2019 NBA Offseason One Stop Shop
The Latest/News & Rumors
|Glenn Robinson III||GSW||2||$3,954,845|
Moves are coming in like crazy!! Keep it right here for all the latest!!!
Kawhii Leonard signs a 4 year 142 million dollar deal with the Clippers. The Clippers also trade for Superstar Paul George from Oklahoma City.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
Tobias Harris signs a 5 year-180 million dollar deal with the 76ers
Free agent Tobias Harris plans to sign a five-year, $180M deal to return to Philadelphia, his agent and father of Torrel Harris of Unique Sports Management International (https://t.co/gcG6cfC4JG) tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2019
Jimmy Butler & traded to the Miami Heat for Josh Richardson. Butler signs 4 year max for $142M with the Heat.
Klay Thompson Signs the max with the Warriors for 5 years 190 Mil!!!
Warriors trading for DeAngelo Russell
Watch Stephen A. Smith go OFF on the Knicks
The Lakers Moves to surround Lebron and Davis
I think this all happens except for Kyrie!! Im still very skeptical until I see where Kawhii and KD land.
This is something that I firmly believe. If Kawhii and KD do team up in LA w the Clippers, there is absolutely no chance Kyrie goes to Brooklyn. I would expect Kyrie to be a Laker if Durant and Kawhii decide to make the move together.
In sports every offseason is comprised of many moves. Huge trades, new rookies, new coaches, etc. You all know the drill.
Have you ever wanted to get all of that information in one place?
That’s exactly what you are going to get here! On this page you will find everything that has happened thus far since the Raptors won the Championship. This page will be your home for all the latest breaking news once free agency starts!!
However, until then here is everything that has happened this offseason and my predictions for what each team will do! Below you will find how much salary cap space each team has (which I will update at the top of the page once free agency tips off!!), the 2019 NBA Draft results, every trade that has happened this offseason, and my predictions on what each team will do and who they will target.
Remember to check back here once free agency begins. We will have every single move listed as they come in!!!
Until then….Let’s talk about what’s happened so far!!!
What an offseason this has already been for the NBA and it’s fans!! We’ve had unexpected trades, wild draft picks, and free agent rumors running wild. For the first summer since 2010 expect multiple superstars to be on the move.
Injuries during the finals to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson helped the Toronto Raptors win their first NBA Championship.
The injury to Kevin Durant made it a sure thing he was leaving Golden State. Rumors are that Kevin looks down on the Warriors training staff for how they handled his injury.
The Raptors winning the championship makes Kawhii Leonard’s decision this offseason even tougher. Before the playoffs it was a no brainer that Kawhii would end up in LA in 2019. The Clippers have been courting him for 18 months and the Lakers have wanted to pair him with Lebron. Winning the championship and growing that special bond with his teammates could warrant Kawhii to stay with the Raptors.
The Clippers have enough cap space to bring in two max cap players are all in on Kawhii. They have been courting him for 18 months and if they don’t land him it will be a major disappointment for ownership and their fan base.
The Lakers have too moved in on the Kawhii sweepstakes, as they traded away what was left of their bench mob to the Wizards for cap space. With this move the Lakers opened up four million more in cap space. Also, with the trade the Lakers announced Anthony Davis would forgo his 4 million dollar trade incentive. These moves allowed the Lakers to open up 8 million in cap space bringing their total to 32 million total and giving them the ability to bring Kawhii to LA, but in their locker room.
Personally, I don’t see this happening. Kawhii does not need to go to LA to play with Lebron. If Kawhii does decide to become a Laker, he would fit like a glove with Lebron. Kawhii is an exceptional 1 on 1 offensive player and his game fits with anyone. The spacing on offense with Lebron, Kawhii, and AD would be fun to watch BUT horrible for the NBA.
This year’s free agent class is special. For the first time since 2010, we have a plethora of superstars available. Kawhii, Durant, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler lead a list of superstars who will be on the move this summer.
The league will look very different when the season begins. Expect the following names to find new homes. Kawhii Leonard, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler (Player-Option), Kyrie Irving, Nikola Vucevic, Al Horford, DeAngelo Russell (RFA), Kemba Walker, Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle, JJ Reddick, Darren Collison, KCP, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay, Danny Green, Ricky Rubio, Trevor Ariza, Harrison Barnes, & Willie Cauley-Stein (RFA).
