So far, the NBA offseason has been full of action with moves that will change the face of the league for this upcoming season. Not only were teams able to add some tremendous talent through the annual draft, but they have also had opportunities to improve through the addition of free agents.
This NBA summer has been flooded with moves, some of which have made changed teams better, others have made them worse. Here is a list of every NBA team's offseason grade based on moves they've made and the players they drafted.
The headline for the Jazz this offseason has been the polarizing contract of Gordon Hayward. Utah signed Hayward to a max-deal four-year, $63 million contract. Some view the contract as a deal the Jazz had to make, while others think that letting him walk would've been best.
The fact of the matter is that Deng, Stephenson and Ariza were all on the market the same time as Hayward, but all signed for less money. Hayward certainly isn't the best of the four players, and it is clear that he was overpaid, but the Jazz saw it fit to keep him.
Under new head coach Quin Snyder, defense will be a priority, and that is something Hayward can complement now. Hayward is also familiar with the roster and he can perhaps have a breakout season under Snyder's new system.
Where the Jazz really were impressive this offseason was in the draft. When considering what Utah did with the picks it had (fifth and 23rd overall), the Jazz may have had the best draft in the league.
With the fifth overall pick, the Jazz drafted Dante Exum, a 6-6 guard who many thought would be a top-three pick. Exum is gifted with size, quickness and court vision. He is an excellent passer, who is full of potential. He could be a superstar in the making, and for Utah, that is something to be extremely excited about.
With the 23rd overall pick, the Jazz drafted Rodney Hood, a sharpshooter who played alongside Parker at Duke. Hood proved in the summer league that he can be a deadly three-point shooter, and if he can remain consistent, he could see solid minutes this season.
The Jazz lost Williams, Rush and Jefferson, but signed Trevor Booker (two years, $9.7 million) and Steve Novak to replace what they had lost.
Overall, the Jazz ended up overpaying for Hayward and Booker, but they also added two great pieces through the draft. Utah has a young team with a ton to look forward to, but as far as improvement goes, the Jazz still have a long way to go.
This offseason Atlanta added Michigan State's Adreian Payne, a forward who shows loads of promise, in the draft. He'll be able to learn from Paul Millsap and Al Horford and can hopefully play a Taj Gibson-type role for the Hawks off the bench this upcoming season.
The Hawks lost Lou Williams, a player that gave them life off the bench at times, but they also signed defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha to a three-year deal. They also signed a small deal with Kent Bazemore, a young player who showed signs of promise in Los Angeles this past season.
The Hawks have a solid core in Jeff Teague, Millsap, Horford, and they certainly made some moves to shake things up a little bit, but nothing big enough to make them that much better.
The Celtics made noise this offseason with moves that certainly effect their team both now and for the future. First, they drafted explosive guard Marcus Smart with the sixth overall pick and James Young with the 17th pick. Second, they signed Evan Turner and traded for sharpshooter Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller.
Boston lost Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless, neither of whom should have a negative impact on the team.
The Celtics have an upcoming star in Smart, and if they decide that he is the point guard of the future then Rajon Rondo could be a valuable trade asset. Whether Rondo is dealt or not, the Celtics have had a decent offseason and their additions will fit nicely with Rondo, Bradley and Jeff Green.
The Nets have been a disaster this offseason and it's been a really pity to watch.
While they added Jarrett Jack, a solid guard, they also added Bojan Bogdanovic and Sergey Karasev, neither of whom will likely make any positive impact this season.
Brooklyn lost Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Marcus Thornton, all of whom saw regular playing time last season. They also lost their coach Jason Kidd, who has been replaced by Lionel Hollins.
In short, Brooklyn got worse this offseason. Add its disappointing summer to the fact that it has a new coach, an injury-plagued Deron Williams and an ancient Kevin Garnett, this season looks like a nightmare for the Nets.
While the Nets had one of the worst offseasons, the Hornets had just the opposite. Charlotte stole Noah Vonleh with the ninth overall pick in the draft. He was a player many predicted would go in the top five. They signed rising star Lance Stephenson to a three-year deal. He could very well have a monster season statistically.
The Hornets also added Marvin Williams, a forward who came on strong for the Utah Jazz at the end of last season, as well as PJ Hairston in the draft. Their only loss that might hurt them is that of Josh McRoberts, but Charlotte is optimistic that its added talent can fill the void.
