NBA The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams  

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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

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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

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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

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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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Bobby Simmons to Milwaukee (20... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Jim McIlvaine to Seattle (1996... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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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

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Michael Beasley to Phoenix (20... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Erick Dampier to Dallas (2004) is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Derek Fisher to Golden State (... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Lance Stephenson to Charlotte ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Brian Grant to Miami (2000) is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Jeremy Lin to Houston (2012) is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Ron Mercer to Chicago (2000) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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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

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Ben Gordon to Detroit (2009) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Hakeem Olajuwon to Toronto (20... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Ben Wallace to Chicago (2006) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Amare Stoudemire to New York is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Eddie Robinson to Chicago (200... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Landry Fields to Toronto (2012... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Drew Gooden to Milwaukee (2010... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Larry Hughes to Cleveland (200... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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Grant Hill to Orlando (2000) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams

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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

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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

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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

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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