It has been a crazy offseason for the National Basketball Association (NBA). After finishing the NBA Playoffs—which included the Golden State Warriors beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals—the NBA offseason went straight into action with the NBA Draft.
The Philadelphia 76ers had the first pick in this year’s NBA Draft. They used their pick to draft Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington. The second pick was owned by the Los Angeles Lakers, who drafted point guard Lonzo Ball from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Followed by the NBA Draft, the “official” offseason began, where fans have been itching and clawing to see where players will land and who will be switching uniforms.
One of many trades that broke the Richter Scale was the NBA Finals runner-up Cleveland Cavaliers trading their four time NBA All Star Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for another NBA superstar who led the Celtics to the playoffs; point guard Isiah Thomas.
In addition, Boston was forced to give up their forward Jae Crowder, backup center Ante Zizic, and a 2018 First Round Pick, whereas Cleveland only had to give up Kyrie Irving.
However, with every loss, there is a potential win. The Cavs won the overall trade according to the NBA fans, as they now view the Cavs as a formidable opponent and serious contender in the Eastern Conference.
All NBA die-hards can recall current Cleveland Cavs Star LeBron James leaving Cleveland to join the Miami Heat, where he went on to win numerous championships with the organization, specifically Miami’s “Big 3,” including Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. The trio was unstoppable, winning back to back championships in 2012 and 2013.
Fast-forward to 2017, and two out of the three players in that duo are reuniting. Former Chicago Bulls player Dwyane Wade signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining forces again with LeBron James, who left Miami and returned to Cleveland before the 2015 season. Could this be another potential NBA Championship run?
In other news, another blockbuster trade occurred just a few weeks ago in the Western Conference, where Paul George, formerly known for playing with the Indiana Pacers, was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He now joins forces with the NBA’s 2016-2017 MVP Russell Westbrook, who led the league in triple doubles.
The Thunder weren’t finished with their gains, as they acquired another NBA superstar who has fallen under the radar in the last few years: Carmelo Anthony, formerly playing for the New York Knicks.
The Western Conference wasn’t done there, as point guard Chris Paul left the LA Clippers to join the Houston Rockets and another superstar in James Harden, becoming the tag team duo Houston has been looking for for years.
This year’s NBA offseason was the most dynamic and most blockbuster in years. Will there be more? Only time will tell.