Not only is this class loaded at the top but it is incredibly deep with wing players, 3 and D players, and really productive shooters and role players.
Here is a breakdown of each team’s salary cap situation going into free agency.
|Team||Cap Space||Team||Cap Space|
As you can see some teams have set themselves up for this summer and some will remain in proverbial “NBA HELL.” Teams like the Thunder, Heat, Pistons, T-Wolves, and Spurs are teams I like to call being stuck in “NBA HELL.” These teams are going to compete for a playoff spot but are clearly not good enough to win a ring.
Before I deep dive into every team let’s recap what has happened since the Raptors were crowned champions.
- Los Angeles Lakers acquire Anthony Davis from the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first round picks.
- Utah Jazz acquire Mike Conley for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder and two first round draft picks including #23 in the 2019 draft.
- Atlanta Hawks trade Taurean Prince to the Nets for pick 17.
- Indiana Pacers acquire T.J. Warren from the Suns for Cash.
- Atlanta Hawks acquire Kent Bazemore for Evan Turner from the TrailBlazers.
Below are the results to the 2019 NBA Draft. Under the results, I will have a list of all the draft day trades and player movement!!!
NBA Draft picks 2019: Round 1 Results
|Pick||Team – Player – School|
|1||New Orleans Pelicans – Zion Williamson F – Duke|
|2||Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant G – Murray State|
|3||New York Knicks – RJ Barrett G – Duke|
|4||Atlanta Hawks – De’Andre Hunter F – Virginia|
|5||Cleveland Cavaliers – Darius Garland G – Vanderbilt|
|6||Minnestoa Timberwolves – Jarrett Culver G – Texas Tech|
|7||Chicago Bulls – Coby White G – North Carolina|
|8||New Orleans Pelicans – Jaxson Hayes C – Texas|
|9||Washington Wizards – Rui Hachimura F – Gonzaga|
|10||Atlanta Hawks – Cam Reddish F – Duke|
|11||Phoenix Suns – Cam Johnson F – North Carolina|
|12||Charlotte Hornets – PJ Washington F – Kentucky|
|13||Miami Heat – Tyler Herro G – Kentucky|
|14||Boston Celtics – Romeo Langford G – Indiana|
|15||Detroit Pistons – Sekou Doumbouya F – France|
|16||Orlando Magic – Chuma Okeke F – Auburn|
|17||New Orleans Pelicans – Nickeil Alexander-Walker G – Virginia Tech|
|18||Indiana Pacers – Goga Bitadze C – Georgia|
|19||San Antonio Spurs – Luka Samanic F – Croatia|
|20||Philadelphia 76ers – Mattise Thybulle F – Washington|
|21||Memphis Grizzlies – Brandon Clarke F – Gonzaga|
|22||Boston Celtics – Grant Williams F – Tennessee|
|23||Oklahoma City Thunder – Darius Blazely F – United States|
|24||Boston Celtics- Ty Jerome F – Virginia|
|25||Portland Trail Blazers – Nassir Little F – North Carolina|
|26||Cleveland Cavaliers – Dylan Windler F – Belmont|
|27||LA Clippers – Mfiondu Kabengele C – Florida State|
|28||Golden State Warriors – Jordan Poole G – Michigan|
|29||San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto) – Keldon Johnson F – Kentucky|
|30||Cleveland Cavaliers – Kevin Porter F – USC|
NBA Draft picks 2019: Round 2 results
|Pick||Team – Player – School|
|31||Brooklyn Nets – Nic Claxton C – Georgia|
|32||Miami Heat – KZ Okpala F – Stanford|
|33||Boston Celtics – Carsen Edwards F – Purdue|
|34||Atlanta Hawks – Bruno Fernando C – Maryland|
|35||New Orleans Pelicans – Marcos Louzada Silva F – Brazil|
|36||Charlotte Hornets – Cody Martin F – Nevada|
|37||Dallas Mavericks-Deividas Sirvydis F – Lithuania|
|38||Chicago Bulls – Daniel Gafford C – Arkansas|
|39||Golden State Warriors – Alen Smailagic C – Serbia|
|40||Sacramento Kings – Justin James G – Wyoming|
|41||Golden State Warriors – Eric Paschall F – Villanova|
|42||Washington Wizards – Admiral Schofield F – Tennessee|
|43||Minnesota Timberwolves – Jaylen Nowell G – Washington|
|44||Denver Nuggets – Bol Bol C – Oregon|
|45||Dallas Mavericks – Isaiah Roby F – Nebraska|
