The NBA’s 2016-17 season was one of the best in recent memory. It seemed like from every game, we’d have a buzzer-beating shot, a slam dunk off a missed free throw, or a game-winning 3-pointer. In the playoffs, teams had to play fast and keep up with the pace of the game. The games were high energy and full of excitement.
Even with all the great on-court action, off the court is where much of the story was told. With teams spending a lot of money on free agents and trades, it was no surprise that this offseason would be full of big moves. By the end of July, James Harden and Russell Westbrook had signed huge extensions with the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder respectively. And by early August, DeMarcus Cousins was traded by the Sacramento Kings to New Orleans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Omri Casspi.
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The NBA offseason has been busy, and it’s not even over. The Boston Celtics agreed to a deal with Kyrie Irving, and the Los Angeles Lakers traded for multiple players (including Julius Randle). The Houston Rockets added Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul. Russell Westbrook decided to stay with the Thunder.
But these are just the moves that will make a difference in 2018-19. There are plenty of other moves that will have an impact in the years to come. Here’s a look at some of the biggest ones, along with what to expect from them.
A lot of NBA teams are in the midst of offseason overhauls. OKC has been especially active, with a flurry of trades and free agents. Here’s my take on some of the moves that have already taken place and what to expect this season.
●The Celtics, who already had a sterling defense, are adding another player who can play above the rim: Al Horford is an excellent rebounder and perimeter defender who should be an upgrade for Boston.
●The Clippers, who were projected to be one of the worst teams in the league last season, added two very good players in Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari. Their revamped front line will now be able to take advantage of their athleticism and shot-making ability.
●The Jazz, who were expected to make major strides this season after acquiring Donovan Mitchell from the Suns last February, are loaded with young talent and added veteran experience in George Hill. He’s coming off a down year (17 points per game) but should be able to boost Utah’s offense as they continue to develop their young players.
●The Lakers are looking like they’ll be one of the worst teams in the league again this season. Their offseason additions, Luol Deng and Rajon Rondo, will help them on
The NBA offseason moves that may seem interesting or surprising to some fans might not actually be as significant as they seem. For example, it seems pretty clear that the Golden State Warriors are going to sign DeMarcus Cousins, but it is not clear at all why. Cousins has a reputation for being selfish and immature, which seems to make him an awful fit with the Warriors’ culture.
But he does have some great skills: He’s a monster on the boards, he can score from all over the court, and he has a history of being willing to play through injury. He’s not a bad fit for Golden State.
The real reason Cousins is likely to go to Golden State is because the players with whom they are currently negotiating are far worse fits than he is. The Warriors want to get rid of JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, David West and Shaun Livingston because they would like to get younger and more athletic on defense. But those guys simply aren’t good enough to play in Golden State’s system; they’d be playing too many minutes with too little support from other players while trying to cover up their weaknesses by hanging on the perimeter.
In other words, Golden State needs someone better than Cousins, who fits the system perfectly. But since no
It is important to understand that the NBA playoffs are not a tournament, but a four-month process of rebuilding. These are not your father’s NBA Finals.
The best basketball teams in the world have been at their best in the regular season, and the best stars have been at their best in the regular season. No team has ever won three consecutive championships without being better in the regular season than it was in any of its previous three years.
The Celtics reached the Finals last year with a roster full of players who were coming off relatively poor seasons. They were strong down the stretch even though they were missing Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart, but they were still a long way from being great; they had almost no depth and no All-Stars.
That’s why this summer will be so interesting. The Celtics have upgraded their roster as much as anyone can upgrade it without adding a superstar. They have added Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford for next to nothing because they think they can win now and can get them at a discount when they become free agents again next summer.
They have also traded away multiple picks for an abundance above average while building up their cap space enough to chase two max free agents (LeBron James and Paul
This time last year, the Miami Heat looked like they were on the verge of reaching their first NBA Finals since winning the 2006 title. They were set to host the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but LeBron James was unable to finish the series and had to sit out with a groin strain. And then, right before Game 1 against the Warriors, James announced his departure from Miami, landing him in Los Angeles.
While everyone else was shocked with this stunning move that immediately evicted James from a team he practically built himself over his six years in Miami, it was not really that surprising. James is known for being an egotistical player who was always looking out for himself above any other consideration and went over his head in LeBron James Quotes . But this is not the first time this has happened. In 2010-11, after winning the first of back-to-back championships, James left for Cleveland. It seemed like a completely different situation at that time when James’ agent Rich Paul famously said: “It’s easy to find a job when you have all these great players around you.” But as we all know, James would win another ring with the Heat just a year later.
This time though, it seems like LeBron’s ego may
The NBA Board of Governors approved a 20-year maximum contract extension for LeBron James on September 12, 2018. This is the longest contract in NBA history, and will allow James to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers through the end of the 2026-27 season.
James can opt out of his contract after the 2022-23 season and become a free agent again. He can also opt out after the 2023-24 season and become a free agent again. In both cases, he would get a five percent raise over what he would have made during those final four years of his current deal. So if this were all that happened, LeBron would be getting his full salary during those final two years, but no more.
What happens after that? If he opts out after 2022-23, he will be 31 at the start of the next season. Assuming that he refuses to get a pay raise at that point, this is when LeBron will likely make his first non-Bird free agent decision.
If he chooses to opt out after 2023-24, it will be in his late 30s. He will still be an All-Star player at that point, but not quite as good as an All-NBA player (he’ll have a