WINNERS: Golden State Warriors
Why they’re winners: Heading into free agency, there was a lot of discussion about how much the Warriors would need to pay to re-sign free agents like Kevon Looney, Gary Payton II, and Otto Porter Jr., and how much it would cost them on taxes.
The Warriors ultimately let Payton and Porter walk while re-signing Looney to a team-friendly, three-year, $25 million contract — less than many experts pegged his value. They also landed Donte DiVincenzo on a two-year, $9 million contract, securing a young, promising, two-way wing at a below-market rate. In the process, the Warriors opened up more playing time for their three recent lottery picks: James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, and Moses Moody. The Warriors will likely be right back in the championship mix, and though their roster will remain historically expensive, they didn’t need to spend absurd sums to remain there.