The NBA trade deadline recently passing was met with quite a bit of disappointment. Big names such as Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Al Horford, Dwight Howard and many others were mentioned as being in discussions of potential trades but nothing happened with them. The biggest stars to get moved at the deadline were Jeff Green and Channing Frye. Smaller moves do play a role in the success or failure of teams in the playoff race but they just aren’t as sexy or appealing. The amount of rumors created anticipation that was met with one of more timid trade deadlines in recent memory.
There is one good thing to come from the failed trade discussions and that’s adding to the excitement of the offseason. Teams clearly have shopped some of their bigger names and that shows they are expendable. The bigger and better trade packages come in the offseason when everyone is scrambling to make the important moves. The trade deadline features teams trying to improve for the playoff run while the offseason has everyone hoping to get better for the upcoming season with the right signings or trades. Speaking of signings, NBA free agency has become a huge spectacle in itself every summer.
The bonanza of teams offering big contracts and elaborate pitches to stars in hopes of changing their status in the NBA has become almost as exciting as the actual games. Nothing is assured in the league and that makes it must-consume content. DeAndre Jordan agreeing to join the Dallas Mavericks but changing his mind to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers showed the perfect example of how entertaining it has become. The combination of teams trying to change their identity, rebuild or add new pieces for a title contender all are fascinating parts of the offseason and we may see it reach a new peak this year. With many stars and stories in play, we’re going to look at fifteen bold predictions for the NBA offseason.
15 LeBron James and Kevin Durant Cash In
14 Phil Jackson Leaves Knicks for Lakers
13 Many Stars Pass on Olympics
12 Celtics Trade Lottery Pick for Star
11 Tom Thibodeau Becomes New Kings Head Coach
10 Dallas Overpays Zaza Pachulia
9 Philadelphia Signs Harrison Barnes
8 Atlanta Loses Everyone
7 Pau Gasol Signs With Warriors
6 John Calipari Becomes Nets Head Coach
5 Knicks Acquire Ricky Rubio
4 DeMar DeRozan Heads to Los Angeles or New York
3 Tim Duncan Retires
2 Dwight Howard Joins Charlotte
1 Cavaliers Trade Kevin Love To Clippers For Blake Griffin
The two biggest realistic names on the trade block this season were All-Stars Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. Griffin injured his hand striking a team employee and is in the doghouse with Clippers management. Love has failed to fit in with Cleveland and has put up some of the worst numbers of his career in both seasons with the team, along with overall atrocious defense. If both teams fail to reach their goals in the playoffs, they’ll be looking to make a change and a trade could shake both rosters up. Griffin is a better defender and paint presence that the Cavaliers lack. Love would be lethal in the pick and roll with Chris Paul and has ties to Los Angeles. The deal would see everyone get better out of it and is quite likely if their playoff fortune is disappointing.
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