5 Players Who Got Raw Deals in 2014 NBA Free Agency

By Chris Peterson

5 Players Who Got Raw Deals in 2014 NBA Free Agency

Dwyane Wade
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There were plenty of winners in 2014 NBA Free Agency. LeBron James was one of them. Unfortunately, not everyone was so lucky and some players were forced to stay in bad situations or got less money than they could or should have. Here are five players who got a raw deal in free agency.

5. Shawn Marion

Shawn Marion
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5. Shawn Marion

Shawn Marion
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It's hard to see why someone like Marion, who is still a productive player even at 36, is still unsigned while at the same time, Ben Gordon, who hardly played last season, and when he did, played poorly, got million over two years. Marion averaged 10.4 PPG, 6.5 rebounds per game, shot 48 percent from the field and continues to be a solid defender. If he signs for the minimum, that is a steal.

4. D.J. Augustin

D.J. Augustin
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4. D.J. Augustin

D.J. Augustin
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I hate to pick on Ben Gordon again but how does he get million more over two years than Augustin. Augustin did struggle last season with Toronto but was a revelation with the Bulls. Augustin shoots 37 percent from beyond arc during his career and is a solid point guard. The fact that he got just million a year was a bit surprising.

3. Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki
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3. Dirk Nowitzki

3. Dirk Nowitzki
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You might argue with Nowitzki's inclusion on this year because he voluntarily took a pay cut, however that is not the reason he is here. The reason he ended up on the list is that despite taking much less than his market value to help his team contend for a title, the Mavericks are still nothing more than a good playoff team. Dallas needed a star like Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. Chandler Parsons was just a consolation.

2. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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2. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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The Los Angeles Lakers did their best to land a star player to pair with Bryant, but it just wasn't meant to be. Now Bryant can enjoy being the highest paid player in the league, while he's surrounded by Carlos Boozer, Nick Young, Jeremy Lin and Julius Randle. Making the playoffs would be a great achievement, but Bryant can't be happy spending the last years of his career on a team with no chance at title contention.

1. Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade
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1. Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade
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No NBA player had a worse offseason than Wade. Not only did he opt out of a contract that would have paid him million over the next two years, he did so to help keep LeBron James in Miami. James ultimately signed with Cleveland and Wade signed for two years million. Wade essentially took a million pay cut to be on a team that is worse than the one that went to the finals last season.

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