With the significant improvements Charlotte made this offseason, and its core of Al Jefferson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker, the Hornets are likely to move up in the standings from where they were last season.
Like the Hornets, the Bulls are another team that improved this offseason. To start off with, the Bulls secured Doug McDermott in the draft, a player that has performed extremely well in summer league play. McDermott led the NCAA in scoring last year, and the Bulls are hoping he can be a bright spot for a team that struggled to score the ball last season.
The Bulls also made a run at Carmelo Anthony, and it looked as though there was a high chance that he would sign with Chicago, but in the end he chose to stay in New York. Chicago also made a run at Pau Gasol and eventually signed the two-time champion.
Gasol is an excellent passer in the post, as is Joakim Noah, and that should give the Bulls a very versatile offense this season. With a healthy Derrick Rose, the Bulls will be favorites to go to the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers have been the talk of the draft, the offseason and will continue to be in the spotlight throughout the season. Why? Because the prodigal son, four-time MVP LeBron James, is returning to Cleveland. James instantly makes the Cavaliers better and will likely make them a power in the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland also took Andrew Wiggins, a player that has been compared to James since his high school days, with the first overall pick. As much potential as Wiggins has, Cleveland agreed to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves and will trade a future draft pick, Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in exchange for superstar forward Kevin Love. Love will make Cleveland instant favorites to not only make it to the NBA Finals, but to win it as well.
In addition to James and the trade for Love, the Cavaliers added Mike Miller and James Jones, two of LeBron's favorite targets in Miami.
So far, Cleveland has had a dream offseason and that may still include the signings of Shawn Marion and Ray Allen. Depending on how the cards fall, it seems like a near perfect offseason for the Cavaliers could potentially get even better.
The Mavericks continue to stay relevant each and every year, and this offseason has helped them do just that. They resigned Dirk Nowitzki, which was their first priority, and his willingness to take less money has given Dallas the opportunity to add some more talent.
The Mavericks brought back former defensive player of the year award winner Tyson Chandler, as well as Chandler Parsons, Raymond Felton, Jameer Nelson, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu. Each of those players have specific roles and will give the Mavericks some much-needed depth.
Dallas lost Vince Carter, Marion and Jose Calderon, but its additions should make the losses less painful.
Although the Mavericks signed Parsons, who is a decent player, they gave him a three-year, $46 million dollar deal, a contract he frankly isn't worth yet. It is certainly possible that Parsons has a monster season and earns his money, but $46 million is a lot of money to pay when the only thing the team can do is hope for the best.
Although the city of Denver has been buzzing with excitement about the new free agents who have signed with the Broncos, there hasn't been much reason for excitement when it comes to the Nuggets' offseason.
The Nuggets did acquire Arron Afflalo, a guard who should give them a good amount of scoring this season, and also the rights to Gary Harris, a rookie guard with tremendous defensive ability. For the most part however, Denver has been extremely quiet. The Nuggets have money to spend, but the marquee free agents have already chosen their destinations and the current market lacks players that will make an enormous impact.
For a decent team in a Western Conference that is stocked with dominant teams, the Nuggets just didn't make enough strides this offseason to become an elite team.
The Pistons have been active this offseason with hopes that the team is a move or two away from making the playoffs in a very weak Eastern Conference.
Shooting was a key emphasis for Detroit and the Pistons signed former Lakers sniper Jodie Meeks, shooter Caron Butler and D.J. Augustin. Meeks performed well in Los Angeles, but a three-year, $18 million contract is certainly more than he is worth.
Greg Monroe, a promising center who played for the Pistons this past season, is still a free agent, and Detroit still hasn't finalized a deal. There have been also rumors about the possibility of Detroit trading Josh Smith to the Sacramento Kings, so it's possible that the Pistons still have some offseason excitement ahead of them.
If Detroit and Monroe can reach a deal, then the Pistons offseason grade would certainly improve, but until then, they have a ton of room for improvement.
After firing head coach Mark Jackson at the end of last season, it was common knowledge that this offseason would not be a dormant one for the Warriors.
To replace Jackson, the Warriors hired TNT analyst and former player Steve Kerr. Kerr has made it clear that ball movement will be an emphasis in his new system and the Warriors seem to have the personnel to execute it.
