4 winners and 3 losers from the day Gordon Hayward made us all wait

Another day of NBA Free Agency has passed us. Traditionally, that’s meant another day of overpaid contracts, superteams forming, and teams foolishly throwing money around to salvage what’s left of a competitive organization.

Not this time. This time, we have teams like Oklahoma City making legitimate power moves. We have Gordon Hayward becoming a heart-breaker as the biggest fish in a free agent pool. We have news reporters nearly facing G-League relegation after a near news mishap, only to be vindicated later.

Most of all, we have the scene shaping for yet another exciting season of NBA basketball. Independence Day came and went, and we’re still here. Here’s a few winners and losers of a festive day in free agency.

This approach has been endorsed by Ball’s father, even if it limits the visibility of the ZO2 Primes. Over the last month, LaVar Ball has maintained that his son could wear whatever shoe he wanted when he takes the court. He reiterated as much over the weekend in an interview with ESPN.

On the surface, that doesn’t make much sense. Why would Ball wear other signature sneakers when he has his own under his family’s independent brand? How can the Ball family possibly convince anyone to drop $495 on a shoe if its primary endorser won’t even wear it.

But there is some logic to the Ball family’s approach, especially if they’re playing the long game.

LaVar Ball has always said his son would be willing to sign with Cheap Ireland Jerseys a larger Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys brand — if the price is right. Prior to the Lakers’ semifinal contest against the Mavericks, Lonzo Ball told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth that he was looking to start a bidding war between different companies.