Clippers Clip ties with Chris Paul
As most of us know, for six years Chris Paul was in the wrong Los Angeles jersey. In 2011 NBA fans witnessed a veto that cancelled his trade to the Los Angeles Lakers and landed him across the hall in a Clippers uniform. I’m sure we can all agree that the Clippers underachieved in those years. There was no Finals and No Western conference Finals and a major 3-1 collapse to the Houston Rockets in the semi Finals. We heard a lot of chatter about guys not getting along in that locker room and when Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets this summer, we were reminded of the phrase “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. To me, this was a great move for 32 year old Paul who will make 24 million this year and become a free agent next season. Rockets have a new and improved offense under Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni, and a hungry James Harden. A floor general like Paul may be exactly what they need.
Paul George on pace to become great
Last summer we were told that Paul George was ready to leave the Indiana Pacers and join the Los Angeles Lakers, who in his words, was his favorite team growing up. George alongside Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram would be great for both George and the Lakers.
Those plans came to a halt when Indiana decided to not take the Lakers offer but instead take an offer from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis for George. It’s clear OKC won this trade. George who averaged 23 points and 3 assists is definitely an asset for just about any team in NBA. Now George is playing with Russell Westbrook and the departure of Kevin Durant seems distant. If George decides to sign with OKC when free agency comes, there could be some great days coming for the Thunder and their fans. I like this gamble for OKC because it’s a win win situation. Even if George decides to take his talents to Hollywood, OKC can still come out on top during free agency.
Gordon Hayward will try his luck with the Boston Celtics
Last year no one could pay me to believe Gordon Hayward would become such a hot commodity in free agency, but when July 1st came it was obvious franchises wanted him there. The Utah Jazz were hoping he would stay and the Miami Heat wanted to hear that South Beach would be his new home. Instead, he decided to rejoin his former college coach Brad Stevens in Boston. He now joins a Celtics team who faced and lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston has slowly risen back to the top of the Eastern Conference and adding Hayward who averaged 21.9 points and 3.5 assists last season is a great look for this organization.
Hayward who plays Small Forward, will provide much needed help for a team who we saw struggle late in the playoffs due to an undersized Point Guard in Isiah Thomas and the absence of another scorer. With the new rumors surrounding Kyrie Irving and the Cavs, Boston is slowly looking like a favorite to come out of the East.
The West Coast is looking like the best Coast
This summer we saw a couple players not just leave their homes but move across the country and join the Western Conference. Paul Millsap is returning to the West Coast, joining the Denver Nuggets after spending the last four years in Atlanta. Millsap is making 90 million over the next three years and by the looks of that Denver roster, his contract will need to be a band-aid for what’s to come.
Jimmy Butler who is set to make 17 million this season, was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves and I don’t think anyone saw this coming. Chicago sent Butler and their 16th overall pick to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the 7th overall pick. Even a blind man can see that this Timberwolves roster can be something special under Coach Tom Thibodeau. Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns can make this team that missed the playoffs last season, an instant threat in the West Coast.
This season will be FUN
With all the summer shake ups and the rumors of Irving wanting to part ways with Lebron James, fans are in for a fun, unpredictable season. We might finally see a team dethrone James as the King of the East and see a young Twolves or OKC team give the Warriors a run for their money. As a huge NBA fan, I would love to see a season where we don’t know who will be in the Finals on opening night and the $120 I spend for the NBA package won’t feel like a complete waste.