Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/16/13
NBA free agency started on July 1 and we’ve already seen some big names fly the coop for greener pastures. The result? An NBA Futures market that’s moving and shaking faster than ever seen before. Everything’s bigger in Texas, including Dwight Howard’s ego. Reportedly unhappy with the support he got from Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash in the wake of his back surgery during the summer of 2012, Howard decided to leave Hollywood for Houston. Howard actually making a decision has to be the most shocking event during NBA free agency thus far. Regardless, D12 ended this “Dwightmare” and chose the Rockets over the Lakers and a slew of other suitors. A few days later, the Lakers went from 25-1 to 40-1 and the Rockets moved from 25-1 to 9-1 to win it all. Oddsmakers clearly believe that the addition of Howard makes the Rockets one of the top three teams in the NBA. However, it’s important to note that he’s starting to show signs of declining performance. In 2013, he scored 5.4 points per game less than he did in 2010. He also collected 2.1 rebounds per game less in 2013 than he did a year ago. If you’re looking for some NBA player prop value, check out Howard at 19.5 points per game with the under at -115. There’s no such thing as a certainty in sports wagering, but this is about as good as it gets. Speaking of which, last year’s Golden State Warriors were as good as they’d ever been. Behind one of the best sharpshooters in the league in Stephen Curry, they won a playoff series for the first time since 1991. However, the Warriors lost in the conference finals to the Spurs, so they decided to go shopping. Andre Iguodala — 13 points per game, 5.4 assists per game and 45 percent from the field in 2012-13 — was near the top of their list, so they went out and landed the versatile swingman. Then, the Warriors let Andris Biedrins, Jarrett Jack and Richard Jefferson hit the road. When it was all said and done, the Warriors had climbed the NBA Futures Market from 25-1 to 18-1. That’s what you call addition by subtraction. The Brooklyn Nets seemingly prefer to go with a different formula called addition by addition. They’re one of the biggest movers and shakers on the futures market — from 60-1 to 14-1 – and with good reason. Before the opening of the free agency period, the Nets and Boston Celtics agreed to a trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn in exchange for a few first-round draft picks and some pocket change. Then, the Nets went out and grabbed Andrei Kirilenko in free agency. As it stands, the Nets’ starting five outlook includes Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Pierce and Garnett. All that addition comes with a hefty price tag — a $101 million price tag to be exact — but is it money well spent? If they win the 2014 NBA championship, it sure will be.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Hayward could return in March in best-case scenario

Report: MRI on Draymond Green’s knee come back negative

Teddy Bridgewater believes he will ‘definitely’ play in 2017

Mark Cuban tried to pitch NBA on getting rid of draft

Tom Brady praises Matt Ryan ahead of Super Bowl LI rematch

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jameis Winston does not rule out sitting in Week 7

Steelers’ Mike Mitchell fined, not suspended, for dirty hit

Packers’ Brett Hundley: ‘I want to be a Hall of Famer’

Report: Elliott not interested in settlement, wants to clear name

Nets’ Jeremy Lin out for season with ruptured patella tendon

‘The Simpsons’ to air ‘comedic’ documentary for ‘Homer at the Bat’

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker