Surprising Free Agents Signings in the Last 15 Years

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This year’s boldest move in free agency has already been made by LeBron James. He finally left the East and join the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference to try and build a new winning team there. Though a lot of people already expected it was coming, it didn’t fail to surprise anyone. These are some other surprising free agent signings in the last decade.

Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors

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It was no surprise that Kevin Durant wanted to leave Oklahoma City in free agency, but no one had expected that he would join the Golden State Warriors in 2016. Durant wanted to have a chance to win the title, and the Warriors needed extra star power to go against LeBron James. It definitely worked out for the best, as they have won two consecutive titles since, and Durant reportedly is going to sign a new 2-year contract with the Warriors.

Steve Nash – Phoenix Suns

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Nash had a couple of great season with the Mavericks, and he had even earned two All-Star appearances during his time in Dallas. On top of that, he was a great duo with Dirk Nowitzki, as he averaged between 7.3 and 8.8 assists, and more than 14 points, per game over his last four seasons with the team. But, after the 2003-2004 season, Nash contract with the Mavs was up, and Mark Cuban, the owner, didn’t want to give Nash an expense long term contract, as he was already 30 years old. Therefore, they offered him a four-year contract where he would earn about 9 million per year. But, the Phoenix Suns offered him 63 million for six years, and after Cuban didn’t want to match that, Nash went to Phoenix. There, Nash got his revenge, and won the MVP award two times in a row.

LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers

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LeBron James had burned some bridges in 2010, when he left the Cavaliers to go to the Miami Heat and become a championship contender. But, the Cavaliers’ franchise had collapsed while he was away, and the fans were more than happy when he wrote a letter to announce his return to Cleveland.

DeAndre Jordan – Los Angeles Clippers

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The outcome of the free agency of Jordan in 2015 was actually shocking, as it was already reported that he intended to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. But, just before the date came, Jordan’s teammates locked themselves in his house and convinced him to remain with the Clippers. Now, three years later, Jordan and the Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban finally get what they wanted all along, as Jordan has just signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks.

Photo: Bill Streicher – USA TODAY Sports

This year’s boldest move in free agency has already been made by LeBron James. He finally left the East and join the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference to try and build a new winning team there. Though a lot of people already expected it was coming, it didn’t fail to surprise anyone. These are some other surprising free agent signings in the last decade.

Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors

Photo: Winslow Townson – USA TODAY Sports

It was no surprise that Kevin Durant wanted to leave Oklahoma City in free agency, but no one had expected that he would join the Golden State Warriors in 2016. Durant wanted to have a chance to win the title, and the Warriors needed extra star power to go against LeBron James. It definitely worked out for the best, as they have won two consecutive titles since, and Durant reportedly is going to sign a new 2-year contract with the Warriors.

Steve Nash – Phoenix Suns

Photo: Anne-Marie Sorvin – USA TODAY Sports

Nash had a couple of great season with the Mavericks, and he had even earned two All-Star appearances during his time in Dallas. On top of that, he was a great duo with Dirk Nowitzki, as he averaged between 7.3 and 8.8 assists, and more than 14 points, per game over his last four seasons with the team. But, after the 2003-2004 season, Nash contract with the Mavs was up, and Mark Cuban, the owner, didn’t want to give Nash an expense long term contract, as he was already 30 years old. Therefore, they offered him a four-year contract where he would earn about 9 million per year. But, the Phoenix Suns offered him 63 million for six years, and after Cuban didn’t want to match that, Nash went to Phoenix. There, Nash got his revenge, and won the MVP award two times in a row.

LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers

Photo: Gary A. Vasquez -USA Today Sports

LeBron James had burned some bridges in 2010, when he left the Cavaliers to go to the Miami Heat and become a championship contender. But, the Cavaliers’ franchise had collapsed while he was away, and the fans were more than happy when he wrote a letter to announce his return to Cleveland.

DeAndre Jordan – Los Angeles Clippers

Photo: Bill Streicher – USA TODAY Sports

The outcome of the free agency of Jordan in 2015 was actually shocking, as it was already reported that he intended to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. But, just before the date came, Jordan’s teammates locked themselves in his house and convinced him to remain with the Clippers. Now, three years later, Jordan and the Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban finally get what they wanted all along, as Jordan has just signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks.

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