By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on July 25, 2014
Obviously Free Agency is a period where NBA teams have the opportunity to take large steps forward and improve. However, this time also offers the opportunity for players to improve their individual situations by ending up in a better situation. Which 10 players have used 2014 NBA Free Agency to arrive on a better team?
There are certainly questions about Pau Gasol moving forward considering his decline in recent years. There are also questions about how he’ll fit with the Chicago Bulls. However, there’s no doubt that the Bulls have a much brighter future than the Los Angeles Lakers.
Livingston certainly made himself a lot of money playing with the Brooklyn Nets last season, but that same Nets team also has a very low ceiling. With him going to the Warriors, Livingston now has a chance to be a part of one of the brightest young teams in the league in Golden State.
There are a lot of underrated commodities that get stuck on bad teams and you could argue that Stuckey fits that bill. While he was a spark for a bad Detroit Pistons team, he has the chance to help the Indiana Pacers keep competing atop the Eastern Conference.
Minutes were hard to come by with the Warriors for Bazemore, but he shined once he went to the Lakers via trade. Now he’s going to be suiting up for the Atlanta Hawks and could be a valuable asset off the bench for a sleeper in the East.
Williams has more or less been floating in obscurity with the Utah Jazz the past few years, but now has the chance to be a big role player for the much-improved Charlotte Hornets. He’s not the biggest signing for Charlotte, but he’s also not dismissible.
While Ariza was a key cog in the Washington Wizards’ rise to prominence last season, he was also limited by the lack of experience around him. Going to the Houston Rockets, Ariza will have a much more talented and proven roster around him.
Ironically, Miles is in just around the same boat that Stuckey is and both are going to the Pacers. Both played the role of an offensive weapon for bad teams last year and both are coming to a contender in the East to try and provide the same type of things.
Sacramento held a ton of success for Thomas, but it was also a bad team that forced him out of his ideal role as an offensive sparkplug off of the bench. For the upstart Phoenix Suns, Thomas can now go back to that role and help comprise a lethal backcourt.
We may not actually know how good Spencer Hawes actually is because he’s been buried on less-than-stellar teams for so long. Now he’s coming in to complete the Los Angeles Clippers’ frontcourt and could very well be the guy that launches them to title-contender status.
The argument that the Miami Heat would have been better next season had LeBron than the Cleveland Cavaliers will be next year is relatively valid. However, there’s no doubt that the Cavs are much less of a dead-end for James and offer him a better team for the long-run.
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