NBA Free Agency: Winners, losers for Day 6; top players still available

With the Fourth of July Gordon Hayward Extravaganza long behind us, it's been a much calmer free agency period. But that doesn't mean that big names aren't still making their way to new teams. Here are the winners and loser for Thursday's deals.

Winner: Rudy Gay

Not only did Rudy Gay reportedly find a landing spot, he will join the Spurs -- and that is some upgrade from his former employer, the Sacramento Kings. He gives San Antonio another proven scorer in the loaded Western Conference.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the two-year deal is worth north of $17 million for Gay, who has averaged 18.4 points for his 13-year career but played in only 30 games for the Sacramento Kings last season. Before an Achilles injury sidelined him for the season, Gay was averaging 18.7 points and shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point range.

Gay averaged better 19.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in his four years with the Kings, and figures to take some offensive pressure off of Kawhi Leonard.

Loser: Kelly Olynyk

One day, you're a member of the high-flying Boston Celtics. The next day, they sign prized free agent Gordon Hayward and discover they have to shed salary. The day after that you find out one of those salaries is yours. 

Olynyk gives the Heat a big man who can shoot, so while that's good for Miami, it's probably not exactly Olynyk's dream scenario for next season. It's not all bad news for Olynyk, who got a reported four-year, $50 million contract from Miami.

Winner: Miami Heat

The Hayward contingency plan is going flawlessly for the Heat, who had to pay a lot for Olynyk, but also were reportedly able to retain James Johnson on a four-year deal -- this after already agreeing to terms to bring back Dion Waiters.

Miami is basically bringing the band back together from last year's team that went 30-11 to close the season, with the addition of Olynyk, who will provide much needed spacing and 3-point shooting while Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside run the offense. The Heat also reportedly managed to offload Josh McRoberts' troublesome contract, dealing him and a future second-rounder to the Dallas Mavericks for A.J. Hammons.  

Winners: Vince Carter and the Sacramento Kings

The Kings were looking for two things this offseason: Young talent and high-character veterans to lead them. So far Sacramento's front office has fired on all cylinders, adding four promising rookies and three proven leaders in Zach Randolph, George Hill and now the ageless wonder Vince Carter.

Did the Kings overpay the 40-year-old by giving him a one-year, $8 million deal? Sure. But if there's one team that can afford to pay a solid veteran more than he deserves, it's Sacramento. Carter will likely take on a reserve role and mentor young players like De'Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein and Buddy Hield.

Loser: Los Angeles Clippers

There's nothing wrong with bringing in EuroLeague star Milos Teodosic on a reported two-year, $12.3 million deal if he's going to be Chris Paul's backup. But if Teodosic is supposed to be Chris Paul's replacement, you've got some problems. The 30-year-old Serbian has been a prolific scorer and passer in the international game for years, but who knows how his game will translate to the NBA?

He'll share point guard duties with Patrick Beverley and possibly Austin Rivers, a three-headed monster that's a significant downgrade from a perennial All-Star.

Winner: Jamal Crawford

Two great things happened to Jamal Crawford this week: 1) He was traded away from a possibly combusting Clippers team, and 2) It appears the Hawks are willing to work with him on a buyout so he won't have to endure Atlanta's rebuilding project. There will be no shortage of teams bidding for his services if the buyout goes through, with the Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Wizards, Bucks and Lakers reportedly interested.

Top Free Agents Remaning

As names continue to fly off the board, here's a quick update on the top free agents who have yet to find deals. Next to each player is his 2017 CBS Sports free agent ranking.

Restricted Free Agent
Restricted Free Agent
Restricted Free Agent
Jonathon Simmons San Antonio G
Restricted Free Agent
Restricted Free Agent
C.J. Miles Indiana F
Unrestricted Free Agent
Bojan Bogdanovic Washington G
Restricted Free Agent
Pau Gasol San Antonio C
Unrestricted Free Agent
Derrick Rose New York G
Unrestricted Free Agent
Tony Allen Memphis G
Unrestricted Free Agent
Ian Clark Golden St. G
Unrestricted Free Agent
Shabazz Muhammad Minnesota F
Restricted Free Agent
Tyreke Evans Sacramento G
Unrestricted Free Agent
Restricted Free Agent
DeWayne Dedmon San Antonio C
Unrestricted Free Agent
Luc Mbah a Moute L.A. Clippers F
Unrestricted Free Agent
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