As far as roster changes go, the Warriors lost Steve Blake, but picked up Shaun Livingston, a point guard who should give them an edge coming off the bench. Golden State also signed Brandon Rush, who has been an excellent three-point shooter throughout his career, an ability that will fit right in to the Warriors game plan.
Golden State made a run at acquiring Love, but the Warriors were unable to sway Minnesota to send him their way. David Lee will have to hold the fort down at the power forward for the Warriors.
Kerr could end up being an excellent coach for the Warriors and might end up turning them into a championship-caliber team, but he is still very unproven. With no prior head coaching experience at the NBA level, it is difficult to say with confidence that hiring Kerr was a great move.
The Rockets entered the offseason with high hopes of landing a big-name free agent. They came close to signing Anthony and Chris Bosh, but both players decided to resign with their respective teams.
Small forward Trevor Ariza is the only player that the Rockets signed during the offseason that is worth mentioning. He has always been a great defensive player, and he has really developed a solid stroke from beyond the arc last season.
For Houston, however, what was more important this offseason than who they spent money, is the ways it saved money. The Rockets dumped the salaries of Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, and avoided overpaying Parsons.
Though Parsons is developing into a great player, he isn't worth the three-year, $46 million deal Dallas gave him. The Rockets were smart to add a player like Ariza, who will cost them less and likely give them a similar level of production.
Overall, the Rockets have saved a tremendous amount of money so far this offseason, but weren't able to spend the savings on a superstar free agent.
A combination of bad luck and poor decisions plagued the Pacers this offseason and their team will likely suffer next season because of it.
At the start of the offseason, the Pacers' top priority was resigning rising star Lance Stephenson. They obviously didn't pursue him aggressive enough because he signed with the Charlotte Hornets for just a bit more than the Pacers offered him.
His loss became even more catastrophic when Paul George suffered a gruesome leg fracture while practicing for the FIBA World Cup. Geroge's injury will likely cause him to miss the entire season.
By losing both George and Stephenson, the Pacers are without their two best wing scorers. Add in the fact that they chose not to resign Evan Turner and it is clear that the Pacers are in real trouble.
The Pacers signed Rodney Stuckey and CJ Miles, neither of whom will make an impact in the way George, Stephenson or even Turner could have.
There has been a ton of negativity surrounding the Clippers this offseason and it certainly isn't the team's fault. The Donald Sterling saga really brought some unwanted attention to the team and until it's completely over, the negative press will also continue.
On top of Sterling's drama, the Clippers lost guard Darren Collison and forward Danny Granger, both of whom were valuable players that contributed well last season.
The Clippers signed Jordan Farmar and drafted CJ Wilcox, neither of whom will make much of an immediate impact. Los Angeles signed Spencer Hawes however, which gives the Clippers yet another valuable post player to work with and a player that is ready to contribute to the team now. They also resigned Glen Davis, a player who played well for the Clips off the bench last season.
With the cloud of controversy ever hovering above the Clippers, their offseason wasn't as bad as it could have been.
The Lakers have been very active this offseason, but they haven't made any moves worth calling home about.
They drafted Kentucky forward Julius Randle, a player who will likely be a star in the NBA in the future, with the seventh overall pick. He brings a unique combination of size and strength along with a gifted touch in the paint.
LA lost some assets. Gasol elected not to resign with the Lakers, choosing instead to head to Chicago for a shot at another title. He wasn't the only one to go. Meeks signed with the Pistons, Farmar signed with the Clippers and Chris Kaman signed with Portland.
The Lakers absorbed Lin's big contract from Houston. Lin is an inconsistent player that can perhaps learn behind Steve Nash. The team also claimed forward Carlos Boozer off waivers for only $3.2 million, which is a small price to pay for a player with his offensive talent. Ed Davis also signed with Los Angeles, which adds another forward to the team's roster.
The Lakers resigned Ryan Kelly, Xavier Heny and Wesley Johnson. They are all role players who likely won't make any noteworthy impact. They also resigned Jordan Hill, a center that has shown flashes of brilliance, to a 2-year deal, but he will need to find a form of consistency for the contract to be worth it.
Nick Young, who led the league in points per game off the bench last season, also chose to resign with the team. Young will give the Lakers some desperately needed wing scoring, but he will likely give them some unneeded off the court antics as well.
