When the doors to free agency swung open 31 days ago, NBA teams stampeded like red bulls on Black Friday. There were no reports of fistfights, but there was plenty of wrestling by executives hoping to establish position.
With many of the best players using freedom or force to select a new employer, basketball, in the middle of the baseball season, owned the buzz machine.
It’s a new day in the NBA, as the Warriors’ on-the-fly renovation has convinced a dozen teams they have a path to the top. That shakes up the Power Rankings. With the free-agent market now reduced to crumbs, here is where things stand after a furious July: