Winners and Losers of the 2021 NBA Free Agency

Let’s take a look at which teams and players came out as the biggest winners and losers.


Winner #1 - Chicago Bulls:

The Bulls are easily the biggest winner of the offseason after signing star guards Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan to great contracts, adding to their star-studded lineup already including Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic.


Loser #1 - Dennis Schroder:

Last offseason, after coming off a championship, the Lakers offered a 4 year/$84 million contract extension to Dennis Schroder. Even though he was offered more money than most people would see in 10 lifetimes, Schroder bet on himself and declined the deal, hoping to get a deal worth over $100 million this offseason. However, a week into free agency, Schroder reportedly got no interest in the market, and most teams with cap space had already made large deals.

Winner #2 - Los Angeles Lakers:

After trading for Russell Westbrook before free agency, the Lakers had a lot of work to do in free agency. Their starting lineup consisted of Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Marc Gasol. Though they obviously had a lot of raw talent and experience, a team can’t expect success without elite shooting from deep in this era, as mentioned in this article.


Loser #2 - Sixers and Ben Simmons:

After the Hawks shocked Philadelphia and eliminated the Sixers from the playoffs, I wrote this article to emphasize the importance of trading Ben Simmons in the offseason.

Winner #3 - New York Knicks:

Last season, Julius Randle and the Knicks shocked the world when they claimed the 4th seed in the East. Unfortunately, they failed to maintain their momentum into the playoffs when Trae Young and the underdog Atlanta Hawks defeated them in just 5 games.


Loser #3 - Dallas Mavericks: