired with the NBA’s highest-ever cap, reaching up to $94.14 million. Already, free agents have been dealt with outrageous contracts – some that are too much for the overall worth of the player. Anyway, there’s a lot of money to spend and contracts to sign. Here's a detailed listof the good, the bad and the ugly of the recent free agent signings.

The Good.

  • Celtics acquiringAl Horford at a max price worth $113 million for 4 years:Outside of Kevin Durant, center Al Horford was the next biggest free agent to get a hold of this off-season. Boston was a leading candidate for both the Horford and Durant sweepstakes as they possessed a unique circumstance entering free agency. For the past three seasons, the Celtics had been a team that contained a bountiful of complimentary players to fit its roster but never obtained a franchise piece. With the addition of Horford for the next three years ( a fourth year is a player option), this makes Boston one-step closer to becoming serious threats in the East.
  • Hassan Whiteside settling with a max-deal for Miami worth $98 million through 4 years:Miamiwas in dire need of locking up its franchise center for the foreseeable future, especially with the current uncertainty of fellow guard Dwyane Wade. After losing small forward Luol Deng to the Lakers, re-signing the 27-year old center was the Heat’s bestoptionin order to restoreitsfront-court depth, which is still razor-thin. Coming into free agency, Miami only contained Chris Bosh and 33-year old Amare Stoudemire as the team’s second and third options down-low. In the 53games Whiteside started in this season (playoffs included), he averaged 13.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and basketball’s best 3.2 blocks per game.

The Bad

  • Mike Conley re-signing with Grizzlies for 5 years, $135 million: The Grizzlies and Mike Conley worked out the richest contract in the history of the NBA. For Memphis, partsof this deal made sense as they wanted to solidify the point guard position long-term, however, the chances that 29-year old Conley prospers all five years is pushing it. Conley’sgames-played have dropped in each of the last three seasons – starting from 73 in the 2014 regular season to only 50 in 2016. Not to mention, he witnessed a drop in scoring for the last two.
  • Knicks reaching a max-offer to Joakim Noah for 4 years, $72 million:This deal all depends on Noah’s health long-term. TheKnicks coughed up a lot of money to give to an often injured, 31-year-old center. On top of only playing in 29 games in 2016, Noah turned in awful shooting numbers of 38.3 percent from the field and 48.9 percent from the line. The change of scenerycould help Noah, who has a history of playing with a chip on his shoulder.

The Ugly

  • Bucks signing Matthew Dellavedova for 4 years, $38 million:It was almost as if Milwaukee didn’t learn from its mistake on draft night when they selected project Thon Maker out of high school 10th overall. Instead, the Bucks compounded matters by handing PG Matthew Dellavedova a max-contract for THIRTY-EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS! Dellavedova finished out his contract with Cleveland this past season and averaged 7.2 points and 4.4 assists per game through 24 minutes of action. He took a back-seat tothe Cavs’ Finals run as he saw only 10 minutes of playing time during the entire playoffs.
  • Timofey Mozgov to Lakers for 4 years, $64 million:Mozgov became the very first unrestricted agent to get signed by a team this off-season, which is saying something for a guy who saw four DNPs in the final 10 games of the postseason. Part of this move fits the Lakers schematics as they were in desperate need of a center, however for the price they got one at is outrageous.
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