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NBA free agency 2013: Grading the trades and signings

We grade the deals made by NBA teams during the free agency period.

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SB Nation grades all signings and trades during the free-agency period. Keep up to date here.

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Timberwolves overpaid to get Brewer

The Timberwolves signed Corey Brewer to provide perimeter defense, but in the process, they overpaid for him and will have to live with his errant shot selection.

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Birdman gives Heat an Amnesty discount

The nice thing about signing a player that was released via the Amnesty clause is that they're more willing to take pay cuts upon becoming free agents because their old team is still paying them.

We saw Andray Blatche give the Brooklyn Nets a discount on his new deal because the Washington Wizards are still paying him. Now, we saw Chris Andersen do the same for the Miami Heat, signing a below-market, one-year, $1.7 million contract because he's still getting a check from the Denver Nuggets.

That's huge for the Heat. They desperately needed Birdman's energy and pick and roll ability, but also couldn't break the bank for him given their massive luxury-tax bill. The Heat's regular-season surge coincided with Birdman's arrival, and while he had some moments where he wasn't used much in the playoffs, he's an important bench piece on a team that lacks depth. Miami had to keep him, and it found a way to do so affordably.

GRADE: A

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Kirilenko gives Nets much-needed insurance

Andrei Kirilenko won't start for the Brooklyn Nets next season, but he'll still be a huge help as insurance behind Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

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Kaman a waste of the taxpayer MLE

The Los Angeles Lakers elected to use the entire taxpayer mid-level exception to sign Chris Kaman to a one-year contract, which was a curious move for a couple reasons:

-Kaman certainly isn't the ideal Mike D'Antoni player.

-Kaman can score, but is inefficient, a bad passer, a mediocre rebounder and a poor defender. Basically, he's only effective when the offense is tailored to him, and he's only mildly useful even in those situations.

-Bringing in Kaman means sometimes breaking up the Pau Gasol/Jordan Hill duo that was actually very good in limited minutes last season. The Lakers outscored opponents by 10.1 points per 100 possessions in the 164 minutes Hill and Gasol shared the court, per NBA.com, and while the sample size is small, it does seem like their games complement each other well. The Lakers need depth, obviously, but they could have found that with a younger, less expensive, more cerebral player.

-Using the entire taxpayer mid-level exception on a big man when the Lakers badly need some wing shooting and athleticism doesn't seem like a wise decision. (As I write this, the Lakers are signing Nick Young for the minimum, which was a nice recovery.)

All in all, it's an uninspiring signing.


GRADE: C-

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Speights a decent replacement for Landry

Marreese Speights should replace some characteristics the Warriors lost with Carl Landry's departure, but not all of them.

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Hollins for veteran's minimum makes sense

Doc Rivers might have been the only person outside of the Clippers' organization who liked Ryan Hollins in previous years, so it's no surprise that Hollins will return to L.A. on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum now that Rivers is expected to be his coach. All backup big men that inexpensive have warts, though Hollins' are greater than most. Nevertheless, it's not a huge problem given how little he's expected to play.

GRADE: C+

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Watson a massive backup PG upgrade for Pacers

C.J. Watson gives the Indiana Pacers a backup point guard whom they can actually use in the playoffs. Plus, some thoughts on other guard free-agent signings.

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Bynum's new deal and the nature of risk

The Andrew Bynum contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers shows that NBA general managers may be more conservative than they should. That said, the Cavaliers could be setting themselves up for a tough decision a year from now.

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VIDEO: Grading the top free-agent signings

The dust is beginning to settle from a flurry of NBA free agency signings, and that means it's time to grade all the moves. Dan Rubenstein hands out grades for everyone from Dwight Howard to Chris Paul to Josh Smith and more.

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Foye supplies Nuggets with much-needed shooting

The Nuggets at least were able to get Randy Foye on a good contract and a large trade exception instead of losing Andre Iguodala for nothing. This was a nice recovery.

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Delfino an affordable veteran for Bucks

The Bucks brought back a familiar face to provide some much-needed shooting after losing J.J. Redick and Mike Dunleavy.