|46||LA Lakers – Talen Horton-Tucker F – Iowa State|
|47||New York Knicks – Ignas Brazdeikis F – Michigan|
|48||Los Angeles Clippers – Terance Mann F – Florida State|
|49||San Antonio Spurs – Quinndary Weatherspoon G – Mississippi State|
|50||Indiana Pacers – Jarrell Brantley F – Charleston|
|51||Boston Celtics – Tremont Waters G – LSU|
|52||Charlotte Hornets – Jalen McDaniels F – San Diego State|
|53||Utah Jazz – Justin Wright-Foreman G – Hofstra|
|54||Philadelphia 76ers – Marial Shayok F – Iowa State|
|55||Sacramento Kings – Kyle Guy G – Virginia|
|56||Brooklynn Nets – Jaylen Hands G – UCLA|
|57||Detroit Pisons – Jordan Bone G – Tennessee|
|58||Utah Jazz – Miye Onie G – Yale|
|59||Toronto Raptors – Dewan Hernandez C – Miami|
|60||Sacramento Kings – Vanja Marinkovic G – Serbia|
NBA Draft Pick Trades
- Hawks trade No. 8 ( Jaxson Hayes C – Texas) No. 17 (Nickeil Alexander-Walker G – Virginia Tech ) and No. 35 (Marcos Louzada Silva F – Brazil) picks to Pelicans for No. 4 ( De’Andre Hunter F – Virginia ), No. 57 (Jordan Bone G – Tennessee ), a future second-round pick, and Solomon Hill.
- Pacers trade No. 32 (KZ Okpala F – Stanford ) pick to Heat for three second-round picks.
- Pistons trade No. 30 (Kevin Porter F – USC ) pick to Cavaliers for four future second-round picks.
- Celtics trade No. 24 pick ( Ty Jerome F – Virginia ) and Aron Baynes to Suns for a 2020 first-round pick.
- Thunder trade No. 21 pick to Grizzlies (
Brandon Clarke F – Gonzaga ) for No. 23 pick ( Darius Blazely F – United States ) and a 2024 second-round pick.
- Timberwolves trade No. 11 (Cam Johnson F – North Carolina) pick and Dario Saric to Suns for No. 6 pick (Jarrett Culver G – Texas Tech)
- Celtics trade No. 20 (Mattise Thybulle F – Washington ) pick to Sixers for No. 24 ( Ty Jerome F – Virginia ) and No. 33 pick ( Carsen Edwards F – Purdue )
- Nets trade No. 27 pick (Mfiondu Kabengele C – Florida State ) to Clippers for 2020 first-round pick and No. 56th pick (Jaylen Hands G – UCLA )
Now that we are all caught up on this off season lets take a look forward to next weeks free agency period and what I expect every team to do this off season.
Top 40 Free Agents
|Kevin Durant-GSW||BKN||Pat Beverly-LAC||LAC|
|Kawhii Leonard-TOR||LAC||Danny Green-TOR||PHI|
|Klay Thompson-GSW||GSW||Nikola Mirotic-MIL||BKN|
|Kyrie Irving-BOS||BKN||Darren Collison-IND||PHO|
|Jimmy Butler-PHI||HOU||Harrison Barnes-SAC||NYK|
|Kemba Walker-CHA||BOS||Trevor Ariza-WAS||LAL|
|Kristaps Porzingis-DAL||DAL||Terry Rozier-BOS||NYK|
|DeAnglo Russell-BKN||LAL||Ricky Rubio-UTA||IND|
|Nikola Vucevic-ORL||DAL||Terrence Ross-ORL||ORL|
|Khris Middleton-MIL||MIL||Derrick Rose-MIN||SAC|
|Tobias Harris-PHI||PHI||DeAndre Jordan-NYK||NYK|
|Al Horford-BOS||LAC||Thaddeus Young-IND||PHO|
|DeMarcus Cousins-GSW||LAL||Rudy Gay-SAS||ORL|
|Malcolm Brogdon-MIL||MIL||Marc Gasol-TOR||MEM|
|Bojan Bogdanovic-IND||IND||Marcus Morris-BOS||SAC|
|Paul Milsap-DEN||DEN||Isiah Thomas-DEN||IND|
|Julius Randle-NOP||CHI||DeWayne Dedmon-ATL||SAC|
|JJ Reddick-PHI||LAL||Willie Cauley Stein-SAC||NOP|
|Jonas Valanciunas-MEM||MEM||Kevon Looney-GSW||ATL|
|Brook Lopez-MIL||MIL||Seth Curry-POR||POR|
The Hawks are in the process of building a good young core. Trae Young balled hard last season. He put up 18 and 8 and showed a ton of promise. The Hawks also have one of the most underrated players in the league in John Collins. Collins averaged 19 and 9 and complimented Young well. The Hawks had a nice draft, trading up for DeAndre Hunter. The forward out of Virginia, is a good two-way player. His skills should translate well to the pros. They also drafted Duke sharpshooter Cam Reddish. The Hawks traded for Evan Turner who should fill the box score in the minutes department. The Hawks still have multiple needs across the board and lack depth. I think the Hawks target and land Warriors big man Kevon Looney.
