The 5 Biggest Surprises of 2014 NBA Free Agency

By Sean Sarcu

2014 NBA Free Agency: 5 Biggest Surprises

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2014 NBA free agency has been even more exciting than usual, with a number of high-profile players changing teams during an offseason in which an unusually large number of organizations had plenty of salary-cap space. Here are the five biggest surprises of the period.

5. Chicago Bulls Fall Flat Once Again

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5. Chicago Bulls Fall Flat Once Again

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Carmelo Anthony seemed like the perfect fit for the Chicago Bulls. Prior to July 1st, the Bulls were generally held to be the favorite to sign him. Anthony ultimately chose the money and familiarity of the New York Knicks, continuing an odd trend of big-time free agents spurning Chicago.

4. Sacramento Kings Organization Loses Its Collective Mind

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4. Sacramento Kings Organization Loses Its Collective Mind

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The Sacramento Kings have made it clear they're looking to win as soon as possible, so it made a lot of sense to let Isaiah Thomas go to the Phoenix Suns and replace him with a significantly inferior player in Darren Collison.

Scratch that, actually. It was one of the most inexplicable and outright silly moves of the offseason, and it's really hard to tell what the Kings were thinking. They willingly and happily chose a sizable downgrade.

3. LeBron James Heads Back Home

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3. LeBron James Heads Back Home

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For the longest time, it seemed like LeBron James re-upping with the Miami Heat was just a formality. Then free agency began, and murmurs of a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers quickly turned into roars. James ultimately elected to sign with Cleveland in what was one of the most surprising and league-shuffling moves of the summer.

2. Chris Bosh Stays in Miami Despite LeBron's Departure

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2. Chris Bosh Stays in Miami Despite LeBron's Departure

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All along, it seemed as if LeBron was the only thing keeping Chris Bosh in Miami. All indications were that the allure of a max offer from the Houston Rockets and their immensely talented roster would be more than enough to bring Bosh back home to Texas once James decided to sign with Cleveland. In a surprising turn, Bosh instead chose to re-sign with the Heat, inking a mammoth five-year deal.

1. Houston Rockets Take a Huge Step Back

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1. Houston Rockets Take a Huge Step Back

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The Houston Rockets opened up cap space by trading Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, selling out in an attempt to nab one of LeBron, Anthony or Bosh in free agency and add them to a core of Dwight Howard, James Harden and Chandler Parsons. They ended up with egg on their face, landing none of the three and losing Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks via offer sheet. Nobody saw this coming for the Rockets.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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