NBA Tradeoffs

Laurence Arjoon, Staff Writer

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The biggest part of the NBA is the playoff season, but the next biggest part is free agency. Free agency is when every player in the NBA has a contract and when that contract expires they can go to any team they choose.

This summer there were many unexpected contracts and players that switched teams. NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, left the Toronto Raptors to join the LA Clippers for a four year $140.6 million deal. Kawhi was the top free agent the agency this year. Next, is Kyrie Irving, who left the Boston Celtics and joined the Brooklyn Nets for a four year $141 million deal. In the case of Kevin Durant who would have been the best player this year, but because of an injury no one is sure anymore. That didn’t stop the Nets though. Kevin Durant left the Golden State Warriors to join the Brooklyn Nets, along with Kyrie Irving, signing a four year $164 million deal. He was out the whole season, but the team has high hopes for him. Klay Thompson, a great shooter signed yet again with the Golden State Warriors signing a five
year $190 million contract. This is one of the biggest deals in this years draft. Jimmy Butler left the Philadelphia 76ers to join the Miami Heat for a four year $141 million deal. Kemba Walker, a player that is very underrated left the Charlotte Hornets to join the Boston Celtics for a 4 year $141 dollar deal. The last player,(my favorite) D’Angelo Russell left the Brooklyn Nets to join the Golden State Warriors for a 4 year $117 million deal.

There were a lot of moves this summer and these are just the top seven players. The best team last year were the Warriors, but an injury cost them the championship. Now that Kevin Durant left the Warriors, the NBA is back to being even. This is because most teams have one or two all stars while some teams still don’t have any. However, for the teams that don’t have any it’s going to be tough for them to win this year. But, the team a lot of people are looking forward to watching are the New Orleans Pelicans who signed a young core that everyone wants to see, including Duke rookie Zion Williamson. Lozo Ball, a player that had high expectations coming into the NBA, didn’t play as well as everyone wanted him to, so that’s why he was traded to the Pelicans.
The Clippers, who have never been to the western conference finals, might change that with the new additions they made in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. They also still have sixth man of the year, Lou Williams. This is going to be a team to
watch.

The team I think will have the best season is the Los Angeles Lakers. They added players Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley, Danny Green, and Jared Dudley. These are just some of the names you may know. They have so much talent and are a favorite to win the finals. Even though Demarcus Cousins is out for the season, they can still do something with the team they have; Lebron will for sure have a great season. The Houston Rockets also added Russell Westbrook. Both Russell Westbrook and James Harden love to have the ball in their hands, so it’d be interesting to see how these two will play together.

The last team I’m going to discuss is the Golden State Warriors. Even though they lost Kevin Durant they still have a solid team. They added all star D’Angelo Russell, and still have Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. Klay is out for the season, but he will be healthy when it’s time for the playoffs. But the question is can the Warriors make it to the playoffs this season? We just have to wait and see. So this season shows a lot of promise with powerhouse teams and I personally can’t wait to see what will happen.