The Lakers have a new head coach in Byron Scott, who, like most of the Lakers roster, has a reputation for being inconsistent. With an aging Nash and a band of unproven players all playing for a new coach in a new system, the Lakers don't have a high chance of being successful next season. Their only shot for having a successful season is for five-time champion Kobe Bryant, who is entering his 19th season, to have a monster season.
The offseason for the Grizzlies revolved around retaining forward Zach Randolph. He has been an absolute force in the post and has been a large reason why the Grizzlies have made the playoffs in recent years. Retaining him was a big win for Memphis.
In the draft, the Grizzlies acquired Jordan Adams in the first round and picked up the rights to Jarnell Stokes from the Jazz. While neither player is expected to play big minutes this upcoming season, a player like Adams could be a great asset in the future.
The Grizzlies lost three forwards this offseason in 3-point specialist Mike Miller, Ed Davis and James Johnson. To address the loss of Miller, Memphis signed Vince Carter, a former superstar who has developed more into strictly a shooter. While Carter isn't as good of a shooter as Miller, his all around game complements the Grizzlies more than Miller's did.
Retaining Randolph was huge for Memphis, but it was perhaps the only thing the Grizzlies have to be excited about this offseason.
When James announced his decision to leave Miami and return to Cleveland, it seemed that the Heat were done. Bosh was thinking of signing with Dallas or Houston and there were rumors of Dwyane Wade possibly signing with the Chicago Bulls. But before the Heat crumbled to dust, Pat Riley swooped in and played the superhero like he has so many times before.
Riley acted swiftly in resigning Bosh to a max deal. Bosh is a player fully capable of increasing his level of production as he has shown when James and Wade have been off the court. With the James' departure Bosh will have more freedom to make a huge impact and develop as a leader.
More importantly, Miami also resigned Wade, a player who has brought so much to the Heat organization over the years. Coming off an injury-riddled season, Wade has been hard at work this offseason, and if everything goes according to plan, he could be due for a vintage season.
Retaining Bosh and Wade are huge victories for the Heat, but Riley didn't stop there. The Heat also signed Luol Deng, a productive forward who will likely replace LeBron in Miami's starting lineup, to a two-year deal.
The Heat also signed McRoberts and Danny Granger, as well as retaining Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem and Chris Anderson. What this means for Miami is that it now have an extremely deep team with productive players both in the starting lineup and coming off the bench.
In terms of recovering from the unexpected departure of James, Miami's offseason couldn't have gone any better. If someone is trying to predict which team will win the Eastern Conference this year, don't count out the Heat.
The former Duke forward was taken by the Bucks with the second overall pick in the draft, and they won't regret it. Parker showed of his talent in the summer league and convinced everyone that he is ready to start what is sure to be a great career. His size and strength is NBA ready, and his offensive ability make him an easy pick to win the rookie of the year award.
Besides Parker, the Bucks haven't really made any impressive roster changes. They added Jerryd Bayless and Kendall Marshall, both of whom are young players but not players who will lift the Bucks in the standings.
Milwaukee also sent the Brooklyn Nets some future draft picks in exchange for Kidd, the Bucks' new head coach. With only one year of experience under his belt, Kidd's ability to coach is one that is not yet proven.
Based on their offseason, the Bucks are likely to once again finish toward the bottom of the league standings. Parker will likely be a bright spot for them for years to come just as he has been this summer.
The Timberwolves have agreed to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers in a deal that would send Love to Cleveland in exchange for first overall pick Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future draft pick. This deal can't be completed until Aug. 23 because Wiggins can't be dealt until 30 days after signing his rookie contract.
Minnesota drafted the super athletic Zach Lavine and the skilled Glen Robinson III. Both players should contribute to the team's future success. The Wolves also signed guard Mo Williams to a one-year deal. Williams has been a successful veteran the last few years in Portland and Utah. With a group of young talent, Williams will provide some leadership and direction.
Overall, Love sadly doesn't want to be in Minnesota anymore, so the Wolves were forced to trade him. For Wolves to get a player that has been compared to Tracy McGrady and James, they are clearly making the best of a difficult situation. Unless the NBA vetoes the deal for "basketball reasons," then the Cavs can get a player that will help them contend for a championship now and the Wolves can get a player who will be the face of their franchise for years.
