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best FA ever to go to a championship team?

I've been totally baffled by the notion that Ray Allen might consider going to the Heat. There's no upside: they already won the championship without him! If they win again, he didn't make them better. If they don't win again, he'll have brought the team down. Nobody goes to a team that just won a championship. It made no sense that they thought they had a shot at Steve Nash, either.

For example, after the Celtics won in 2008, the only free agent who signed with them was Patrick O`Bryant, while James Posey left. I feel like that's the level of FA who goes to a championship team. It can be a bit different at midseason, when vets get bought out of their contracts. That year, the Cs picked up Mikki Moore and Stephon Marbury. Ugh.

The biggest free agent to sign with the Mavs in 2011 was Delonte West, and that was only because they lost J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson. In 2010, the Lakers signed Steve Blake to replace Jordan Farmar, and added Matt Barnes. The year before, they signed Ron Artest, but that was virtually a trade for Trevor Ariza.

If the Heat were losing Dwyane Wade, then sure, I could see Ray Allen having interest to be his replacement. But just as an addition? Essentially soaking up Norris Cole's minutes? I can't see the appeal. The best player to sign a deal like that with the reigning champs in the last five years was Matt Barnes, and I think if we go back further, we won't find anyone much better.

It's a very different thing for a team which almost just won a championship. Then, the free agent can be the piece that puts the team over the top. I could definitely see the appeal of joining OKC or Chicago, for example. Or even the Celtics. But joining the team which just won without you, I don't get it.

Can anyone think of a decent free agent who ever hooked on to a team which had just won a championship? Anyone better than Matt Barnes?

Be respectful and keep it clean. Thanks.

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