This offseason has started hot and heavy for the Celtics. Rumors are circulating that the Celtics are the favorites to bring in Kemba Walker. A move that is needed with the impeding departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford. If the C’s land Walker they will be in a great spot. Walker, Brown, and Tatum are a formidable young core.
Kemba is the perfect fit for the Celtics and should bring much better team chemistry than Kyrie brought last season. I don’t think Danny Ainge is going to stop at Kemba. I expect Ainge to pull off a trade with the Thunder bringing in center Steven Adams to pair with Tatum, Brown, and newly added Walker. Is that enough to win the East? That will depend on where the other poker chips fall.
The Nets are all in this offseason as they have set themselves up to land two max players. Those max players could and should be Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. That’s right when Durant bought his new home in New York we all thought the big apple to play in Madison Square Garden 41 times in 2020. However, rumors have Durant and Irving going to Brooklyn. If this pans out for the Nets DeAngelo Russell will be on his way out of town. The Nets have Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris to surround KD and Irving and will have their MLE to bring a some veterans. It’s inevitable that Durant will miss the majority of the 2019 season. The question remains will he come back for the playoffs, assuming the Nets get there. The Nets are one of many teams with cap space and high hopes but at this time all indications point to Kyrie and KD signing with Brooklyn.
The Hornets have limited salary cap space and have a few quality free agents led by superstar Kemba Walker. Kemba is expected to leave town to sign with the Celtics. This move is detrimental to the Hornets. Walker has been their whole franchise the past four seasons and there will be a huge void they need to fill. With Walker seemingly on his way out of town, I expect Jeremy Lamb to follow. If reports are true and Kemba is on his way to Boston, expect the Hornets to be picking in the top 7 for the next few seasons.
The Bulls enter another offseason with 21 million in cap space and really no viable options to come to join this young core and make an immediate difference. The Bulls drafted Coby White who should push Kris Dunn to the bench and they have a good young nucleus in Zach Lavine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. If the Bulls were smart they would sign another Jabari Parker like team friendly deal and let the core develop and save the cap space for a better roster fit. Right now there just isn’t anyone out there that fits that game changer bill for the Bulls but there is one player out there who could potentially come in and make a difference. He had his best season in 2018 in New Orleans. Julius Randle. Randle would be a great fit playing next to Markkanen and along with Carter Jr. it would give the Bulls a nice trio of big men.
This franchise will be drafting in the lottery for the foreseeable future. They have the least amount of cap space in the league and let us be honest nobody is going to want to go to Cleveland. Expect the Cavs to find a trade partner for Kevin Love by the trade deadline. I think he will be in Oklahoma City when it is all said and done. The Cavaliers will be irrelevant for the next 20 years. You heard it here first.
The Mavericks are always an intriguing team and as the greatest European Basketball player of all time hangs it up the Mavs are relying on two young European studs to lead them into the future. While Dirk Nowitzki is calling it a career the Mavs are going to be leaning heavily on Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic. Doncic, the NBA Rookie of the Year, coming off a fantastic rookie campaign, will team with his buddy Porzingis, in what could be the most exciting young duo in the league. Dallas also has a plethora of cap room. Nikola Vucevic would be a great fit and there have been rumblings that the Mavericks are keen on him, but his market will be large and I don’t know if Dallas is willing to max him out. Vucevic, Doncic, and Porzingis would be an electric big 3.
