The NBA has experienced many wild offseasons, but 2018 has really taken things to the next level. From LeBron James joining the Western Conference to Oklahoma City parting ways with Carmelo Anthony, the landscape of the league has changed. While several unworthy players have received lucrative deals, these four signings have been the top moves thus far.
4. JJ Redick Re-Signs in Philly (one year, $13 million)
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid usually receive most of the praise in Philly, but JJ Redick was the true unsung hero of their roster. During the 2017-18 season, the veteran shooter averaged a career-high 17.1 points per game and shot 42 percent from beyond the arc. Instead of cashing out in free agency, the former Duke superstar took another one-year deal to pursue a championship with the Sixers. That's definitely a win-win deal for both parties involved.
3. Julius Randle Signs With Pelicans (two years, $18 million)
Lost in the midst of the Lakers' roster overhaul was the free agency decision of Julius Randle. After the All-Star break, Randle averaged 19.5 points in Los Angeles, flashing his toughness and versatility. Placing the former Kentucky Wildcat alongside Anthony Davis creates a formidable duo in New Orleans. He's not a great shooter, but the Pelicans can hide his deficiencies with Nikola Mirotic on the outside. Overall, the signing of Randle helps ease the pain of losing DeMarcus Cousins at good value.
2. LeBron James Signs With Lakers (four years, $154 million)
LeBron going to Los Angeles was best for business. Not only does this move open up options outside of basketball for King James, it allows the Lakers to finally slide back into the spotlight. After missing the postseason for five consecutive seasons, it was time for the storied franchise to return to relevancy.
Signing James to a max contract was always expected and shouldn't be considered foolish in the slightest. Even though questions remain around his supporting cast, LBJ's versatility will greatly impact the Lakers. More importantly, it presents a much-needed change to the NBA.
1. DeMarcus Cousins Signs With GS (one year, $5.3 million)
There's reasonable concern surrounding the signing of DeMarcus Cousins in Golden State. However, it's hard to criticize the champs for taking a chance on the All-Star center. While his ruptured Achilles and attitude issues aren't exactly appealing, the Warriors spent the taxpayer mid-level exception on one of the best players in the NBA. Seriously, spending $5.3 million on a player that averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game is borderline robbery, and they hope to get him for over 50% of the season.