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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1
82 21
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)

2
66 15
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)

3
51 12
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)

4
43 13
Jim McIlvaine to Seattle (1996... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Jim McIlvaine to Seattle (1996)

5
52 20
Darius Miles to Portland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Darius Miles to Portland
6 year $48 million dollar contract

6
39 11
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)

7
47 17
Michael Beasley to Phoenix (20... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Michael Beasley to Phoenix (2012)

8
32 11
Lance Stephenson to Charlotte ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
JoeAzar added Lance Stephenson to Charlotte (2014)

9
40 20
Elton Brand to Philadelphia (2... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Elton Brand to Philadelphia (2007)

10
41 21
Derek Fisher to Golden State (... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Derek Fisher to Golden State (2004)

11
40 22
Erick Dampier to Dallas (2004) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Erick Dampier to Dallas (2004)

12
30 14
Ron Mercer to Chicago (2000) is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Ron Mercer to Chicago (2000)

13
35 19
Charlie Villanueva to Detroit ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Charlie Villanueva to Detroit (2009)

14
34 19
Brian Grant to Miami (2000) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Brian Grant to Miami (2000)

15
28 14
Eddie Robinson to Chicago (200... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Eddie Robinson to Chicago (2000)

16
39 25
Hakeem Olajuwon to Toronto (20... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Hakeem Olajuwon to Toronto (2001)

17
47 34
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)

18
38 26
Ben Wallace to Chicago (2006) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Ben Wallace to Chicago (2006)

19
40 28
Ben Gordon to Detroit (2009) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Ben Gordon to Detroit (2009)

20
29 19
Landry Fields to Toronto (2012... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Landry Fields to Toronto (2012)

21
33 23
Larry Hughes to Cleveland (200... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Larry Hughes to Cleveland (2004)

22
26 18
Drew Gooden to Milwaukee (2010... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Drew Gooden to Milwaukee (2010)

23
44 37
Amare Stoudemire to New York is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Amare Stoudemire to New York

24
34 32
Grant Hill to Orlando (2000) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Grant Hill to Orlando (2000)

25
29 28
Rashard Lewis to Orlando (2007... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst NBA Free Agent Signings To Change Teams
Rashard Lewis to Orlando (2007)