The Nuggets flew under the radar most of last season, all while having the best record in the Western Conference pretty much all of last season. The Nuggets have put together quite a formidable young core led by Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Jokic averaged 20 points 11 boards and 7 assists while Murray contributed 18 and 5 and 5. These two should continue to get better and Jokic is the most underrated, unknown, and not talked about player in the NBA. The Nuggets have a big decision to make with Paul Milsap. Milsap is nearing the end of his career has a 30 million dollar team option. I don’t see the Nuggets making any significant moves outside of reworking a deal for Milsap and a nice role player for the MLE. Expect the Nuggets to be active near the trade deadline.
The Pistons have serious cap issues and a lackluster roster. Blake Griffin can still ball, he put up 25 points 8 boards and 5 assists. He’s paired with Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond. Drummond was a monster last year averaging 17 points and 16 boards. The Pistons simply aren’t deep enough and there isn’t a move they can make that would significantly impact things for them. They are best suited to break this down now and find a trade partner for Blake and Drummond. Otherwise, they will continue to compete for the 8th seed and a first-round sweep every season aka NBA HELL!
Golden State Warriors
Well is the dynasty over? Can the Warriors bounce back from this? Will Klay stay or will Klay go? Alright, enough with the questions. As I said earlier everything points to Durant leaving this offseason to go East. I feel that we all already knew Durant was going to leave we just didn’t know where. Hell, we still don’t. Do I think he ends up on the Nets? Yes, yes I do. So KD is gone. Can the Warriors still compete? Will Klay stay? Yes, yes Klay will stay. Klay is one of the best two-way players in the league and is a huge reason the Warriors won 3 titles. The Warriors look at Klay as the glue to their team. They will not let him go elsewhere.
Boogie Cousins is also a free agent and like Durant I expect him to leave. I think Boogie stays in California and takes a team friendly deal to play with Lebron and Anthony Davis. The Warriors also have key role players such as Quinn Cook and Kevon Looney they need to worry about. To say this is a HUGE offseason for the Warriors is an understatement. One thing that is for sure, if Steph is on the court they have a chance. Expect Curry to have his best season next year since his first MVP season.
For the second season in a row, they lost to the Warriors when it looked like they had a chance to win the series. Rumors have been circling Houston like the tornado that hit before the house fell on the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz. Mike D’Antoni wants out, Chris Paul wants out, James Harden and Chris Paul don’t like each other. These are the things being said league-wide and all over the rumor mill. I don’t see any validity in it. Where is CP3 going to go that he has a better chance to win? I just don’t see it. The latest rumors have the Rockets trying to move Clint Capella and Eric Gordon to open up more cap space so they can bring Jimmy Butler in. If they are able to pull this off it will give them a real big 3 and quite possibly make them the favorite in the West. If they don’t pull off a trade I would expect the Rockets to go into next season looking pretty similar to how they ended a couple months ago.
Injuries have been the Pacers achilles heel. Last year, it looked like they could break out into the upper echelon in the Eastern Conference until star Victor Oladipo went down with a season-ending injury. The Pacers need to prioritize Bojan Bogdanovic who put up 18 points a game last year and really stepped up in Oladipo’s absence but it won’t be easy keeping him. He will have many suitors including the Lakers and Clippers where he would be a great fit. The Pacers have a great young core led by Oladipo and Myles Turner. With the right free agent addition, the Pacers could be competing for a top 3 spot in the East. Darren Collison and Cory Joseph are also free agents. The Pacers could look to Ricky Rubio to fill that point guard void. If I had to guess I would say the Pacers bring back Bogdanovic and bring in Ricky Rubio to play the point.
Here we go…..this summer could be great for the Clippers or it could be horrendous. After failing to win a title with CP3, Blake, and DJ the Clippers moved on to a small rebuild or as I call it being stuck in NBA Hell. However, they did it right. The Clippers have set themselves up to bring in two max contract players this offseason and to compete with the Warriors and Lakers for the best team in California. This is going to be hard for the Clippers to pull off. Kawhii Leonard has been their target from day one. Hometown boy, superstar, would fit great with Doc. Unfortunately, for them, the absolute worst case scenario happened and Kawhii led the Raptors to a title. The only possible way Kawhii was going to stay and spurn the Clippers was to stay with Toronto. Sadly for Clippers fans, Toronto won the title and now they have to compete for Kawhii’s services with Toronto.