The Pelicans made a splash in free agency when they dealt their 2015 first-round draft pick for 7-foot-1 center Omer Asik. Asik is skilled in the post and would have started all year for the Rockets had Houston not gotten ahold of Dwight Howard last summer. By adding Asik the Pelicans now have another presence in the paint to go along with superstar Anthony Davis.
Besides picking up Asik, the Pelicans haven't been up to very much. They lost their three-point shooter in Anthony Morrow, but replaced him with the more accurate Jimmer Fredette. Although Fredette shot an astonishing 49 percent from beyond the arc last season, he is a liability on defense, and that will likely result in very little playing time.
The Pelicans are definitely headed in the right direction and adding Asik definitely helps them continue to improve, but in a competitive Western Conference, New Orleans didn't do quite enough.
This offseason has been highly anticipated for the New York Knicks with Phil Jackson beginning to build what Knicks fans hope is a championship-caliber team. With Derek Fisher as the head coach and Jackson mentoring him from afar, this could be the start of a journey in the right direction — something the Knicks have been very unfamiliar with in the past decade.
Anthony was a big question mark this summer and there were a plethora of teams that were hoping to enlist his services. In the end, he chose to return to New York, and continue to work toward capturing his first championship. Anthony's ability on the offensive side of the ball is one that is extremely rare, and for the Knicks to retain him, is a huge relief.
The Knicks also added Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and drafted Cleanthony Early. Calderon is a career 41 percent three-point shooter and possesses exceptional court vision and has a high basketball IQ. Chances are Calderon will be a perfect fit for Jackson's triangle offense.
The Knicks certainly aren't ready to contend for a title this year, but this offseason has really been a strong building block in getting there. If next offseason is anything like this one, the Knicks could improve at a rapid pace.
The Thunder have gained a reputation throughout the NBA as an organization that is exceptional at developing players. With that in mind, OKC drafted center Mitch McGary and forward Josh Huestis in the first round. With their tremendous development staff, both players will likely improve and complement Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. McGary has loads of potential, and as fans have seen with Steven Adams, the Thunder aren't scared to call upon their rookies to play crucial minutes.
Oklahoma signed Anthony Morrow to help carry some of the three-point shooting load — a role that Morrow seems to be built to carry. He has always been a great shooter and that ability should help take some pressure off Durant.
Since last season, the Thunder lost Thabo Sefolosha, Caron Butler and Fisher, all of whom played consistent minutes. The Thunder have players like Jeremy Lamb that are more than happy to play more minutes, but it is still unknown as to which player will start at the shooting guard spot next to Westbrook. Sefolosha was a consistent, reliable guard who provided support both offensively and defensively.
The Thunder did their best to replace the players that they lost, but the reality is they didn't. Their new additions are limited and young, so it is up to the development staff to help them keep the Thunder a Western Conference power.
The Magic were looking to improve their three-point shooting this offseason after losing Jameer Nelson and trading Afflalo to the Nuggets, so they signed forward Channing Frye, guard Ben Gordon, guard Willie Green,and guard Luke Ridnour, all of whom can shoot the three ball.
In the draft, the Magic took Aaron Gordon with the fourth overall pick, and the rights to Elfrid Peyton and Roy Devyn Marble. The most exciting player of the three is obviously Gordon, who possesses size, strength, athleticism, as well as a rare ability on defense. If Gordon can develop a mid-range jumper and can improve from the free-throw line, then he will be a player Orlando can build around in the future.
The Sixers have done literally nothing as far as free agency goes this offseason, unless you count the fact that Jason Richardson opted in to the final year of his contract. Where Philadelphia really looked to improve was in the draft.
The 76ers drafted Joel Embiid with the third overall pick. Embiid is an extremely talented center who has been compared to Hakeem Olajuwon. He has an NBA-ready post game and is a strong defensive presence in the paint. On the flip side, Embiid has also drawn comparisons to Greg Oden, and that is because of a stress fracture he has in his foot. If Embiid ends up being injury prone his entire career, he could be a huge bust.
Philadelphia also added Dario Saric and KJ McDaniels, both of whom will add to the core of young talent that the Sixers are building.
The Suns surprised everyone last year when head coach Jeff Hornacek fueled the Suns to a 48-34 record. Because of how good the Western Conference is, Phoenix barely missed the playoffs.
This offseason, the Suns appear to be more determined than ever on improving their team enough to not only make the postseason, but contend as well. They drafted Tyler Ennis and TJ Warren in the first round, both of whom will likely make immediate impacts.
