Well, here we are. Summer continues to rage on as we make our way through July, but NBA free agency is slowing down.
But not all teams are winners. So where does the NBA stack up as a whole? Let’s find out…
The Pacers have gotten a surprising amount of credit as a winner in free agency. They really shouldn’t. Doug McDermott is a much better shooter in theory than in practice. He made 42.6% of his three-pointers last season, but he isn’t exactly joining a team known for its ball movement and spacing, and he shot only 36.2% from long range in his last tour of duty with Victor Oladipo in 2017.
Kyle O’Quinn is an unremarkable backup. Tyreke Evans was a bad player for somewhere between the past two and seven years, and the Pacers are expecting him to continue to thrive based off of one good year on a high lottery team?
Indiana had a chance to use its considerable cap space to sign a core piece. They could have made the Orlando Magic sweat on Aaron Gordon. They could have absorbed Kevin Love into cap space in a trade. They could have taken Denver’s bad money and gotten a first-round pick for their troubles only to try again in free agency next year.
Instead they declared to all of the world that they are happy as a No. 5 seed. Congratulations, Indiana. Way to shoot for the moon. Enjoy the seven million dollars in revenue that comes from your three home playoff games.