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20 NBA Roster Moves That Need To Happen Before The Season Starts

Each NBA franchise is always looking to better themselves whether it be to contend for a championship in the now, or to build for the future. Different teams have different measures of acquiring players they desire, as the Lakers organization would have a easier time adding a star player through free agency due to their excellent destination, while a team such as Milwaukee would rather consider adding pieces through the NBA draft in order to secure a solid team. This summer, each NBA franchise will be looking to make moves in order to better themselves, and as you probably know, a lot of NBA superstars are looking for a new home for the 2018-19 NBA Season. On top of that, this upcoming NBA draft is looking to be one of the most promising classes fans of the league have seen in a long time, and it will be very interesting to see what young studs go to which team in the organization. Not all NBA teams are in the position of trading/signing for a star or even to draft a top player, and they will need to think a little more out of the box in order to secure a solid player for next season.

In this article, we will be looking at some deals that need to happen this summer, that would be the best possible fit for these players. Whether it be through signing, trading, or drafting, this is one player that each team will be looking to acquire this summer.

As always, feel free to leave any of your thoughts in the comment section. We would love to hear your thoughts.

Here is one player each NBA franchise needs to add for this season.

Enjoy!

20 Kawhi Leonard Heads To Boston

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Kawhi Leonard has made headlines recently due to the fact he is not happy with the San Antonio Spurs. Despite being cleared to play during the season, Leonard sat out even during the playoffs, and it seems his time with the Spurs is over.

Kawhi has expressed interest in being traded to the Lakers and Celtics, but the Celtics have the higher chance of actually making this trade go through.

They have many assets they can send to the Spurs for Leonard, and it would be the right move in adding the incredible two-way superstar with Leonard, who is still in the prime of his career.

19 Jabari Parker To Brooklyn

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The Nets could really use a nice young big like Jabari Parker. He hasn't been the best fit with the Bucks playing alongside Giannis, but he has shown promise of being a very good NBA player. Injuries has hurt his stock as well, and a change could really help his career out. He is an unrestricted free agent, and the Nets could either sign him if Milwaukee doesn't want to match their offer, or offer them a trade. This would be a step in the right direction for Brooklyn.

18 DeMar DeRozan Replaces LeBron In Cleveland

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The Cavaliers obviously need top upgrade their roster after being swept in four games by the Warriors despite the efforts of LeBron James.

The first move the Cavs are going to want to make is trading for a superstar, and DeMar DeRozan could be the perfect candidate.

The Raptors may be looking to add young pieces for the star guard, and the Cavs would be making a nice statement that they're still going to try to contend, despite possibly losing LeBron.

17 Jameer Nelson To Denver

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The Nuggets have a nice young guard in Jamal Murray, but he is more of a combo guard rather than a passing point, and the Nuggets would like to add a veteran guard to help out Murray this upcoming season. That guy is Jameer Nelson, who has already shown he can be a useful backup point guard in this league. Nelson was a solid point guard for the Nuggets, and it would be the best move for the team if they try to acquire him back.

16 Lou Williams To Detroit

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Lou Williams had an excellent season with the Los Angeles Clippers last year, as he averaged over 22 points per game, his best season of his career.

While he did play great for the Clippers, the team will most likely be looking to rebuild, and trading Williams for some younger players wouldn't be a bad move.

The Pistons would love to take on Williams even if that means trading any future assets they have, as he would be a dangerous player to add to their front court of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.

15 Anthony Davis Adds To Golden State Super Team

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The Warriors have been in talks of probing about a trade for superstar big man Anthony Davis, which would be something special for them. It would mean losing some other star power, but adding a player such as Anthony Davis to a team such as the Warriors would mean big problems for the rest of the league. Davis would thrive with Golden State, and he is one guy the Warriors may end up trading for if they want to try to make their team even more of a threat.

14 Isaiah Thomas To Houston

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Isaiah Thomas is looking for a place to settle in, as he has moved around to a few different teams after being traded from the Celtics a year ago.

His time in LakerLand will not be long, and he could end up being moved to the Houston Rockets.

He would most likely take on a bench role in Houston behind Chris Paul, but the Rockets will be looking to add more firepower this off-season, and Thomas could be the guy considering they could get him for cheap.

13 Tyreke Evans To Indiana

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The Pacers are primed for a bright future, and after a great season last year led by new player Victor Oladipo, the Pacers could even think about bringing on a veteran star to help speed up the win process. Tyreke Evans is a do it all player in this league, and the Pacers would be a great fit for Evans as they are a little weak in the small-forward/glue guy players. Tyreke Evans could be what the Pacers need to make the playoffs in the East.

12 Jeremy Lin Lands In Los Angeles

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The Clippers will be looking for a point-guard they can count in every single night for the upcoming season, and Jeremy Lin is going to be on the market for a team such as the Clippers. It wouldn't be any crazy move to bring in the point-guard from Harvard, but he has shown his success with the Knicks wasn't just some lucky streak, as he was great for the Brooklyn Nets this season before being injured which derailed his season.