With that being said the foundation has been laid down for quite sometime and it seems that the clippers have been courting Kawhii for 18 months. I would be shocked if Kawhii doesn’t go home to LA and play with the Clippers. This will be a HUGE signing and it will be even bigger when Kawhii tells the Lakers no thank you and signs a deal with the Clippers. The Clippers won’t stop with Kawhii. They will bring in Al Horford and resign Patrick Beverely. The Clippers had one of the best locker rooms last year and really over acheived with who they had on their roster. The Clippers have a ton of cap space and will make a big impact later this week.
The Lakers already made their huge offseason move by bringing in Anthony Davis to pair with Lebron. Davis,26, should be the cornerstone of this franchise for the next 5-10 years. The Lakers had given up a lot up to get him and in turn, the roster is bleak right now. However, being the Lakers and having two superstars, players will take less to play there. Earlier this afternoon the Lakers made a trade with the Wizards which allowed them to have enough room to sign a MAX CAP player. This means if they were able to get a player like Kawhii, Kyrie, or Klay to sign with them they can give them the maximum contract they could receive.
There will be tons of rumors that Kawhii will end up in purple and yellow but, I am shutting that down now. The Lakers will get meetings with Kawhii and Kyrie but at the end of the day I don’t expect either player to play for the Lakers. Jimmy Butler is also an option now for the Lakers if they can work out a sign and trade with Philadelphia. However, DeAngelo Russell is the best fit for this team and he will be who they end up with. He will be that second building block with AD that the Lakers can turn to for the next decade. I also expect to see JJ Redick in a Lakers uniform. Either way, this Lakers team is going to be much much better in 2019. They won’t stop at DLo and Reddick, they will also bring in Boogie Cousins and Trevor Ariza. The Lakers are going to be loaded in 2019 and as it currently sits they are rightfully the favorites in Vegas.
JA Morant will be fun to watch grow in this league. Jaren Jackson Jr. showed promise. Not much else to say. Expect this team to be picking in the top 3 of the draft for the next 3-4 seasons.
The epitome of NBA Hell. They have quality players and a good coach but this team is oft-injured and over the salary cap in a big way. If they are unhealthy again or get off to a slow start expect Pat Riley to start getting the ball rolling on the future. The Heat will never pack it in for a full rebuild but I can see players like Dragic and Whiteside being moved. If this team stays pat expect them to compete for the 7th-8th seed again.
What a season for the Bucks! Coach Budz did a hell of a job coming in and implementing his system. Giannis won the MVP after dominating on both sides of the floor and they were 2 games away from going to the finals. With all this being said the Bucks are in a tough spot with some key free agents. Khris Middleton is an unrestricted free agent and will be a hot commodity. Malcolm Brogdon is a restricted free agent and the Bucks can match any offer. The Bucks also have Brook Lopez and Nikola Mirotic hitting the free agent market.
The Bucks are heavily interested in bringing back Brook Lopez and doing whatever it takes to keep Middleton and Brogdan. The Bucks are one of the best young teams in the league led by Giannis and Coach Budz if they can return their whole team they will be favorites to win the East. Giannis is a once in a lifetime type of player who is going to continue to work on his craft and get stronger. I think the Bucks will bring back Middleton, Brogdan, and Lopez and find themselves back in the Eastern Conference Finals.
This team is an absolute mess. Nothing has gone right for them. When they brought in Jimmy Butler everyone thought they would take the next step. Andrew Wiggins regressed, Jimmy got angry, Karl Anthony Towns stayed soft, Thibs got fired and here we are. The rumors are hot and heavy that Wiggins will be traded. That would be huge for Wiggins as a change of scenery would be good for him. A spot like Orlando or Sacramento would be a good fit. Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones are free agents and both should be leaving. The Timberwolves are in a tough spot when it comes to the cap and their roster is poor at best. This team will be picking top 7 next year again.
New Orleans Pelicans
What an offseason for this has been for the Pelicans. First the won the draft lottery and the rights to acquire superstar prospect Zion Williams. They then traded away superstar Anthony Davis for a great haul that featured Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Jaxson Hayes, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Willing the lottery and trading away AD set the Pelicans up for the future. They have a bright young core and have plenty of cap space to work with. Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton lead the list of Pelican’s free agents and both are expected to leave. Expect the Pelicans to target Willie Cauley Stein. WCS would be a great fit with this young core. Expect the Pels to be a perennial playoff team in 3 years.
