2014 NBA Free Agency: Day One Signings

The first day of the 2014 NBA free agent season got off to a moderate start. None of the big name free agents, such as Carmelo Anthony or Lebron James, have committed, but a few solid free agents and roles players came off the board. 

The first free agent to commit to a contract today was former Los Angeles Lakers’ guard, Jodie Meeks, who agreed to join the Detroit Pistons.

The contract amount is surprising for Meeks, who is coming off a 2 year, 3 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and has totaled a little more than 5 million in his entire 5 year career in the NBA.

Meeks is coming off a career year where he averaged 15.7 points, 1.4 steals, made 2.1 three point shots per game and shot 40.1 from the behind the 3 point line, which were all career highs.  Where Meeks made great strides is becoming more than just a specialty player that camps behind the 3-point line; he greatly improved his ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the rim,

Meeks said his goodbyes and thanks to the organization and the fans via Twitter

The 2nd player to come off the board was Washington Wizards’ Center, Marcin Gortat, who agreed to re-sign with the club.

The great story of the free agent season thus far is the free agent signing of Shaun Livingston who agreed to terms with the Golden State Warriors.

Shaun Livingston came in the league with pretty high expectations after being drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 4th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. The potential in his game was always apparent but didn’t quite start putting it together until his 3rd year. It was in that 3rd year where Livingston suffered one of the most devastating and gruesome injuries in the history of the NBA. In a game against Charlotte in February of 2007, he tore 3 of 4 ligaments in his left knee on a drive to the basket.

Livingston would go on to miss the rest of the season and the following year as well. Livingston long climb back started in 2008 when he signed with the Miami Heat who traded him 3 months later. Livingston would then go on to play with 6 other teams(two stints with Washington) before landing in Brooklyn last year and putting together a solid season.  The long road back took more than 7 years and a slew of teams before getting to this point, but Livingston’s persistence, patience and hard work has paid off.

No longer is Livingston that guy that ripped up his knee in a gruesome fashion; he’s now that guy that ripped up his knee in a gruesome fashion and actually came back from it.

– Fern Rea

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