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List Rules Only Players Who Switched Teams in Free Agency

NBA free agency can either be feast or famine for your favorite team. For every net positive signing, think LeBron taking his talents to South Beach and winning championships, there's been at least seven players who have been busts with their new teams. The worst signings far outweigh the players who actually matched the production that their contracts dictated.

By far and away, the team that's best represented on this list or biggest culprits depending on your point of view are the New York Knicks. Since the early 2000s, the Knicks have spent a ridiculous amount of money on players who were less than worthy of a multi-year contract, nevertheless one that handsomely rewarded players who were mediocre at best. This was a common theme under the ownership of Jim Dolan and his former General Manager Isiah Thomas. Jerome James and Eddy Curry are the biggest players to be on this list, both literally and figuratively.
 
There are other teams that may snicker at the Knicks run of ineptitude playing the free agent market, but they aren't so innocent either. 

The only stipulation for this list is that players had to switch teams, either by free agency or sign and trade when they were free agents. Players who received extensions from their own team do not qualify for the worst free agent signings since they didn't switch teams. This disqualifies a lot of NBA players who were free agents. Feel free to add players, rank and re-rank who you think the worst free agents to switch teams in the NBA are.    

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Eddy Curry to New York (2005) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Eddy Curry to New York (2005)

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Jerome James to New York (2005... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Jerome James to New York (2005)

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Jared Jeffries to New York (20... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Jared Jeffries to New York (2006)

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Darius Miles to Portland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Darius Miles to Portland 6 year $48 million dollar contract

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Jim McIlvaine to Seattle (1996... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Jim McIlvaine to Seattle (1996)

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Bobby Simmons to Milwaukee (20... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Bobby Simmons to Milwaukee (2005)

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Elton Brand to Philadelphia (2... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Elton Brand to Philadelphia (2007)

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Erick Dampier to Dallas (2004) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Erick Dampier to Dallas (2004)

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Brian Grant to Miami (2000) is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Brian Grant to Miami (2000)

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Lance Stephenson to Charlotte ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Lance Stephenson to Charlotte (2014)

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Ben Gordon to Detroit (2009) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Ben Gordon to Detroit (2009)

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Michael Beasley to Phoenix (20... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Michael Beasley to Phoenix (2012)

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Derek Fisher to Golden State (... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Derek Fisher to Golden State (2004)

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Amare Stoudemire to New York is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Amare Stoudemire to New York

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Charlie Villanueva to Detroit ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Charlie Villanueva to Detroit (2009)

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Ron Mercer to Chicago (2000) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Ron Mercer to Chicago (2000)

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Jeremy Lin to Houston (2012) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Jeremy Lin to Houston (2012)

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Hakeem Olajuwon to Toronto (20... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Hakeem Olajuwon to Toronto (2001)

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Eddie Robinson to Chicago (200... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Eddie Robinson to Chicago (2000)

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Larry Hughes to Cleveland (200... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Larry Hughes to Cleveland (2004)

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Drew Gooden to Milwaukee (2010... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Drew Gooden to Milwaukee (2010)

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Grant Hill to Orlando (2000) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Grant Hill to Orlando (2000)

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Ben Wallace to Chicago (2006) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Ben Wallace to Chicago (2006)

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Landry Fields to Toronto (2012... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Landry Fields to Toronto (2012)

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Kenyon Martin to Denver (2004) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Kenyon Martin to Denver (2004)

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Rashard Lewis to Orlando (2007... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Rashard Lewis to Orlando (2007)

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Baron Davis to Clippers (2007) is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Baron Davis to Clippers (2007)

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Peja Stojakovic to New Orleans... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Peja Stojakovic to New Orleans (2006)