Unlike the NFL, which didn’t get free agency granted to their players until the early ‘90s, the NBA has had free agency for about 40 years.
Oscar Robertson – the only player to ever average a triple-double for an entire NBA season – filed a class action lawsuit against the league, along with 13 other players (including future U.S. Senator Bill Bradley!).
The Oscar Robertson v. National Basketball Association lawsuit rolled on for six more years until the NBA finally lost, and the reserve clause was officially dead!
Over the past 30 years, NBA free agency has taken on a new life, and every summer, after the NBA Finals and NBA Draft, we get to watch teams jockey for unemployed basketball players.
(Wouldn’t it be pretty cool if this worked out for us in real life? I guess for some it might, but it would be cool to have ESPN make an offer to me for my writing services when I come up as a free agent!)
With the 2016 NBA Free Agency period starting up on July 1, we thought we’d take this time to look over the past few decades to find several of the most shocking NBA free agent signings ever!
Which players put on new jerseys – maybe even in New Jersey – after we least expected it!?!
6 Most Shocking NBA Free Agent Signings Ever
Doesn’t anyone else think it’s an interesting coincidence that the NBA free agency period happens within a few days from Independence Day for the United States?
Go through the slideshow to see what our favorite most shocking NBA free-agent deals were, and know that we only picked pllayers that signed with new teams. As crazy as DeAndre Jordan’s re-signing with the Clippers was last season, we’re only picking players that had to pack their bags. We do, however, include sign-and-trades!