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10 worst free-agent fits

Teams must resist the urge to overspend on players they think they need

Originally Published: November 29, 2011
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
Jamal CrawfordNoah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Bulls seek an upgrade at the 2-guard, but they should steer clear of ballhog Jamal Crawford.

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You know that sinking feeling of buyer's remorse?

Well, NBA general managers know it, too. With win-now fanbases and demanding owners, some NBA decision-makers have no choice but to swing for the fences during free agency. Inevitably, they end up striking out from time to time.

It's not easy to stay rational under the gun, and with an accelerated free-agency period, every front office will feel like a pressure cooker. If history serves as a guide, there's bound to be some regretful deals handed out in the coming weeks.

Here are 10 free agent "bad fits" that make little sense from a personnel standpoint and/or a salary cap perspective:

(Note: "R" denotes restricted free agent)

1. Jamal Crawford -- Chicago Bulls
It might seem like a "duh" statement, but the Bulls need a shooter at shooting guard. Chicago fans might view Crawford as a snug fit because he provides the dynamic scoring punch at the 2 that Keith Bogans, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer could not last season. Although Crawford sports a satisfactory 35 percent from downtown in his career, the Bulls would be unwise to ink a player who needs to dominate the ball in order to score.

If we look at this pragmatically, the Bulls should target an athletic guy who can complement Derrick Rose, not impersonate him. The Bulls probably can't afford the perennial candidate for Sixth Man Award anyway, so it might be better to focus their attention on finding creative ways to bring a younger wing like Arron Afflalo or Marcus Thornton on board.


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