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Livingston a useful, cheap backup for Nets

Quick thoughts on four smaller free-agent point guard agreements:

SHAUN LIVINGSTON: A great signing by Brooklyn to replace C.J. Watson, who left for Indiana. Livingston quietly played really well for the Cavaliers as Kyrie Irving's backup after being waived by Washington in December. His biggest problem is that he can't space the floor, but since rescuing his career in his first tour of duty in Washington in 2010, he's actually become a pretty useful backup. He won't be able to play with Deron Williams like Watson could, but for the minimum, you could do far worse. GRADE: A-

WILL BYNUM: The Pistons just can't quit Bynum, no matter how hard they try. I was hoping a contender would take a chance on Bynum's ball-dominant, but instant-offense style as a change of pace off their bench, but instead, Bynum will return to Detroit on a two-year, $5.75 million deal. He'll play behind Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey and be called upon whenever the Pistons need a spark, just like he always has. GRADE: B.

EARL WATSON: I'd think Watson is basically being signed by Portland to be an assistant coach, because his game fell off a cliff last season. As a mentor to Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, he'll work, but the Blazers better hope he isn't pressed into duty on the court. GRADE: C

DONALD SLOAN: An average third point guard who'll replace Ben Hansbrough in Indiana. Nothing more, nothing less. GRADE: C

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Hickson gives Nuggets what they already have

J.J. Hickson at $5 million a season is fair value, but why was it the Nuggets that signed him when they already have two starting big men that have the same strengths and weaknesses?

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Collison a bargain for Clippers

Darren Collison's desire to play for a contender allowed the Clippers to secure one of the league's best backup point guards at a bargain price.

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Wright could surprise for Blazers

Dorell Wright is a good three-point shooter that should provide the Blazers with some much-needed depth along the wing at a good price.

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Aminu will give Pelicans depth, defense

The Pelicans keep kicking the can down the road when making an ultimate decision on Al-Farouq Aminu, signing him to a one-year, $3.7 million deal after declining his fourth-year rookie option before the season. Aminu's an athletic wing who can't shoot a lick, but he's still young (turning 23 in September) and can defend and rebound. The Pelicans lack small forwards and good perimeter defenders, so keeping Aminu on the cheap was probably a good decision.

GRADE: B

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Landry a poor fit in Sacramento

The Kings' decision to get Carl Landry to agree to a four-year, $27 million contract is odd on the surface and also odd once you dig deeper.

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Pachulia a curious signing by Bucks

Zaza Pachulia is a useful player, but the Bucks' decision to give him a three-year, $15 million contract was curious because of both short- and long-term roster issues.

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Harris a steal for Mavs at his price

Devin Harris may add to the logjam of small guards in Dallas, but he brings a lot of unique skills to the table and is making far less than he probably should.

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Calderon expensive, but fits well in Dallas

The Mavericks overpaid to get Jose Calderon to sign, but they can take solace in the fact that Calderon is a very good fit with Dirk Nowitzki and a major upgrade on Dallas' point guards last season in one very important way.

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Pendergraph a surprising Spurs signing

I'm not that enthusiastic about Jeff Pendergraph myself because, to me, he just seems like another big body. He can shoot a little bit, will rebound and is fairly mobile, but that could describe a lot of guys on the fringes of the NBA. While he should defend better than DeJuan Blair, so could a D-League guy.

The Spurs, though, have earned the benefit of the doubt with players like him, so while I wouldn't have given him a two-year contract, there's probably something I'm missing.

GRADE: B-

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McRoberts a nice value signing

You probably didn't pay much attention to Josh McRoberts, because he toiled in obscurity for a woeful Charlotte Bobcats team, but he was efficient, cerebral and even productive following a trade-deadline deal from the Orlando Magic. He wasn't much of a scorer, but he was a good passer, a solid finisher and a decent enough rebounder to be a fine reserve. Charlotte was capable of running some form of an offense with him because of his high-post passing.

All this is to say that two years and $5.5 million to return to Charlotte is nice value for him. I'm surprised contenders that needed frontcourt depth didn't come knocking.

GRADE: B+

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Garcia deserved more than the minimum

Unselfish wings that can hit a three, play defense and be good citizens in the locker room are being valued so highly in today's NBA ... so why can't Francisco Garcia get a decent offer? The 31-year-old is often a forgotten man, but whenever he's called upon, he helps his NBA team. The Rockets getting him to re-sign for two years at just over the minimum was a surprise to me, because I think he's worth more than that.

