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As the schedule inches closer to NBA All-Star Weekend, we usually have a good idea of where each team stands. Most teams have played just under 60 games, roughly two-thirds of the season, thus far and that's more than enough time to assess how well these teams have done. On the other hand, some franchises made bone-headed decisions in free agency during the offseason, and now they have to be called out.
Here are the five worst moves that NBA general managers wish they can take back.
5. Doug McDermott - Indiana Pacers
Dougie McBuckets simply isn't the scorer you'd think he'd be with that flashy nickname. After signing a three-year deal worth $22 million, he has done very little for the Pacers. McDermott averages 6.7 points per game in 17 minutes off the bench. He's just not the scorer off the bench they hoped he could be.
4. Avery Bradley - Los Angeles Clippers (now with Memphis Grizzlies)
This contract is a perfect example of why Doc Rivers does not deserve all the power that came along with the Clippers job. He gave one of his former Celtics' favorites a massive deal after acquiring Bradley at the deadline last year, inking him to a two-year deal worth just under $25 million. Bradley has not been the same player since he left Boston and averaged just 8.6 points per game before being shipped off to Memphis. This signing didn't make sense after the Clippers drafted two guards in the first round, and it makes even less sense now.
3. Chris Paul - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul is one of the best point guards to ever grace the basketball court, but he was paid for the man he was – not the man he is. It's an unfortunate occurrence that always happens in sports and the Rockets had no choice but to pay CP3 after their near-Finals appearance last season. Paul has "rewarded" Houston by missing 23 games before the break while averaging a career-low in points per game and shooting percentage.
2. Isaiah Thomas - Denver Nuggets
Isaiah Thomas may not have cost the Nuggets a ton of money, but he has the chance to become an issue in Denver. The Nuggets are thriving without IT2 and have the second-most wins in a loaded Western Conference, but his return could throw off their backcourt depth with Monte Morris deserving plenty of minutes off the bench.
1. Jabari Parker - Chicago Bulls (now Washington Wizards)
There's a reason why Jabari Parker has already been shipped out of Chicago. He was finally going home, joining a team that needed plenty of scoring and would give him the chance to remind everyone why he was once the second overall pick in the draft. How did Parker earn that $20 million deal? By averaging just over 14 points with a plus/minus of -5.7, of course. Now he's been traded to the Wizards.
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