The great soap opera starring
The mini-drama, with emojis dominating Twitter on Wednesday as Jordan backed away his verbal commitment to join the Mavericks and instead re-signed with the Clippers, made it one of the memorable days in the history of free agency.
But it was only one deal.
It's been two and a half weeks since the
So it's time to review the five best and five worst team moves so far in the NBA.
1.SAN ANTONIO: The
They lured unrestricted free-agent All-Star power forward
Equally important, the Spurs re-signed their best young player,
2. CLIPPERS: The light shines bright again over Clippers Nation after things looked dark when they seemed to have lost Jordan.
Jordan may win the flip-flopper of the year award, but when he re-signed with the Clippers for $88 million, he immediately revived his team's championship hopes.
The Clippers added the veteran savvy and championship know-how of small forward
With those pieces, and All-Stars
3. CLEVELAND: The King is back.
And that makes everything just fine in northwest Ohio, because all
James re-upped with Cleveland, signing a $46.9-million contract, assuring this championship-starved city of another opportunity to compete for the NBA championship after the Cavaliers fell to the
Kevin Love signed a $113-million deal to stay in Cleveland and guard
Once the Cavaliers get forward
4. MIAMI: There were some tense moments the face of the
But the Heat and Dwyane Wade came to their senses, with the 11-time All-Star agreeing to a one-year contract for $20 million.
Miami also re-signed talented point guard Goran Dragic to a $90-million deal and forward Luol Deng opted into his $10.2-million contract.
And the Heat got lucky in the NBA draft, selecting athletic swingman Justise Winslow with the 10th overall pick.
5. LAKERS: For the third consecutive summer, the Lakers lost out on their key free-agent targets. Aldridge turned them down, as did center
Another off-season disaster was lurking, but instead of coming up empty, the Lakers signed free agent sixth man of the year
The Lakers also drafted guard D'Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall pick, and the team has a healthy Julius Randle, who missed his rookie season after breaking his right leg in the first game of the season.
1.DALLAS: The Mavericks were disappointed by Jordan and it was no fault of their own. Jordan left them hanging, pushing them closer to the lottery than the playoffs, and left owner
The Mavericks are expected to sign point guard
2. PORTLAND: Rip City lost a major talent when Aldridge bolted. Worse, the basketball-crazed city saw four starters depart — Aldridge (San Antonio),
3. INDIANA: It has to be bad in Indianapolis if West opted out of his contract, and walked away from $12.6 million, to take an $11.1-million pay cut to sign with the Spurs for next season.
West didn't like the way the
So now the Pacers, who missed the playoffs last season, are in rebuilding mode.
4. NEW YORK: Just hearing
Then Knicks President
But it all goes back to the entitled Knicks fans booing Porzingis, who is touted as a
5. DENVER: The
They drafted guard Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh pick in the first round and hired Coach