New York Knicks
Good news……The Knicks drafted RJ Barrett. Bad news they are going to strike out on free agency again. The Knicks have 60 million dollars in cap space going into free agency and were expected to land a big fish or two. The rumors were Kyrie and KD to the Knicks. This has since changed and it’s become evident that they will be going to the Nets when free agency opens up. Where does this leave the Knicks? It leaves them with nothing. If Kyrie and KD do end up in Brooklyn then I see the Knicks setting their focus on Harris, Vucevic, and Middleton. However, none will sign. The Knicks best case scenario is staying in the crapper for a few more years and hoping to hit the lottery but as we’ve seen that doesn’t always work. As of this writing I have the Knicks signing Harrison Barnes, Terry Rozier, and DeAndre Jordan. That is quite a fall from thinking they were going to get Kyrie and Durant.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are an interesting case. They have two top 15 players in the league and it still isn’t going to be enough to get it done. The Thunder are a perennial playoff team as they are constructed but they will never win a ring as is. I wonder if PG13 regrets resigning in OKC last year. I think he would have been the perfect fit with Lebron and Davis with the Lakers. As is the Thunder will continue to reside in NBA Hell. They need to make roster moves but they have limited cap room. I think a trade with the Celtics involving Steven Adams will be beneficial to both teams. The Celtics have a bunch of young assets that would intrigue the Thunder, including a plethora of picks and young players. Adams certainly isn’t the reason the Thunder won’t get over the hump. He brings great tenacity and attitude to the court but the Thunder need a change to try to get to the next level. I expect the Thunder to move Steven Adams to the Celtics and bring in a couple of shooters to surround George and Russ.
The Magic finally ended their post Dwight Howard playoff drought last season, led by impending free agent Nikola Vucevic and a core of good young players the Magic look to build on the success they had this year and look into the future. Bringing back Vucevic has to be priority one. Coming off a career year Vucevic put up 20 and 12 last season all while playing great interior defense. The Magic must bring him back if they want to remain a playoff team. Other key parts of their core include Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, former number one overall pick Markelle Fultz and last years first round pick Mo Bamba. Having Bamba waiting in the wings could make Vucevic expendable to the Magic. This would be a huge mistake. Vucevic will have plenty of suitors. The ball is in the Magic’s court if they want to bring Vucevic back. The Magic also have Terrance Ross hitting the open market. Ross will command attention as a quality wing that defends well. Everything right now is pointing that the Magic bring him back. The Magic are in a really good place going forward with a nice young core but bringing back Vucevic will be critical to their success both now and in the future.
The next month is going to be a crucial time if you are a 76ers fan. With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the franchise is in good hands. The 76ers have three big names hitting the free agent market in superstar Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and JJ Reddick. Jimmy Butler rumors are swirling around the NBA that he will end up in Houston forming the leagues latest big 3 with James Harden and Chris Paul. Tobias Harris is going to have suitors from all over the place. He will get a large contract this offseason and one that is deserved as he has been one of the most underrated and overlooked players in the league. While Jimmy ends up in Houston the 76ers must find a way to keep Harris.
I believe Harris will stay and they will find a way to bring Danny Green in. As I said if they make the trade with the Rockets then they would be getting Clint Capella and Eric Gordon in return. This could allow you to run a lineup of Simmons Gordon Harris Embiid and Capella. That is is really nice lineup and 76ers fans should applaud Elton Brand if he pulls this off.
The Phoenix Suns are a team in the midst of a deep rebuild. They have done a nice job acquiring picks and assets. They are led by star Devin Booker and last year’s first overall pick DeAndre Ayton. They have Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges as nice building blocks but they need more from a veteran perspective to compete right now. The Suns have plenty of cap space this offseason. They might not land the big fish but they will be players in the Vucevic and Harris sweepstakes. Rumors also have them linked to Boogie Cousins. I expect the Suns to make a push for Julius Randle as he would be a great fit for this team. If the Suns fail to get Randle, which I anticipate they will, look for them to sign a couple of vets in Darren Collison and Thaddeus Young.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers are coming off an appearance in the Western Conference finals. Some will say they overachieved by merely getting there. Led by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum the Blazers are in an awkward spot. If they can add a superstar via trade they can potentially take the next step, the problem with that is limited assets and salary cap space. If they can’t add a superstar they will max out at the Western Conference finals.
