NBA Free Agent Signing Grades

Updated: Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.

By Mike Elworth. Follow Mike @MikeElworth24. For site updates follow @walterfootball.

Indiana Pacers re-sign Myles Turner for 2-year, $60 million deal
This confuses me. Myles Turner has seemingly wanted a trade for a long time, and most thought he would sign a big contract with a non-Indiana team in the offseason when he will be a free agent. Not only is he staying, but for only 2 seasons; it doesn't make sense. He would have been given a contract for likely four seasons and about $110 million in the offseason, but he must be gambling on still being a big signing candidate in two seasons, when he will be 29. As a player, Turner is one of the best shot-blockers in the league, has a solid offensive game, rebounds nicely and is an excellent shooter. I love this deal for the Pacers, as its lets them keep their center. The money is a bit much, but they have to keep their stars.

Grade: A-

Boston Celtics re-sign Al Horford for 2-year, $20 million contract
Whoops! Apparently, this happened quite a while ago, apologies. This was a brilliant move for Boston to keep its starting center for two more seasons after this season. Horford is a huge part of this team, which needed to keep him, although he has aged quite a bit and is quite overpaid now. He is 36 now but still an efficient scorer, an excellent shooter, a nice playmaker and a talented defender. He has a game that will still work nearing 40.

Grade: A

Dallas Mavericks sign Kemba Walker to a 1-year, minimum deal
Although the Mavericks already have Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie at the point, it seems they wanted some more scoring at the position on the bench, as they're signing Kemba Walker. The former Hornets star will give Dallas leadership, along with scoring, so he's a solid signing.

Grade: A-

Grizzlies re-sign Brandon Clarke for 4 seasons, $52 million
The Grizzly forward has signed one of my favorite deals of the offseason. With elite role players receiving monster contracts all offseason, the Grizzlies kept their third big man at a big discount. I love this.

Grade: A

Warriors re-sign Andrew Wiggins for 4 seasons, $109 million
This is a ton of money, but with far lesser players this week alone - Poole and Herro - getting bigger deals, I love the value. Wiggins is one of the elite scorers in the NBA, an athletic freak, and a strong defender.

Grade: A-

Heat re-sign Tyler Herro for 4 seasons, $130 million
Herro's mediocracy in the playoffs and lack of defense hurts his reputation, but he's just starting his prime, just won a Sixth Man trophy, and is one of the leagues elite scorers. It is a big contract, but I like it a lot.

Grade: B

Warriors re-sign Jordan Poole for 4 seasons, $140 million
Poole is a fantastic and productive young talent, but I wouldn't pay him a cent more than $25 million a season, which is still too much. The Warriors had to keep him long term to stay contenders as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are aging, but this is simply too much money. Grade: C-

Rockets re-sign Kevin Porter Jr. for 4 seasons, $82.5 million
Porter Jr. has become one of Houston's core guys, and is a fantastic scorer and distributor, plus he is still only 22. He's had on- and off-court issues, however, which makes this a little risky. Regardless, in today's league, this is a solid market deal that could be a steal.

Grade: B

Trail Blazers re-sign Nassir Little for 4 seasons, $28 million
The Trail Blazer's third big man has missed a lot of games because of injury, but he had a really nice season a year ago. He averaged similar numbers to Brandon Clarke, who signed for $13 million a season this week, but Clarke had much stronger advanced statistics and has'nt had the injury issues of Little.

Grade: A-

Hawks re-sign Deandre Hunter for 4 seasons, $95 million
When healthy, which has been problematic since being the fourth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Hunter has been a starter for Atlanta. He's known for his defense, but he has a solid jumper and can score. Atlanta is paying for the star he could become, and I don't hate the contract, but for now, this is too much for him.

Grade: B-


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