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NBA Free Agency 2021

The NBA free agency has officially started on the first Monday of August 2021, with players and teams are busy coming to terms on high-paying deals. It means building new relationships with new teammates and even new cities or states for some players and teams.

On the other hand, for regular bettors, this means betting on the same team or following their favorite players on their new teams. While choosing new favorites can be problematic, placing the bets won't be much of a problem. After all, you can always find an online casino in NJ where you can wager on your chosen teams.

Meanwhile, below are the winners and losers so far at 2021 NBA free agency to guide you in this season's betting selections.

 

The Winners

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat succeeded on the free agency's first day by acquiring Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker and re-signing Duncan Robinson. These players will join Bam Adebayo and Jim Butler, giving the team an amazing lineup with their sixth man, Tyler Herro.

It seems that the Heat is now ready to come back after an upsetting 2020-21 season, even with reduced rosters. Moreover, Heat was able to pull this off without paying the luxury tax, thanks to their general manager, Andy Elisburg, and the front office.

Chicago Bulls

In the hopes of reaching the next season's playoffs for the first time in four years, the Chicago Bulls take things seriously in their offseason moves. The team has acquired Lonzo Ball with a four-year, $85 million contract and signed DeMar DeRozan for another $85 million deal for three years.

The new players are not perfect but considered as upgrades to the Bulls' team. After all, they need extra playmakers to help Nikola Vucevic and Zach Lavine with the team's offense. However, they still have things to do to fill their rosters, but it's good to see a team spend a lot to improve their game.

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors failed to acquire their prospects, Trevor Ariza and Kent Bazemore, with the latter even turned down their great offer to join the Lakers, hoping to win a title. However, veteran wing Otto Porter Jr. has signed with the team on a minimum deal, turning down other lucrative offers.

Nemanja Bjelica also signed with the Warriors in a minimum deal, giving the team more budget to acquire another veteran player. This would support their depth to get a position next season with Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry.

Moreover, the Golden State Warriors have drafted two teenage wings, Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga.

Losers

New Orleans Pelicans

Devonte' Graham will be joining the Pelicans and Garrette Temple and Tomas Satoransky, which is a great move. However, they lost Ball, an emerging star that already has a good relationship with the team's stars, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson.

Pelicans can offer Ball more money than the Bulls as the first team had the player's full Bird rights. New Orleans has also let go of the first-round pick to get Graham. While the team did a good job replacing Ball and still has more moves to make, re-signing him to play with Williamson may have been more beneficial for them.

Lakers defense

While the team has an amazing offense with Anthony Davis and LeBron James, their defense doesn't look quite great after the free agency's opening. The team has traded Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma, which are their versatile defensive wings. In addition, the team made the deal to acquire Russell Westbrook but lost Alex Caruso, their best defensive guard. Caruso went to Bull, and the Lakers reportedly did not produce a counteroffer.

Moreover, the Lakers have acquired veterans Carmelo Anthony, Wayne Ellington, Trevor Ariza, and Kent Bazemore with young guards Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn. However, none of them are known as defensive stoppers. They also regain Dwight Howard, a good paint protector but having difficulties defending perimeter players after switches. The team may still have some moves to make. However, their defense has taken significant damage.

Milwaukee Bucks


The Bucks were supposed to be a big winner at the opening of the free agency when Bobby Portis re-signed with a
$9 million contract for two years. However, P.J. Tucker, their veteran forward, announced his interest in signing with the Miami Heat, currently the off-season's big twist.

Tucker played a crucial role on Bucks' journey to the championship and had already formed a great bond with his teammates. However, Tucker implied that he would have stayed with the team in an Instagram post, but the negotiation did not go the way he wanted.

Milwaukee's financial condition makes it impossible for the team to replace Tucker. They have reportedly agreed to terms with forwards Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye, along with a seasoned guard, George Hill. However, without Tucker, it would be hard for them to face big wings like LeBron James, Jayson Tatum, or Kevin Durant in the next year's playoffs.

A lot of changes are set to happen in each team during free agency. However, the result of their decisions will be revealed when the games start.