Every year, a ton of free agents come to different teams hoping to make their mark. Most of the time, the players made a good choice and look to continue their careers in a new chapter. For others, the opposite happens and often the signing made was a step back in the players’ career. An example is the whole 2012 Brooklyn Nets team. The Nets rich owner traded for many stars and ended up screwing over the organization because of chemistry issues.
The players and teams on this list didn’t think their decision over, so here are the five worst free agent fits.
5. Luol Deng
Luol Deng also participated fully in today’s practice. He’s officially listed as questionable for Sunday in Dallas.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 21, 2017
Team Signed With: Los Angeles Lakers
This season has been nothing but a disappointment for Luol Deng. After being a key player for a contending Miami squad, Deng has fallen into a downwards spiral that has led him to the Lakers bench. The once all-star is averaging 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting a career-low 39% from the floor. When Deng and the Lakers eventually will cut losses, he has to sign with a contender.
4. Kent Bazemore
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) February 5, 2017
Team Signed With: Atlanta Hawks
If you want an example of a player that nobody had heard of until he signed a massive NBA contract, that’s Kent Bazemore. He came from being a bottom bench player for Golden State to being a quality starter on the Lakers and Hawks. Ever since Bazemore signed, his stats have gone down. After putting up 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds, he has taken a step back in all categories. It is hard to find what is the problem with Bazemore, but Atlanta just isn’t the place for him to grow.
3. Joakim Noah
Team Signed With: New York Knicks
Joakim Noah is possibly the most disgruntled player in the NBA. After being Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, Noah has been frustrated, injured or playing at a low level for many years. Noah is racking up 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds. Because his scoring and defense have consistently dropped, Noah just needs to regroup and start playing with more energy to return to his former self.
2. Rajon Rondo
Team Signed With: Chicago Bulls
For the past few years, Rajon Rondo has struggled massively to fit in on a team. Rondo started off his career in Boston with established vets and a great environment. He flourished on the Celtics until he got traded to Dallas, where things have gone downhill ever since. While Rondo did lead the league in assists during the 15-16 season, Sacramento wasn’t a playoff team so he had to go. Rondo is averaging 6.5 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds: not terrible numbers, but not up to his standard. Rajon Rondo is a very high-maintenance player, so he needs to sign with a team that will suit him.
1. Chandler Parsons
Team Signed With: Memphis Grizzlies
Chandler Parsons won the lottery in free agency. Parsons claimed a $94 million-dollar contract from the Grizzlies for being an average small forward in the league. Now we can see how Memphis and Parsons made a huge mistake. He is racking up 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game and shooting a disastrous 34% from the field. It is also not the best idea to a sign a 28-year old to a max deal because usually, they’re ending their prime. For Parsons and the Grizzlies, better luck next time.