The Blazers are coming off a great season but I only see them regressing. Key role players such as Al-Farouq Aminu, Seth Curry, and Rodney Hood are hitting the free agent market. They traded Evan Turner to the Hawks for Kent Bazemore which should help the Blazers stretch the floor if they keep him. Selecting Nassir Little with the 25th pick was a steal. Much like the Thunder as this team currently stands they do not have enough to get over the hump. The Blazers need to find a way to bring in one more key player to partner with Dame and CJ. I just don’t know where they’re going to find him.
The Kings are an intriguing young team with a plethora of cap space. They are led by young star De’Aaron Fox. He partners with Buddy Hield making an electric backcourt together. The Kings took two steps forward last season as they were contenders for the playoffs.
Fox and Hield and joined by Marvin Bagley who showed glimpses of promise in his rookie campaign. The Kings biggest asset may be their 59 million dollars of cap space. Harrison Barnes and Willie Cauley Stein are free agents. I expect both to find greener pastures elsewhere. This leaves the Kings with a heaping pile of money. The Kings have the pieces in place and the cap space to make an impact. This will be a huge free agency period for King’s fans. Sadly, I see the Kings striking out on the top tier free agents and ending up with Derrick Rose, DeWayne Dedmon and Marcus Morris.
San Antonio Spurs
Coming off an average season The Spurs find themselves in a very rare situation. The Spurs traded away Kawhii Leonard last offseason for Demar DeRozan. DeRozan, had a great season averaging 21, 6, and 6. He was a leader and floor general on both sides of the floor. Demar is a free agent next year with a player option and has been subject to trade rumors all over the place. This is a move the Spurs NEED to make. They need to trade DeRozan for expiring contracts, tank and rebuild. DeRozan would be a great fit in a few destinations such as the 76ers, Mavericks, Clippers, or Blazers. They should also look for a trade partner for LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs need to realize their time is up, trade away their two big names for expiring deals and assets and let the rebuild begin.
NBA CHAMPION TORONTO RAPTORS!!! Has a nice ring for a lot of people, Canadians, Raptor’s fans, Warriors haters, Lebron haters, and I can keep going. Their offseason is contingent on one man. They took a risk last season in trading for Kawhii and knowing he might not stick around. They knew the only way he would stick around is if they won the championship. Well, with the help of rising star Pascal Siakim, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry, and company Kawhii led the Raptors to their first title in franchise history. It’s very simple. If Kawhii comes back the Raptors are title contenders. If Kawhii does not come back the Raptors will be stuck in NBA Hell. The Raptors are still set up well as the have Siakim as their cornerstone piece to build around. The contracts of Marc Gasol, who opted into his player option for 25 million dollars, Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry the Raptors will not be able to make any significant impactful moves. Danny Green will likely be gone as I think he ends up in Philadelphia.
The Jazz are in a nice position with a good young core built around Donovan Mitchell. They just traded for Mike Conley and even though it seems he’s been in the league forever, he is only turning 32 this season. Along with Conley and Mitchell, the Jazz have sharpshooter Joe Ingles and defensive stud Rudy Gobert. If the Jazz can find a way to maneuver contracts around to bring in Tobias Harris they could go to the NBA Finals next season. Call me crazy but as currently constructed the Jazz are one piece away from getting there. Especially in a wide open Western Conference.
There really isn’t too much to say about this Wizards team. They are going to be bad. Really really bad. The Wizards owe John Wall another 160 million dollars over the next 4 seasons. This would obviously include this upcoming season that he won’t be playing in. Even if he was it wouldn’t matter. The Wizards have one of the worst rosters in the league rivaling Memphis and the Hornets for worst assembled roster. Washington still has multiple time all star Bradley Beal but in all reality they need to find a trade partner for him. I could see him winding up with the Clippers at some point this offseason. All in all the Wizards roster is a mess. They are currently paying 3 players 80 million dollars for the 2019 season, one of them is out for the year and the others name is Ian Mahinmi.
This is a fantastic time to be a fan of the NBA. There never has been a time that so many quality players are going to be on the move. Stay tuned here with us as we will provide up to date coverage on all the latest free agent moves and trades across the NBA.