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6 Dumbest Moves of the NBA Offseason So Far

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 04:  Josh Jackson #20 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after slam dunking the ball against the Houston Rockets during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 04, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Even with Kawhi Leonard and Boogie Cousins still on the open market, the 2019 NBA offseason has gotten most of the big deals out of the way. With team rosters mostly set, the amount of sneaky good deals that could lead a team to a championship and horrible ones that will handicap them for years to come is almost split right down the middle at 50/50. These six moves stand out as puzzling.

6. The Sixers Extending Ben Simmons

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Toronto Raptors in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 9, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 112-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

This ranking is contingent upon Simmons once again refusing to develop ANY kind of jump shot. With Embiid and Al Horford down low, Simmons needs to develop some kind of offensive game that isn't related to driving to the hole. At $170 million, Simmons is now too expensive to simply be someone who drives to the hole.

5. Portland Adds Hassan Whiteside

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 20:  Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat in action against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on October 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets v Miami Heat | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Whiteside is a double-double machine, but does he really fit with Portland's roster right now? While Jusuf Nurkic is still working his way back form injury, the two of them are virtually the same player, and they styles playing together won't mesh with the Damian Lillard-CJ McCollum that guides these Blazers teams. This is a case of Portland playing franchise mode in NBA 2K19 rather than paying attention to team fit.

4. The Suns Giving Up On Josh Jackson

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17: Josh Jackson #20 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after making a basket during the fourth quarter of the game against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden on December 17, 2018 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks | Sarah Stier/Getty Images

After being hesitant to give up Josh Jackson in a trade for Kyrie Irving when he was still in Cleveland, it took two years for the Phoenix Suns to flip him to Memphis in order to buy out Kyle Korver. Jackson has had his struggled over the last two years, but it seems awfully early to bail on a No. 4 overall pick who was mired in a bad situation and stuck with three head coaches in two years. As long as Robert Sarver owns this team, stuff like this is going to continue.

3. Orlando Keeping Most of Their 2018 Team Together

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 10:  Aaron Gordon #00 (R) of the Orlando Magic high fives Nikola Vucevic #9, Terrence Ross #31 and Evan Fournier #10 after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 10, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

"Run it back" is supposed to be for championship contenders, not teams who just barely snuck into the playoffs. With their massive deal for Nikola Vucevic preventing Mo Bamba from seeing regular playing time and the Terrence Ross deal seeming like an overpay at first glance, Steve Clifford and the Magic are essentially saying 'this is our team' for the next few seasons. Giving Al-Farouq Aminu $29 million is so bad it isn't worth dignifying it with a response or analysis.

2. Knicks, What Are You Doing?

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 08:  Taj Gibson #67 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dunks against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on November 8, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Glossing over the indescribable disappointment of missing out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to the cross-town rival Nets, what most GMs would do with that cap space on a rebuilding team is take on bad contracts and acquire draft picks, much like the Nets did. The Knicks, however, splurged on Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis, all of whom play the same position. Pair that with the RJ Barrett-Kevin Knox-Dennis Smith Jr core that all needs shots, and the Knicks will need to figure out how to keep eight or nine mouths fed with just one ball.

1. Giving Terry Rozier $58 Million

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 09: Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards in the second half at Capital One Arena on April 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards | Rob Carr/Getty Images

In a textbook case of the nickname being better than the actual player--see also: Harold 'Baby Jordan' Miner--'Scary' Terry Rozier is a player who averaged nine points-per-game on 39 percent shooting last season that is a career 38 percent shooter. After lowballing the best player the franchise has seen since Larry Johnson in Kemba Walker and losing him to the Boston Celtics, Michael Jordan saw it fit to replace him with an inefficient career backup. 2019 figures to be a rough ride for Hornets fans.