Ennis will be a great fit for the Suns because of his ability to both handle and pass the ball. Although he can improve as a shooter, he certainly isn't bad now. Ennis is the type of player who will start for an NBA team in the future, and he will help the Suns right away.
Warren is a lethal scorer who put up 24.9 points per game last year for NC State. Warren proved in the summer league that scoring at the NBA level won't be too big of a hurdle, and that he is more than ready for the challenge.
The Suns loss Channing Frye, who was a big three-point threat for the team last year, so they were actively looking to replace him. They signed Anthony Tolliver, who shot 41 percent from beyond the arc this past year. Tolliver is three inches shorter than Frye, but should prove to be an adequate replacement.
And last, but certainly not least, the Suns signed Isaiah Thomas to a small four-year, $27 million deal, which is an absolute steal considering the talent Thomas has. To put it in perspective, Thomas and Kyrie Irving have extremely similar career averages, with Thomas averaging more assists, more rebounds, less turnovers, and a better field-goal percentage.
The Suns have to be happy with their offseason. They played it extremely smart all summer long.
It's been awful quiet in Rip City this summer and that is because the Blazers have been very inactive this offseason.
They lost Williams to Minnesota, but they replaced with Steve Blake. Blake has performed consistently well for the Warriors and Lakers these past couple seasons and his experience will aid the Blazers much the same as Williams did.
The Blazers also signed Kaman, who had a very lack-luster season for the Lakers. Kaman has a nice mid-range jumper, and that might be nice when LaMarcus Aldridge needs a breather. Kaman really lacks any defensive ability, making him an instant liability on the court.
Portland had a real coming out party last season by winning 54 games. The Blazers surprised everyone and really came together as a team, but the element of surprise won't be on their side next season. The Blazers really needed to make a big move to take the next step to becoming a title contender, but they stayed very passive.
The Kings drafted Nik Stauskas, a guard that was likely the best shooter in the draft, with the eighth overall pick. There is always room for good shooters in the NBA (as Kyle Korver has proven his entire career), and the Kings are no different. With Ben McLemore already on the roster and with the addition of Stauskas, Sacramento has no shortage of shooters.
But the good news ends there for Sacramento. Sure, the Kings signed Darren Collison to a three-year deal, but they lost Thomas to Phoenix in a deal that is barely larger than Collison's. Thomas is by far the superior player and his familiarity with the Kings' roster and management, makes the Collison deal even more head-scratching.
After absolutely destroying the Miami Heat in the championship last season, and putting on a clinic of teamwork that is unrivaled in the NBA, the Spurs went on to have a solid offseason as well.
Tim Duncan exercised his player option to remain in San Antonio, and the team was also able to retain Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. The Spurs also drafted UCLA's Kyle Anderson, and he is a player who can play multiple positions. Anderson seems to be a perfect fit for San Antonio and should evolve to fit any role that the Spurs need.
After an amazing title run, being able to keep every key player from the championship team is a feat in and of itself. Well done, San Antonio.
After an impressive season, the Raptors aimed for an impressive offseason. Sadly enough, however, it wasn't too impressive.
Toronto resigned Kyle Lowry to a four-year deal, which was the top priority this summer. He led the Raptors to the third-best record in the Eastern Conference last year. Toronto also retained Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson, and they will give the team some depth for next season.
The Raptors lost John Salmons, Steve Novak, Nando de Colo and Joey Dorsey, but they signed Lucas Nogiera and Lou Williams.
Toronto retained the players it needed to, but didn't make any moves big enough to take the next step. Luckily for the Raptors, the Eastern Conference is weak enough for them to have a winning season again.
The Wizards had a great season last year by going to the Eastern Conference semifinals. They have a young team with playoff experience, and should be ready to gear up for another run.
One question mark for the Wizards has been their lack of a true veteran leader, and this offseason, Washington addressed that question by signing Paul Pierce. Pierce, an NBA champion, will give them championship experience, veteran leadership and a go-to scorer, all of which will make the Wizards a better team.
Washington lost Ariza and Booker, but signed Humphries and DeJuan Blair to fill the void left behind. The team also retained Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden.
It is sad that the Wizards lost Ariza, especially when he ended up signing for slightly more than Washington was offering, but the addition of Pierce definitely fills that gap and gives them a strong presence in the starting lineup.
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