By Chazz Jacks and Cayden Westgate
This offseason was full of wild, crazy, questionable moves. Some fans are angry and some fans are happy with their favorite players and teams moves and decisions they made this offseason. We are here to tell you all the big moves plus other drama that has happened this offseason.
For a very long time the NBA was very unbalanced until finally the offseason of 2019, with crazy free agency moves, brought balance back to the NBA. Starting off with Vince Carter he agreed to sign a one year 2.4 million dollar deal with the Atlanta Hawks to finish out his NBA career.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks want Vince to be a mentor for the young guys in the locker room. Next is DeMarcus Cousin. After Cousins and the Warriors losing in the NBA finals, Cousin’s decided to take his talent to the Los Angeles Lakers to join Lebron James and Anthony Davis. He signed a one year 3.5 million deal with the Lakers, but sadly just recently, Cousins tore his ACL in practice, so he will be out for most of the season. But luckily for the Lakers, Dwight Howard signed a one year 2.6 million dollar contract with them to replace Cousins until he fully recovers.
Next up is the biggest move this offseason, Kevin Durant opted out of his contract with the Golden State, to explore contracts with the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. After some drama with the Knicks not offering Durant a max contract, he signed a 4-year 164 million dollar contract with the Nets. Following behind Durant, Kyrie Irving also signed with the Nets to team up with Durant. Irving signed a 4-year 142 million dollar contract. Irving didn’t want to take a max contract because also right behind Irving was DeAndre Jordan signing a 4-year 40 million dollar contract with the Nets. Durant, Irving, and Jordan all planned to team up and be one of the best if not the best trio in the league.
Another really big move this offseason was Kawhi Leenard signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. Leonard agreed to a 3-year 103 million dollar contract with the option to opt out the third year. Also, Klay Thompson signed a 5- year 190 million dollar contract with the Golden State Warriors. Finally, Derrick Rose signed with the Detroit Pistons to be the teams starting point guard and team up with Reggie Jackson and Blake Griffin. He signed a 2-year 15 million dollar contract with the Detroit Pistons.
One of the biggest unexpected trades was when Russell Westbrook traded to Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder get Chris Paul and draft picks according to oregonlive. And who can forget when the Los Angeles Lakers gave up Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and to top it off, three first round picks for Anthony Davis.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report that New Orleans will send the 26-year-old superstar to Los Angeles in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported “After agreeing to a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets involving D’Angelo Russell and Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors have traded Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies to free up cap space.”
Memphis acquires a veteran role player with a championship pedigree capable of mentoring Jaren Jackson Jr., Ja Morant, and Brandon Clarke on just what it means to be a professional basketball player. Oh, and they also get ANOTHER 1st round pick in the process of helping ease cap concerns for a contender.
The L.A. Clippers acquired six-time NBA All-Star Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and the Clippers’ first round draft picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026, along with two first-round choices via Miami (2021 and 2023), and OKC obtained the right to swap first-round picks in 2023 and 2025, it was announced by President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank.
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak stated the team has acquired guard Terry Rozier and a protected 2020 second-round draft pick from the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Kemba Walker and a 2020 second-round draft pick as part of a sign-and-trade agreement between the two teams via nba.com
Top 10 NBA Draft Picks
- Zion Williamson went to college at Duke. Zion is positioned at PF, and measured at 6 foot 7. In the 2018-2019 college season, Zion averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game. The New Orleans Pelicans were the lucky one to get to pick Zion first.
- Ja Morant went to college at Murray State. Morant is positioned at guard and measured at 6 foot 3. In 2018-2019 college season, Morant averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 10 assists a game. The Memphis Grizzlies were the team to draft Morant.
- Rj Barrett went to college at Duke. Barrett is positioned at forward and is measured at 6 foot 7. In the 2018-2019 college Barrett averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists a game. The New York Knicks were the team to draft Barrett.
- De’Andre Hunter went to college at Virginia. Hunter is positioned at guard and measuring 6 foot 7. In the 2018-2019 college season Hunter averaged 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2 assists a game. The Lakers drafted Hunter but traded to the pelicans than traded again to the Atlanta Hawks.
- Darius Garland went college at Vanderbilt. Garland positioned guard and is measured at 6 foot 2. In the 2018-2019 college season Garland averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists a game. The Cleveland Cavaliers were the team to draft Garland.
- Jarrett Culver went college at Texas Tech. Culver is positioned at guard and is measured at 6 foot 5. In the 2018-2019 college season Culver averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game. The Phoenix Suns were the team to draft Culver.
- Coby White went college at UNC. White is positioned at guard and is measured at 6 foot 5. In the 2018-2019 college season White averaged 16.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists. The Chicago Bulls were the team to draft White.
- Jaxson Hayes went to college at Texas. Hayes is positioned at forward and is measured at 6 foot 11. In the 2018-2019 college season Hayes averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 0.3 assists a game. Hayes was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks then immediately traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
- Rui Hachimura went to college at Gonzaga. Rui is positioned at forward and is measured at 6 foot 8. In the 2018-2019 college season Rui averaged 19.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The Washington Wizards were the team to draft Rui.
- Cam Reddish went to college at Duke. He is positioned at forward and is measured at 6 foot 8. In the 2018-2019 college season Reddish averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Well sadly, we all know that 10 time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony STILL has not signed with an NBA team. Three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford is still on the market even though he scored 51 points against the Dallas Mavericks the last game for the Suns. Unfortunately, 2018-2019 NBA champion Jeremy Lin is “frustrated” with the NBA market. Dwight Howard signed a one year 2.6 million dollar dollar contract with the Lakers, some think this is good for the purple and gold NBA team, some others think this is doing more harm than good.