By: Camron Miler
This year’s offseason looks to produce a blockbuster summer as teams in the NBA are looking to acquire big-name superstars in hopes of obtaining that coveted NBA title that has belonged to the Golden State Warriors for the last two years. After the NBA draft, teams look to bolster and change their lineups to become contenders in each conference. Some of the biggest names like Lebron James, Dwight Howard, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are on the move as well as some essential young core role player pieces like Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and Zach Levine.
Free Agency Update:
Lebron to Los Angeles Lakers: There were questions on if Lebron was going to decide to leave Cleveland again or stay home this time. The answer was obvious after this year’s lackluster showing by his team throughout the playoffs. Lebron had brought his hometown a title already and brought them to the Finals for 4 NBA seasons in a row his work was done, and it was time to move on. Reports were that Lebron’s decision would be based off family and his son had committed to a high school out in Los Angeles, so all signs lead to him signing with the Lakers. Lebron joins a team with a young core centered around Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.
Other notable Los Angeles Lakers signings: Javale Mcgee, Rajon Rondo, and Lance Stephenson
Dwight Howard to Washington Wizards: The Wizards look to control the paint with the signing of Dwight Howard. After the recent release of Marcin Gortat, they had to fill the void that was left in the paint. With the backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal as well the Wizards play will not be so perimeter oriented now that they have a man on the inside that can finish around the rim and snag rebounds. Howard had a very good season but a quiet one playing for a team like the Charlotte Hornets averaging 16.6 ppg, shooting 56 percent on field goals, and snagging down an impressive 12.5 rebounds per game.
Other notable Washington Wizards signings: Jeff Green
Paul George returns to OKC: All rumors of Paul George going to LA have been denounced now as the All Star forward returns to OKC for 4 more years as this decision was announced at Russell Westbrook’s Party. Paul George looks to continue what he has already started with the Thunder to take down the perennial powerhouse of the Western Conference. Paul George’s 3 point percentage increased to 40 percent this season so the Thunder need to add some players on the inside to compliment big man Steven Adams.
Other notable Oklahoma City Thunder signings: Nerlens Noel
Golden State looks unstoppable: Golden State has just signed one of the biggest Free Agent names during this offseason to make this already offensive juggernaut of a team the most dynamic force on offense and now a strong force on defense. Demarcus Cousins signed to the Warriors for a 1 yr., $5 million deal. Coming off a season where he tore his Achilles with the Pelicans the decision came as a surprise to the whole league. The Warriors starting lineup looks like something straight out of an NBA 2k video game stands as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Demarcus Cousins. The only downside with this signing is the Warriors have two of the players that have been in the top five in technical fouls for the past three seasons in Draymond Green and Demarcus Cousins.
This NBA offseason Free Agency is heating up and the only big name free agent that has yet to make a decision is Kawhi Leonard. Rumors have it that he’s leaning to a team in LA, but its not the Lakers.