The upcoming NBA season will be one of the most exciting in recent memory. Anticipation is off the charts after the shocking the offseason. LeBron James may be playing his final season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before heading into free agency. Kyrie Irving was traded away from the Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics to make the Eastern Conference fascinating at the top. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George were traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets and Jimmy Butler was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. All of these changes will impact the league for the better with huge stories coming into play right away.
Unfortunately, there are things that every franchise has to worry about. Many of the General Managers are trying to keep things positive. This means hiding certain fears about the short term and long term futures of their teams. We'll take a look at some of the stories the GMs are trying to keep under wraps. Is your team trying to keep a story hidden from you? Find out by going through the following list and reading about many of the happenings in the league. These are fifteen things various NBA General Managers don’t want you to know about we head into the season.
15 Cleveland Cavaliers: Isaiah Thomas May Miss Entire Season
The trade of Kyrie Irving by the Cleveland Cavaliers looks great on paper if everything works out. Isaiah Thomas was better than Irving last season. Jae Crowder adds a great wing player to upgrade the defense come playoff time. The Brooklyn Nets pick may be very high in the lottery. The biggest qualm here is the potential of Thomas missing most, if not all the season.
14 Oklahoma City Thunder: Paul George Still Wants To Be A Laker
The team to have the best offseason was definitely the Oklahoma City Thunder. They acquired both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in exchange for very little. MVP Russell Westbrook now has two legitimate Superstar talents on his roster to make a run at contending for an NBA Championship. The news of Westbrook signing an extension along with the offseason trades has Thunder fans extremely optimistic after last year’s pain of losing Kevin Durant.
13 New Orleans Pelicans: Either DeMarcus Cousins Or Anthony Davis Will Be Traded
The New Orleans Pelicans are one of the teams in the Western Conference hoping to take a step forward after acquiring DeMarcus Cousins last season. Most NBA teams are abandoning the old belief of building around big men. New Orleans however decided to put two of them together. Cousins and Anthony Davis struggled to form chemistry when on the court together during the second half of last season.
12 Philadelphia 76ers: Struggling In Training Camp
One fan base with unwavering optimism entering the season is the Philadelphia 76ers. Young prospects like Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric give them a chance to be special if everyone progresses. JJ Redick signing to a one-year contract as a free agent adds a talented veteran and it should help the team contend for a late playoff seed in the weak Eastern Conference.
11 Utah Jazz: Failed to Replace Gordon Hayward
The Utah Jazz came off one of their better seasons in recent memory last year. Gordon Hayward led them to 50+ wins and a first round playoff victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Sadly for Utah fans, Hayward decided to leave for a new journey on the Boston Celtics. The superb play of Rudy Gobert and the acquisition of point guard Ricky Rubio give hope to fans wanting to return to the postseason.
10 Boston Celtics: Banking Everything On Kyrie Leading Them To Ring
The Boston Celtics are trying to present their offseason as both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward being added to contend for a title. However, the trade for Irving saw them give up all of their top trade assets. Boston lost last year’s best two players in Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder along with an extremely valuable Brooklyn Nets lottery pick.
9 Washington Wizards: Signing Otto Porter Was Horrible Decision
An early regret from the offseason features the Washington Wizards overpaying to re-sign Otto Porter in free agency. The Brooklyn Nets offered Porter a massive contract worth $106 million over four years. Brooklyn did this due to badly needing young talent and not having draft picks. Washington was forced to match it if they wanted to keep him on the roster.
8 Miami Heat: Pat Riley Doesn’t Want Dwyane Wade Back
Dwyane Wade chose to sign a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers to team with LeBron James one more time and contend for another ring. The comments from Wade recently have seen him flat out admit he wants to eventually end his career with the Miami Heat. Fans of the Heat want the same thing and hoped he would return following the buyout from the Chicago Bulls.
7 New York Knicks: Rift Between Kristaps Porzingis & Jeff Hornacek
The New York Knicks trading Carmelo Anthony completely changed the dynamic of the franchise. Kristaps Porzingis is now the face of the franchise and he has to become a Superstar for them to get anywhere of note. The young talent has shown flashes of greatness, but there have been a few instances of controversy with Porzingis similar to what happened with Anthony.
6 Memphis Grizzlies: Marc Gasol Frustrated
Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are the two Superstars on the Memphis Grizzlies as the team looks to improve while losing a few veterans. Memphis has seen Gasol blossom into one of the best big men in the NBA. They have sadly never been able to take advantage of their talented roster to legitimately contend for an NBA Championship.
5 Houston Rockets: No One Wants Ryan Anderson
The Houston Rockets made a big splash acquiring Chris Paul in a trade. A combination of James Harden and Paul with three-point shooters surrounding them will provide a challenge to the Golden State Warriors. However, more fire power may be needed to truly contend in a best of seven series against the Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.
4 San Antonio Spurs: Desperately Want To Trade LaMarcus Aldridge
One guarantee every NBA season is the San Antonio Spurs putting up a great fight. San Antonio always finishes highly in the Western Conference despite usually not having the most talented roster. However, the Spurs signed a top free agent a few summers ago when adding LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency. Aldridge has regressed rather than bringing the team to another level.
3 Golden State Warriors: Finally Have Competition
The Golden State Warriors are still the favorites entering the regular season after last year’s NBA Championship win. Golden State went 16-1 and was very close to having a perfect playoff run. The combination of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson provides one of the best offenses of all time. Draymond Green leads the defense to provide domination on both sides.
2 Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron's Last Chance At Title
Another thing the Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to keep secret is the terrifying future of life without LeBron James. Most reports indicate James will be looking to make a change with the Los Angeles Lakers being the favorites. The Cavaliers were so bad during the four years without LeBron last time he left that they won the lottery twice.
1 Los Angeles Lakers: Everything Riding On Lonzo Being A Superstar
Lonzo Ball already has pressure on him after all of the news made by his dad LaVar Ball running his mouth. The dream situation of being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers will see Lonzo have one of the most anticipated rookie seasons in many years. Something that the Lakers don’t want fans thinking about too much is how much will ride on his success.
Lakers fans badly want to buy into the rumors of LeBron James and Paul George signing in free agency next summer. The team will need at least one young asset to show he can be a Superstar. Lonzo is the man that has to pull this off. As the point guard, Ball has to make his teammates better while showing on his own at the most competitive position. The Lakers short term future can see massive results, but Lonzo needs to prove he is a special talent this season.
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