GRADE: A-

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Carroll could be diamond in the rough for Hawks

You probably didn't know that the Utah Jazz outscored opponents by 5.4 points per 100 possessions with DeMarre Carroll in the game and were outscored by 3.1 points per 100 possessions when he sat. It was only in 1,111 minutes, to be fair, but it wasn't too hard to spot how Carroll's aggression helped the Jazz last season. Why he only played 1,111 minutes while Marvin Williams played 1,727, I'll never know.

That's why I liked the Hawks' decision to give Carroll a two-year, $5 million contract. Atlanta's backup wing options last year were Dahntay Jones and Anthony Tolliver. Carroll is already better than both of them and is still relatively young. Now that he's freed from the weird politics that caused Ty Corbin's odd frontcourt rotations in Utah, he should be able to show why he's the kind of guy that coaches enjoy having on their bench.

GRADE: B+

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Knicks get great value with Prigioni

With just one point guard on the roster, the New York Knicks moved to secure Pablo Prigioni, re-signing him to a three-year deal that will pay him just under $6 million. The third year is a team option.

The Knicks essentially had to decide between Prigioni and Chris Copeland given their salary situation, and for all of Copeland's benefits, they made the right decision. Prigioni's play in the starting lineup with Raymond Felton was a huge key to the Knicks' second-half surge last season. Per NBA.com, the Knicks were a better shooting (53.3 effective field goal percentage vs. 50.6), passing (17.2-percent assist ratio vs. 15.1) and defensive (100.9 points allowed per 100 possessions vs. 104.7) with Prigioni on the court as opposed to on the bench. He was a glue guy that helped elevate the play of others while on the floor, particularly when used with a group of starters that could mask his shooting reluctance.

All that for a dirt-cheap price. Nice job by Glen Grunewald.

GRADE: A

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Was Jack the right vet for Cleveland to pursue?

The Cavaliers' ability to sign Jarrett Jack shows the rest of the league they are serious, but is Jack really the best on-court fit for a club that already has Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters?

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Mayo an uninspiring signing by Bucks

O.J. Mayo's new contract with the Bucks isn't particularly onerous financially, but it's hard to see how he moves the needle much for a franchise that badly needs to establish a clear direction.

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Matt Barnes still a bargain for Clippers

Matt Barnes finally got his elusive multi-year contract, and yet, the Clippers still ended up getting a bargain for his services.

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Did Jazz take on too much dead weight?

The Utah Jazz received several useful assets in exchange for also acquiring Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins, but did they get enough value for taking on Golden State's dead weight?

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Copeland gives Pacers a new dimension

The Indiana Pacers gave their weak bench a new dimension by getting an agreement from Chris Copeland on a two-year, $6 million contract.

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Hawks get great value on Millsap signing

The Atlanta Hawks quickly recovered from losing Josh Smith, signing Paul Millsap for 65 percent of the price on an excellent value deal.

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Smith a bad fit for Pistons

The Detroit Pistons needed to spend on somebody this summer, and in the end, they picked Josh Smith, a terrible fit for their roster.

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Iguodala worth the price for Warriors

The Warriors paid a steep price in players and assets to acquire Andre Iguodala, but it was absolutely worth it.

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How Morey got Dwight

How did Daryl Morey pull off the free-agent coup of 2013 and get Dwight Howard? With four years of planning that allowed him to rebuild his roster while not tanking.

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Is Tyreke to New Orleans crazy enough to work?

Dell Demps made yet another aggressive move, acquiring an up-and-comer in Tyreke Evans in a complicated sign-and-trade. But is Evans the right fit given New Orleans' roster or is Demps moving too quickly?

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Clark cashes in

Earl Clark's breakout year has led to a two-year, $9 million agreement with the Cavaliers. The risk is minimal, but can Clark duplicate his success?

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Spurs move quickly on Belinelli

The Spurs moved quickly to secure Belinelli's services, and he's an excellent fit in their system. But in the process, they may have closed some other avenues to improve.

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Knicks, J.R. Smith needed each other

The Knicks and J.R. Smith needed each other too much for us to complain about the four-year, $25 million contract he signed.

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Bobcats get impatient with Jefferson signing

The Charlotte Bobcats appear to be tired of losing, which is why they pursued a shiny new toy like Al Jefferson. But in signing him, have they demonstrated a lack of patience?

