NBA Free Agency 2020: 3 key takeaways from the NBA Free Agency 2020 frenzy: This NBA season was tightly packed with NBA lifting its moratorium period, followed by the NBA Draft, and the NBA Free Agency 2020.
To recap a little, a player was traded three times, the LA Lakers and LA Clippers went for each other’s stars. Milwaukee Bucks is still waiting for a big decision from its biggest star: Giannis Antetokounmpo.
We have seen Brandon Ingram get a max deal, Steve Adams and Eric Bledsoe head to New Orleans Pelicans in a 4-team trade, Montrezl Harrell move to the LA Lakers, to name a few ridiculous deals.
Here are the 3 key takeaways from the NBA Free Agency 2020:
The ceiling on a four-year deal for Hayward was widely projected in the $100 million range after his multiple injury woes in the Boston Celtics, where he had a player option for the coming season.
Mark Bartelstein, his agent, secured $120 million over four years from the Charlotte Hornets.
— Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) November 21, 2020
The Hornets spent nearly twice as much to land Hayward six years later is earning Michael Jordan, Charlotte’s owner, no shortage of fear. After the Hornets were able to select Ball at No. 3 draft pick, they turned to overcompensating Hayward.
The Milwaukee Bucks have until Dec. 21 to convince Antetokounmpo to sign a five-year, $230 million supermax contract extension. If he signs it, Milwaukee’s failure to acquire Bogdanovic after it was described as a done deal will be forgotten.
If Antetokounmpo chooses not to sign it by then, his contract position will hover over the franchise like a dark cloud all season. This will hurt the Bucks even more if they also have to pay the damaging penalties from the N.B.A.’s investigation.
Milwaukee responded to the Bogdanovic deal collapse by striking deals to bring in a clutch of useful role players. Guards D.J. Augustin, Bryn Forbes, and the forwards Bobby Portis and Torrey Craig.
3. Shooting is very valuable in the NBA 2020-21 season:
If the NBA Free Agency 2020 has taught us something, it is that players who can shoot at high percentages have a higher value than players who can not.
Joe Harris, who was struggling to stay in the league through his first two seasons in Cleveland, has bloomed in Brooklyn exceeding all reasonable projections and landed a four-year, $72 million contract (with an additional $3 million in unlikely bonuses) from the Nets.
Similarly, Bogdan Bogdanovic who recently moved to the Atlanta Hawks after his trade to Milwaukee Bucks failed, signed a $72 million contract after the Sacramento Kings declined to match Atlanta’s offer sheet.