NBA free agency 2021 – Breaking down the most important moves around the league – ESPN






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  • Kevin PeltonESPN Senior Writer


    • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
    • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
    • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

The 2021 NBA free-agent signing period is running at full speed, with a flurry of deals getting done right after the 6 p.m. ET start.

Among the most impactful Day 1 deals: Kyle Lowry joining the Miami Heat on a three-year deal via sign-and-trade with the Toronto Raptors, Chris Paul re-signing with the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns on a four-year deal, Lonzo Ball heading to the Chicago Bulls and Mike Conley returning to the Utah Jazz.

What other deals are getting done, and how are they shifting the balance of power around the league? Let’s evaluate all the significant free-agent signings and trades to determine which moves make sense, which are bargains and which are head-scratchers.

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