Following Kawhi Leonard’s decision to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA could have a return of something it hasn’t seen in a long time…parity.
For the first time in a long time, we could have some actual suspense going in to next season. This upcoming season could be one of the most competitive season we’ve seen in a long time. Teams from both conferences made some great moves this offseason to help their team be or stay competitive in the long run.
Starting in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Clippers will have a chance to not only make it to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in their franchise’s history, but also make it to and win the NBA Finals with blockbuster acquisitions Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Along with them will be Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Landry Shamet, and Ivica Zubac.
Despite losing out on Kawhi Leonard, the Los Angeles Lakers will be in good shape strolling out a lineup of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma recently announced re-signees Javale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and new acquisition Danny Green. In addition to these signings, it was just announced the Lakers have acquired Demarcus Cousins and re-signed Rajon Rondo.
The New Orleans Pelicans began their offseason by trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart. Those players will be joined in New Orleans by number one overall draft pick Zion Williamson, Jrue Holiday, recent free agent acquisition JJ Redick and recent trade acquisition Derrick Favors.
Despite losing Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors have made some good moves this offseason re-signing Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney while signing D’Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein to go alongside Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Shaun Livingston.
Also, the Utah Jazz traded for Mike Conley, acquired Bojan Bogdanovic, Jeff Green, Ed Davis and Emmanuel Mudiay. Those players will look to add an added boost to a very good Jazz lineup including Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and Joe Ingles.
In the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets, who acquired Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan this offseason, will certainly be better despite possibly not having Durant for next season. These Nets acquisitions will be joined by Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Philadelphia 76ers, who traded Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat, could still be competitive next season as they acquired Josh Richardson in said trade. Other notable acquisitions include re-signing Tobias Harris, and the signing of Al Horford who will play alongside Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons.
The Milwaukee retained Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton and George Hill while also adding Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez. Despite trading Malcolm Brogdon to the Indiana Pacers, the Bucks will surely remain a player in the Eastern Conference as their acquisitions will join a deep team including Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe.
In conclusion, next season could be the most fun we’ve seen in a long time as a result of this free agency period. I haven’t even mentioned the moves made by the Indiana Pacers, the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Portland Trail Blazers to name a few.
All I can say is I can not wait for October to see what these teams have in store for the 2019-2020 NBA season.