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10 Biggest Winners From 2014 NBA Free Agency

10 Biggest Winners After NBA Free Agency

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The 2014 NBA free agency period has seen a lot of movement this summer. With veteran forwards LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony already signed, restricted free agents Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe are the top unsigned players still on the market. Here are the top 10 winners from the 2014 free agency period.

10. Gordon Hayward

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10. Gordon Hayward

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Gordon Hayward jumped on the top 10 list early after Utah matched Charlotte’s four-year offer to the small forward. With a new contract worth more than $ 14 million per season, there's no doubt that Utah believes Hayward is their franchise player. Although the contract may be a little expensive for Hayward’s services, the Jazz have a young nucleus to build around and should see some progress soon.

9. San Antonio Spurs

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9. San Antonio Spurs

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After winning the fifth championship in franchise history, the San Antonio Spurs have essentially brought back every important piece and will be a contender once again this season. The ageless Tim Duncan and head coach Gregg Popovich will both return next season to lead the defending champions. The Spurs also re-signed role players Patty Mills, Boris Diaw, Matt Bonner and added UCLA forward Kyle Anderson through the draft.

8. Dallas Mavericks

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8. Dallas Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks received a lot of cap flexibility by choosing not to re-sign veteran forwards Shawn Marion and Vince Carter. Dirk Nowitzki proved that he is serious about winning by taking a pay cut to help lure other free agents. The additions of sharpshooter Chandler Parsons and big man Tyson Chandler are two keys that should improve the team immediately. However, the production of Devin Harris and Raymond Felton will be very important.

7. Kyle Lowry

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7. Kyle Lowry

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Combo guard Kyle Lowry received a hefty pay increase this summer after a career-best season. Lowry's four-year contract seems fair after the guard averaged 17.9 points and 7.4 assists per game last season for the Raptors. Lowry's four-year deal is reportedly worth $ 12 million per season with a player option for the fourth season. Although Lowry received market value for his services, his supporting cast in Toronto is less than desired.

6. Lance Stephenson

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6. Lance Stephenson

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Although Lance Stephenson and the Indiana Pacers could not reach an agreement to keep the guard in Indiana, Stephenson found a suitor to pay him big bucks. With the addition of Stephenson the Charlotte Hornets gained a defensive specialist who attacks the basket with ease. Stephenson and guard Kemba Walker may take some time to get acquainted, but both complement each other very well and could be a dangerous combo along with an outside shooter.

5. Chandler Parsons

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5. Chandler Parsons

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With a three-year contract worth a reported $ 46 million, small forward Chandler Parsons will start the 2014 season as the Mavericks' highest paid athlete. Parsons didn't have to go far to receive a pay increase after spending the first three years of his career in Houston. Parsons and Nowitzki's outside shooting should make Monte Ellis' job a little easier this season.

4. Carmelo Anthony

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4. Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony is known around the NBA for his ability to put the ball through the net. The versatile forward showed he can score in more ways than one this offseason after signing a max deal worth more than $ 126 million. Although the Knicks are a few years away from being title contenders, Anthony certainly scored this offseason and will be head coach Derek Fisher’s franchise player for years to come.

3. LeBron James

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3. LeBron James

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With his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James is once again America’s favorite athlete, unless you’re a Miami Heat fan. Although the Cavaliers have struggled in James' absence, expect the return of the King to improve the Cavaliers on and off the court. With the addition of Mike Miller, James Jones and the potential acquisition of Kevin Love, it is clear that James is calling the shots on Cleveland.

2. Chris Bosh

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2. Chris Bosh

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He may not admit it, but Chris Bosh’s pockets surely benefited from the departure of LeBron James. Although Bosh could have accepted a four-year deal to contend for a title in Houston, the eight-time All-Star decided to stay in Miami and cash in with an extra year on his max deal. Bosh certainly owes LeBron dinner when the Cavaliers visit.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

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For obvious reasons the Cleveland Cavaliers are the biggest winners this offseason. The Cavaliers jumped atop the list after LeBron James announced he would return to Cleveland instead of re-singing in Miami. No one has to be happier than guard Kyrie Irving, who has a proven scorer. Already all is forgiven and LeBron is once again the man of Ohio. Will Kevin Love join him? Or will it be the duo of Irving and James that carries the load?