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Korver an expensive luxury if Hawks rebuild

Kyle Korver's four-year, $24 million contract may be fair value for his services, but he now becomes a somewhat expensive luxury for a Hawks team if they begin rebuilding.

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Manu gives Spurs slight discount to stay

Ginobili's new contact with the Spurs may be less of a discount than some initially expected, but that's the price of allowing a team legend to age gracefully.

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Leuer, Temple both solid value signings

Quick thoughts on two smaller deals recently consummated:

JON LEUER: Memphis secured the backup power forward on a three-year contract worth just under $3 million, according to the Memphis Flyer. That was a smart use of accounting by the Grizzlies, as they were able to get Leuer to agree to a first-year salary worth less than his qualifying offer in return for some long-term security. Leuer is a favorite of the advanced statistics community and could definitely replace Darrell Arthur's production at a fraction of the price. If not, the Grizzlies are paying less than $1 million a year for a deep bench player, so the cost is minimal. Nice move by Memphis. GRADE: A-.

GARRETT TEMPLE: The busy Wizards agreed to a one-year deal with Temple, likely for the veteran's minimum. Temple is limited offensively, but he will defend and can handle the ball in a pinch. If he starts 36 games again, the season will have been a failure, but you can do far worse at the end of your bench. GRADE: B+.

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Grizzlies get fair value on Allen's new deal

You didn't really think the Grizzlies would let Tony Allen go, right? In the end, they kept him with a fair contract that appropriately values his unique skill set.

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Wolves nab Martin, likely lose Kirilenko

Needing perimeter shooting, the Timberwolves signed Kevin Martin to a four-year, $28 million contract, which likely signals the end of Andrei Kirilenko's tenure with the club. Is that really a good thing?

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Suns, Clippers both win big in 3-team trade

Two of the teams involved in Tuesday's three-team blockbuster between the Clippers, Suns and Bucks fared well. The other ... not so much.

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Budinger a good fit for Adelman's system

Chase Budinger signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Timberwolves, and he's useful because he is a favorite of coach Rick Adelman.

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Spurs get a fair price for Splitter

Splitter's new contract may seem steep at first, but the Spurs correctly understood that his value over the course of the season was worth more than his poor performance in the Finals.

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Wiz pay a premium to keep Webster

The Wizards re-signed Webster to a four-year deal worth the full mid-level exception, but did they overreact to a career year?

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West re-signing necessary, but expensive

The Indiana Pacers had to keep David West, and doing so for three years and $36 million is fair in a vacuum. But the signing also exposes some future luxury-tax implications that are worth exploring.

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Mohammed signing underwhelming, but understandable

The Chicago Bulls have reached a verbal agreement with free-agent center Nazr Mohammed on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. There's not much to say about this one. The Bulls could absolutely use a better backup to the injury-prone Joakim Noah, but don't have the means to spend for one unless they use a trade exception from last year's Kyle Korver deal, which won't happen.

This also ensures that the Bulls will have someone that can shove LeBron James when needed.

GRADE: C+.

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Blatche gets payback on Wizards with new deal

The Brooklyn Nets can thank the Washington Wizards for the cheap, one-year contract Andray Blatche has verbally agreed to sign.

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Maynor gives Wiz competent backup to Wall

The Washington Wizards moved quickly to upgrade the backup point guard position, agreeing to a two-year contract with former Blazers point guard Eric Maynor for the bi-annual exception. But was this much of an upgrade?

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Dunleavy will boost Bulls' bench

The addition of Mike Dunleavy will give the Chicago Bulls a sweet-shooting, versatile wing player that can play 25 minutes a game behind Luol Deng and with him in small lineups.

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CP3 signing an obvious win

Chris Paul has verbally agreed to a five-year, $107 million maximum contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. I have nothing more to say about this.

GRADE: A

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Robinson trade a win-win

By pawning off Thomas Robinson to the Blazers, the Rockets created the cap space for Dwight Howard that they desperately needed. Meanwhile, Portland got a young player with some upside for free.

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Bargnani trade confusing for Knicks

The start of free agency brought a confusing trade, at least for one side. Andrea Bargnani is heading to the New York Knicks for three draft picks and salary flotsam. We grade the deal.

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