Since the end of the NBA season with the Golden State Warriors winning the championship (as I predicted in my previous article), the offseason has gotten REALLY interesting.
No, really. This offseason has been way more poppin’ than the NBA Finals.
Big name players like Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and Kristaps Porzingis have all been in trade rumors lately and it seems like they could be dealt by the end of the offseason. Rumors of Paul George deciding to leave Indiana for good in 2018 for the Lakers has spun trade rumors out of control.
**AS I’M WRITING THIS I JUST GOT A NOTIFICATION FROM BLEACHER REPORT SAYING THE LAKERS TRADED D’ANGELO RUSSELL AND MOZGOD. I TOLD Y’ALL THIS OFFSEASON IS POPPIN!**
Let’s dive straight into this.
Paul George to the Lakers.
Everyone is pretty much just waiting for this to happen at this point. The Lakers literally just dealt Mozgov and D-Lo for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in the NBA draft. With Mozgov off the Lakers payroll, this clears a ton of cap space for the 2018 offseason.
I can see a trade happening before the NBA draft on June 22. A trade involving:
-Rocket’s 28th pick (which is the Lakers’ from the Corey Brewer trade)
-Pacer’s 27th pick (which now belongs to the Lakers),
-Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, or Luol Deng
If Magic somehow pulls off trading Deng with the 2 picks, he might be king of the offseason. Shedding both Mozgov and Deng’s contract would be a HUGE plus for the Lakers. This would give the Lakers a ton more cap space for the 2018 offseason. (Keep in mind Lopez’s 22 million dollar contract ends next year).
Free agents want to play for Magic, and with enough money for the 2018 offseason, a max FA or two could be afforded.
The Lake Show might be on their way back.
Gordon Hayward signing with the Celtics.
This signing makes too much sense. There’s been rumors about the Celtics wanting to trade for Jimmy Butler, but it doesn’t make much sense when they likely have a better shot at Gordon Hayward in free agency. Why trade assets when you can sign an up and coming superstar without giving anything up?
Obviously the Brad Stevens and Gordon Hayward relationship might be the biggest reason I’m predicting Gordon signing with the Celtics (Brad Stevens coached Gordon Hayward at Butler). Another reason I say Hayward is going to the Celtics, is because the East needs some more competition.
LeBron has pretty much waltzed his way into the NBA finals for the past couple years. The Celtics are nowhere near them but, if they add a star or two, they can make things fairly interesting. If something were to happen, such as LeBron leaving the Cavaliers for the west coast, then the Celtics would likely be the top team in the Eastern Conference.
It’s a great move for Hayward and the Celtics, almost a match made in heaven.
Jimmy Butler & Kevin Love swap.
Let’s be real.
Kevin Love never lived up to the hype he got when Cleveland acquired him. He was a defensive liability, inconsistent scorer, and literally disappeared in important games. Love never really looked comfortable in Cleveland’s offense with Kyrie and LeBron. What was more noticeable about Cleveland in the NBA finals this year was their inability to defend. This won’t fix everything, but it sure will make an improvement.
Rumors of Jimmy Butler asking for a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers has been everywhere. Jimmy Butler is exactly what Cleveland needs. A 2 way superstar who can make the big shots when the time comes around. More importantly, he’s a lock down defender.
If Cleveland wants any chance of winning another ring, this HAS to be the move they make.
**JUST GOT A NOTIFICATION FROM BLEACHER REPORT SAYING JIMMY BUTLER WANTS TO STAY IN CHICAGO AND WOULDN’T WANT TO STAY IN CLEVELAND LONG TERM**
I still think this trade happens and Cleveland gets Jimmy Buckets.
Yeah, this offseason is getting really interesting.
J.J. Redick signs with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Redick is a little older, but his shooting has never been a question. He’s a sniper from the three point line and that is mainly what the Thunder need. The Thunder don’t have many guards who can shoot the ball from deep, and in this modern NBA, it’s going to be tough to win without those types of players. Even with Russell Westbrook putting up historic numbers.
The Clippers window to win a division title is over. Injuries, inconsistent play, and just straight up bad luck has haunted the franchise. The team might not be able to retain Chris Paul, who is in the latter stages of his career and will likely try to sign with a team who can go on a title run (Spurs?).
What incentive does J.J. Redick have to stay with the Clippers? Oklahoma City was a playoff team with the 6th seed, and were maybe a shooter or two away from being in the top 4 of the Western Conference standings.
J.J. Redick could help the Thunder get to the next level, and I’m sure the Thunder go after him aggressively.
Kevin Durant Signs with the Cavaliers……..
…..Okay this one’s a joke, but would anyone really be surprised??
Blake Griffin to the Miami Heat.
**HOLD ON JUST GOT A NOTIFICATION FROM BLEACHER REPORT SAYING DWIGHT HOWARD GOT TRADED TO CHARLOTTE **
The NBA offseason is undefeated, fam.
Anyways, Blake to the Heat can round out a solid roster and starting five. That’s if the Heat make a play and bring back Dion Waiters.
Take a look:
1- Goran Dragic
2- Dion Waiters
3- Justice Winslow
4- Blake Griffin
5- Hassan Whiteside
It doesn’t scream a 50 win team, but in the East? I wouldn’t be surprised. I’m sure Blake wouldn’t mind living in the city of Miami after departing from Los Angeles. The Heat need some talent with Chris Bosh sadly, not being able to return to the NBA. Blake is in the prime of his career and if he can stay healthy, he can take his game to another level on the Miami Heat. Dragic could be the fiery facilitator and Waiters can be a go to scorer along with Blake.
Don’t forget about Hassan Whiteside eating up boards on the glass. The dude’s a monster.
Miami might not be able to get Waiters AND Griffin, but with Pat Riley in the front office, there’s no telling what could happen.
The NBA is starting to heat up, and everyone needs to get ready for it.