11 Paul George Goes Home To L.A.

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Paul George was linked to the Lakers before he was even traded to the Thunder, and considering his run with Russell Westbrook in OKC didn't go that well, he will be looking to sign with another team.

Trust me on this one, the Lakers want to sign George to a big contract, and it is going to happen.

You can expect to see George in Laker purple and gold next season as both he and the team could make some noise in the Western Conference together.

10 DeAndre Jordan To Miami

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DeAndre Jordan most likely won't be playing for the Clippers again this season, as he is one of the last players left from the Lob City Era.

Jordan will most likely find his way to a team such as the Heat, as they will be looking for a big to fill the shoes of Hassan Whiteside.

Whiteside and the Heat ended on terrible terms this past season, and getting a guy like DeAndre Jordan could make them feel better parting ways with Whiteside.

9 Marc Gasol To The T-Wolves

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This one may have you shaking your head a bit, but hear me out. The Timberwolves have disappointed for the last few seasons now despite showing flashes, and it could have something to do with Andrew Wiggins. Other than scoring, he is a liability and he even rubbed Jimmy Butler the wrong way throughout the season. A trade involving Andrew Wiggins for a star player could not be out of the question, and if they want to target Marc Gasol from Memphis it could happen. A front-court of Karl Anthony-Towns and Marc Gasol would be deadly.

8 Klay Thompson To The Pelicans

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The rumors involving Anthony Davis and the Warriors also included Thompson as the guy who would be traded to New Orleans.

This wouldn't even be such a bad thing for Klay either, as he would be able to show something he wasn't able to with Golden State, given how stacked their lineup is.

Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins would be a great offensive tandem as they could end up shooting opponents out of the building now without just two star centers. This is something the Pelicans will be considering this summer.

7 Harrison Barnes To OKC

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The Mavericks may be looking to move Harrison Barnes and his big contract this summer to make room for their young guys. One team looking to add a scoring small forward would be the OKC Thunder, as they will most likely be losing Paul George to free-agency. Barnes was a solid scoring option for Dallas this season, and Russell Westbrook would like to add him to the team this summer to help his load become just a little bit easier.

6 LeBron James Joins The Process In Philly

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The Philadelphia 76ers are dying to complete the process by signing the King himself, LeBron James this off-season. James has named Philly one of his desired locations for his Decision 2.0, and if I were in his shoes, I would select the Sixers.

An incredibly talented young squad, James would be able to lead them to the championship while letting guys like Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid do most of the work night to night.

LeBron could end up winning multiple championships if he decides to join the already destined for greatness Philadelphia 76ers.

5 Blake Griffin To Portland

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The Blazers are a piece or two away from being a real contender in the West. They arguably have the best back-court in the league with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but they need to add another star big to really make some noise.

Blake Griffin would work well with the awesome back-court, as he is one of the best passing bigs in the league.

Blake Griffin could be what the Blazers need to finally make a run in the playoffs.

4 Jaylen Brown To San Antonio

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The Spurs are parting ways with Kawhi Leonard this summer, that is not the question. The question is, what can they get for their superstar player? The Celtics will be interested in obtaining Leonard from them, and if the Spurs don't get too greedy and ask for both Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum, they will be able to get Brown and some future picks for their organization. This is something the Spurs must do, as they have gotten the last out of Kawhi they are ever going to get.

3 Jordan Clarkson To The Raptors

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The Raptors should really try to switch things up this offseason, maybe even starting their rebuild.

The team has been dominant in the regular season for years now, but can't seem to get close to taking down LeBron, so why not blow it up?

Jordan Clarkson was a great player for the Lakers, but playing alongside LeBron in Cleveland hurt his stock. The Raptors should look to trade DeMar DeRozan for the 8th pick and for Jordan Clarkson to jumpstart their rebuild.

2 Greg Monroe To The Utah Jazz

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The Jazz are in need of a center off the bench who can score the ball when Donovan Mitchell is off the court. Considering Rudy Gobert is a much better defender than he is a scorer, Monroe could work well on his own or alongside Gobert. The Jazz want to add pieces around Mitchell, and Greg Monroe, despite not being one of the better big men defenders, could be a move in the right direction for the Utah Jazz organization.

1 Kevin Durant To The Washington Wizards

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Kevin Durant is now the back to back Finals MVP for the Warriors, and nobody is expecting him to leave the team this summer which he has the option of doing. However, if Kevin wanted to make headlines again in a more positive way, joining his hometown team of the Wizards in Washington and trying to win a championship in the East would be much better for his legacy, as no one is really giving him that much props for winning championships in Golden State. The Wizards aren't contenders without him, but would be an excellent team with him. This would be something the Wizards need.

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