NBA free agency winners and losers, non-Nets edition

Leading up to free agency, it seemed possible that a relative lack of league cap space could hurt the earning power of Tier 3 stars who weren’t certified top-10 players or emerging hearts. Of course, Jokic, Towns, and Devin Booker headed for supermax expansions. Of course, Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and Darius Garland would cash in on fat rookie extensions.

But LaVine, 27, and Beal, 29, both entered the summer due to nagging injury problems. LaVine eventually made the playoffs with the Chicago Bulls, but knee problems and a reduced role alongside DeMar DeRozan kept him from producing the career year. Beal, who received All-NBA honors in 2021, missed more than half the season with a wrist injury and saw his numbers drop dramatically. Both guards are bankable goalscorers, but they’re underqualified to be the No. 1 contender for not being elite playmakers or full-backs.

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